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Last week, Julia White, General Manager for the Office Product Management team confirmed that SharePoint 2016 On-Premises is in the works with an upcoming arrival. As Microsoft had mentioned that there would be another SharePoint server, it was not a huge surprise, but still exciting news as some believed Microsoft could soon start phasing out on-premises servers for the online equivalent.
The enterprise social network, Yammer, is taking collaboration a step farther: to the team. Yammer is making collaboration easier than ever before with a belief that information is most valuable when shared amongst your team, leading to greater productivity in today’s dynamic teams. Not only will Yammer be more deeply rooted in Office 365, but with Yammer groups, members can share and collaborate within a confined space on the topic at hand. Users will be able to seamlessly move between Yammer, Skype meeting, Outlook emails and files on OneDrive.
Today, time is a luxury that most of us don’t have in the office. We are constantly on the go, moving between meetings, projects and deadlines. We don’t have time to be strapped to our desks all day in the hopes of completing projects and hoping those collaborating are available at the same time. And, as an added hurdle, more teams are spread out. Every member of your team won’t necessarily be located in the same building. If your team is spread out across the country, waiting by your email for updates is not an option we often have.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (Beta 2) is in the process creating very positive impressions. Interestingly, with the release of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 comes a turn in the SharePoint offerings moving forward. SharePoint is clearly at a crossroads. A commitment to choose between On-Premise and Cloud is likely to soon to lean heavily towards SharePoint as a service. These signals are important to consider as your company determines its planning horizon to move important SharePoint-based applications to The Cloud.
As we close out the year and look toward what new opportunities come in the upcoming year, many companies are looking at what technologies should be integrated into their processes in order to increase collaboration and complete work more efficiently. One such tool for the conversation is Microsoft SharePoint. SharePoint is the new way to work together. The addition of SharePoint to your business will give your team a distinct competitive advantage, allowing employees to work faster and smarter.
According to Microsoft, SharePoint 2016 is on the horizon. While Microsoft has been making advances with its cloud updates on Office 365, they will also be releasing a new server system in the second quarter of 2016 with a public beta version being released during the fourth quarter of this year.
Cloud technologies are becoming a necessity for many small businesses, as its strengths are keeping small businesses in competition with the larger enterprises. Cloud has increased mobility and data availability for companies of all sizes. According to Forbes, cloud is likely to become an $80 billion industry by 2018 with the expectations of doubling for small business participation in the next six years. As more companies are jumping on the cloud bandwagon, it is becoming increasingly clear the benefits of the solution, with predictions of a 30 percent annual growth for the industry.
As technology expands, software brands are coming up with more ways to deploy their product to customers with one of the biggest trends being cloud computing. One system in particular is SharePoint. SharePoint has four different approaches for deployment: on-premises, online (cloud), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and hybrid-cloud. As your company is choosing which approach is best, consider each option before selecting the best choice for your company.
Questions have been raised in regards to how SharePoint will evolve in Office 365 and what the future will hold. As Microsoft moves into 2015, they continue to introduce new innovations.