SharePoint vs. Google Sites

Revisando mi larga lista de RSS, he encontrado un articulo muy interesante que menciona Hector Insua en su blog sobre una comparativa entre sitios de SharePoint y Google.

http://www.sharepointusecases.com/index.php/2008/09/sharepoint-vs-google-sites-docs/

General comparison

Feature Google Sites SharePoint Services 3.0
Availability star_five star_three
You can setup Google Sites in matter of minutes. On the other hand Microsoft does not provide a hosted edition of SharePoint. There are partners who offer that, but I recently had a very unpleasant experience with a SharePoint Hosting provider. If you are thinking about hosting your SharePoint with a partner, please send me an email.
Price star_five star_three
Both products are free, but in order to run SharePoint you need to have Windows Server CALs.

Features comparison

Feature Google Sites SharePoint Services 3.0
First impressions
2
star_five
Concept of lists is similar. However SharePoint lists are superior to those used by Google. SharePoint lists offer views, datasheet editing, integration with Office tools…
Edit in a datasheet view
star_one star_five
This feature is only available in SharePoint, and most people find it to be very useful.
List views and templates
star_one star_five
This feature is only available in SharePoint. Google sites also do not support grouping and filtering. You cannot save a list as template; there are only a few built-in templates available.
Field types
star_one star_four
SharePoint supports 10+ field types, Google sites are limited to only a few types. You can crate new field types.
Usability star_three star_four
Google has a slightly different concept when it comes to editing and adding a list item. They are using a lot of AJAX and popups. I generally like the concept but it still not stable enough. My browser crashed a lot of times while working with these lists. Microsoft concept is more traditional but more stable, however some features are only available for IE.
Alerts
2 star_four
Google Alerts are very limited. Only OnUpdate alert is available without summary alerts and additional filtering.
Extensibility
star_one star_four
There is no option to extend Google sites programmatically, there are no web parts… You cannot modify page layout (there are some built in templates).
Workflows
star_one star_five
Workflows are not supported in Google Sites.
Search
star_four star_four
Search is a built-in feature for both products. There is still room for improvement, but both are functioning correctly.

 

3 comentarios en “SharePoint vs. Google Sites”

  1. Supongo que la conclusión es que lo barato sale caro… por no entrar en otro tipo de disquisiciones sobre la conveniencia de dejar toda nuestra información en mános de terceros… por mucho que nos fiemos de Google hoy en día… ¿Qué pasa si un día esa confianza se quiebra y ya tenemos toda nuestra información en sus servidores?… Es una forma de ‘vendor lockin’ como otra cualquiera…

    ¡Saludos!

  2. Hola Rodrigo,
    Estoy de acuerdo en el dicho, pero no del todo en el fondo…Google no es el único que está realizando este movimiento…Microsoft está apostando y muy fuerte por su S+S y en mi opinión, es un acierto.

    Un saludo

    JC’s

  3. De todos los modos, muchas veces un sitio de SharePoint necesita interactuar con diferentes fuentes de datos repartidas geográficamente o en la propia red corporativa, y muchas veces, recabar esa información requiere además, la ejecución de una serie de procesos de lógica de negocio que yo no veo como hacerlo de forma satisfactorio con cosas como la que Google presenta.

    La iniciativa de Google es interesante, sí, pero coincido con Rodrigo aunque entiendo perfectamente lo que comentas Juan Carlos. 🙂

    Saludos.

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