Are You Missing Out on SharePoint Functionality That Can Move Your Business Forward?
Office 365 is said to be the business suite that has everything a company would need, and while it does offer tools that any business can benefit from, it may not have the full SharePoint functionality that you need. So, in order for you to make the best decision for your business, let’s break down all the SharePoint 2013 functionality that is currently missing from SharePoint Online.
Site Features Missing
There are only two SharePoint 2013 features that are missing in the SharePoint Online portion of Office 365. They are Custom Managed Paths and Usage Analytics.
IT Pro Features Missing
Of all the different features missing in Office 365, the majority fall in the IT Professional features category. All together there are 21 missing SharePoint 2013 IT Pro features missing from SharePoint Online. But, there are four missing features that you will probably miss the most: no Central Administration, Alternate Access Mappings and host header site collection, Claims Based Authentication and Patch Management.
For a full breakdown of the missing IT Pro features and the impact this may have on you, check out Matt Milsark’s blog SharePoint 2013 IT Pro Features Missing in Office 365.
Developer Features Missing
There are several features in SharePoint 2013 that are not available in Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4 plans, but are available in any SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise:
- Business Connectivity: Profile Pages
- Business Connectivity: Rich Client Integration
- Custom Site Definitions and Provisions
- Full Trust Solutions
Of all theses missing features, the most critical is that SharePoint Online is missing Full Trust Solutions. Learn more about each of the missing features and the impact of their removal in Matt Milsark’s blog SharePoint 2013 Developer Features Missing in Office 365.
Insights Features Missing
When diving into your SharePoint Online environment, you may notice that there are several insights features missing that you were used to using in SharePoint 2013, these features include:
- PerformancePoint Services
- PPS Dashboard Migration
- Scorecards and Dashboards
- SSRS Integrated Mode
Check out more of the Business Intelligence capabilities that are missing in Office 365 in Matt Milsark’s blog Power BI Features Missing in Office 365.
Search Features Missing
One of the popular feature categories in SharePoint 2013 is the Search features, but unfortunately some of the great features we have gotten used to are missing in Office 365, including:
- Custom entity extraction
- Extensible Content Processing
- On-Premises Search Index
- Search Connector Framework
- Tunable Relevancy
Content Features Missing
Of the content features found in SharePoint 2013, the following seven are not availability in SharePoint Online:
- IRM Using Windows Server AD RMS
- Office Web Apps Server Integration
- PowerPoint Automation Services
- WCM: Analytics
- WCM: Faceted Navigation
- WCM: Multiple Domains
- Word Automation Services
For a full breakdown of the missing SharePoint functionality in Office 365, check out the infographic below:
It may seem like you can live (or rather, run a business) without these features right now, but as your business grows and evolves, you may find yourself wishing their was an easier way and that missing out on some of the great functionality inherent with SharePoint has become a big roadblock for growth. So, while Office 365 is a good fit for many users who need basic out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality, most company will need a solution that take things to the next level.
A managed SharePoint solution will provide companies that need more full administrative control with server-side code and remote server access. At the same time, the private cloud allows businesses to harness the same control and access that they are used to on-premises, while gaining the security and performance of the private cloud. Luckily you don’t have to choose just one or the other, you always have the option of creating the perfect hybrid cloud solution for your business or even having your data managed in-house.
If you would like to learn more, watch our webinar “Know Your Limits: SharePoint in a Private Cloud vs. Office 365”