How Microsoft SharePoint is Like a Library of Three Ring Binders

Thursday, May 3, 2012
posted by alice

We can really relate to the title of this article: “Discovering Information . . . Or Not.”  We also enjoyed the photo of the packed three-ring binder that Matt Heusser uses to illustrate an information system that is chock full of information, but that no one uses because it is too cumbersome to find anything.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s we had to rely on three-ring binders quite a bit, but then information systems like Facebook came along that could actually intuit what someone is interested in.  However, Microsoft SharePoint does not work quite this same way.

Microsoft Sharepoint is the roach Motel of Enterprise Software:  Documents check in, but they don’t check out.

Heusser describes the the SharePoint wiki feature as adequate, but laments that there is not a better system that tells you information you “care about.”  He says that Microsoft is in the best position to create a “stream” like this since they are so involved in every aspect of your computer.

The Semaphore Content Intelligence Platform from Smartlogic can take your SharePoint implementation from 3-ring binder-like inefficiency to a highly efficient information retrieval system based on semantic technology.  For more information, navigate to

Ken Toth, May 3, 2012

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