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InfoTrends Launches Novel Study of Microsoft SharePoint 2007


(Weymouth, MA) January 21, 2009 . . . In light of new economic pressures, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 has garnered substantial attention. Market data indicates that MOSS reached over $1B in revenue and 110M licenses in 2008. Microsoft partners and developers are realizing large revenues around SharePoint add-ons, widgets, services, and solutions; and major OEMs and VARs are investigating potential partnerships around this platform. For software vendors, MOSS presents both an opportunity and a threat.

For many organizations, MOSS 2007 is part of a standard upgrade cycle. For others, the tight integration with Office 2007, Windows OS, and Windows Server components make MOSS 2007 highly relevant and adoptable for almost all businesses. MOSS could be a platform and repository option for document lifecycle requirements such capture, document management, records management and archiving, and workflow. Other MOSS use-cases include knowledge management and collaboration, social networking, project management, customer relationship management, web content management, and “Web 2.0” initiatives such as wikis and blogs.

Omri Duek, Senior Analyst at InfoTrends, commented, “In addition to new opportunities, MOSS presents challenges. The MOSS landscape can be confusing for partners, developers, and users alike. MOSS licensing is complex and includes multiple server licenses, multiple Client Access Licenses (CALs) options, as well as required ‘add-ons’ for certain functionality. Additionally, Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 – included with Windows Server – provides services with many capabilities similar to MOSS 2007. For small and medium businesses, many may be able to get away with these services alone. That said, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of SharePoint for more comprehensive solutions also requires additional investigation.”

To provide insight into these opportunities and challenges, InfoTrends has launched a multi-client study entitled Gathering MOSS? Revealing SharePoint Opportunities and Costs. Project objectives include:

  • Quantify the penetration of MOSS 2007 on an “active user” basis
  • Qualify the current and expected use of MOSS 2007 across small, medium, and large organizations as well as across vertical industries
  • Understand perceptions, deployments, and challenges of MOSS 2007 for more robust solutions
  • Examine the costs and requirements for deploying MOSS 2007 across a range of uses and scales
  • Discover how customers engage with providers of MOSS-related services and solutions
  • Evaluate the value of these engagements for various use-cases
  • Enumerate the most highly demanded services, solutions, and hardware integrations around the MOSS platform today and in 2 years time

The study will provide an understanding of customer behavior in relation to purchasing and engaging MOSS, what the market is currently offering, and improvements that could help maximize this emerging opportunity. For more information on the study or to sign up as a participant, contact Alison Hipp at 781 616 2100 ext. 126 or via e-mail at alison_hipp@infotrends.com. Early subscriber discounts are available until February 13, 2009. Clients that sign up early can also provide input and review of the survey prior to its launch.

InfoTrends, a Questex company, is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. We provide research, analysis, forecasts, and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their businesses. Additional information about InfoTrends is available on the Web at www.infotrends.com.

Copyright © 2009 InfoTrends. All rights reserved. Reproduction or reuse of InfoTrends materials is strictly prohibited without prior written consent. If you are interested in referencing InfoTrends content, please submit your request to allison_jones@infotrends.com

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