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SharePoint Is Off To A Great ''ECM'' Start In 2008

Source: Clearview Software
SharePoint Is Off To A Great ''ECM'' Start In 2008

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White Paper: SharePoint Is Off To A Great ''ECM'' Start In 2008

By Mike Ball, Clearview Software

The beginning of 2008 has been challenging due to our declining economic situation in the United States. Uncertainty abounds throughout corporate America, almost regardless of business or industry.

It was just about this time last year that Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (the third release of the product lineage) was introduced and met with rapid adoption and very visible demand. Now, almost one year later, it appears that the viral nature and customer interest in SharePoint is not yet letting up. Coming fresh off of travels to AIIM ECM industry events as well as SharePoint events, I would like to recap what I have seen and experienced so far this year with the "SharePoint Effect" and discuss how it is impacting the ECM community.

Attendance figures at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference (interestingly held on the same dates as the annual AIIM Exposition and Conference) are alone compelling. Event planners had capped the event planning at 3,000 attendees, but due to unexpected demand, the ceiling for attendees was raised to 3,800. The conference completely sold out and at the time of the event, still had a waiting list of over 800 people who could not acquire passes. Microsoft has noted that the event will be increased in size next year to accommodate the high demand from the user and partner community.

One particular point of interest was that this year's event was keynoted by none other than Mr. Gates himself. This certainly demonstrates that Microsoft is putting a lot of heavy hitters behind the SharePoint product and the community. I must admit the novelty of seeing Bill Gates in one of his last keynotes prior to retirement piqued my own personal interest and I made sure to get in line early. I wound up in the fifth row along with my Clearview colleagues; my photo of Bill Gates was a particular highlight of the week, no doubt exposing my inner geek.

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