What is SharePoint?
First introduced in 2001, SharePoint was created as a platform from Microsoft to host company data and present it in a way that would make it more accessible and effective to all users across an organization.
It has historically been associated with Intranet sites, managing content and documents. It has evolved over the years to address more business usage and communication needs.
What’s the big deal?
To give you an idea of the platform’s popularity:
- SharePoint is currently used by 78% of Fortune 500 Companies
- It is in use by over 17,000 Companies
- In all deployment types combined there are over 100 million users
- 20,000 new users are being added every day!
When you hear the term platform you think of a solid, raised structure that allows things to be placed on top of it which are unique from their surroundings. That’s basically what SharePoint is. Organizations use SharePoint to create rich, web-based applications that interact with other systems in the company.
So as you can see, it is a growing and evolving technology. It is also important to note that SharePoint is not an “End all, do all” solution. Some actions and processes simply won’t work easily with the platform. It’s similar to the old proverb, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.”
While SharePoint is a very robust and flexible way to expose information, documents, and people throughout an organization, it will not replace everything.
Don’t be intimidated by any terms or phrases you hear, by the end of this course you’ll know everything you need to know about the wonderful world of SharePoint.