Cracking Open the SharePoint Fortress
Sep 29, 2009, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Despite – or maybe even because of – that
nebulousness, SharePoint is a brilliant success, for a couple of
reasons. In a way, it's Microsoft's answer to GNU/Linux: cheap and
simple enough for departments to install without needing to ask
permission, it has proliferated almost unnoticed through
enterprises to such an extent that last year SharePoint Sales were
"But as well as being one of Microsoft's few new billion-dollar
hits, it has one other key characteristic, hinted at in the
Wikipedia entry above: it offers an effortless way for people to
put content in to the system, but makes it very hard to get it out
because of its proprietary lock-in."