At last count, over 90% of the Fortune 500 companies have Office 365 (O365) – the bundle from Microsoft that brings the desktop tools, a blend of collaboration and communication tools (Outlook email, OneDrive, Teams, etc) with enterprise solutions in the cloud like SharePoint, PowerApps and Flow. These organizations originally had an implementation plan over a long period of time to drive consumption. But with the current ‘work from home’ requirement around the world, this has pivoted into high gear.
What makes this unique is how the overall trend of implementations leave the enterprise tooling last to be utilized. Implementing an enterprise content strategy is no less complex today than during the ECM-years when large sums of time, money and effort went into striving to drive paper out of the business. Most of these did accomplish that task, but left much to be desired otherwise because of bad usability, complex technology stacks to maintain and expensive per-user pricing.
O365 turns that upside down – provisioning in the cloud (at no extra cost), a very large amount of storage available (at no extra cost) and an evolving tech stack with no burden on the organization to utilize. Add to that more engaging user experiences, better records retention, in-browser rendering and beyond – and we are seeing organizations striving to move more workloads into O365 and turning off legacy ECM systems, network drives and on-premises SharePoint.
Consider this last fact – Microsoft Teams is built on top of SharePoint! As we move through this pandemic and work-from-home time, everyone is consuming SharePoint in using Teams to collaborate and – thus – moving document management away from older tech.
You need to get in front of this – let InfoDNA and their Topla Intensify solution help you assess how to best utilize SharePoint before it turns into just another ‘data lake’ and a source of insanity and unsearchable content and documents in your organization .