Microsoft SharePoint has been available to businesses for several years, and this collaboration tool has had a profound effect on the business world in many different ways. Enterprises with multiple locations and teams of people who may not even work for the same companies are able to work together in real-time to accomplish what they need to get done faster than ever before. Microsoft SharePoint is one of those products where you don’t really know what you have until you get used to using it, and then you wonder how you ever got along without it. SharePoint 2013, according to many reviews, is only building on its already world-renowned reputation.
Now that SharePoint has been available for over a decade in different forms and versions, it may be a good time to take a step back and to look at just how important this tool is for the business world and how it operates. Below you will find three interesting and surprising facts regarding the use of Microsoft SharePoint around the world.
- Microsoft is adding approximately 20,000 SharePoint users every day.
What’s more interesting about this fact is that it comes from an article that was published on ZDNet.com two years ago, so the number as of now is likely higher. At that point, SharePoint had been adding 20,000 users per day for the previous five years. Quick math reveals that between 2006 and 2011, 36,500,000 users began using SharePoint.
- 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft SharePoint.
An article on MyDynamicsWorld.com from last October not only shared this fact, but it also provided an updated number of users. According to that article, approximately 100,000,000 user accounts were in existence for Microsoft SharePoint, and once again it should be pointed out that this was before the extremely successful release of Microsoft SharePoint 2013.
- 83 percent of companies using Microsoft SharePoint depend on it for document management.
A survey that appeared on Collaboris.com recently revealed that of the thousands of companies that are using Microsoft SharePoint, 83 percent of them use it for document management. That makes sense, as this is one of the foundational capabilities of this tool. However, the survey also revealed that a growing number of companies were using SharePoint in several other ways including reporting, publishing, social networking and running apps.
What we can see is that Microsoft SharePoint has been establishing itself as one of the go-to tools in business over the past 12 years. Its influence is growing and the number of people who depend on its capabilities is also getting larger by the day. However, there are still too many companies out there that are not taking advantage of all that this tool has to offer, and their bottom lines are likely suffering as a result.