One of the more lively discussions coming out of the Gartner Symposium/ ITxpo 2013 was around the future of SharePoint™ on-premise solutions. Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann offered an opinion that “SharePoint on-premise is slowly on its way out,” and elaborated on the woes some long-time SharePoint users continue to experience. Memeburn echoed this view, pointing out SharePoint’s lack of popularity among users and the difficulty upgrading or changing an installation:
Our solutions for sharing content on SharePoint to an extranet audience – simply, securely and quickly – were a big hit with the many folks who came by to talk to us.
Moving from public facing to extranet scenarios, however, introduces some particular challenges. The most pressing of these is achieving the security required to eliminate the possibility of data leaks. The content your business might be sharing externally could be intellectual property, confidential company information, or sensitive personal data such as investor, employee or patient details.
SaaS services require little upfront investment and therefore benefit the bottom line faster. Additionally, they require little to no dedicated in-house technical resources and therefore also benefit the bottom line in terms of headcount and associated salaries.