Report argues inflection point with SharePoint development imminent

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SharePoint developers are aware they need to learn new skills but do not have sufficient training while upgrading SharePoint is not in the short-term plans of many businesses.

Those were among the key findings from a new report released by Rencore on SharePoint and Office 365 development best practices.

The study elicited more than 1,200 responses, of which almost two thirds were either architects or developers, and found something of an inflection point when it comes to enterprise collaboration warhorse SharePoint.

The report examined four hypotheses: developers are interested in the new approaches for developing on SharePoint but are not using them widely; use of the new SharePoint Framework is not widespread yet; SharePoint developers need to be proficient in more technologies today; and legacy investments need to be migrated or transformed.

Regarding the first two points, the SharePoint Framework, a model which enables client-side development for building on SharePoint, was only introduced in May this year, yet 84% of developers and 87% of architects polled had already heard of it. Despite this, almost half (48%) of developers say they continue to build customisations with server side technology.

When it came to new skills, there was “strong awareness” across the board of the need for SharePoint devs to learn more, according to the report. Yet the availability of training is less than satisfactory for some, and varies significantly – 30% of professionals get trained either weekly or monthly, with another 30% only getting training once or twice per year.

So can SharePoint be considered out of date by those who are developing on it? 46% of respondents say they are planning to move up to either SharePoint Online or some variation of SharePoint 2016 in the near future, although the report added that upgrading SharePoint was ‘not in the short-term plans of many businesses.’

“While not everyone is currently planning on migrating, this issue will present itself sooner or later,” the report notes. “CIOs and other IT decision makers will therefore need to be aware of what impact this will have – you will need to ensure colleagues have the right skills for the migration, and give staff the right technologies to make those migrations secure.”

You can find out more about the report here.

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