With the SharePoint 2010 beta release fast approaching, analysts are taking the pulse of the IT community to see who will be upgrading and when.
A recent poll by Quest Software senior product management Joel Oleson found that 65 percent of businesses polled plan to upgrade to SharePoint 2010 within one year of its release – 21.4 percent will make the move within three months of the release, while 43.6 percent will wait three to 12 months.
This leaves 14.2 percent of businesses that will wait a year or longer to upgrade, and 20.8 percent that have no current plans to upgrade at all.
In addition, the survey found that almost half of SharePoint users are small businesses with SharePoint environments of 250 GB or less. The majority of businesses have environments in the 250 GB to 1 TB range.
The survey also found that 81.4 percent of SharePoint users already have an SPS or MOSS portal for the SharePoint Server, while 4.2 percent plan to upgrade to this setting from the WSS they currently have.
A recent report from CMS Watch advised SharePoint users that they may want to optimize the current version of their software before upgrading.