Are you still doing SharePoint?

A good friend of mine once said, don’t ever follow a product, always follow the platform. This observation still reminds me today of what I need to think about and prepare for every single year. It makes me think and strategize.

So let’s expand on the concept of this platform thing. The platform on which SharePoint resides represents a lot of technologies. To plan for, deploy and implement a successful SharePoint solution across the enterprise, you got to have expertise in the following areas:

  • IIS
  • ASP.NET
  • Web Services (ASMX, WCF)
  • SQL Server
  • Active Directory
  • Firewalls
  • DNS
  • Load balancing
  • Certificates and Encryption
  • Authentication protocols
  • Security and Protection
  • The Windows Server System
  • Microsoft Office
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Virtualization
  • Monitoring and Management
  • …. we can stop here. This is enough. You get the point

Nothing new here. There is just so much to think about. Most of the stuff listed above have changed immensely. Do you think you can keep up? May be.

As you see, SharePoint touches everything around us. It delivered on its vision. Kudos to Microsoft ® SharePoint is serving us all very well. We’re living comfortably. Put SharePoint on your resume and you’re hot.

So what’s next? Well, from my perspective, I’ve seen SharePoint grow over 4 versions and I think it is time to focus in on key feature sets and not to get consumed with all of it anymore. Focus more on the underlying infrastructure and less on the fancy new stuff. Got to find a new niche.

There is still lots to do on SharePoint from a front end perspective. Don’t take me wrong. We’ll be busy for another round or two. But, like this good old saying from one of my favorite poets, Al-Mutanabbi 

“If you see the teeth of the lion, do not think that the lion is smiling at you” [Quote taken from Wikipedia® on January 31th 2012]

SharePoint is smiling. Come on in it says. Lots of people are doing it now and you should too. If you hear this voice, it is time to get out my friend. “Stay thirsty, my friends” like those Dos Equis commercial says Smile

So what is it for you? What are you thinking about? What’s your focus this year?

Take it easy.

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About jharbieh

I'm an IW Solutions Architect with background in requirements gathering, planning, design, architecture, and development (not necessarily in the right order). Currently, my focus is on the Microsoft Cloud, Productivity and Collaboration space. Hope you enjoy what I write about here. Thanks for visiting. Johnny Harbieh
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