Making Sense of the SharePoint 2010 Pie

A new version of SharePoint gives us an updated SharePoint Pie.  Like the SharePoint 2007 pie, SharePoint 2010 has six slices, most subtly renamed.

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Collaboration becomes Communites

  • Renamed, perhaps to emphasize the intent to make SharePoint 2010 a more social experience.
  • Aim to empower people to work together in new ways through ad-hoc collaboration in communities of interest or in work-group communities

Content Management becomes simply Content

  • Does this imply a de-emphasis of SharePoint as a serious content management platform?  I think not. I suspect this is a desire to move people away from traditional equation of content management to web content management, towards a broader view of content management…covering document management, records management as well as web content management.

Search stays as Search

  • What’s publicly known right now is inclusion of FAST technologies and improvements to people and line of business application search.  At the top end of the market Microsoft is loosing out to the likes of Autonomy, and they’ll want to put the brakes on that.

Business Intelligence becomes Insights

  • The new name emphasises the business impact, rather than the technology function, which is powerful. Perhaps again, Microsoft is taking a broader view of this capability, thinking about getting insights in a more human way, through crowdsourcing or collaborative approaches, as well as simply through data crunching.  Just speculating.

Business Process and Forms becomes Composities

  • Composite Applications being a more corporate-friendly word than mashups.
  • The idea once again I think is to broaden the category to include other user and developer tasks of creating custom business solutions through mashing together web parts, forms and processes.

Portal becomes Sites

  • This moves away from positioning SharePoint as an Intranet Portal product to being a product capable of serving as a intranet, extranet or Internet site

So, IMO, a well thought out set of capabilities around which to discuss the detail of the product features. I’ll look forward to seeing the detail of those soon.


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