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We performed a comparison between SharePoint and Yammer based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Content Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed SharePoint vs. Yammer report (Updated: March 2020).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: How do Sharepoint and Yammer match up to IBM’s connection solution?
Answer: Hello, Looking at my referrers, I noticed that this question pointed out to my comparison between SharePoint & Connections (see previous discussions for the link). I didn't compare Connections and SharePoint/Yammer yet but just Connections & SharePoint Social. Now that I have a little bit more experience with Connections & IBM Products in general, I'd consider choosing either of those products the following way: - Do you plan for onpremises or a Cloud-based solution? - Do you plan for 100% out of the box or should you be able to customize the product? - Do you plan to use *only* the Social piece of Connections or do you plan to also store your documents in it? If yes, what kind of documents, Office (integration isn't as in SharePoint).? - Are you already working with SameTime or with Lync? Clearly, I'd choose Connections if : - I'm already using Sametime and/or other IBM products since you'd have an SSO for free using the LTPA tokens - I don't plan to customize the product heavily. - I don't plan to have a real document management system in it (Files+CCM) or only with PDF and non Office Documents If I'd need more than what's listed above, I'd go for SharePoint which doesn't only offer Social Capabilities but also other workfloads such as an extensive Search Engine, LOB integration, WCM, Collaboration, Social and three development/deployment models (Full Trust Solutions, Sandboxed, Apps). My experience now with Connections is that it's a nice product but it's harder to customize than SharePoint. It doesn't offer many APIs and it's rather hard to find valuable technical documentation on the product. It's also way harder to find non-IBM people working on the product. With SharePoint, you can really have an industrialization & full ALM of your devleopments and it's quite easy to find .NET/SharePoint developers all around without the need to involve Microsoft. In conclusion, for pure Social related stuff, Connections is better than SharePoint and maybe even better than Yammer but don't try to do anything else with the product nor to interoperate with other products, especially if these are not IBM ones or headaches will start :)
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Pros
"What I like about SharePoint is that they keep up with a lot of updates, and they bring out new features. I also like that the system is integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite of apps.""Ability to store files of any type.""For SharePoint, I believe the most valuable feature is the customization and allowing you to share and edit files and documents. Being able to share externally and the precise administration of the files in terms of giving permissions and controlling who has access to what is a very good feature.""The most valuable features of SharePoint Online are content management, document management, and approval processes. Additionally, there are a number of features that provide integration with multiple Office services and external services.""No code and low code, scalable, and stable collaboration platform. Straightforward to set up. Its support system is good and offers fast issue resolution."

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"The user interface and the way we can share and search information are the most valuable. It is very easy to use."

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Cons
"It has worked very well for me. It seems like they've improved everything. I don't have any cons about it as such, but I don't think they have a talk-to-text, speech-to-text, or speech-to-type. That would be cool for accessibility.""The solution lacks collaboration features.""Integration needs to be more straightforward, particularly with Azure. SharePoint also needs a more comprehensive introductory course for users.""Document management and the ability to easily integrate single sign-on (SSO) are areas for improvement in SharePoint.""SharePoint Online could improve the user interface and when modifying any of the user interfaces can be challenging. Additionally, there are challenges with the detail in the analytics user interface and the overall customization could improve."

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"The way you want to control the communication could be an issue. It depends on what kind of company you are. We are a public company, and there are some regulations that we need to comply with. Its ease of use can be an issue for a company because anybody can subscribe and use it. There are many competitors that are overlapping. Since Microsoft bought Yammer, it tends to be in the shadow. It is not put in the front from the service perspective."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is pretty reasonable. It is $5 per month per user. We have 12 users now, so it is about $60 per month."
  • "Any extended support from Microsoft is expensive."
  • "The licensing model for SharePoint Online is based on per user, and it is monthly. The price of the solution overall is good."
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  • "I don't know about the pricing. Now that Microsoft has bought Yammer, it should be a part of our subscriptions for Office 365."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Rusty Isaac - PeerSpot reviewerRusty Isaac (PeerSpot)
    Vendor

    There are lots of reviews of Yammer at http://www.itcentralstation.com/products/yammer

    it_user120486 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user120486 (User)
    Vendor

    This is good stuff, really helpful. Wish there was more on Yammer.

    Regards,
    Kaymaureen Shim

    it_user120486 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user120486 (User)
    Vendor

    Great! I will check out Cisco-webex

    Regards,
    Kaymaureen Shim

    it_user104763 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user104763 (User)
    Vendor

    This blog is extensive from a SharePoint MVP who had worked with both products. Hope this helps

    http://www.silver-it.com/node/157

    it_user105159 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user105159 (Vice President at a tech services company)
    Consultant

    Yeah - I'd agree with reviewer131589 that if the organization currently has IT/organizational capability around MSFT or IBM, that would certainly figure into the picture. And that whether one or the other would be more appropriate would be subject to business and technical requirements. Otherwise, while I'm more familiar with the SharePoint/Yammer side of things, I do know Connections should also be able to do the job. All these major vendor solutions have robust capabilities - it's just a question of how much do you want/need to invest to get what you want up and running, and whether you want to re-use/build on an existing platform (thus leveraging an existing asset) or go for more of a business point solution. In the latter case, this opens you up to options in the cloud that might be more specific to what you're looking for and give you faster time to market. For a comparison of a few social platforms, check out: http://www.r2integrated.com/digital-lab/thought-leadership/social-community-platform-comparison. While a practitioner/expert on any one of these might differ with some of the assessments, it at least does give you a nice side-by-side comparison of features. Again, in reality, given that they all can generally do almost anything, you have to take a look at each one and see if its focus is close to what you're trying to provide for your end users/customers. If you have to twist the thing on its head too much, you end up just doing more work. Hope this helps.

    it_user104490 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user104490 (User at a tech company with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    The objective of any such initiative by governments is to have a wide
    applicability of the solution with rich features but more importantly a
    solution that provides the flexibility of scale. If those are the stated
    objectives then IBM Connections surely scores over Sharepoint+Yammer any
    day. The issue with Sharepoint is the ability to have a public facing
    infrastructure which has been designed keeping scale in mind. From a
    feature richness angle also IBM Connections scores over Sharepoint since
    Connections was designed to be a Social Collaboration tool and now has
    tightly integrated solutions including the ability to have analytics and
    content tools embedded in the solution.

    it_user131589 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user131589 (User)
    Vendor

    IBM Connections Integrates well with SharePoint.
    Post the integration configuration, most of the time, we should be able to get our SharePoint Libraries and Mysite integrated with connections. By having Microsoft Windows Authentication, we would be able to see the teamsitres, contents etf through SharePoint APIs on Conections page.Availability of Uploading docs are also single click away.Its visa versa from SharePoint as well.
    Questions regarding MS Yammer or IBM Connections would be subject to business decision however it would also be dependent on wheather we have Connections in the system or Yammer. if its a fresh new set up planning then in long run SharePoint with Yammer negates the need to have IBM connection and have more cost effective solutions.

    Best regards,
    Kumar

    it_user128490 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user128490 (IT Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Consultant

    I have experience using Yammer, Sharepoint, IBM -Sametime, Cisco-webex as a social platform. I liked Cisco - webex for various reason - Easy to use, online conferencing, blog, message broadcast, desktop share, meeting scheduler and seamless integration with MS office calendar. I found webex connect to be feature rich and meets most of our Orgs social needs.

    Many Thanks
    Pratyush

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi. I would suggest Ezofis which has a lot of customization and ease of use features compared to Alfresco. Even the pricing is better compared to ECM products in the market.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of SharePoint Online are content management, document management, and approval processes. Additionally, there are a number of features that provide integration with multiple… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing model for SharePoint Online is based on per user, and it is monthly. The price of the solution overall is good. There can be additional costs depending on the features that we are going… more »
    Top Answer:The user interface and the way we can share and search information are the most valuable. It is very easy to use.
    Top Answer:The way you want to control the communication could be an issue. It depends on what kind of company you are. We are a public company, and there are some regulations that we need to comply with. Its… more »
    Top Answer:We use it for communication and collaboration on specific topics.
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    Also Known As
    SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010
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    Overview

    SharePoint is a Microsoft-based platform for building web applications. It covers a widerange of capabilities and while it is appropriate for experienced webdevelopers, even non-technical minded users can easily navigate through thesystem and execute functions such as collaborating data, managing documents andfiles, creating websites, managing social networking solutions, and automatingworkflow.

    Major areas that SharePoint deals with are websites,communities, content, search, insights, and composites. The purpose is to give usersthe ability to create or develop these key business components on their owneven without technical knowledge of, for example, how to build a website or howto integrate coding. Configuring SharePoint into a business's system is meantto cut out all of the complicated steps, and pave the way for easierimplementation all around.

    Yammer is an enterprise social network that allows employees,managers, executives, teams and different office branches to engage,collaborate and innovate over one interactive virtual network.

    Yammer creates a social workplace that drives innovationthrough the sharing of ideas and business intelligence, boosts productivity inteams and projects, and encourages communication and connectivity betweenemployees, no matter where they are located.

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    Sample Customers
    Toyota, Aeroports de Paris, ASBBank Ltd., Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals, CambridgeshireConstabulary, D&M Group, NPL Construction Company, and The Regional Municipality of Niagara.
    Verizon, Rakuten,Nationwide, DHL, Westfield, Telefonica, 7-Eleven, Red Robin, Intuit, eBay,Darden, Suncorp, Tyco, Xerox, and ModCloth.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    University9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government12%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Insurance Company17%
    Non Tech Company17%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Insurance Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    SharePoint vs. Yammer
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about SharePoint vs. Yammer and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
    634,325 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SharePoint is ranked 1st in Enterprise Content Management with 8 reviews while Yammer is ranked 5th in Enterprise Social Software with 1 review. SharePoint is rated 8.2, while Yammer is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of SharePoint writes "Offers great OCR capabilities, metadata storage and proficient archiving ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Yammer writes "Easy to use and comes with a good interface, but controlling the communication could be an issue". SharePoint is most compared with Citrix ShareFile, Box, WordPress, Dropbox and OpenText Documentum, whereas Yammer is most compared with Workplace by Facebook, Atlassian Confluence, Chatter, SAP Jam and Interact Intranet. See our SharePoint vs. Yammer report.

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