With more than a decade of market success behind it, SharePoint has clearly delivered on the promise of re-shaping the way organizations around the world collaborate. More than 78 percent of Fortune 500 businesses today make use of SharePoint, and the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) estimates that 60 percent to 70 percent of firms rely on the product in some way.
Yet in the early days, SharePoint was not widely accepted as a production-level enterprise content management (ECM) solution. But Microsoft responded with enhancements as well as new ECM and document management functionality, such as improved handling of metadata (using descriptive properties or tags for classifying and indexing managed content), thereby making it more likely that users would be able to more efficiently manage and locate information stored within SharePoint. And with the release of SharePoint 2010, Microsoft enhanced the platform’s back-end data connectivity, enabling it to work with information and content from other applications, whereas in the past it simply provided read-only access to back-end information.
Even with these and other advancements atop the remarkable tool that SharePoint has become, a need still remains to empower businesses with a way to customize and augment the broad-based SharePoint platform so that it better suits their specific requirements for organizing, managing and tracking documents, information and business processes. Indeed, with the ever-increasing volume of content that organizations must manage – from traditional Office documents and PDF files, to email, mobile data and the vast array of other types of unstructured content that pervades today’s organizations – there’s greater demand than ever before for a more effective means for managing mission-critical information.
In the recently introduced M-Files white paper, “Empowering SharePoint Users with Purpose-Built Document Management,” we address the considerations that businesses that have invested in SharePoint should make as they evaluate their overall ECM and document management needs.
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