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If SharePoint is a "jack of all trades," when does it become a master of none?

You might have seen Ashlee Vance's article on NY Times' Bits blog about SharePoint and the recession. I recommend you give it a read. He covers the evolution of SharePoint and its use and perceptions in the market. It ignited a firestorm of comments, and I tried to leave mine, but it didn't take (not sure why), so I'm posting it here!

There's no doubt that SharePoint means a lot of different things to a lot of different people -- Web portal, Intranet, enterprise search, workflow, etc. But if SharePoint is the "jack-of-all-trades in the business software realm," as the article states, at what point does it become the master of none?

Whether to choose point-solution or an enterprise application is a question that is as old as the software business itself. Very rarely can you have it all with one solution, but what are you willing to give up?

To date, SharePoint has done a fair job of recognizing its weakness and partnering-up with companies that fill in its gaps. (I like to think of it in terms of the iPhone -- sorry Bill -- SharePoint is the platform, but there's an app for that.) If SharePoint's success causes it to migrate away from this strategy, I think it will not only begin to step on its partners toes, it just might be shooting itself in the foot.

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