Need a Repository? Don’t Use SharePoint! (with video)


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this phrase: “We use SharePoint as a document repository.” And I’m pretty fed up with it! If all you need is a place to store document use Dropbox or Google Docs. Anything but SharePoint. Please use anything other than SharePoint for this. For one thing, you are wasting money. I realize you can spend your organization’s money however you want. But when you promote SharePoint as a “repository” it cheapens the brand. Using SharePoint as a “repository” is like buying a Ferrari to deliver newspapers. Sure it will do it, but it’s capable of SO much more. So if all you need is a repository, use something else. However, if you want to take the Ferrari for a few laps around the Nurburgring find a SharePoint professional to be your pit crew chief.

And here is a gratuitous video of a Ferrari going round the ‘Ring. What, your SharePoint site doesn’t sound like that?!? 🙂

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2 comments on “Need a Repository? Don’t Use SharePoint! (with video)

  1. Do we need to clarify that SharePoint can be great for document control (collaborative reviews and version control) and distributing organisation-wide information that happens to be in Word / PDF form? I mean, we expect a SharePoint intranet to manage the org’s policy documents don’t we?

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