CollabTalk Launches Research Project on Hybrid SharePoint

Project seeks to identify the size, scope, and state of the Hybrid SharePoint marketplace, with research to be conducted by the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and sponsored by Microsoft, PixelMill, B&R Business Solutions and other Microsoft partners.

Salt Lake City, UT, February 02, 2017 --( CollabTalk LLC announced today the launch of a formal research project to identify the size, scope, and state of the hybrid market around Microsoft SharePoint, the leading enterprise collaboration and content management platform. Research will be conducted by a team of graduate students within the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University as part of a field study program, and in partnership with CollabTalk.

Microsoft's SharePoint platform supports an estimated $10 billion partner ecosystem. However, as collaboration moves from on-premises to the cloud, many organizations struggle with moving years of infrastructure, customizations, and data to the cloud. Hybrid presents an option to maintain existing on-premises infrastructure and data while taking advantage of the latest cloud features and solutions, such as those within the Office 365 platform, which is also offered from Microsoft for cloud-based collaboration and productivity.

According to CollabTalk, there is no accurate and comprehensive data as to how many customers are actively pursuing hybrid solutions as a strategy, versus those who may be slowly displacing their on-premises environments with cloud services. Additionally, there is no clear data that identifies the gaps between existing on-premises solutions and SharePoint Online, and how many companies are impacted by these gaps. The goal of the research project is to provide accurate data around each of these points, helping customers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and strategic integrators (SIs) to better plan their hybrid strategies for SharePoint.

Sponsors of this research include Microsoft (Redmond, WA), PixelMill (Davis, CA), B&R Business Solutions (Colts Neck, NJ), Crow Canyon Systems (Benecia, CA), tyGraph (Waterloo, Ontario Canada), Rencore (Munich, Germany), and Focal Point Solutions (Cincinnati, OH), with media sponsors 1105media, BZ media LLC, European SharePoint Conference, and fiftyfiveandfive.

Primary and secondary research efforts are already underway, with results and analysis to be published in April 2017, and made available through CollabTalk and participating sponsors.

About CollabTalk LLC

CollabTalk provides community outreach and discussion around all-things collaboration, producing tweetjams, articles, podcasts and videos within the Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 ecosystem. CollabTalk also provides independent analysis and research in partnership with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and is a Microsoft Partner.

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