With our biggest show of the year, Microsoft Ignite, just a little more than a month away, it’s clear that the SharePoint market is still thriving. (Yes, of course we’re doing the RED Party again this year! To find out how you can skip the lines and get VIP access, please read our blog post on the topic.)
Microsoft expects more than 15,000 business and technology decision makers, IT influencers, and administrators to take over the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL, from May 4-8. Clearly, there is still a large, thriving community for SharePoint and Office 365. Microsoft is still extremely committed to the evolution of Microsoft SharePoint as well, making it clear that it is investing in its server and online versions of SharePoint to ensure customers can “take advantage of cloud innovation on their terms,” according to a blog post from Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.
In kind, our DocAve Software Platform is our flagship solution for a reason: It is our heritage, and it is still a very large part of our present. Our infrastructure management platform is the foundation for how we enable enterprise collaboration. Sometimes, people and companies lose sight of where they came from in the hurried sprint to go where they believe they need to go. Yes, there is a tremendous need to innovate and push and evolve. That will never go away. However, if you don’t have a firm foundation in place to begin with and know your roots, you won’t be able to stand firm when the challenges and disruptions of change sweep through.
We’ve spent the last few years aggressively adding features and functionality in mobility, productivity, governance, and compliance to help our customers truly enable enterprise collaboration in every way possible across platforms and devices. While we’ve had our eyes on the future of connected systems, industry events like Microsoft Ignite are a great reminder – for ourselves, our customers, and our partners – of where our foundation lies.
I’m excited to hear the latest announcements about SharePoint and Office 365; excited to meet with our customers to hear their success stories and address their concerns; and I’m excited to share our very compelling, end-to-end story for the SharePoint market. The combination of the industry’s first and only Azure-based SaaS platform for Office 365, AvePoint Online Services – servicing 2 million users today – as well as robust on-premises, cloud, and hybrid SharePoint management through a single platform and interface with DocAve 6 Service Pack 5 uniquely positions AvePoint to be the long-term, trusted partner necessary to drive real change for companies using SharePoint. The fact that our average customer relationship is longer than seven years is a testament to our model of integrated long term engagement to better help and service our customers in today’s highly disruptive technology market place.
I encourage you to visit our website and check out our Spotlight on Cloud campaign. There’s a lot of buzz around cloud, but what does that really mean? After helping 2 million Office 365 users and 13,000 enterprises on their SharePoint journey – whether they move all-in, adopt a hybrid model, or decide to stay on-premises – we see it in three phases:
- Consideration: Whether you’re an IT admin or a business owner, you have a lot of questions to consider before you decide to use cloud computing. We have a range of resources that help you navigate that journey.
- Migration: If you decide to move to the cloud, how do you get there? What should you keep on premises and what should you move to the cloud? What is the best way to classify, tag, and orchestrate data movement, retention, and defensible data-destruction during the migration process? We’ll share best practices for helping you get content to the cloud smoothly and securely.
- Management: How do you get buy-in and manage your SharePoint Online deployment? How does that play with your existing on-premises SharePoint deployment if you have one? These are all questions we’ll answer and provide resources so you can be confident you’ll maximize the return on investment for SharePoint.
I hope that I see many of you at Microsoft Ignite – I look forward to catching up and sharing how we continue to help you use SharePoint in a more sustainable, secure, and productive way.