Wow, you are still here? If my development rant didn’t dissuade you reading further and my thoughts on complications with moving to the cloud didn’t prevent you from viewing this article, then you must really find this topic fascinating. Either that, or my writing style is exactly what you need to cure insomnia. Regardless! In this post, we’ll discuss some of the changes going on within Microsoft which may lead some to believe that SharePoint has about as much of a future as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Still not convinced the SharePoint brand is fading? Just take a look at Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella’s recent email to employees of Microsoft:
Satya Nadella's email to employees
Go ahead and read it. Now do a search for the word “SharePoint”. See it in there? Let’s take a closer look at the following statement from his email:
“…This transformation is well underway as we moved Office from the desktop to a service with Office 365 and our solutions from individual productivity to group productivity tools – both to the delight of our customers. We'll push forward and evolve the world-class productivity, collaboration and business process tools people know and love today, including Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Bing and Dynamics.” – Satya Nadella
Look again… “Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Bing and Dynamics.”
Notice something missing? SharePoint is not even mentioned!
Does this mean SharePoint is dying?? Not at all, it just means it is evolving, but I can understand some peoples’ fears. Again, this is ALL conjecture and rumor. I have seen nothing official, however Dan Holme has written and excellent post on the subject: Time to Break Up the SharePoint Brand
The Promotion of Jeff Teper
As I stated at the beginning of this series, Jeff Teper was promoted within Microsoft to the Head of Corporate Strategy and some people are speculating that the promotion may have ominous undertones for SharePoint.
Maybe I’m just ignorant (and I have zero special insight here), but this does not sound bad to me. To me it just symbolizes SharePoint’s evolution and becoming more entwined under the Office umbrella. Not sure this would be bad?
What Do These Changes Really Mean?
Change is happening, but change is not necessarily bad. Allow me to dust off my crystal ball and tell you what all these changes really mean for SharePoint and SharePoint’s future.
SharePoint is CLEARLY not dying. If anything it’s growing and expanding and becoming more critical to Microsoft’s long term vision.
Just take look at two huge initiatives from Microsoft. Oslo and Office Apps. Now I won’t go into great detail about these initiatives here (my fingers are tired from typing and I hyperlinked to them, so stop whining), but it’s important to note that both of these products integrate with SharePoint. If SharePoint were dying why would two of their biggest recent technology announcements use this “dying” product?? Simple… It’s not dying! It’s becoming more cemented into Office and will be there for a LONG time. It’s evolving into an essential glue for holding pieces of the expanding Office platform together.
So, yes, the SharePoint brand is obviously fading and the promotion of Jeff Teper does point to SharePoint evolving in a different direction. But obviously SharePoint is not going anywhere. Why would Microsoft abandon a technology that is so critical to their success and future plans? Why should you? You shouldn’t.
SharePoint is Alive and Well
Can we all agree that SharePoint is doing just fine? I think it’s pretty clear at this point that the sky is not falling. There is definitely a LOT of changing happening right now and companies need to make decisions about their move to the cloud. Developers need to learn new skills, and admins need to understand their roles in this brave new world.
What exactly do all these changes mean for your career in SharePoint?? Well, I’m glad you asked. It just so happens that Steve Smith SharePoint MVP and owner of Combined Knowledge is presenting his Keynote “SharePoint, You need to reapply for your Job” at SharePointalooza in Branson, MO on September 13th. I can’t think of a person with better knowledge or insight into the subject. So, register today and come hear what Steve has to say!
No… this entire blog series was not an advertisement for SharePointalooza… I wish I were that clever.
Now that we have firmly established that SharePoint is not going anywhere, my final article in these series will answer the big question. “Should my company go to Office 365.”