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Why do 80 Percent of Businesses Put SharePoint in their Top 10 Lists?

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Some business applications come and go without having much impact on the actual daily processes of transactions, sales, marketing, consulting, or whatever a business happens to do. Others are highly critical, and the moment one of them is unavailable or inaccessible, the business becomes well aware of its impact.

Because a business-critical application can have a far-reaching impact on the success or failure of a business, it is extremely important to have something reliable, something that is durable enough to withstand the highs and lows a business may experience.

A new white paper by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) highlights many of the reasons Microsoft SharePoint has become a business-critical application for numerous organizations and how it will increasingly become more of a mainstay in the business world. This ubiquity will make businesses better, but it will also require them to adapt and develop new ways of thinking about business collaboration.

51 percent of businesses consider SharePoint one of their top 5 applications, and a whopping 80 percent place it within the top 10. Over the next couple of years, 63 percent expect it to move into their top 5. More businesses are recognizing SharePoint as a critical application, one that is necessary to maintain a consistent flow of data and keep up performance levels.

Part of the reason for this recognition is that businesses have evolved and changed the ways in which employees interact with one another. You may go an entire day without someone dropping a file folder on your desk, but you may get emails from multiple colleagues, each with attached documents. File sharing, document management, and centralized storage are all tools businesses need and ones SharePoint delivers.

Moreover, these businesses now operate around the clock, with employees working from home, at other businesses, or even in other countries. They need sustained access to shared resources and the ability to collaborate with others in real time. As this new shape of business begins to solidify, SharePoint will play an increasingly critical role in that reshaping.

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