Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are considered to be highly scalable, flexible, and cost-effective; and hence, it is no wonder that the SaaS market is rapidly expanding. According to a recent study conducted by GitHub, over 73% of all business organizations say that the majority of their digital tools are SaaS. Therefore, in order to stay competitive, it is crucial to keep an eye on the latest trends of the SaaS platforms; and since SharePoint is one of the most commonly used SaaS platforms, it has to cope-up with the ongoing trends as well.
SharePoint As SaaS
Being a leading market expert in SharePoint Consulting and Development Services for more than 10 years, we have witnessed that SharePoint Online (that is SaaS) is becoming more popular among users as compared to SharePoint On-Premise solutions. Being a professional IT Consulting company, we always keep a very sharp eye on the latest SharePoint SaaS trends and try our best to implement them on our client projects. This enables us to stay relevant and competitive with other SaaS service vendors. Here, we have listed the top 5 trends of SharePoint as SaaS that we will be following in 2021.
1. Intranet/Portal Branding with SharePoint
In 2021, a strong focus is anticipated to be on SharePoint SaaS branding; because distinctive branding of the corporate intranet of the portal is found to be really helpful in promoting the constructive image of the company, its values, and its products while making the company attracting its users and outshining its competition. SharePoint Online offers a wide range of tools and functionalities which makes this solution really appealing to its users, vendors, and partners. Also, the extensive customization capabilities of the platform to personalize the color theme, logo, navigation tools, and any other design element that the company wants to modify. Also, once it’s branded, you SharePoint would not look like SharePoint anymore, rather it would look a customized platform or site of the company; this is one of most common request that clients make.
2. Mobile-First Approach
The Mobile-first approach has been prevailing in the world of app development for quite a few years, especially from the time since when smartphones have become the most widely used device among the global population. To cope up with the pace of technological development, the mobile-first approach has also become a trend when it comes to the development and implementation of SharePoint Online Solutions such as LMS and DMS is SharePoint 2019. Now, the mobile version of the solutions has become inevitable; as the mobile-first approach is helping to significantly reduce the cost of implementing SharePoint desktop and mobile solutions.
The SaaS trend of closely integrating digital tools is also relevant to SharePoint solutions. Reinforcing the process of integrating digital tools across workplaces has proven to be really helpful in increasing employee productivity. For instance, the integration of Microsoft Teams with SharePoint is one of the most common assimilations which provides employees with a collaborative space along with chat options.
Not only MS Team, but SharePoint also integrates really well with other Microsoft and non-Microsoft tools such as ERP, CRM, Power BI, and LMS, etc.; which results in eliminating companies’ silo approach. Hence, companies that are deciding to embrace SharePoint do not need to worry about the fact that their familiar tools won’t be working once they will migrate to SharePoint. In fact, SharePoint dwells seamlessly within the company’s existing infrastructure and digital environment.
In 2018, Microsoft initiated the trend of modernizing and improving SharePoint Online by adding advanced features such as new pages for libraries and lists, new branding themes, and a new look. The trend majorly appeared in SharePoint 2019 version and anticipated to be continued in forthcoming versions. New web parts added to the solution are providing improve user experience; for instance, the My Frequent Files and My Documents are providing personalized employee experience while simplifying the access to important information and increasing the performance of an employee and overall organization.
5. Artificial Intelligence
The roles played by machine learning and AI technology are also projected to expand further this year. SharePoint already uses the AI element extensively such as cognitive text analysis for sentiment texting, moderation or translation, auto-tagging, and image recognizing. In order to improve customer service, collaboration and Chabot are expected to be actively used within SharePoint portals and intranets.
Artificial intelligence improves regulatory and searches compliance, which is considered to be the most significant feature of SharePoint solutions for regulated industries and big enterprises. For instance, AI automatically eliminates and detects security threats in MS SharePoint by improving the automated restrictions while ensuring user views and file sharing in agreement with the external and internal compliance regulations.
Be Vigilant to The Latest Trends
Keeping a sharp eye on the latest SharePoint SaaS trends can considerably help you staying always alerts and responsive to attain new techniques, features, and capabilities. We believe that the SharePoint SaaS trends that we have described in this blog will surely help you shape your vision in finding a future solution while finding its right value and deciding over the list of its required features. If you are already using SharePoint Online, then the trends mentioned above can give you a hint about improving the functionality and user adoption of your solution.