NATIONAL SURVEY INDICATES RAPID ADOPTION OF MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT
The National SharePoint Survey is an independent survey sponsored by OBS, to gain insight into the adoption and usage of Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies across Australia. The survey was conducted during June 2011 resulting in over 300 respondents representing a cross section of public and private sector organisations.
This year’s survey revealed a rapid uptake in SharePoint 2010 with the number of organisations deployed at 36%, up from 4% for the same time last year. Office 2010 deployment has reached a respectable 46% within the surveyed organisations, which suggests a strong link between SharePoint and Office deployment.
While most organisations initially deploy SharePoint for collaboration (87% of respondents), the survey indicated a strong appetite for organisations to deliver more using SharePoint. Areas targeted for investment over the next three years include; the use of SharePoint for Internet Web Sites (45%), Business Process Automation (47%). and as a Business Intelligence platform (21%).
Another indicator of the growing importance of SharePoint within organisations is the growth in significantly sized installations. This year’s survey saw a rise in the number of organisations with five SharePoint Servers or more to over 20%, up from 13% last year.
Finally, organisations are continuing the trend towards outsourcing their SharePoint implementation and development work to third parties, with in-house use of skills dropping to 45% down from 53% in 2010.
“The National SharePoint Survey supports many of the trends we are seeing in working with OBS customers across Australia”, said Andy Neumann, Managing Director, OBS. “SharePoint has gone from a collaboration tool, to a major application platform in a short amount of time, and we see no slowing of that trend into 2012”, said Mr Neumann.