When I’m travelling in South East Asia, participating in events and community activities, I meet a lot of IT Pros from all sorts of companies, everyone with their own unique infrastructure, requirements and IT strategy.
When I was in Manila in December I met a guy who was really interested in Sharepoint 2007. The company he worked for (let’s call them Company X, sounds cool) was already using Sharepoint 2003, but their strategy was to use the most recent version to get most out of the new features. We have a program called IT Pro Momentum, aimed at companies that want to do early adoption of our technologies, like Vista, Sharepoint and Windows Server 2008. I made him a part of that program and Company X decided to start with a pilot at first and the project goal was to migrate their existing portal to MOSS 2007. The portal is a repository of all important documents (today over 300.000) that is being used by the company and its over 100,000 employees.
The pilot is now deployed and in the next step the production environment will be migrated. I asked him what the biggest benefit was so far and he said: “There are a lot of changes that was made to the new version that answers the issues that we encountered during our development using Sharepoint 2003. One of them is the Item Level Security and also customization of the site definition is much easier now. I cannot comment yet on some of the other benefits because we just finished the first phase of our pilot development but so far I'm happy with the result.”
Of course they experienced some problems during the project, have you ever deployed something without problems? But as a part of the IT Pro Momentum program you get some free support so the issue got resolved.
If your company wants to be an early adopter and you are interested in the IT Pro Momentum, just send me an email through my blog.