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Choosing a Cost-Effective SharePoint Alternative for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

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Executive Summary

Presently, Microsoft is heavily promoting SharePoint as a collaboration hub for a wide range of companies. At the same time, a number of the product's technological features and its value proposition make it a rather uncomfortable choice for small and medium-sized organizations. These incongruities are most pronounced in the areas of total cost of ownership, project implementation time, dependence on the Windows platform and difficulties in deployment, maintenance and management. The overwhelming complexity of SharePoint and a certain foreboding feeling concerning its lengthy implementation process scares SMB customers. Often, these factors induce SMBs to postpone introducing an internal collaboration framework or to rely on traditional tools that fail to improve business performance.

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