Advisory Paper: Microsoft SharePoint as a Digital Asset Management System: Limitations, Pitfalls, and Alternatives

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Known primarily for workgroup management of MS Office files, Microsoft SharePoint is also an omnibus information management platform with potentially many other uses. Thus, customers can reasonably ask if it would suffice for Digital Asset Management (DAM) scenarios as well.

This paper offers a brief analysis of SharePoint’s DAM capabilities — its possibilities, limitations, and alternatives — along with an explanation of circumstances when it would suffice. We then offer an assessment of three main alternatives for a more targeted DAM solution, running within, behind, or next to SharePoint.