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.
Anemic IT Growth or Budgeting Shift?
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 3:18p Michael Porter ZDNet reports on a recent Gartner report of 2015 IT budgets. They call it, “IT Spending for 2015 Anemic amid Digital Shift.” Here’s the breakdown on who creates vs who approves the IT budget.
I don’t interpret it quite this way. Yes, IT budget growth is anemic but there’s on telling piece of information in the ZDnet article
The upshot: Spending on digital innovation will be funded outside of the IT budget.
So yes, spending is anemic within [read] Keywords:
Digital Transformation is All Around Us…Again.
Tue, Nov 11th 2014 8:19a Mark Polly The phrase “Digital Transformation” has re-emerged as a new phenomenon. Google tells me there are 49 million (49,000,000) search results for the words Digital Transformation.
First, why do I say it is a phenomenon? It seems that many of our leading think-tanks are talking about digital transformation. Here are some examples:
Earlier this year, MIT Sloan Management Review posted this article: The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation
Forrester is predicting that in 2015 [read] Keywords: collaboration
Drug or Drug Device Portals
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 10:12a Michael Porter Eugene Sefanov has a nice post on the value of a patient portal for those who use a specialty drug or drug device. He goes into some detail on the possible use cases with that kind of portal. I like the approach he takes. Just being prescribed a drug doesn’t mean you are going to get the right outcome. Anything you can do to ensure the patient has all the support he or she needs will improve that outcome.
An effective way to provide patient support is through a portal that is sp [read] Keywords: collaboration
Dreamforce: Community Cloud for Healthcare
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 10:15p Mark Polly All this week I’m at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference. Salesforce has come a long way with their platform and they’ve recently introduced Community Cloud. Community Cloud is an evolution of their portal product and includes many features that we see in other enterprise-class, horizontal portals.
We are seeing a lot of interest in portals from our healthcare clients. At Dreamforce, I attended a session on using Salesforce Community Cloud in healthcare. I blogged [read] Keywords: community
Successful Partner Communities with Salesforce
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 12:18p Mark Polly Zero Motorcycles needed a way to consolidate multiple partner facing systems into a simplified user interface, track sales and monitor participation programs and automate workflows. As we’ve seen from other customers, partners had to login to multiple systems. Using Community Cloud, Zero was able to provide one interface for the partners to login into and get information and process leads and improve sales.
Zero’s original model was B2C, thinking that consumers would order electri [read] Keywords: collaboration
Creating Customer Happiness with Salesforce Communities
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 3:12p Mark Polly Community Cloud is Salesforce’s newest and fastest growing cloud (until tomorrow). IDC has seen a huge jump in using social media to communicate with customers and respond to customer inquiries. The top 3 technologies that are planned to be used include discussion forums, public social networks, and online communities, which is where Community Cloud comes in.
Constant Contact, an all-in-one marketing platform, has over 600,000 small business customers. Constant Contact us [read] Keywords: administration
Content Marketing is Inherently Flawed?
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 11:12a Michael Porter In the past week I’ve either read or listened to two heads of global marketing for two well known brands. Both had a similar story with different sides of the same coin. Both had a message that dealt with Marketers having to forget about telling their brand story and go with what customers want to hear. The first was a session about leveraging social data with Michelle Lapierre who is the Sr. Director of Customer Experience at Marriott Rewards. The second is an article at cmo.com dis [read] Keywords: facebook
Why Do Contextual Ads Fail
Tue, Oct 7th 2014 3:12p Michael Porter I’ve blogged about the personalization failure before. Now it looks like others are catching on to the ultimate failure on their part………… even as they harvest huge amounts of private information about us. This article in ComputerWorld outlines the issues. The author Mike Elgan hits the topic of privacy quickly and never lets it go:
Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon violate our privacy in order to show us relevant ads. So why do their ads miss the mar [read] Keywords: facebook