Summary: Discover why many of our customers have switched from SharePoint to a robust SharePoint Alternative like Intranet Connections.
To SharePoint or not to SharePoint, that is the question. Early adopters of a SharePoint Intranet have often called upon us as they found SharePoint was too much work and too costly to actually get off the ground. Although initially, they romanticized about customizing the perfect intranet solution with a custom built SharePoint intranet, they quickly realized it was an unmanageable and cost prohibitive project that likely would never come to fruition. Now they seek a SharePoint alternative that is a simpler, comprehensive, out-of-the-box solution with reliable customer service and fast installation/implementation.
When doing research on intranet providers, the cost is often the deciding factor. So let’s cut to the chase; what does the cost comparison look like?
SharePoint pricing is fairly complex, their pricing is based on a per user/per month basis. The initial licensing cost for SharePoint varies depending on what tier you’d like. There are three tiers, and the third tier includes everything, whereas the first two don’t include several features that would normally be included in an intranet, such as enterprise search. Based on this, the initial purchase cost for an organization with 149 employees would be $35,760 USD. This cost would then increase each time a new employee is hired on. This is just the initial licensing fee and doesn’t take into account the implementation costs and ongoing maintenance fees that are necessary with a SharePoint intranet.
The pricing model for Intranet Connections as a SharePoint alternative is much more simple. There is a one-time price and it’s based on the size of your organization. For an organization with 149 employees, the price would be $15,500 USD. This price includes installation and will not increase based on your company’s growth – you only pay once. In addition, this cost includes all the 100+ features built-in to our intranet software, there is no additional cost for features such as enterprise search.
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SharePoint is moving into the Cloud, which causes concern for security. Your data is essentially on a giant shared drive with hundreds of other people’s data (i.e. the Cloud); your information isn’t safely stored on your own server. This means you don’t have control over how secure your data is, it’s just out there. Having a giant repository of everyone’s data can make it a target for hackers, putting your data at risk of being compromised.
Intranet Connections as a SharePoint Alternative is a full-functionality, on-premise solution. That means that all your data is safely stored in-house on your own server. This offers a more secure environment and protects against your information getting out.
While SharePoint gives you the flexibility to customize your intranet, it requires a lot of time and complex custom development. In almost all cases, users need to hire an expensive third-party resource to make simple changes to SharePoint as it is too complicated to administer themselves with little to no IT background. This is usually an unforeseen cost, as it isn’t included in the licensing or implementation cost, making SharePoint very expensive to run. Below are two stories from customers who were originally using SharePoint, but found it too complicated and costly to administer so they sought out a SharePoint alternative:
With Intranet Connections, we have easy-to-use, built-in design functionality. Designing and maintaining your intranet is as easy as pointing-and-clicking, no coding or IT experience necessary. With built-in design tools such as the Simple Design Builder and Advanced Theme Editor, you can completely customize your intranet yourself without any extra cost to you.
Why Now is a Good Time to Abandon SharePoint
Talking to our happy customers, they shared the compelling reasons why they abandoned their SharePoint intranets in favor of our more simple, yet robust, alternative.
SharePoint is too expensive and time-consuming to maintain, so often they get forgotten or avoided and unused.
Intranet Connections is extremely easy to use, which is a significant motivator for our customers to switch from SharePoint. It is easy to implement and get started on Intranet Connections and non-IT staff can easily learn to use and administer it. One of our customers, Diversified Search, that switched to Intranet Connections from SharePoint was able to full-deploy their new intranet in just 90 days to all of their employees.