We’ve had this site live for a couple of months while we figured out the best set up to serve the community. We’re excited about where we hope to take this site, but it remains a work in progress.
It’s a little Quest-heavy right now, but that’s not the intent. Please contribute to the forums and blogs as you’d like, and our team of SharePoint experts (including myself), will help the general community respond to you and your comments. If you have a great answer for someone else, add it! We encourage it and look forward to interacting with you.
I had started a post on the state of SharePoint and its tremendous growth and didn’t get a chance to share it, but I think this is a great place for it.
I've been doing a lot of travelling lately and was most recently in Washington D.C. for the DC SharePoint Saturday. One thing that Dux did to kick off the event was a "state of SharePoint" panel represented by Microsoft Architect, Consultant, Analyst, and myself. (I'd give you all their names, but I don't remember all of them.) Dux brought the energy level up, added a few jokes and then passed it to the panel.
I got up from my chair and walked around the audience that had grown as the meeting had progressed. Not only is it the fastest revenue generating product in Microsoft's history. We have to assume based on Microsoft's success in the global market that it is the single fastest revenue generating software product ever. The 100 million license number was from last February and even the Fortune 100 saturation of "some deployment" is sure to have jumped past 60%. IT organizations can't ignore SharePoint any longer. That's why I think this site and communities and blogs like this are needed.
SharePoint has made a name for itself and has clearly carved out a place for business platforms for collaboration, portals, search, and document management systems that are easy to use and integrate in ways that are intuitive to users. Microsoft was uniquely in a position to provide that kind of functionality in ways unmatched. While SharePoint could be said to have been acquisitions of FrontPage Server Extensions, Content Management Server, and remnants of site server (along with MSSearch) and built .NET, SQL and IIS. One has to wonder what is uniquely SharePoint. SharePoint has become the standard for the way to host information for corporation. It has forced IT to think about the Intranet and Collaboration as a service. It has also forced IT to reconsider purchasing best of breed for every request it gets for business requests and take SOA (service oriented architectures) from a development model to an IT hosting model.
It’s an exciting time. I look forward to the collaboration that is taking place and more that will take place here on SharePointforAll.com.
It's absolutely a great time to be working on SharePoint.