Previously, we wrote about the factors that makes difference between SharePoint 2013 with previous SharePoint. Now, we will discuss more about why you must use SharePoint 2013 for your business. SharePoint has seen widespread adoption across all types of organizations over last five years. SharePoint 2010 brought us some major changes (compared to MOSS 2007), and SharePoint 2013 continues that trend by introducing some new cutting edge features for web content management, workflow, search, and big data.
We have figured out some reasons why SharePoint 2013 is very interesting for your business.
In SharePoint 2013, SkyDrive Pro is a new attempt at taking your content offline and replace SharePoint Workspace. The experience of taking your documents offline has also been improved by simply clicking the sync button. This is much more of the “drop box” experience that I hear is massively being adopted for its ease of use in businesses.
When you first see SharePoint 2013, you realize it is a significant change over what is now in SharePoint 2010. The main changes are the “less is more” theories being applied in cleaning up the interface. Getting rid of some of the SharePoint-nuances like “Site Actions” and replacing with settings cog icon, having the getting started “Modern UI” tiles being front and center – but more importantly removable – getting rid of the useless photo that survived both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 in team site template! It feels like a more polished, ”user first” user interface.
Search enables us to discover information quickly, and SharePoint 2013 enables me to find things much more quickly with quick document previews in the web browser, much better search refiners on the left-hand side, and subtle improvements like “view library” and “send”.
Web Content Management
Running internet facing sites on SharePoint has been around since MOSS 2007, but didn’t really mature in SharePoint 2010. With that said, it is clear that there is a great focus on this for SharePoint 2013. From a business productivity perspective, this not only benefits internet facing site authors, but also internal sites that want these advanced publishing features. Improvements in embedding video directly into pages, much shorter URLs, and the ability to have better multi-lingual and multi-device support means that your Intranet, Extranet will work much better!
Business Intelligence continues to evolve in SharePoint 2013 with improvements across the board in Excel client, Excel services, PerformancePoint services and Visio services. The in-memory capabilities of Excel client now allow business users to pull data from various sources and build amazing sheets in minutes.
Facebook and Twitter are the kings of social and have been around for a long time, and with the release of SharePoint 2013 some of the user experiences have been introduced. For me, the biggest additions are the “@” symbol to lookup people to reference in social activity updates, the new communities with badges to gamify collaboration, and the ability to follow not only people but also documents, sites and tags. SharePoint 2010 was really missing the last piece to truly encourage users to adopt social and invest the time in social tagging.
With SharePoint 2013, the old SharePoint 2010 engine is maintained as-is but a new add-on called “Workflow Manager” can be downloaded and installed separately. Workflow Manager can run on its own server and has its own respective databases for the manager itself and the Service Bus.
Big data support
Support for big data has been added. SharePoint 2013 allows for much larger data sets thanks to updated integrated PowerPivot technology. Built on the Vertipaq engine, large data sets can be compressed and filter while in memory on the server, allowing operations on the data occur very fast.
The Power View data modeling and visualization engine for Excel has also be updated. User can leverage Power View with large data sets to create visualizations with charts, graphs, runtime data filtering, and slicers.
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