I’ve read some interesting takes on SharePoint 2016 and its future. Whether these highly respected experts have crystal balls, I don’t know, or maybe it’s just conjecture on their part, or just plain ole’ smarts. According to Christian Buckley, CMO of Beezy, Inc. and a onetime architect on the original SharePoint team stated in an interview in Redmonmag.com article, “on the current product trajectory I can easily envision that SharePoint within Office 365 will fade into the background, and while it will play a critical infrastructural role, out-of-the-box (OOTB) solutions and “experiences” will displace the way we know and use SharePoint today. In fact, I would not be surprised to see the brand become synonymous with on-prem only. I suppose you could say that this is my new-year SharePoint prediction, although I believe it may take another version or two before it comes to fruition.” He was not bashing Microsoft. His point was Office 365 is seeking to offer instantaneous productivity tools, while SharePoint runs more of the business type applications, some such as security and compliance must remain on-premises. Nothing to argue with there.
Although this is a reason to be cautious as you start adding applications to SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. We can be reasonably certain that Office 365 isn’t going anywhere. SharePoint 2016? Well hopefully we will all be retired when that happens. But in the interim strategic planning is still viable. Looking for additional software to fill a need or hole, look to those vendors that have taken the technology strategic planning into consideration and are keeping in step, if not outpacing the improvements in Office 365.
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Regardless if SharePoint gradually goes away or not, plan carefully for the future, and in a hybrid situation, err on the side of Office 365. Seems like the pragmatic approach to me. What about you?