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Sharepoint in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management

January 26, 2009
Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management

"…Of all the infrastructure vendors, Microsoft has driven the most change in the ECM market over the past 18 months with Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. By delivering a broad set of functionality using an infrastructure approach, Microsoft has changed the way organizations think about content management and collaboration. Though Microsoft has commoditized content repository services and forced many entrenched vendors to shift strategies, SharePoint has also been a positive influence on the market overall. It has driven interest in end-user adoption of content management technologies, with many SharePoint deployments being additions to, not replacements of, existing content management systems. In a 2008 Gartner survey, 57% of respondents had implemented WSS and 38% had adopted MOSS 2007; another 28% indicated that they planned to implement MOSS in the next 24 months (see Note 1). The growing SharePoint adoption is also creating opportunities for Microsoft’s partners, and even for its competitors, such as Open Text, as they look to supplement and extend SharePoint. It is slowly becoming an infrastructure platform that many workgroup and departmental applications will be built on by 2012 (see "Key Issues for SharePoint’s Coexistence With ECM Systems Projects").

Adopting WSS or MOSS for mass deployment, and an ECM suite for high-end, content-centric processes and best-of-breed Web content, will remain a useful strategy for enterprises during the next three to five years. This coexistence strategy could reduce the costs and some of the risks of content management for an entire enterprise. Savings can be made by adopting the right tool for the task, and in user training because of the familiar interface and Microsoft Office’s integration of BCS tools. Over time, IT leaders and application managers will also want to review how SharePoint applications are performing, evaluate future releases of SharePoint as a platform for content management, and determine whether a continued coexistence strategy makes sense…"

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