Since this is the week for Sharepoint’s conference, I thought I would track the news from the conference.
Quick hits and info:
Microsoft has sold 125 million licenses of sharepoint
Sharepoint 2010 has sold 62 million licenses so far
SharePoint by itself would be one of the top 50 software
67% of firms have deployed Sharepoint
SharePoint rated # 1 in satisfaction, awareness,
Three Guiding Priciples for SharePoint:
Unleash the ecosystem
Build a world-class platform
It’s about self-service for IT. It’s about self-service business intelligence (BI). It’s about using Excel, Access services, etc. to create custom views and publishing to SharePoint. Note that this is more about data in the self service.
Collaboration should include a common social fabric wherever you may be in the intranet. It should also be tied in with other communcation tools. This includes Outlook social connector where you can see what others are doing in SharePoint, Facebook, etc.
Collaboration should transcend the company. It should extend collaboration to customers and partners. Sharepoint for internet sites shows huge growth. Spacex uses SharePoint for collaboration, production tracking, secure content, and even social. Spacex also uses it for sharing with partners via their extranet.
Next Release isn’t a focus of this conference but it’s in play now and promises to be a huge and ground breaking release. They are using 4 times the number of visual designers for the next release of SharePoint.
Unlease the Ecosystem
Announcement: the first update to Office 365 will include Business Connectivity Services to enable it to integrate to a variety of different systems.
Announcement: Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) as a new certification will allow you to understand who has true enterprise SharePoint depthc.
Big focus is on Visual Studio, REST, and Business Connectivity Services. If you are a developer, you should be looking at this.
Building a World Class Platform
Microsoft has tried to build a unified platform. Document Management can be brought together with collaboration for example. Supporting real time updating of a notebook is another example. This brings a new level of support for key business needs.
This brings more “knobs” in admin management. Governance should be key to any large enterprise implementation. Microsoft just published scalability testing results. They showed off a huge SAN with a virtual Sharepoint server farm with 1 Terrabyte of memory. (microsoft.com/vision for the logical architecture). The database has 14.4 Terrabytes of data. They pulled wikipedia content to showcase this.
The server farm can run around 150,000 people in concurrent sessions. The FAST index has over 107 million items with sub-second response time. SQL Server Denali in “always on” configuration allows for high availablity. For Disaster Recovery, they showed pulling the network connectivy of the first DB and within 20 seconds, a failover of the entire site to the backup db. This was a failover of a 14.4 Terrabyte db and the complete SharePoint farm.
Continue to lead in office producivity, portals, etc.
Bring the products you know and love and make sure they work in the cloud
Deliver a unified platform on the client, server, cloud, etc.
First two weeks of Office 365 saw 50,000 organizations sign up for it. Microsoft believes that the online experience will drive a lot of adoption in the near future.
A few key statistics:
65% are deploying social networking withing organizations
84% of organizations allow remote and mobile work
4 million millenials enter the workforce each year
70% of IT budgets are spent maintaining inflexible and siloed data or systems each year
Office 365 provides Lync, Exchange, Sharepoint, and Office in the cloud. It’s also about tying the cloud back to the clients or users. 80% of the Office 365 small and medium size business have never used Exchange and other servers.
Key messaging for Office 365
Enable the cloud on your terms
Connect people around the world
supplement scarce IT resources
They showed a voting for charity applications using a back end db to capture the data and then send it to a Sharepoint List. The Sharepoint list provides the data necessary to create a rich set of charts that show real time voting progress. The bottom line is that it took an online database and the use of services to push it wherever it needs to go.
CMO and CIO Need to Work Together
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:12a Mark Polly We’ve been reading and commenting about CMOs and CIOs lately (for example, see Is There a Blurring Line Between CIO and CMO?). With the maturing of Customer Experience Platforms (CXP or CXM) and Marketing Automation, the interplay between marketing and technology is rapidly growing.
Virginia Backaitis published today at CMSWire an article titled Hey CMO! Hey CIO! Work Together or Lose Everything. She argues, as we have done here at Perficient, that CMOs and CIOs need to be in lockstep w [read] Keywords:
What is your response to Digital Disruptors?
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 8:11p Brendon Jones James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester, discusses the concept of Digital Disruption, and has a book out by the same name. It’s also available in the Kindle Lending Library. I’ve not read it yet, but will post a review in the next few weeks. However the gist of the concept is that the traditional corporate view was that only a few very large companies had the budgets to bring a few disruptive offerings to market. Since around 2010, and the dawn of the “Age of the Customer̶ [read] Keywords: exchange
Turns Out Companies Are Investing in Social Media
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 12:14p Michael Porter Google’s Wildfire commissioned a study on the How Brands Staff and Budget With Social. It’s far too long for me to replicate but here’s a couple nuggets:
There’s a lesson here and it’s that social media has become a defacto part of corporate life and interactions with customers. See the whole info graphic here. [read] Keywords: enterprise
Dreamforce: Move Marketing from a Cost Center to a Profit Center
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 8:15a Mark Polly Well Dreamforce 13 was a whirlwind and I’m glad to be home. The final session I attended was delivered by Sungard’s VP of Marketing, Christine Nurnberger. While the title of the session said something about Marketing Metrics and ROI, it really was about how Ms Nurnberger transformed Sungard’s marketing efforts over the last 18 months. While I was hoping to learn what metrics she used and how she calculated their ROI, I took away more important information than that.
My [read] Keywords: network
Dreamforce: Developing for Google Glass
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 12:15p Michael Porter Maximiliano Firtman, author of the O’Reilly book, “jQuery Mobile” presented on some basics around development. It was less a look at the development tools and more a look at the options for development and the paradigm you take into account. He’s a a “Google Explorer” and has a chance to muck around with the Glasses for a bit.
It’s not the Get Smart phone shoe as a phone. It’s about a variety of tools like Google Glass, Sony [read] Keywords: apple
Dreamforce: ExactTarget Marketing Cloud Social Roadmap
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 6:18p Mark Polly Patrick Stokes, VP for Product Management at Salesforce provided highlights of the social roadmap for their Marketing Cloud. The following are the four areas that are the focus of the roadmap:
The social tools in the Marketing Cloud include Radian 6, Buddy Media and Social.com. These tools are integrated with ExactTarget to provide an overall platform for marketing. As an example, they are tying Social Advertising available through Social.com into the Jour [read] Keywords: facebook
Dreamforce: Marketing Technology Landscape
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 2:18p Mark Polly Brian Andersen (LUMA Partners) and Robin Bordoli (Marketo) gave a great presentation on the Marketing Technology Landscape. This area is to broad to get into details in one hour, so they presented an overview of the market and then suggested the following three tactics to cope with the vast amount of change going on:
Accept that buyers are in control – it used to be that the buyers contacted the seller well in advance of a sale and the sales team took over to convert that buyer into a c [read] Keywords: network