5 Reasons to Not Build a Career with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is more than just a fad. However, that doesn’t mean you should abandon all other options. SharePoint is a common technology that is ingrained in many organizations. However, it’s only one tool in a sea of tools that can be used to improve workplace collaboration and efficiency.
Let’s look at five reasons SharePoint isn’t the most amazing technology. This leads us to conclude that SharePoint shouldn’t be your only skill set. You should build your entire career around SharePoint.
1. SharePoint technology is complex and sprawling.
Complexity is not a reason to stop learning about a technology. Some projects and organizations require tools that can handle a lot of complexity. SharePoint implementation can be complicated to the point that it becomes confusing. Installation is very heavy-duty and prone to kills. Updates can be time-consuming. Its integration with other Microsoft systems means that SharePoint problems can impact other components of the workplace. While some of these complexities may not seem to be a problem if you are a SharePoint expert, you should consider the potential downsides of working with a complex technology.
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Start training2. SharePoint is not compatible with other platforms.
Microsoft has made efforts to integrate SharePoint into its cloud-first and mobile-first strategy. However, it is not yet there, especially when compared with other tools in the Office suite. Recent enhancements that allow mobile use and integration with other platforms might not be available to your organization if you don’t have Office 365. Administrators and users alike have reported frustrations when using SharePoint with other than Windows, IE and PC-based office apps. SharePoint’s limited integrations with other cloud-based tools may prove to be a problem in SaaS-based workplaces.
3. SharePoint is not compatible with external collaborators.
SharePoint is an enterprise-grade software solution. This might make it seem like SharePoint is well-suited for large-scale collaboration. This is a requirement in an increasingly interconnected business environment. Many projects require collaboration and sharing between organizations, whether it is for sales activities, business partnerships, or consulting relationships. SharePoint’s ability to share externally is not as user-friendly as other cloud-based platforms such G Suite. It is easy to get confused when linking from an external system of record to SharePoint content. This is a major roadblock for many businesses, and can be a barrier to SharePoint adoption. Or at least a reason that many SharePoint users may avoid SharePoint in favor of other options.
4. SharePoint has a poor reputation among users.
Users are known to “go around” SharePoint looking for alternative solutions. There is no shortage of them in SharePoint environments. Most users have problems finding and maintaining current content. Search functionality is poor, version control is confusing, metadata is difficult to use, and version control is confusing. Microsoft has made efforts in this area with products such as Delve. SharePoint experts can address some of these issues in their businesses with training, advocacy, and other methods, but it is not going away any time soon. While you don’t enter IT to win a popularity contest with your peers, do you want to spend your career on a technology that is not popular?
5. SharePoint is an enterprise-grade platform solution.
SharePoint is complex, as we have already mentioned. SharePoint’s complexity is a good thing.