Gartner Research

How to Decide Between Microsoft SharePoint On-Premises or Online

Published: 18 February 2015

ID: G00271407

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Mann , Karen M. Shegda


Microsoft SharePoint is in a time of transition. IT leaders responsible for SharePoint initiatives must evaluate the specific functional needs they have, as well as their level of risk avoidance.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Microsoft's strategic commitment to the cloud with SharePoint Online has created the imperative for IT leaders to re-evaluate SharePoint's role in their workplace technology road map
  • Microsoft's new app model has limited the ability to customize SharePoint Online compared to SharePoint deployed on-premises, so IT leaders must reconsider how to use SharePoint
  • Microsoft's focus on SharePoint Online means IT leaders have to factor in risk tolerance, organizational culture and migration complexity when assessing its suitability

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