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The Hybrid SharePoint Cookbook: Recipe for a Hybrid SharePoint Environment

Published: 13 August 2015

ID: G00277039

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


Microsoft's strategy to deliver SharePoint-related innovation via Office 365 is creating an interest spike in hybrid SharePoint. This assessment informs solution architects and strategic teams considering hybrid SharePoint about the benefits and risks of relying on it.

Table Of Contents


  • A Cookbook Approach to Hybrid SharePoint
  • Step 1: Select a "-first" Mindset
  • Step 2: Select Integration Points
    • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • Search
    • Workflow, Forms and Integration With External Data
    • File Synchronization and Sharing
    • Taxonomy
    • Content Types
    • Navigation
    • User Profiles
    • Administration
  • Step 3: Select a Hybrid Solution for Each Chosen Integration Point
    • Microsoft-Provided Hybrid Solutions
    • Custom Hybrid Solutions
    • Administration
    • Taxonomy
    • Content Types
    • Navigation
  • Step 4: Stir, Mix and Bake for a Long Time — It's Not Easy
  • Risks and Challenges
    • SharePoint Online and Server Aren't Built to Work Well Together
    • Difficult to Configure
    • Added Complexity
    • User Confusion and Fatigue
    • Future of Hybrid SharePoint
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Determine Hybrid Solution Gaps Early
  • Focus on User Experience and Ease of Administration When Designing Hybrid Solutions
  • Plan for a More Complex Environment

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