Approximately 80% of the largest companies in the world use SharePoint in their daily operations. Yet uptake is low among small and medium businesses (SMBs). Why is this the case? After all, SharePoint is included in most Office 365 licenses (which are used by SMBs and Fortune 500 companies alike).

One of the main reasons is that SMBs don’t understand the benefits SharePoint can bring. SMBs are unaware of how it can be a business enabler, choosing instead to see it as only a cloud hosting or server alternative. This article will help you understand the benefits SharePoint can bring.

Two of the most accessible upsides are collaboration and document sharing. How often do you find yourself emailing Word or Excel files back and forth with team members in the process of creating a quote? You create a draft, email it to your team, wait for everybody’s feedback, add the feedback to the document, then repeat the process several more times until it is complete. Not only is this inefficient, but it’s also hard to track the process and makes revision history virtually impossible.

Enter SharePoint.

SharePoint allows you to work on a Microsoft document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) at the same time as the rest of your Team. Instead of emailing the document back and forth, users can access one copy stored in SharePoint using either their Microsoft desktop app or on the web. You’ll see changes made by team members in real time, with provisions in place to prevent one person from overwriting another’s in-progress work. Need to go back to a previous revision? Previous versions are automatically saved in the document through SharePoint.

Sounds good, right? So how do you get set up?

One of the benefits of engaging Onward Computer Systems as your Manager Service Provider is having access to the portfolio of professional services that we offer.  Onward has an experienced team available to design, implement and migrate your older collaboration platform to the newer and more versatile SharePoint platform. Contact us if you want to learn more!