Microsoft Corp's Office SharePoint Server, a program that lets companies set up Web sites, search for data and organize corporate documents, topped $800 million in sales in the year that ended June 30.
Sales of SharePoint, introduced in 2001, have grown faster than any other piece of software in company history, Business Division President Jeff Raikes said. Microsoft says it has sold more than 85 million licenses to 17,000 customers.
The article touched on competition in general:
Standing in the way are competitors including International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp., SAP AG and BEA Systems Inc., as well as smaller firms such as Documentum Inc.
Monsanto Co. uses SharePoint to locate research notebooks. Statoil ASA, Norway's biggest petroleum company, replaced a system based on Armonk, New York-based IBM's Lotus Notes with SharePoint for use by 25,000 employees and 4,000 partners. Viacom Inc. and Hawaiian Airlines Inc. run their public Web sites on SharePoint, SharePoint Director Tom Rizzo said.
Sharepoint's adoption is driven by a very broad and active partner community and deep integration with complementary products such as Office, Exchange and Live Communications Server. The clear emphasis of the story is the emergence of Sharepoint as a pervasive platform.
Between the free and paid versions [of Sharepoint], as many as 70 percent of organizations polled by Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner said they intend to use the software.
``There has never been this kind of interest in a product that has just been released in this space,'' Gilbert [Jim Gilbert of Gartner}said.
With 70% adoption rates in the enterprise, Sharepoint has become a de facto standard for collaboration. It's likely that this share and breadth is what's behind the project workload I noted in a recent post.