SharePoint users have been found to be enthusiastic about the potential for the software to improve collaboration within their businesses – with one in four looking to make use of the enterprise content management (ECM) platform.
Microsoft explains that SharePoint”s ECM features include the ability to use a centralized document viewer to access files, rather than forwarding publications as email attachments from person to person.
Now research conducted in Europe has revealed that organizations there are keen to use the benefits of such a document viewer, along with other features of SharePoint, to improve their working practices.
AIIM Europe, the ECM Association, carried out a survey at Info Ireland Online which found that 23 per cent of delegates intend to ultimately store information on a centralized ECM system.
Of those not looking towards a central repository for files themselves, 42 per cent instead plan to use such a system to establish a portal via which information in different locations may be centrally accessed.
Meanwhile, at its Business & Technology Leadership Forum 2008, industry analyst Forrester advised that unstructured data is likely to become a way of life for many companies.
"Chaos is the new norm – chaotic technologies aren”t going anywhere – and the fundamental shift in the balance of power to individuals and networks of individuals is very real," commented vice-president and research director Sharyn Leaver.