To put things in perspective, let’s start with an everyday analogy to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of a SharePoint deployment. With the holidays coming up, a key question springs to mind: do I pack my expensive, specialist digital camera to capture those holiday moments? The one with the four interchangeable lenses, a user manual as thick as a telephone directory, a case, a charger, and more buttons to press than the Boeing Dreamliner? Or do I rely instead on the camera on my smartphone?

It has to be the smartphone camera! Great as the specialist camera is, it’s way too heavy to carry around on holiday and expensive if it gets lost or stolen. Plus, it’s so complex that by the time I’ve worked out how to switch it to automatic mode, the subject I was going to shoot has probably disappeared. And then, when I want to share the image with friends, I have to download the image from the card. Meanwhile, the camera phone is small, nimble, easy to use, and doesn’t cost as much if it’s lost. Perhaps best of all, I can share the photos by email, text, or social media in seconds.

You can probably see where this blog is heading. Huddle is the camera phone. Microsoft SharePoint is the big digital camera leviathan. Now, I’m not suggesting that Huddle is an out-and-out replacement for SharePoint – but it is the ideal cloud-based platform to sit alongside, on top of or instead of a SharePoint deployment for next-generation content collaboration.

Do the math

The legacy approach is to spend a lot of money on a big software deployment with an army of consultants. A SharePoint deployment requires highly trained staff and substantial lead times to roll out. It can take months to implement SharePoint and even longer to move to a new version – and even then it is still missing key features such as iPhone and iPad apps! In this day and age, you simply can no longer afford to wait that long for technology tools.

It doesn’t stop there. SharePoint is a single non-interoperable stack. It requires a full-suite upgrade and multiple technologies. A SharePoint deployment doesn’t quite work out-of-the-box either. Experienced architects and developers are required to configure the application to meet your business needs. And with the heavy backlog of IT projects and the difficulty finding specialised talent, there are often delays in implementation.

Like the big specialist cameras, SharePoint is not that popular with the guy on the street who just wants to capture sudden holiday moments. SharePoint is tricky to navigate, unintuitive, and largely unpopular with users. And when users struggle with a SharePoint deployment, they invariably switch to less secure and uncontrolled means of content collaboration, such as email or cloud storage platforms like Dropbox.

Why Huddle?

Hats off therefore to Huddle—it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a cost-effective, cloud-based, best-in-class platform for content collaboration. Failed deployments stop with Huddle. Huddle is where business operations teams access, share and work on all of their content with whoever they need—internally or externally. Businesses of any size work more efficiently by ‘huddling’ together within an online secure cloud service accessed via web browsers, desktop, or mobile devices.

Huddle’s unique approach and ease of use guarantees success and adoption too—signalling the end to that expensive failed SharePoint deployment. With a small, initial deployment, Huddle Success Managers engage your business users to map out your entire journey and guide your success. In fact, the Huddle team is so confident in this approach, that the company offers a 90-day adoption guarantee or your money back.

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