SharePoint 2013 is the fourth major incarnation of SharePoint in the last 10 years, and as we will see, most of the debate to this point has taken place in the area of “management” – to what extent can SharePoint solve all of the content management, records management, and social collaboration needs of the enterprise as a whole. The arrival of many additional features in the 2013 version has added a further twist to that debate, particularly regarding the ongoing need for customizations and the use of third-party add-on products.
Recently released was the 2013 Industry Watch survey which polled over 538 organizations about their perspectives, challenges, and plans for SharePoint 2013.
In this report, we evaluate the results of that survey. We look at the adoption rates and roll-out status for SharePoint as an ECM/DM system, the ongoing issues of user adoption, and overall project success – or otherwise. We measure the adoption of SharePoint 2013 and the difficulties that users report with their upgrades and migrations. We study the impact of the new 2013 features, particularly on third party add-on products that have previously been used to fill in gaps in security, governance, search and social capability. We look at the take up of the 365 product family, and the issues that cloud presents for SharePoint users. Finally, we measure spending plans for licenses, services and add-on products.