This week, I’ve been attending a gathering of Microsoft technical sales professionals.
In one presentation, I heard the following opinion (paraphrased):
“The most important pillar of SharePoint is content management. This is the core value proposition of SharePoint. It is what is driving sales.”
In another one, I heard:
“The most important pillar of SharePoint is social computing and collaboration. This is what is driving its adoption.”
I think that what this means is that content without collaboration tends to be static, and doesn’t improve and disseminate as it should. Collaboration without content doesn’t provide a vehicle for corporate/collective knowledge. In addition, adding collaboration to content enables more effective management of the content – helps with applying policies for things like Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. We can’t separate content and collaboration. I think that both presenters would agree that having content management and collaboration baked into SharePoint at a core level lets us work together with fewer barriers.
In other news, Johann Granados (President of Staff DotNet) has recently started blogging. I have known him for a number of months, and have enjoyed working with him and his team. He has a unique perspective on the IT world - running a consulting company from Costa Rica. I'm going to enjoy reading about his set of challenges and opportunities. Welcome to the blogosphere, Johann!