SharePoint Conference 2014 Best of Breed

Last week’s SharePoint Conference (SPC14) in Las Vegas provided a glimpse of how Microsoft SharePoint has matured from a simple (and free) collaboration platform to a full-blown ECM solution for government and commercial customers worldwide.

Although SPC14 featured fewer vendors than previous years due to consolidation, rollups and acquisitions, it gave the remaining solution providers a platform for demonstrating how they’ve evolved and expanded their offerings to include more comprehensive products to support all flavors of SharePoint deployment. Nintex, MetaLogix and AvePoint were among the exhibitors with an increased presence, solution and brand at this year’s conference.

As for SPC14’s key topics of discussion, cloud-based deployment of software as an “application” dominated many conversations, as did a variety of new pricing models that embrace the Microsoft Office 365 model. Whether or not large commercial organizations or government agencies fully embrace this model in the short term, Microsoft is driving hard towards an online model to support all users within the next 18 months.

When considering a cloud-based or hybrid deployment, DocPoint places added importance on its approach of first understanding business requirements, and then aligning the technology to meet those needs. Organizations must still develop, deploy and enforce technical, compliance and governance, and security guidelines, and then tailor those needs based on the changing marketplace. It is essential to begin with a proven SharePoint design and deployment strategy, and then adapt it to the changing online and social media model as the market dictates.