At long last, Microsoft SharePoint 2013 officially arrives today. It’s been a long road, starting with planning meetings back during SPC2011, through the previews last summer and invitation-only release since then. Many of us have had the chance to work with SharePoint 2013 and its cloud companion, Office 365, for a good while. But as of today, SharePoint is officially released. And Dell Software has been there every step of the way, with our support for SharePoint 2013 migration, ready now, and 2013 management governance, releasing this week.
There have been some recent discussions online about SharePoint user satisfaction. Our own conference research has borne this out. Across recent conference attendees, 60.6% have reported reasonable satisfaction with SharePoint’s traditional document-centric collaboration. But user satisfaction drops to 20.3% for newer capabilities like business intelligence, applications, workflow and social.
So now what? What to expect from this release? To start, Microsoft has made a huge investment to enhancing many of those “unsatisfying” workloads, like social. For IT, I’d look at three major changes that will have a huge impact on the information worker experience:
All of this comes with some key enhancements to core infrastructure, with new server roles for Office Web Apps, workflow and cache. There are also changes in storage management, particularly Shredded Storage, which allows large files to be broken into small storage units for faster updates. It probably goes without saying that Dell can solve your hardware needs. But how can Dell Software help your SharePoint 2013 readiness?
Don’t forget about adoption! Architecture, design and installation only go so far. SharePoint 2013 offers more user-based capabilities than ever. Usability, apps, governance and management are essential tools to sustain user adoption.
Welcome to SharePoint 2013. Microsoft calls it “the new way to work together.” We’re happy to be the new way to work with SharePoint.
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