Microsoft SharePoint is a collaboration platform offered both on-premises, and online via Microsoft’s secure cloud. It allows teams and individual employees the ability to share information seamlessly with one another, facilitating easy collaboration and communication. Whether your team is in-house, virtual, or a combination of the two, SharePoint keeps all your important information in one organized place, giving access to those who need it without compromising on data-security.
With a wide range of pricing plans and options, it can be made accessible and affordable regardless of company size, or budget. If you’re thinking of setting up SharePoint, the latest versions being offered are SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2016, and SharePoint 2013.
The first decision you’ll have to make is whether or not SharePoint On-Premises, or SharePoint Online is the best fit for your business. Using Withum’s Microsoft SharePoint consulting services can help answer specific questions, but the basic differences lie in where and how your data is stored, the control over your data security, and the pricing structure of each.
SharePoint On-Premises requires a significant amount of initial capital, as well as license and maintenance costs, but it allows you to fully regulate and maintain control over your data security. SharePoint Online offers monthly and annual subscription plans with no additional costs, but stores and hosts your data in the cloud.
When setting up SharePoint On-Premise 2016 or 2013, the initial resource requirements include a server to store your data, space to store your server, and a dedicated in-house IT team to maintain the server with updates.
The primary advantage of SharePoint On-Premises is the complete control over the security of your data. With SharePoint Online, your data may be stored in the cloud, but it reduces spending on servers, hardware, and IT resources.
With on-premises, your IT team will have to regularly maintain the server and update it frequently, but with the 2016 iteration, the downtime associated with manual updates has been removed. With SharePoint Online, Microsoft automatically runs updates.
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SharePoint Online is the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud model that is now offered as an independent service, or as part of an Office 365 bundled option. With SharePoint Online, you get access to powerful tools for enterprise content management, business intelligence, enterprise search, as well as the ability to create personal sites and newsfeeds. With the rapid pace of Microsoft’s free updates to its cloud platforms, you’ll never have to migrate your enterprise content again. Plans start as little as $5.00 a month.
SharePoint 2016 is the much anticipated newest version of the enterprise collaboration environment. It contains much of the functionality previously introduced in SharePoint Online, but brings a modern user experience, with better mobile access to content, people, and applications, along with touch-based experiences across devices. The new release simplifies file storage and collaboration without compromising any of the security and control your business requires. Your employees will have access to the right information at the right time, and your information will stay safe on local servers.
SharePoint 2013 provides secure, personalized access to your business documents and other information. Many companies have compliance requirements that they store their data in specific locations, while others are not ready to trust their critical business information to a cloud-based content management system. The on-premises security of SharePoint 2013 makes it an ideal choice for these organizations.
Withum has over a decade of experience as a Microsoft SharePoint expert, and offers a variety of SharePoint development services, including high levels of customization. We work with you to develop an implementation plan specific to the individual needs of your business. As a certified Microsoft Gold Partner, we are well equipped to handle all aspects of SharePoint migration, from development and implementation, to personalization and training. At Withum, we are dedicated to helping you enhance communication and collaboration, improve workflow, and shake unnecessary costs.
Whether you’re considering an on-premise or cloud SharePoint solution, working with a Withum consultant will ensure your switch is implemented smoothly and quickly, while keeping your primary business objectives and concerns on the forefront. With our years of experience in Microsoft SharePoint consulting services, be assured that we will leave you with a clear understanding of how to navigate your new SharePoint solution to its full potential, and will continue to provide help and support for as long as you require.