As the year 2011 winds down, it’s a good time to take stock of what was accomplished with SharePoint this year. Specifically, what Microsoft accomplished with SharePoint this year.

The analysis firm Gartner has studied the enterprise social software market, and predicted that technologies that can be used as a collaboration portal for content management (and for searching that content) will be the ones that will lead the market. Gartner rated Microsoft first in “ability to execute” in the area of enterprise social software. Further, Gartner predicted in a recent report that portals will be subsumed in a “User Experience Platform” market, and that Microsoft will likely lead this space. There’s a lot coming out of Redmond to be excited about: gesture interfaces, continued social computing initiatives, and, of course, the big power tools for doing all the work.

And 2012 holds the promise of something equally as exciting: the next version of SharePoint! SPTechReport will be bringing news of the update, discussions of future direction, and a lot more as the new year unfolds. It’s a good time to be in SharePoint.

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In this issue, Eric Riz continues his series on “Writing the Right Requirements,” a three-part series written exclusively for SPTechReport and available on-demand at Part I was a discussion of how to engage the business unit. In this installment, Eric looks at how you go about eliciting and prioritizing requirements, and Part III, which will run in the Feb. 18 SPTechReport, will examine documenting your requirements and turning them into meaningful, tangible, actionable statements. Eric will also be teaching a half-day workshop on requirements at February’s SPTechCon. Learn more about it at

— David