Collaboration has been the business buzzword of 2020. As hundreds of thousands of businesses were forced to close their doors, the workers retreating into their homes, firms had to find a way to get their workers to collaborate over space and time. The solution, of course, was to turn to developed collaboration software that the world was already tentatively using to connect employees across different geographies. But now, with the lockdown eased and looking unlikely to return in full force, it’s time to consolidate software solutions into one central system. That’s where Microsoft SharePoint comes in, as detailed below.
What is SharePoint?
Microsoft’s SharePoint is essentially a platform you’ll use to collaborate – just as you’ve been collaborating over a number of other software solutions in recent months. The benefits of using SharePoint are myriad – but perhaps the most useful is that it’s fully-integrated with Officer 365 programs, which means there’s no friction or stress when saving and accessing files from anywhere in the world.
SharePoint is attached to the better-known Microsoft Teams, which is essentially the instant chat, conference calling software that Microsoft have included in their suite of solutions to help businesses work across space. Used together, they’re a powerful hub of collaborative work, enabling staff to easily access and edit documents created by a Microsoft application.
Why Use SharePoint?
One of the biggest factors preventing businesses choosing to use SharePoint is the fact that the migration – the movement of your files, your accounts, and your systems and data – onto Microsoft’s servers can feel immensely time-consuming and stressful. Businesses often simply choose to maintain the status quo, even if they’re aware that SharePoint will offer their firm benefits.
Thankfully, this is a false dichotomy: you don’t have to choose between a laborious transition and an ineffective system. With the help of the handy SharePoint migration tool, it’s easier than ever to oversee the migration of your business’s files and processes into the Microsoft sphere of programming. The tool can convert a number of different file types into the required format for the move, helping to save you hours of laborious human oversight.
SharePoint for the Future
Microsoft are one of the most trusted software firms in the world, and it’s no wonder: they practically created the protocols and the design of many of the applications we now use to produce our work. And yet, there’s still doubt as to SharePoint’s effectiveness. Surely, some businesses ask whether there are more innovative, dynamic, and agile companies out there, predicting better and more dynamic software?
The answer to these questions is a resounding yes. There are hundreds of exciting startup companies working on highly-advanced, often automated software solutions for businesses. The problem is that these firms specialize. As such, they don’t offer a comprehensive suite of solutions, and this means it’s far better for your firm’s files to be based on Microsoft’s software and for your IT team to cherry-pick their access to the rest of the market.
SharePoint is regarded as the gold standard of collaborative software in 2020 – well worth moving onto if you’re not already making use of the system.
James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.