IT managers and CTOs are routinely presented with options and opportunities to upgrade technologies within their environments. Sometimes upgrades are difficult to justify in terms of cost or effort or the minimal benefit that users or the company will see. Other times, the features and benefits are so beneficial that not upgrading would be a huge mistake. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 is one of those latter products. There are dozens of reasons why companies should make the move to upgrading to SharePoint 2016, but if I had to boil it down to what I think are the most compelling, it would be these three:
With so much business activity moving to the cloud, companies need to balance the benefits of collaboration with compliance and security. It is a huge challenge for any business — especially a small business — to find this balance with any level of sophistication. What’s so exciting about SharePoint 2016 is the attention paid to this very issue. Microsoft calls it people-centric compliance. You can safeguard your business by guarding against data breaches and controlling who accesses information while giving your employees simplified data controls and a user-friendly experience. Given Microsoft’s need to meet compliance regulations in multiple geographies, they’ve built standards into this platform that most organizations — even large scale companies — would struggle to match. And for those companies that are hesitant or unable to move entirely to the cloud, SharePoint 2016 allows for a hybrid solution, which lets companies maintain a mix of on-premise and cloud-based data without disruption.
While many new product upgrades might boast innovation, SharePoint 2016 is bursting with it. From its user interface, which reflects innovation from the cloud version, to its zero downtime patching and updates, SharePoint 2016 is innovative from end to end. More than that, SharePoint 2016 is a foundation for future innovation. With millions of developers, 50,000 partners and hundreds of thousands of organizations using and contributing to SharePoint’s $10B ecosystem, it’s designed for constant innovation. Updates and features are shared and installed via the cloud without any need for customization, which means every user is always using the most up-to-date version. And because it was designed with mobile in mind, collaboration has become much easier regardless of where a workforce, partners or customers are distributed.
3. Cost savings.
Simply put, investing in SharePoint 2016 will save your company money down the road. Not only do you never have to invest in another version of SharePoint as it’s upgraded automatically, but previous versions will soon be unsupported; mainstream support for SharePoint 2010 and earlier versions has already ended, while support for SharePoint 2013 will finish in 2018. From a practical perspective, this version will ensure you’re always current and running the latest and greatest software without having to pay to support a legacy version. Additionally, SharePoint 2016’s 4×9 uptime support and MinRole installs, which allow you to install just the role you want on particular SharePoint 2016 servers, can help save both infrastructure and staff costs.
If you haven’t yet considered SharePoint 2016, I encourage you to dig deeper into its benefits. Check out this recent New Signature webinar on the benefits of SharePoint 2016 led by some of our company’s leading SharePoint experts, which gets into greater detail on the platform including collaboration and productivity.