A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013 - Book by Saifullah Shafiq

Sunday, December 1, 2019


It's been 15 YEARS since I started this blog. In fact, it was start way before 2005. There used to a thing called "SharePoint blogs" back then. This blog existed there first and when that platform went down, I had to move it to the new home. WordPress was a new entrant in those days so Blogger was obviously the obvious choice :). WordPress rules the roost now but for us, Blogger does an equally good job.

It's almost 10 years since I incorporated my business. Wow! Time flies ... getting old at an incredible speed :D

Lots of ups and downs during all these years. I still feel the excitement and believe there is a lot to come.

SharePoint vs Box vs Google Cloud vs Salesforce

Funny how companies fight for their share of the pie (Government funding). It used to be SharePoint, the leader in portal technology, almost all government agencies were using SharePoint in one way or the other at one point in time. Then atlassian stuck their teeth and grabbed a piece of the meat. Then came Box. Dropbox was the pioneer as far as I remember but Box soon left them behind. Box initially grew quickly and started capturing the market but they have kind of slowed down. They have a good marketing team that is able to sell their product to the corporations but their adoption rate is unfortunately slow. Google Cloud has done an amazing job. Google Cloud is giving tough competition to AWS. Google Drive is faring better than One Drive. Most exciting of all is the Salesforce, they have been the leader in the CRM space but recently they have reinvigorated their marketing efforts. Companies are now replacing their SharePoint based portals with Salesforce based portals. You don't believe it, right? but it's a fact. Salesforce DEV console offers an easy way to customize the UI. Serious developers still prefer to use Visual Studio Code for custom solutions but having the ability to do it all in the cloud is a huge sellable point. Salesforce learning curve is not much different than SharePoint though. For beginners, learning SharePoint and Salesforce is not much different. I am a SharePoint lover so obviously I am biased. I still love SharePoint. Microsoft has been focusing on selling Azure cloud and Office 365 (and other products like MS Teams) therefore the SharePoint sales has not been that good as it could have been.

Blog coming back to life ....

Do you know "All About SharePoint" is one of the oldest SharePoint blogs that still exists. It was the days when SharePoint was at its peak of popularity (almost 17-18 years ago). This blog changed home several times. I was an MVP (SharePoint) till 2014 and used to write frequently until then. Then kind of got busy with life and business! I am trying to bring the blog back to life. Shall I change the name to "All About Technology"? or keep the current name. Why can't the blog keep its name while still comment on all things related to technology? Any ideas about new names? Care about suggesting something unique? Drop me a line or post a comment below.


-Saif (Aka SSA)