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Microsoft’s SharePoint Server is on a billion dollar juggernaut to potentially become the next must-have technology, offering companies tools for building everything from collaborative applications to Internet sites and potentially handing Microsoft its next cash cow.
“I have not seen anything like this since the early days of [Lotus] Notes,” says Mike Gotta, an analyst with the Burton Group. In those days, corporate users were enamored with a shiny new technology that seemed to have infinite uses. “The talk [around SharePoint] is getting strategic now and people are talking about it as a middleware decision,” Gotta says.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is the fastest growing product in the company’s history and seems to have as many uses as a Swiss Army knife. Its six focus areas are collaboration, portal, search, enterprise content management (ECM), business process management and business intelligence.(Compare collaboration products.)
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