Free White Paper - SharePoint for Small Business: a Viable Option?

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SharePoint specialists Pentalogic Technology today released a free White Paper examining the suitability of Microsoft SharePoint as a solution for small and mid-sized enterprises.

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There is surprisingly little information out there for the Small Business owner looking to evaluate SharePoint ... we wanted to dispel some of the confusion around what it actually is, and what a Small Business might be able to do with it.

SharePoint specialists Pentalogic Technology today released a free White Paper examining the suitability of Microsoft SharePoint as a solution for small and mid- sized enterprises.

SharePoint, Microsoft's fastest selling server product ever, is rapidly becoming market leader in its space, and almost endemic within the enterprise and large organizations.

But now, SharePoint also comes bundled with Microsoft Small Business Server and many small business owners and managers are asking themselves what SharePoint might be able to offer them.

"Though much has been written about SharePoint in the Enterprise, there is surprisingly little information out there for the Small Business owner looking to evaluate SharePoint," says Pentalogic CTO Ryan Wheeler. "We wanted to try and fill some of that information void with this White Paper."

"Firstly, we wanted to dispel some of the confusion around what SharePoint actually is, and what a Small Business might be able to do with it in practical terms," says Wheeler "Even Microsoft are pretty vague when they try to define SharePoint and whilst a SharePoint specialist consultancy might be able to unravel the complexity for a client, and help them to understand how SharePoint can work for them, a small business might find that their local IT support firm lacks the specialist knowledge needed to help them in this area."

"Secondly we wanted to address the issue of cost. Cost is important to all of us now, but for Small Businesses it can be a key driver in the decision making process," comments Wheeler, "There is a popular misconception that SharePoint Foundation is a 'free' product. This is simply not correct. We wanted to give Small Businesses an idea of the costs that they might incur if they choose to deploy SharePoint."

"Finally, we wanted to explore the issue of control. The big win for Small Businesses deploying SharePoint, in our opinion, is the degree of control it can give them over managing their own IT infrastructure. SharePoint has been designed as a platform on which ordinary business users - with no IT developer training - can build and manage their own business applications, to improve the delivery of daily tasks and business processes, like order processing, resource management and project planning. This flexibility is an excellent fit with the speed of response and agility which are the key competitive strengths of some of the most successful small businesses."

The White paper is free to download from Pentalogic's website.

"We hope the paper will assist Small Businesses in reaching an informed decision about whether SharePoint is the right solution for them."

About Pentalogic Technology:
Pentalogic Technology design software for use with Microsoft SharePoint. Founded in 2005 Pentalogic are one of the longest established companies in their marketplace. Pentalogic's developers have worked with SharePoint since its very earliest days. Pentalogic's small range of products are each carefully designed and continually developed to address a specific need for SharePoint End Users. The aim is that each product should be "best in breed" in its particular niche.

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