- Achieving cost savings by consolidating enterprise functionality and implementing new capabilities offered by implementing SharePoint 2010. Companies in the study cited actual, or potential for, lower costs of software with the move to consolidate on the Microsoft platform, thus eliminating older, more expensive software and support agreements with other vendors.
- Consolidating the proliferation of collaboration tools. As one interviewee stated, “Having too many tools becomes an impediment to collaboration.”
- Empowering business units to manage more of their own collaboration and content tools, while freeing IT resources that were previously tied to administrative, maintenance, and customization tasks.
- Easing the efforts required to find structured and unstructured content inside the organization as well as externally.
- Improving process efficiencies and workflow management and improving collaboration across the enterprise.
- Building capabilities for integrating legacy data stores, financial data, and a wide variety of enterprise content and business intelligence applications in SharePoint 2010.
- Creating options to gain potential future benefits from relatively easy integration of business intelligence, and ERP, CRM, and other line-of-business applications.
- Changing training from traditional instructor-led classroom courses, requiring travel, to self-serve and just-in-time delivery of corporate education.
- Improving worker productivity by providing integrated content and record management that uses a consistent data classification interface, as well as more end user-accessible content management.
- Enabling enterprise governance and policies around currently unstructured data processes to enhance risk management.
- Taking advantage of the co-authoring capabilities so that more than one employee at a time can work on a content item.
- Leveraging .NET development skills within the organization to build new classes of content-centric applications. Reducing hardware footprint.
All companies in the study are in the early stages of SharePoint 2010 adoption, making productivity measurement and estimates less reliable than for mature software investments. Yet a strong business case exists based on hard cost savings. Most of the companies in the study described their SharePoint 2010 investment as a natural upgrade path from SharePoint 2003 and 2007 to continue to build a collaborative information system of record and to move away from disparate software applications and file shares to team and personal sites, blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 functionality. Most companies reported an expected drop in IT staff dedicated to servicing business unit applications.
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