Concerns about Microsoft SharePoint keeps adding up.
Interesting points in this article written by Thomas Vander Wal: http://www.socialcomputingmagazine.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=755
"Onecommon element from all of the discussions is the frustration nearlyall of these organization have with their experience with MicrosoftSharePoint 2007. The comments are based on those spending one month toa year with the tool"
Multiple Micro-silos: "There ismuch frustration and anger being shared as people try to resolve how toshare information between groups and easily merge and openly shareinformation once it has been vetted. These groups consistently talkabout going directly to their Microsoft support & SharePointExperts with these problems only to be told it is doable, but far fromeasy and may break some other things."
Information Locked: "Not onlyis the information difficult to get at by people desiring tocollaborate outside the group or across groups, but it is not easilyunlocked so that it can benefit from found in search."
Marginalized roadmap: "Where dopeople turn that have gone down the SharePoint route? Well most startby adding solid functionality they had thought SharePoint was going toprovide or wished it had."
Lack of social software features: "Not onlyis the Lockheed Martin example of building on top of SharePoint anexample of expense of that platform, but the recent AIIM surveysurfaces high cost of development as a rather common understanding"
Replacing SharePoint: "I know oftwo extremely large organizations that are removing SharePoint fromtheir organization this year (once these organizations are public withthis I can be). The reasoning is cost and under performing as a socialplatform and what is does well is easily replaced with other solutionsas well."
We are also hearing that probably only 7% of the customers who have deployed Windows SharePoint Services have made any progress to adopt Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.