Magic Quadrant - SmallAs many of you know, I have been busy with a new online forum, NextGenRM.org, which is focused on innovative information lifecycle management solutions to the challenges faced by today’s Records Management professionals.  It’s really an interesting community of professionals and I would encourage everyone who reads this blog to check it out.  (You can find it here.)

The new forum has left me unable to update this site as frequently as I would like, but I did want to take a moment to point out that our friends at Gartner released their annual Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management a few months back and, as always, it had a few interesting things to say about SharePoint.

As with past reports, SharePoint is positioned among the highest rated products in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant.  Gartner noted that SharePoint’s market penetration is extremely high, with about half of their client interactions involving SharePoint in some capacity.  Gartner also notes improvements in SharePoint 2013 and an increase migrations to 2013 from SharePoint 2007 and 2010.

Gartner mentions a lower-than-expected user adoption rate as a SharePoint ‘caution’ and suggests Microsoft continue to improve SharePoint’s interfaces and user experience capabilities.

No specific mention was made of SharePoint’s records management functionality in this year’s report, but it is worth noting that Gartner still weighs much of their evaluation of records management features based on the product’s compliance with the US DoD 5015.2 Standard.  SharePoint 2013 is not natively compliant with the DoD 5015.2, but many Records Management professionals (including myself) now question the value of virtually all of the records management features the Standard requires.

The entire report can be found here.  Check out Gartner’s thoughts on all the different ECM products it evaluated.  As usual, they provide some excellent analysis.