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Skills Shortage Behind High Cost of SharePoint Deployments (Study)

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  1. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member


    Skills Shortage Behind High Cost of SharePoint Deployments (Study)

    An industry study of Microsoft SharePoint shows that usage of the collaboration platform is growing, but maintenance costs can be high especially given the lack of trained personnel.

    An Osterman Research study, "State of the Market," pegs the average cost to manage SharePoint at $46 per user per month. Osterman, which surveyed "more than 120 IT executives, managers, and staffers at mid-to-large enterprises" in August, was commissioned by Seattle-based Azaleos Corp., a provider of management services for e-mail, collaboration and unified communications, based mostly on the Microsoft stack.

    Osterman found a similar average management cost for SharePoint of $45 per user per month in a February 2009 survey, which also was commissioned by Azaleos.

    So, while SharePoint adoption grows, the management costs are not decreasing, the study concluded. By contrast, Microsoft Exchange management costs were found to be much lower, at around $15 to $25 per user per month.

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    1. dmarsh
      I used to work on a rival stack by Vignette, it was murder, and apparently Sharepoint was little better, maybe its improved a little bit by now, but these products tend to be a major PITA and ironically there tend to be far better cheaper alternatives in the OS arena...

      Generally you find development and support is expensive because :-

      1. The environment and tools are immature or poorly designed.
      2. Because the tools are murder to work with, nobody wants to touch it...
      Last edited: Oct 1, 2011

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