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AIIM Survey on SharePoint 2013: Implications for Search.


AIIM published a survey recently, titled "Connecting and Optimizing SharePoint." Visit the AIIM website to download the full survey.

From our perspective, we help organizations to improve enterprise search within the SharePoint environment, the following points from the survey stand out:

  • SharePoint implementation remains challengineg for many companies.
  • Yet only 8% are considering replacement, and only 1% have actually followed-through an replaced SharePoint with an alternative platform.
  • Only 11% feel their SharePoint project has been a success so far.
  • "Leave it to IT" does not work. From our perspective, this is understandable, as most IT departments have no specific skills in tuning and configuring search capabilities. Expecting them to do so is like hoping that your family doctor can also excel at brain surgery. 
  • Only 22% of respondents were "live" with SharePoint 2013. Almost double that number were still on 2010, so there's plenty of migration work yet to come.
  • 49% of respondents were concerned about Microsoft’s lack of focus towards on-premise versions. It should be noted that this survey pre-dated Microsoft's announcement of on-premise plans for Sharepoint 2016, which ought to provde some reassurance to customers who are committed to maintaining data on-premise.
  • Only 7% currently have automated classification, but 28% plan to implement it in the next 12-18 months. This is low penetration for what is an important capability for supporting search.
  • 15% currently use SharePoint as their search and access portal to other repositories. But 44% are planning to go that way. In other words, more than half of the respondants see SharePoint as an enterprise search platform.


The bottom line is that great enterprise search systems can be created using Sharepoint 2010, and 2013.

The missing element is usually expertise.


Contact us if you would like to discuss how our expertise can be applied to your project. Search Technologies has been a GOLD certified Microsoft Partner for the past six years, with specific expertise in search.