Last week I closed the What are you doing with SharePoint? survey. My thanks to the 239 people who filled out the 3 minute, 3 question survey. It was much appreciated.
Here is the overall picture … across industries, based on 239 responses.
Some comments, looking at the chart above:
- Supporting team collaboration and Publishing Intranet content are the two most widely used areas of SharePoint today. SharePoint has been about collaboration since the beginning (“Team services”), so the collaboration part makes sense. And once you’re using it for collaboration, it’s easy to extend that to intranet publishing … or indeed, the other way around works too.
- Encouraging social collaboration is a new part to SharePoint, added with SharePoint 2007. There is about 25% use of this now, and this is forecasted to grow to almost 60% within 12 months. It’s a big growth area. The same broad comments apply to business intelligence / insights too.
- The use of SharePoint for Publishing Internet Web Sites is the second least used area today, and is forecasted to be the least used within 12 months. It’s also the biggest area where respondents claimed they would “never” do it with SharePoint.
- Overall, the top 4 application areas are: (1) supporting team collaboration, (2) publishing intranet content, (3) providing document management services, and (4) enabling workflow processes.
- Overall, the least used application areas are: (1) providing business intelligence and insight, (2) publishing Internet web sites, (3) managing business records, and (4) encouraging social collaboration.
Next up … a breakdown of these results by various industries.