SharePoint is dead, long live Office365?
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the article on cmswire.com but this kind of headline is a little like saying “the internal combustion engine is dead, long live BMW!”. It’s a great attention grabber (after all, I read and am now responding…) but it’s also a fogger for the many, many folks out there already confused about SharePoint’s role now and in the future.
Our role as community leaders, authors, bloggers, evangelists and vendors (in the case of David Lavenda, the author who works for harmon.ie an excellent provider of mobility solutions) is to educate, de-confuse and guide those in need or those lost in SharePointLand, a place where there are Dragons, Orcs and “Architects” for us to dodge at every turn. Despite the fact I like the article, even hinting at something like this can be counterproductive to our noble cause.
For sure, the strategic role of SharePoint within Microsoft is evolving. Microsoft is publicly and unequivocally “all in” the Cloud and Office365 is its figurehead in this regard but this does not mean the death of SharePoint, far from it.
SharePoint is evolving. In an almost Darwinistic sense, SharePoint is adapting to its environment. Some of the world want to be Cloudified, others will remain (and will forever remain) on-prem. SharePoint is being hammered into shape by Microsoft to fit its new role within organisational IT so it can meet on-prem, hybrid and Cloud scenario demand now and in the future.
It’s probably fair to describe Office365 as a “marketing position” rather than as a product. Let’s face it.,Office365 isn’t really a product in its own right, its a collection of products that have been nailed (in some cases literally) together to allow Microsoft to provide its clients a solution.
“Solution Provider” isn’t really a term readily associated to Microsoft but to survive in the subscription based, frequent update, on-demand world that is currently emerging, Microsoft will have to become one for those clients that want it.
Will the name SharePoint go away? I just can’t see it.
To users it probably will – but it should have never been in their vocabulary in the first place, to them it should have always been “team sites”, “file storage” or even “Fred” because users should talk in terms of what its doing, right?
For the technical folk hidden away in dark rooms tinkering, tinkering, endlessly tinkering, we’ll always call it SharePoint in the same way we still call it “Active Directory” not “security database and authentication provider” because we tend to call out the technology not it’s purpose.
Can we realistically expect technical folks to drop the moniker “Exchange” and start calling it “messaging”? Not bloody likely. The same will be true of SharePoint in my humble opinion.
SharePoint is dead? Nope, it’s a Zombie, forever living and out to eat your braaaaaains…
more to follow…