SharePoint On-Premise and SharePoint Online – Which is better

For those organizations used to on-premise, SharePoint Online is an overload. or is it?

Laptop with TeaWith SharePoint 2016 out there, the market for the same has been on a steady rise.  The interest it has generated in the last eight months has been interesting to watch.  However, along with the interest factor, comes trepidation on the process of implementation and migration?

SharePoint 2016 offers certain attractive features in comparison to earlier versions and that should be baited enough for those still unsure on whether to implement the solution.

For some enterprises, a big factor that comes up for consideration is, they are already settled with SharePoint on premise and Office has served their cloud requirements.  Why bother migrating to SharePoint 2016 simply for the cloud benefit it offers?  The answer is simple. SharePoint 2016 online comes to you at no extra cost if you have SharePoint 2016.  So you might as well take advantage of this, as in terms of flexibility and usability it offers some really good advantage.

What if you have several custom applications, several team-based sites, intranets and department sites?  It is advisable to go with an experienced SharePoint service provider who can do an evaluation of existing content and offer a solution which makes the best of both on-premise and online.  If you prefer to do it yourself – you could keep the custom applications in the on-premise version and the other data online.

Some enterprises are impressed by SharePoint 2016’s content indexing and search functionalities. But they are also wondering if leveraging Office 365 is a preferred option.  The honest answer is, SharePoint 2016’s content indexing is really good. Also when a user searches, content stored in the on-premise and cloud versions show up in parallel. This essentially means that both online and on premise are seamless and that makes SharePoint 2016 irresistible.

Enterprises are aware that is no longer a feasible option to have employees access the on-premise version to access data and content.  They need to be able to do it wherever they are when they need to. SharePoint 2016’s hybrid model gives them the option to access data on their mobile devices and also on their PCs.  This takes away the unwieldiness of SharePoint 2016 and replaces it with svelte mobility.  As organizations move more and more towards employee effort maximization, they need to provide access to real-time information, on-the-go search, and completely user-friendly UIs.  SharePoint 2016 provides all this and more and that is the reason why it is gaining growing popularity among enterprises.

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Joseph Aldrich is a Freelance Digital Consultant working in the Information Technology sector. Joseph shares his expertise and knowledge through articles and blogs on trending subjects in the field of technology innovation, software,and IT outsourcing.

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