re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Thanks for the feedback/complaint. I do have a few points to share in response to your commentary - and please note that all comments on the comments are very much welcome!
1. Dumb as a door knob - the notion of "SharePoint sprawl" would prove otherwise in that people have run with SharePoint OOTB in ways that could have never been imagined by any other ECM vendor. This is not to say that they are optimizing the tool; however, it is being used for more information management functions then any other tool I have ever seen. This comes from a guy who used to live in the world of OpenText/Documentum/Kofax/Filenet/etc.
2. SP Savvy developers - see comment above about broad usage patterns. However, more importantly, I would argue that the majority of SP work is not development, but in fact, configuration and much more learn-able then development - hence its success. In this regard, it needs to be viewed as a platform worthy of investment such that people can properly optimize it for use.
3. Praying for version control - I have on occasion run into such problems; however, it has by far been the exception and not the rule. I've also seen such integration tangos with other products as well.
4. Production or Critical - I find the biggest problem regarding this point is that organizations, IT and users live in the dated world of earlier versions of SharePoint that perceive it as a team collaboration tool. When working with 2007 or greater, the product as a platform must be taken seriously with the right investments. If not, your point is accurate; however, I'd argue that this is the case with any such investments. The reality is that when companies invest properly in SharePoint as an ECM platform, the product can absolutely be used in a business critical capacity.
So...is it the hammer or the guy who is swinging it?
Have a great weekend!