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Forrester Research: SharePoint 2010 too much for some users

by | Jan 29, 2010

NetworkWorld reported that a recent study by Forrester Research suggested that additions to Microsoft”s SharePoint 2010 might be "overkill" for some users.

The study, SharePoint Server 2010: An Evolutionary Step toward Content-Centric Middleware, mostly lauded the improvements in the server, according to Network World”s report.

But the author of the report, principal analyst Rob Koplowitz, said that SharePoint 2010 should be considered a major strategic option for users not currently on the platform. He reportedly advised users considering a jump to SharePoint to evaluate the features carefully, Network World said. SharePoint 2010 "can be a hammer, but not everything is nail," he said in the report, according to NetworkWorld.

The report concluded that SharePoint 2010 is likely "not a fit for those with basic needs" that could be better filled by other vendors. Also, "end-user licensing requirements should give pause to those looking to build social communities across corporate boundaries and those in need of performance-rich web management or large-volume transactional content management," the report said, according to Network World.

The study also details improvements to the platform, according to Network World, such as a new offline client called SharePoint Workspace and enhancements to search and document management.