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SharePoint is one of several solutions for ECM (Enterprise Content Management). If your organization is a Microsoft shop, uses .NET development, and runs on SQL Server or Windows Server, SharePoint must be considered as an option. But it may not be the best option.

  • SharePoint Server Standard is necessary for ECM. It will likely cost you more than you imagined.
  • SharePoint is a toolbox that can be built upon, and there are many third party solutions that will make your SharePoint deployment complete if there are gaps in native functionality.
  • SharePoint 2010 is Microsoft’s latest release and builds upon previous versions. It has improved many old functions and added new ones critical for indexing, enterprise search, and backup. The time to upgrade is in the near future.

SharePoint might appear like a cheap-and-cheery ECM alternative. But without the commitment and investment, it often just whimpers and dies.

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