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October 16
Office 365 SharePoint

​SharePoint Online delivers the powerful features of SharePoint without the associated overhead of managing the infrastructure on your own. You can purchase SharePoint in the cloud as a standalone offering or as part of an Office 365 suite where you can also get access to Exchange, Lync, Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other web apps.

What the Naysayers are Saying:

  • No access to server- On-premises provides a more reliable environment being the content is stored locally so you have fewer worries about the network connection needed to access the content when it is local vs. remote.  Anything requiring something installed on the servers cannot be integrated
  • What we say: It might be a good thing that you don’t have access to the server. A lot can go wrong when the wrong people have access to the servers.
  • Migration can be challenging - Difficult migration without third party tools that don’t require server side install
  • What we say: There are other third party tools that aren’t installed on the server

  • Missing Features- A few of these key features that are missing include; the ability to use the new cross-site publishing feature and faceted navigation, key Business Intelligence (BI) components like PerformancePoint, Scorecards and Dashboards are not available, and the Content Search Web Part used to dynamically present data on a page based on a search query is not available.
  • Security - Leap of faith for some CIO’s - No idea where your data actually is, susceptible to other countries laws
  • What we say: Does that matter if it’s in the hands of people you can trust at Microsoft?

Advantages of Office 365 SharePoint:

  • Cross device availability-Easily access and interact with your SharePoint newsfeed, wherever you go using the SharePoint mobile apps available on various devices
  • Easy to manage-You can get setup in virtually no time. The powerful admin console allows your organization to easily manage capabilities, policies and security for all the content and features within SharePoint.
  • Enterprise grade reliability and standards-Safeguard your data by hosting it in geographically distributed datacenters with continuous data backup, premier disaster recovery capabilities and a team of experts monitoring the servers around the clock
  • Anywhere access since its in the cloud” and available anywhere internet is available
  • No Server Maintenance- No Maintenance on your part, everything is taken care of by Microsoft.
  • Pay as you go- Pay as you go model allows you to start quickly without high cost for infrastructure
  • Reliability-Office 365 offers 99.9% availability on their services, which means you don’t have to worry whether your site will be down or not
  • Bundle of services- Package of solutions (Exchange, Lync and SharePoint)

More information:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/collaboration-tools-compare-sharepoint-plans-FX103789400.aspx

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx?redir=0

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18597.weve-got-the-power-power-bi-new-microsoft-bi-suite-announced.aspx

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