If past experience is any guide, SharePoint 2013 is really SharePoint 2015.
Do the math:
If SharePoint is important to your organization and you want to do it right, this schedule has you migrating in Q1/2014 at the earliest. Most of you will not migrate until 2015.
It means: don't wait for it.
Don't wait to fix your current SharePoint implementation. Don't wait to decide on a supplement-versus-complement strategy for enterprise social networking beyond SharePoint. Don't wait to procure solutions that your colleagues need today. Carefully weigh SharePoint against its myriad of (typically more agile) competitors.
SharePoint 2013 will offer a marked improvement over the current version. But it is unlikely to be qualitatively different, even in the hosted Office 365 version. There are certain fundamental limitations and opportunities inherent in a massive single platform for omnibus information management and collaboration.
In today's environment, two years is a long time. Promising to address business needs via SharePoint 2013 constitutes an open invitation for more "Shadow IT," with business units solving problems with their own chosen tools in their own timeframes.
Learn the real strengths and weaknesses of major SharePoint vendors from around the world, in our Evaluating SharePoint evaluation research stream.
"Microsoft tells you it's wonderful, competitors tell you it's awful, and there's not a lot in between. The Real Story Group's SharePoint Research, does an excellent job of covering the 'in-between.' The authors have done an outstanding job in documenting what SharePoint is, in thinking about how and where it can be used effectively, and in giving prescriptive guidance to organizations that are considering SharePoint -- both to embrace the good, and to avoid the bad."
Michael Sampson, President, The Michael Sampson Company Ltd
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