When it comes to using SharePoint for your business, you have two options: online (cloud computing) and on-premises. While both approaches will help your business be more productive and make collaboration easier, many companies are choosing to use a custom hybridized version of SharePoint that combines the best of both products.
The driving force behind companies using a hybrid SharePoint is that online subscriptions are fairly cheap (as business software goes anyway). However, the features of SharePoint Online are more limited than the on-premises version. And although Microsoft is making Online updates as you read this post, it isn’t happening quickly enough for some companies.
For example, when SharePoint Online was first released, the web search feature wasn’t available for use. This kept functionality down because a huge part of the programs usefulness depended on content search. Microsoft has since corrected this issue by launching content search, cross-site publishing and e-discovery features.
Once Microsoft began correcting problems with SharePoint functionality, the online version started feeling more like a standalone product. In addition, since Microsoft will continue to update its cloud applications, SharePoint Online will eventually have all the functionality that the on-premises version does.
Until such time, combining the two services typically suffices for many businesses, especially if your office is already using on-premises. You can typically integrate Online to use with customers or field workers, and your on-premises version will essential fill in any gaps in functionality.
If your business is not already running SharePoint 2013 on-premises, it most likely doesn’t make sense financially to add it now since SharePoint Online will likely become robust enough to become a standalone platform in the next year or so.
SharePoint Online Customization
One of the biggest complaints users have about SharePoint Online is the inability to customize it to fit their needs. Well fear not! Microsoft is trying to make it easier for businesses to customize their SharePoint solution.
Also, the SharePoint consultants at Innovative Architects are always available to help conform technology to your business needs and processes.
Wading the waters of the fast paced, every changing world of technology can be difficult for some. If your company is interested in customizing or updating SharePoint to fit your unique business plan but still have questions on how it can benefit your bottom line, consider consulting Innovative Architects today.