Survey Discovers Collaboration is a Key Focus Area for SharePoint and Office 365 Organizations

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Survey Discovers Collaboration is a Key Focus Area for SharePoint and Office 365 Organizations

Concept Searching’s Fourth Annual Survey Identifies Collaboration as an Objective for 62% of Organizations – 2016 SharePoint and Office 365 State of the Market Survey.

The survey responses indicated that the importance of collaboration has increased significantly compared with last year’s survey results, where only 16% of respondents felt that collaboration was a priority.

This year the percentage jumped to 60.2%. SharePoint is still best suited as a document-centric collaboration portal, but this strength does make it appealing for migrating to the cloud, to reach mobile and disconnected users, and to improve communication and collaboration.

Collaboration is difficult to define in many instances. Collaboration can include instant messaging, project management, document sharing and editing, video, social networking, and calendars, to name but a few functions.

In addition to end user adoption issues, within both the public and commercial sectors, many organizations increasingly collaborate, some globally, and across state borders, communicating with a wide variety of external stakeholders. This internal and external collaboration and information sharing requires vigilance in matters of information security, data sovereignty, and the protection of confidential information or intellectual property.

Concept Searching technologies provide the ability to automatically group programmatic information assets, identify potential exposures, and apply appropriate distribution controls before information is shared, so eliminating the risk of an unintentional exposure. This approach results in intelligent, secure information sharing and increased project success.

The SharePoint and Office 365 State of the Market survey results white paper is available here.