Is an Online or Nothing SharePoint Inevitable?

Is an Online or Nothing SharePoint Inevitable?

Microsoft has said a lot and a little about SharePoint 2016 at the Ignite conference: The company has put forth some pretty big ideas about the platform, but we still don’t have many details. What we do know is that even the on-premise version looks mighty cloudy.

Microsoft has said a lot and a little about SharePoint 2016 at the Ignite conference: The company has put forth some pretty big ideas about the platform, but we still don’t have many details. What we do know is that even the on-premise version looks mighty cloudy.

According to Microsoft, SharePoint 2016 is the first major release in which the cloud has defined how Microsoft will deliver on-premises software. Essentially, Microsoft said, the company has reached the point where the cloud will become the foundation for the way it thinks about on-premises software.

It seems like what’s happening is that more and more cloud capability will be built into the cloud version, to the point where cloud-averse organizations may start wondering if it does make sense to implement the online version after all.

SharePoint 2016 remains Microsoft’s on-premise offering, but the cloud will play a huge role. Microsoft said that in the past it was about bringing the platform to the cloud, but now it will be about bringing the cloud to the platform. The company also said it is making it a lot easier to use hybrid in order to take advantage of the cloud innovations sooner—not to mention making it easier to fully move to the cloud.

Is your company moving to a cloud-based version of SharePoint? Will an increasingly cloudy SharePoint platform affect your thinking? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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