SharePoint, the Microsoft web application known primarily for document management and intranet content management, has some new partners in 2013. Yammer and the cloud are now joining the popular web application following some recent changes to the company’s structures. Yammer, as many tech industry followers and businesspeople may know, is an enterprise social network founded in 2008 and currently used by more than 200,000 of the most successful and well-known companies around the world. And, as most people know, “cloud” computing refers to the data storage services, software and computing resources that are delivered and managed remotely over a network (in most cases an Internet network). Tech experts are saying the new marriage will provide better enterprise content management solutions for many of the leading businesses and organizations around the world, particularly Microsoft users who are eager to take advantage of the benefits of enterprise social networks. There are many factors to consider, however, so you can be the judge.The Release of SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 was recently released with several key updates, but many techies are more interested in how businesses and organizations can benefit from the union between the well-known collaboration server and the cloud-hosted, enterprise social network. The new version has been on the market for a while now, though, and there is quite a bit of growing buzz about its improvements in e-discovery, search engine features, task management and web publishing. This 12-year-old web application has grown from its early days, when it was known primarily as a website builder featuring tools for creating blogs, forums, intranets, public sites and wikis. Now it is also commonly used to manage, search for and store documents across different levels of an organization to improve collaborative possibilities. With the new marriage of the cloud and enhanced social networking possibilities, experts are saying the application is more up-to-date and user-friendly than ever before.
An Integrated Enterprise Content Management System
There were previously limited capabilities for integrating these two enterprise tools, but the recent union will allow end users to manage all their social enterprise, notification and document management needs through one unified channel. Integrating these tools will require some careful maneuvering behind the scenes, but end users should not notice any difference. Although Yammer is now part of the Microsoft family, it will still be considered a standalone service and maintain its brand identity. Even as the enterprise social network becomes part of the MS Office suite of products along with Dynamics, Office 365, SharePoint and Skype, CEO and Founder David Sacks will stay on as head of the company.
How This Benefits Businesses
There are many potential benefits for businesses that use these enterprise tools. Yammer’s Enterprise edition will now only cost $3 per month per user rather than $15, thanks to some streamlining of the product line. The cloud-hosted version of the collaborative web application will also feature bundled services that offer a unified and convenient way for businesses to collaborate and share information with one another. Many are lauding Microsoft for these recent changes, saying they are offering more updated enterprise content management solutions as a response to some criticism in recent years. Now that Microsoft is offering a well-known and popular enterprise social network vendor, businesses that use MS Office can do more with the resources at their fingertips.
Basically, this marriage of digital tools is being said to end limitations and offer better ways for businesses to collaborate and share information throughout all levels of the enterprise. Any ways that we can improve the tools we have for these important organizational tasks should only benefit businesses in the end.
What are your thoughts on the union of SharePoint and Yammer? Will it help enterprise collaboration?