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SharePoint as a competitive intelligence tool
by Raoul Farcot, Vice President, Cipher Systems
My company, Cipher Systems, is a competitive intelligence consultancy. Part of our work is integrating our proprietary competitive intelligence software system into organizations across industries. During our 12 years of operation, we have seen increasing interest in how Microsoft’s SharePoint platform might be used to assist with our clients’ competitive intelligence technology needs.
The objective of this article is to assess the compatibility of Microsoft’s SharePoint 2007 architecture and its key functional components with the primary user requirements of competitive intelligence professionals across industry sectors. To do so, we begin by assessing the key user requirements and key deliverables produced by competitive intelligence (“CI”) professionals across corporate and institutional organizations. We then align these requirements with the key functional components of SharePoint 2007 in order to identify the gaps and synergetic areas between SharePoint architecture and the CI professional requirements.
PART I: CI requirements and deliverables
Status within the organization
PART II: SharePoint assessment
From a general architectural standpoint, SharePoint appears somewhat “disjointed” to the average user and is organized as a content management “Tool Kit” rather than workflow-driven software. Some of the key functional components available in SharePoint 2007 include:
On the other hand, our assessment does show that SharePoint 2007 configuration and out-of-the-box functionality is better suited to support the following CI user requirement categories and deliverables:
Some of the key factors limiting SharePoint’s ability to meet the primary user requirements of CI professionals include:
Created on March 17, 2009 l Updated on January 7, 2012 Created on l Updated on January 7, 2012