Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most popular platforms for organisations to collaborate on work tasks and pool resources. It works through a web-based portal which allows users to create resources such as extranets, project portals, and team websites. It has helped millions of businesses worldwide to streamline workflow, increase productivity and improve cross department communication.
If you are considering the implementation of Microsoft SharePoint, or MOSS as it is also known, then you have two options. You can either run the system on an in-house server or outsource the service to a hosted SharePoint provider. Regardless of which option you choose, you would be well advised to seek the advice of a trained Microsoft SharePoint consultant. The following article explains why.
Lack of Bias
SharePoint consultants are unbiased and will be able to advise you on the best solution for your business, not the best solution for the provider. They will take the time to get to know you and your individual circumstances, working with you to devise a package that meets your requirements. You will receive honest, impartial advice on all of the options which are available to you.
Most Microsoft SharePoint consultancy companies will only employ individuals who have passed a set of stringent examinations, which means they are well qualified and experienced in the very latest developments.
SharePoint consultants will be able to help you to deploy a bespoke SharePoint architecture which is custom made for your organisation and its requirements
A SharePoint consultant will be able to help you by seeking out the most cost effective solution for your business, whether this be in-house or outsourced.
The main reason why most organisations would be well advised to outsource their SharePoint system is the huge costs which are involved in running it. In addition to the upfront cost of the hardware, maintaining an in house server requires a full time technician to manage it effectively. The cost of this can run into tens of thousands of pounds, meaning that this is simply not viable for most businesses.
Security of systems and data is one of the biggest headaches for most businesses. SharePoint consultants will be able to advise you on all of the security options which are available to you and help you to find either secure external hosting, or put in place measures to ensure that your in-house SharePoint server has adequate security provisions in place.
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