At J. Boye we have often been criticized for our honest posts on SharePoint. Some people even seem to believe that we don’t like SharePoint. That is not the case – we actually think that SharePoint is a great product in many ways.
In our groups and at our conferences we have seen many inspirational examples of how SharePoint has created tangible progress and value in a myriad of organisations. We have even come across organisations which use SharePoint as their web CMS and who are still satisfied with their investment.
The reason that our SharePoint blogs have been perceived as negative is probably that we share both sides of the story. We have seen numerous successful SharePoint projects in our community, but we have also witnessed delayed projects, expensive consultants, complex implementation tasks and frustration over lacking standards and governance issues. The point is that with vast possibilities and functionality comes complexity. SharePoint can do many things, but it is a challenge to get it implemented.
Having said that, SharePoint can be a great platform. SharePoint is not an out-of-the-box product, which you can pick up and use (just because IT says you already have the licenses). It should be handled with care and you really should talk to fellow practitioners and experienced consultants, in particular if you are embarking on a SharePoint 2010 project.
Let me know what you think! Is SharePoint a great product?