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FOR RELEASE: 2006-11-01

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Sharepoint 2007 Brings New Capabilities, Old Limitations

2nd Edition of the Enterprise Portals Report Evaluates New Version of the Popular MicroSoft SharePoi

Silver Spring, MD, USA – The long waiting game will soon end for enterprises looking to upgrade their Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 installations, as the much delayed Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 becomes generally available later this month. However, after a major and potentially difficult transition, customers will find that MOSS 2007 brings many of the same limitations as its predecessor, according to the latest semi-annual release of the "Enterprise Portals Report" from independent analyst firm, CMS Watch.

 

MOSS is a part of the new Office 2007, also due out in November. MOSS now combines traditional SharePoint collaboration and portal services with Microsoft CMS and adds new functionality, such as records management.

Microsoft has published initial guidance and best practices for upgrading from SharePoint 2003 to MOSS 2007. Nevertheless, upgrading will require careful planning and extensive testing given the dearth of real-world upgrade experience. Meanwhile, example upgrade solutions emphasize installations with minimal changes to the default configurations of the old version.

In its Report, CMS Watch identifies seven common enterprise portals, of which MOSS excels at two: Collaboration and Web Development. "For use as an enterprise portal, MOSS will remain an unlikely fit for most e-business scenarios or enterprise-wide deployments in large organizations," according to Lead Report Analyst, Janus Boye. "MOSS adds a long set of new features, but MOSS should still only be considered for departmental collaboration or intranet scenarios in mid-market organizations already using Microsoft intensively," adds Boye.

Other Report findings include:

  • The previous dependency on Internet Explorer is gone, but the most value from enhanced Office integration will come to those enterprises concurrently upgrading to Office 2007. Customers on older versions of Office may find their usability mileage varies.
  • As with the previous version, ease of installation obscures difficulty in customization and ongoing maintenance; administrators can easily get in over their head.
  • Microsoft’s all-important consulting channel will need substantial time to absorb and learn the tool. Experience with previous versions of SharePoint suggests that this learning process will be measured in years.
  • Microsoft has not issued clear plans for subsequent releases.

 

"Microsoft has tried to go 'enterprise' in the impressive breadth of MOSS capabilities, but not necessarily in their depth and scalability," notes CMS Watch founder Tony Byrne.

CMS Watch™ is an independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies and strategies for prospective solutions buyers. Based on hundreds of interviews with enterprise portal customers worldwide, the Report's 2nd Edition includes detailed comparisons across 16 key feature categories.

A new 17-page review of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server evaluates the new offering. Pricing begins at $550 for the individual vendor chapter.

The new Edition of the Enterprise Portals Report is designed to help enterprises make faster and better buying decisions. Like all CMS Watch offerings, the Report does not rank "best" vendors, but instead details the strengths and weaknesses of the various suppliers, identifies their suitability for different use cases, and isolates vendor tendencies that may influence long-term product roadmaps.

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Real Story Group is a uniquely “buy side” analyst firm, working solely for solutions buyers and never for vendors.

We provide research and advisory services to help customers select and optimize the right digital workplace and marketing technologies. RSG evaluates Web Content & Experience Management, Digital Asset Management, ECM, Enterprise Collaboration, Portals, Office 365, CRM, CDPs, and Marketing Automation & Campaign/Lead Management Technologies.

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