SharePoint Predictions for 2017 & Beyond

SharePoint is used by a huge number of companies all around the world allowing its users to streamline their day to day activities. 2016 has been a very good year for Sharepoint with it introducing new innovations and technologies businesses have benefitting greatly from. Let us consider some of the SharePoint predictions for 2017 & beyond.

SharePoint Predictions for 2017 & Beyond

New ventures are popping up all over the place, ready to take on the new year and there are a number of startups to watch in 2017 who may be utilising SharePoint to its full potential. Spacer for instance, bills itself as ‘the fastest growing space sharing community’ in Australia. Its aim is to connect people who have spare storage space – such as an empty garage, a shed or a spare parking space – with those who need affordable storage options.

Mad Paws is another Sydney-based startup whose aim is to connect pet owners with convenient, affordable boarding solutions ‘whilst still maintaining the care, love, and attention pets receive at high-end, expensive, pet boarding services’.

Looking at What Microsoft will be doing at CES 2017 can help people get a good glimpse on what to expect with SharePoint in the coming year. Even though Microsoft now makes its own hardware, it no longer has a flashy stand at CES. Instead, it has a private area for meetings with OEMs who make Windows devices and peripherals, and some press briefings. Some key areas including augmented reality and virtual reality and mixed reality, plus IoT, robotics, bots, and cognitive services.

The great promise of AI – a technology once confined to sci-fi movies – lies within the grasp of everyday business. More and more companies are seeing the AI light, and if predictions prove right, this could be the year AI goes mainstream. SharePoint integrated with AI function is indeed a promising prospect allowing use to get a gaze into the future and what it holds to companies all over the world.

Another area SharePoint excels is the management of employees. Hiring trends for 2017 shows that a majority of IT leaders – 63% – expect overall 2017 IT salaries to stay the same compared to 2016 rates, and 1% expect salaries to decrease in the coming year. Furthermore, while most CIOs aren’t planning department-wide salary boosts, a greater number of tech leaders will be giving raises to certain in-demand roles. SharePoint is expected to play an integral role in this process proving its value and worth to many companies.

SharePoint becoming more and more mainstream means that companies will be relying more on the platform for their day to day activities. Security measures will need to be reinforced to keep data safe and secured. Vodafone Australia set to build inaugural cyber defence and response centre in an effort to provide the much needed security. The telco said the CDRC will provide event monitoring, threat protection and intelligence, and incident response. The capabilities will be used by Vodafone’s enterprise division.

We’ve mentioned a few of predictions for the share market in Australia & globally in 2017 & beyond. We hope to have some if not all of the predictions put into action and become a reality. SharePoint’s potential is still growing and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the near future.