A guide to understanding the pros and cons of using SharePoint as an LMS.
(As previously published in Training Industry Magaine, Oct. 12, 2015) There has been a rekindled excitement in the tech community for Microsoft SharePoint since the announcement of their latest version of the software available in spring 2016. Microsoft developers paid close attention to trends in content management, team collaboration and user experiences across devices in order to deliver value to their customers. So, what does this mean for training managers and how will it affect how they do their job?
One of the big things Microsoft took into account when designing the new version is that on premise customers are very important and moving to the cloud is going to take some time. This is the case for many companies. In fact, Gartner predicted during their Catalyst Conference in San Diego in 2013 that 35 percent of existing SharePoint customers would never move to the cloud. As more and more high profile data breaches happen, IT managers will be even more hesitant to enter the cloud.
Additionally, Gartner revealed their prediction that in five to seven years, only 15 percent of SharePoint’s customers will be pure cloud, leaving 50 percent in some kind of hybrid state.
Hybrid, it seems, will be the new normal for SharePoint for some time. SharePoint 2016 will offer customers the ability to take advantage of cloud experiences while not giving up their on-premises infrastructure. This will give more options and solutions for trainers with varying degrees of on-premise investments.
THREE AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR TRAINERS
SharePoint 2016 provides new hybrid possibilities with Office 365 - improved performance, hybrid with cloud, support and monitoring.
New sites have been introduced to help companies stay in control – new data protection tools and monitoring. This is very helpful for trainers dealing with multiple SOPs.
Engagement and collaboration is huge and SharePoint won’t disappoint trainers - mobile, personalized insights, people centric file storage and collaboration.