2003: As in many relationships, first contact often shapes the course of events! As the manager of the Microsoft department for Blue-Infinity, I had the privilege of being the first to dig into the first version of WSS, i.e. WSS 2.0. I have to say that first impressions were hardly reassuring, especially as market pressures to equip ourselves with this new wonder product forced us to jump in at the deep end only to find a product completely unknown, immature and bug-ridden.
2003 2006: It was a bit like swimming against the tide for a few years as we developed proof of concept after proof of concept, trying to find the best way to use this wonderful product without, it must be said, a great deal of success.
2006: Time moved on and MOSS 2007 appeared. At last, the platform appeared stable and the promises seemed to be kept! Although it is still pretty greedy on resources, we have now nevertheless crossed the Rubicon to such an extent that we have moved from Oh, dont mention that to a very positive Have you thought about Sharepoint?.
2009: Without pushing an immature and unknown product, we have continued advising our customers, taking care to avoid overstepping the mark by defining their corporate strategies for them. Nevertheless, it is not overstating things to say that, today, Sharepoint can be considered a vital building block for any project that impinges on any of the following business areas:
- Forms, business process
Obviously, such confidence, from either our developers or our customers, can only be based on a product that is both robust and extremely effective. In just a few months, we have developed numerous applications and routines enabling us to complete the platform and thus offer really high-performance solutions to our customers.
So what have we learned?
It is probably prudent not to jump feet first into using new products release 3 being the point where the product achieves stability.
Sharepoint is already, or will certainly become, a major player in your information systems.
Yes, we love Sharepoint and we are eagerly waiting for the 2010 version but that will be another story!