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.
My 4 days in the Desert with Adobe — Part 2
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 7:12a Eric Herman As I mentioned in my last blog post, the time I spent in the desert with Adobe at the sales conference was incredibly valuable. As the best of breed digital platform, three key themes resonated with me and want to take the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the benefits of the adobe partnership and how it impacts the work we do for clients.
One of the first things I learned is that Adobe has grown tremendously over the past few years and has really cemented its place as the leader in digi [read] Keywords: development
Facebook Introduces New Campaign Structure
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 1:12p Mark Polly Facebook has been hailed and maligned at the same time for its advertisement features. On one hand, Facebook ads promise to reach large, targeted audiences with your message. On the other hand, Facebook ad reach is a black box that only Facebook controls. In a previous post, Why Facebook is Failing Marketers, my colleague Michael Porter wrote about Facebook ads reaching only 16% of a company’s fans.
I don’t know if the New Facebook Campaign Structure that Facebook is rolling [read] Keywords: facebook
My 4 Days in the Desert with Adobe – Part 1
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 12:12p Eric Herman In mid-December, I attended the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference in Las Vegas. It’s a time when Adobe invites its entire sales organization – along with Adobe’s key partners – to discuss the past year’s performance, celebrate the major sales successes, and layout the company’s sales and product strategies for the next year.
As Forrester & Gartner’s leader in Web Content Management, Adobe certainly has much to discuss and no lack of thought leadership within the Digital Marketin [read] Keywords:
A Primer on CMO, CIO Collaboration
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 8:11a Michael Porter Tom Wentworth at CMSWiRE has a short but very interesting article on collaboration between the Chief Marketing Office and the Chief Information Officer. He engages you at the beginning with the reasons why the two roles are blurring. I personally of one CIO who also wears the CMO hat.
…today’s marketers have a required skillset that often overlaps with that of the CIO, who has traditionally managed and maintained a company’s IT infrastructure. For that reason, CMOs are becoming int [read] Keywords: collaboration
Cool Mobile Infographic
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks to the Marketing Tech Blog for a reference to a cool “Future of Mobile” info graphic by Three. It’s UK focused but still a nice summary of mobile. I especially like the internet use via mobile devices now and in 2025. Click to get to the entire info graphic. [read] Keywords: mobile
What’s The Difference Between Beacons and Geofencing
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks for John Spyers for pointing this out to me. I’ve heard a lot lately about the “contextual” experience. By that I mean, an up to the minute completely personalized experience based on more than just what a company knows about you. Now you can take into account all of the usual items like how good a customer they are, do they have a shipment on the way, and did they just call customer service. You can add to that things like, where are they and do they have a rese [read] Keywords: mobile
What Does SoftLayer Mean for IBM?
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter So I’m not the cloud guy within Perficient but let’s face it, everything I see within my portal, web content, social, and marketing automation world has some cloud component. Let me give you some examples:
We see more and more requests to host IBM Portal and IBM WCM on an easy to manage external entity. Perficient uses a partner, Blue Iron because they stand up actual working instances of software and support more than just the base OS.
Sitecore has a Sitecore Azure option which [read] Keywords: ibm
5 Signs of A PC Exodus
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 6:12a Michael Porter CRN has an article on five signs of a PC exodus. Given all the stats we’ve seen on the dominance of mobile, I’m not surprised. Here are a couple mobile stats to consider before I list the five signs.
And now the list: (Go to the CRN article to get more in depth information)
Is LG leaving?
Asus’ smartphone shift
Acer’s executive shakeup
Samsung dumping desktops? [read] Keywords: mobile