SharePoint and the Platform Play – How to Tie a Company into your Whole Stack: Interesting post that expounds on the true purpose of Sharepoint: tie you to Microsoft forever. Sharepoint seems very innocuous, but I’ve heard people from Microsoft say that Sharepoint is the single most strategic product the company produces and a huge portion of their future business is tied to it.
Sharepoint is an interesting beast. Just about all Microsoft products in the future will have some Sharepoint integration. So if Microsoft gets you hooked on Sharepoint, it will reach deep into your technology footprint and tie all your Microsoft products together so it’s too painful to get rid of even one of them.
Of course, is this evil, or just good business? If Microsoft develops Sharepoint to the point where it’s this crucial to your business…well, then they’re doing something right, aren’t they? If it works for you and solves your problems, then I guess you’re happy. Right?
Keep in mind too that this post is written by a guy from Alfresco — an open-source Sharepoint competitor.