ECM: Forrester Lists SharePoint Limitations

first_imgMicrosoft SharePoint has taken the lower end of the ECM market by storm.  Its tight integration with Microsoft Office products and its low cost of entry has enticed many organizations into giving it a try.In a new report, Forrester recognizes SharePoint as great technology for small groups or for projects that house non-business-critical content.  It recommends to “use SharePoint for collaborative, team-based content creation and management rather than structured and repetitive processes”, especially for projects that have primarily only Microsoft Office documents.Forester points out that SharePoint does not fully support structured workflows and often does not work well with documents outside the Microsoft Office suite.  Both scalability and enterprise lifecycle management features of the software is limited.  The report goes on to say that “SharePoint workflow works well for ad-hoc content flows between members of a specific team or department, but less so for workflows that cross folders,  teams and applications.”Organizations that want the tight integration with Microsoft Office applications and great back-end scalability may want to take a look at Alfresco.  Alfresco 3.0 includes a Sharepoint-lookalike integration that provides a similar experience when using Office applications and interacting with the back-end repository.last_img