Hi, I am very familiar with Microsoft SharePoint but not so with “Open Exchange”, can somebody please tell me what the main differences are between the two, and why you would select one over the other, disregarding licensing issues and costs for the moment.
Well, SharePoint is not an email platform, so that is a big difference between the two. Both can share calendars and contacts, and both can share documents.
Exchange uses Outlook to deliver all of that to the desktop, but can use other clients (like a web-based system called Outlook Web Access) as well. What it is NOT good at is managing large amounts of documents and other files. Public Folders (which is how you share files in Exchange) are being phased out by Microsoft, and they have always been a secondary choice for sharing documents.
SharePoint is designed for knowledge collaboration – in other words sharing documents, wiki pages, shared calendars and contacts. It uses only a web-based interface, and isn’t designed to synchronize with a desktop like Outlook is. Of course, as I said before, SharePoint is not an email system at all, so if you are looking for an email platform, SharePoint alone just isn’t an option.
So each has some great strengths and weaknesses. Most larger organizations use both!
on: 29th July 09