• Role-Based Permissions:
SharePoint provides comprehensive web-based functionality for managing users, roles and permission. You have control over which portions of your content are kept confidential, and which can be opened up to wider audiences.
• Sitewide Search: Quick keyword search across lists and document contents • Support for Accessibility Standards • Cross-Browser Support • Mobile Connectivity • High-Availability Architecture
• Typically SMEs from 3-100 users. Sweet spot will probably be smaller clients around 10-20 users.
• Typical client will not maintain their own IT function in-house. Ideally they will have a designated ‘power user’ – who may receive SharePoint training – but there will not be capacity to maintain Windows servers, updates, security patches etc.
• Existing hosted email – those who have existing hosted Exchange services are a natural target, as they demonstrate a willingness to adopt hosted platforms.
• Users who have a complex Active Directory environment and are used to integrated authentication/single sign-on approaches may not be well-suited to using a hosted solution, which will ‘feel’ like a second-class citizen in their IT environment.
• Clients requiring complex integration between SharePoint and their line-of business systems would probably be better served by on-premises solution. Basic integration using RSS/XML feeds or iframes are fine (and it’s surprising how far this can be taken), but API- level integration is likely to raise challenges.
• Customers requiring customisation of features, web parts, look-and-feel, feature stapling etc would probably be better served by an on-premises solution.
• Customers seeking to use SharePoint for ‘portal’ type use in an intranet environment, or as a public web site hosting platform, will not be able to use the Giacom hosted solution.