SharePoint 2016 and Office 365

SharePoint is the most popular intranet solution ever created; Office 365 is the most popular digital workplace platform ever created.

SharePoint 2016 was released in the Spring of 2016, and builds from many of the features already introduced in Office 365. Though SharePoint 2016 does have new features, most of the features are behind the scenes, from the administrative perspective. Much of the user experience, social, and content management experience is untouched (as is the ribbon), with some exceptions.

SharePoint consultants Prescient Digital MediaPrescient Digital Media, has been using SharePoint for 10 years. SharePoint has been their primary intranet for 10 years, and has more pros than cons, but it's not an ideal fit for every organization.

Prescient Digital Media principally uses Office 365 - SharePoint Online (almost complete feature parity with SharePoint 2016) for Enterprise Content Management; improving the way our organization functions in terms of employee collaboration and knowledge sharing specifically via document management, and social collaboration (discussion groups, profiles and blogging being the most used social tools).

The solution could use improvement, however, in terms of Web content management / social media tools (e.g. wikis), and general usability. Deployment and launch are not immune to problems -- customization and implementation requires more work than you expect. Additionally, like most organization, Prescient customized the user experience, which can break (particularly specific webparts) with every SharePoint patch and upgrade. However, no issues with stability or scalability were found.

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