Use of Microsoft Office 365 Primarily Viewed as a Collaboration Platform

Concept Searching has completed its annual SharePoint Metadata Survey and first results indicate a growing interest in Office 365, but limited to deploying the product for collaboration only.

The Concept Searching second annual survey was completed by over 300 organizations using SharePoint and the objective was to determine how organizations are using metadata and/or the SharePoint Term Store to manage unstructured content. The survey questions sought to solicit feedback on how, or if, organizations were using metadata to drive applications such as search, records management, protection of privacy and confidential information, migration, and to a lesser extent applications such as text analytics, collaboration, and social content. The white paper containing the detailed results will be published in late March.

Based on initial results, Office 365 has not been embraced by a significant number of enterprises, although interest in the product is growing. For those who have deployed Office 365, or are in the process of doing so, across the board organizations limit the use of the product to collaboration. Of particular interest was a somewhat laissez faire attitude that using Office 365 for collaboration only was not a security or data privacy issue. In all responses, the respondees did not seem to recognize the same on-premise challenges also exist in the cloud as it applies not only to security, but records declaration and intelligent search.

According to Martin Garland, President of Concept Searching, “We had an incredible response to the survey which yielded some interesting trends. As an industry leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy tools available in both SharePoint and Office 365, it is important to understand how the marketplace is using Microsoft products, what challenges they are facing on a day-to-day basis and how we can develop our products and services to solve those challenges.”

Concept Searching is the developer of the award winning conceptClassifier for SharePoint and conceptClassifier for Office 365. The industry unique technologies consist of automatic semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management tools that offer bi-directional native operation with the SharePoint Term Store. As a component of the Smart Content Framework™ for information governance, intelligent metadata enabled solutions are widely deployed by clients to address search, automatic identification of documents of record, identification and security of confidential information from unauthorized access and portability, intelligent migration, text analytics, collaboration, social content, litigation support, and eDiscovery and FOIA.

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