Microsoft and T-Systems recently signed a five-year deal that will allow Shell employees to work together online with the help of SharePoint.
The deal is due in large part to Shell wanting to reduce costs and increase flexibility and the dynamic SharePoint services will be available for the company through the internet.
Although Shell is currently using SharePoint as a collaboration platform, the customized version by T-Systems will be provided virtually from its own data center.
SharePoint will provide a central platform for various applications including content and document management, organization and collaboration for projects.
"For us as a globally operating company, SharePoint is a key instrument for smooth cooperation in projects with decentralized teams. This joint solution will allow us to appreciate considerable cost reductions and greater flexibility," said Shell's vice president of IT Services Jay Crotts.
According to research from Global 360, which included a survey from 830 SharePoint users, the program has increased its market penetration significantly since August 2010 when it was at 8 percent, to currently 44 percent.