Microsoft SharePoint is a software platform developed by Microsoft for collaboration and Web publishing combined under a single server. These capabilities include developing web sites, portals, intranets, content management systems, search engines, wikis, blogs, and other tools for business intelligence.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is built on the premise of making it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions.
SharePoint is a Market Leader
The Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) is a proprietary research tool developed by Gartner Inc. to provide qualitative analysis into specific markets, maturity and participants. Their analysis is conducted for several specific technical industries and is updated every 1-2 years. In 2009, Microsoft SharePoint was positioned by Gartner as a leader in Enterprise Content Management as shown below.
According to Gartner, a reported 80% of enterprise content is unstructured, and the need to manage the risks associated with that mountain of information requires a great deal of focus. Accordingly, each vendor in Gartner's quadrant was evaluated for their ability to execute and their completeness of vision. Heavily weighted criteria included overall viability, customer experience, product/service and offering strategy.