Over the last five years, SharePoint has been widely adopted across organizations. Certain major changes were ushered in by SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 carried on with the trend through the introduction of some revolutionary features with respect to web content management, big data, search and workflow. Here are 10 top reasons why you should consider upgrading to SharePoint 2013.
1. SharePoint apps
2. Free Office Web apps that operate across mobile devices
In case of external as well as internal users, Office Web apps do not require any office client. The only thing is that internal users need to possess an Office 2013 license (pro or standard) so that they can edit documents. Extranet users can avail free Office web apps and moreover, they do not require CALs. Again, Office Web apps at present operate on mobile devices such as the iPad.
3. Enhanced workflow
When you upgrade to SharePoint 2013, it is possible to maintain the previous SharePoint 2010 engine. You can download and install a new add-on known as the Workflow Manager separately. This Workflow Manager is capable of running across its own server. Moreover, respective databases are there for the Service Bus and the manager itself. With SharePoint 2013, workflow creation has become extremely convenient, due to the presence of the Task Process Designer canvas. It makes use of a Visio 2013 add-in inside SharePoint Designer 2013.
4. SharePoint Search
For the 2013 version, Microsoft has come up with SharePoint Search wherein the FAST features are built in. This ensures scalable and powerful search for the users bringing in broader search capability, faster results and more functionality.
5. OData supporting Business Connectivity Services
SharePoint 2013 comes with BCS or Business Connectivity Services that facilitates connection and interfacing with data that is external to SharePoint, with the help of added OData Support. SharePoint was always able to come up with list data by being an OData provider, and now it can join with external sources with the help of OData.
6. Yammer integration
Every SharePoint release brings with it new enhancements and social features. Microsoft has already purchased Yammer last year and lately the Yammer integration roadmap has been released by the company. Ultimately Yammer integration is all set to entirely replace the SharePoint Newsfeed through 90-day updates.
7. Community Portal Template
SharePoint Server 2013 broadens the discussion list concept through the introduction of Community Site, a new site template. The unique feature is that users can have access to this site and also observe conversations, following which they can join a community for posting. Other noteworthy aspects of the site template include the following:
- Once you become a member, the community site can be automatically followed.
- Adjacent to all posts, member photos are revealed.
- To trigger participation, “gamification” options such as badges, points are there.
- Capability of topic based conversation categorizing.
8. Big data support
SharePoint 2013, with the help of integrated PowerPivot technology, facilitates support for larger data. Created over the Vertipaq engine, it is possible to compress and filter large data sets, making room for speedier operations.
9. Cross-Site publishing enabling enhanced publishing capabilities
SharePoint Server 2013 brings in cross-site publishing to ensure effective web content management. This in turn improves the authoring and publishing procedure of the company. With the help of cross-site publishing, storage and maintenance of content is possible for one or more sites. There is an authoring site collection wherein once the content is changed, the same gets reflected on other site collections where the content is being reused.
10. Enhanced design capabilities
SharePoint Server 2013 offers enhanced features for site design and content layout.
- Customization of the current and global navigation menus can be done by designers and site owners through direct drag and drop of menu items onto the page.
- Sites can now be branded utilizing external tools such as Dreamweaver.
- SharePoint Server 2013 renders support in order to target different devices like set-top boxes, tablets and Smartphones.
SharePoint 2013, with all its innovative features, is indeed a great choice for those looking for an outstanding content management and collaboration solution that enhances productivity. If you planning for a sharepoint site migration to the latest version, make sure you evaluate the development company based on their expertise in handling migration services.