Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the runaway success and genesis of Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). The article outlined the main reasons for the product’s widespread use and analyzed its evolution. So, what is it that SharePoint’s treasure trove of tools (a la “grandma’s attic”) can (and can't) do for companies?
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Because SharePoint Foundation is free to end-users, downloadable, and easy to use (as explained in Part 1 ), individuals, departments, and workgroups can all deploy sites without calling on IT departments’ support. End-users can obtain the tool without IT staff participation or even their knowledge. Over time, an uncontrolled proliferation of SharePoint sites can ironically replicate the uncontrolled proliferation of file servers that SharePoint was meant to replace in the first place. How long these