11 Alternatives to Microsoft Sharepoint (Updated)

I have just started to get my hands on a huge gigantic software (another one) from Microsoft called the Microsoft Sharepoint, and since I am more of a open-source kind of a guy I am not very comfortable with it for now… will be soon :).
It’s a massive collaborative software package which is associated with content management and document management systems. But those are just a part of it , it’s actually a big collection of more capabilities and services like for web technologies, intranet portals, extranets, websites, document & file management, collaboration spaces, social tools, enterprise search, business intelligence, process integration, system integration, workflow automation and core infrastructure for third-party solutions.

So I just had a small idea for the fact that it also costs a lot and it takes a lot of time for a person like me to get used to a Microsoft product if he/she is not used to it … so I started to look for (just in case) other alternatives for Sharepoint which a smaller company may use or understand better. So I decided to make a list of it and post it in my blog :) so maybe it can help out a few other people like me :)

 

1. Alfresco

 

2. O3Spaces

 

3. HyperOffice

 

4. IglooSoftware

 

5. Podio

 

6. LetoDMS

 

7. Kerio – has been moved to cloud with a name “samepage” and their product is no longer available.

 

8. SenseNet

 

9. TWiki

 

10. Epiware

 

11. Atlassian Confluence

 
One more which I missed out on and was suggested by one of the readers on this blog is added just below :)

 

12. LifeRay

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  • http://madhur.github.com Madhur

    Thanks for this list. This is definitely a small alternatives of SharePoint for small comapnies. However, they cannot replace the functionality of SharePoint typically run by a large organization.

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      you’re absolutely right… i agree with you but still just for the fact that they do have certain capabilities which I really wanted to post

  • http://twitter.com/Cynic_one Pavel

    Where is Liferay!!!!

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      wow… this looks nice as well…
      how did I miss this one… didn’t really know about this till now
      Thank you.

      • http://twitter.com/Cynic_one Pavel

        For your welcome!!! :-)

        • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

          :)

  • Leah

    very helpful, thank you.
    i found your article while looking for “sharepoint alternatives” – but still i can’t find clear-cut information regarding alternatives that are specifically NON-CLOUD.
    suggestions?

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      well to be honest even I can’t seem to find any… but I’ll look into it once again just to try my luck :)
      And if you get any answers do let me know please ? :)

  • Vinay

    IDT anything can replace the security feature that Sharepoint gives with Right Management Service (RMS)

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      Well I won’t argue with you on that for sure :)

      • Vinay

        I have you ever tried RMS?

        • Vinay

          you might also wanna add “Right Now” on your list

          • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

            Well I am not sure of what does “RMS” stand for here ?
            and “Right Now” is more of a pure CMS rather than a alternative to Sharepoint :) from my point of view

  • http://damianbailey.webstarts.com/ ActonSantiago

    This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information.. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post.

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      Well I am glad it helped you out in some way :) and thank you for appreciating the effort :D

  • Kulgyth

    There is also Kablink that lies at the heart of the Novell offering. It has a flexible workflow system too.

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      Kulgyth
      I haven’t heard about this till now and I’m not sure if this can be taken as an alternative to Sharepoint..but I’ll surely check it out whenever I get time :)
      Thanks a lot for the comment and suggestion :)

  • HelgeO

    Just to let you know; Kerio have dropped their Workspace product.

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      @650d29edcbfd3bf5268f2713c3532f59:disqus – ohh… yeah they have… well thank you so much for the update :)
      Will update the blog right now :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Nelson/100006389078168 Kevin Nelson

    As a power user for over 10 years in
    content management system. I started off with Sharepoint. I found it
    confusing and not too user friendly. I’ve experience most of the
    systems in this review of alternatives to Sharepoint. I have to say
    the Google Could Connect shows a lot of promise. The rich features of
    MS offices backed up by Googles collaboration online tools that is a
    very powerful experience. When it comes down to choosing a CMS you
    must choose the CMS best for the user. That is what we chose
    Centralpoint by Oxcyon.

    If you are looking for a intuitive
    content management system with great social capabilities and powerful
    search, Centralpoint is as natural to manage as it is to use. It is
    simple and easy for the end user to use. You can setup polices and
    administrate with ease. The user interface is as easy to use as
    Microsoft Office. I would recommend Cenralpoint by Oxcyon for any
    company.

    • http://blog.arunace.com Arun Sengupta

      @facebook-100006389078168:disqus – I am so glad … someone understand the importance and intent of this blog post… it’s not like I am an expert in all of them … but yeah … I do agree Sharepoint is pretty confusing … so came up with this… I would try and update the above blog with your inputs as well :)
      Thank you so much

  • Kevin Nelson

    I am a business owner of a small company. I have used
    content management systems for over a decade such as SharePoint and
    a few other open source system. The idea for my company as a small
    business owner is to offer an enterprise content management system
    with social capabilities. SharePoint was much too confusing for
    someone with a limited I.T. Staff that required a fix budget. The new
    online version was cost-efficient but not to user friendly. Open
    source was an option until we found out that the support for it was
    beyond our staff training. Then we found a one stop solution and
    alternative to SharePoint’s public sites, private sites and sites
    that are sub-sites of others, Centralpoint
    by Oxcyon.

    We found social
    capabilities and
    powerful search, Centralpoint is as natural to manage as it is to
    use. It is simple and easy for the end user to use. You can setup
    polices and administrate with ease. The user interface is as easy to
    use as Microsoft Office. I would recommend Cenralpoint by Oxcyon for
    any company.

  • Angie Mclester

    I have used SharePoint and other content management systems for my company for over a decade and little tools like this would’ve been useful for my team when publishing. In the world of content management systems (CMS’s) few can be compared with SharePoint’s and its never ending updates, add ons and etc. However, Centralpoint by Oxcyon has been a wonderful discovery.
    Unlike SharePoint where I would’ve to call on my I.T. Department for small of the smallest thing like configuring images to display correctly on different devices. Centralpoint makes this easy. I definitely believe that Centralpoint is the work around for always having to wait for MS Sharepoint updates or latest migration.

    • Michael Hall

      I must say that I believe the above 3 comments on centralpoint are people that work for oxcyon considering the fact that they always state similarities such as (Centralpoint by Oxcyon). Why not just say Centralpoint. Plus when I did this search I found the same comments on other sites. That being said the little research I did I could not find opensource licensing on this software as stated by one of the comments on another site on this software. Further research should be done and if I am right in this matter I would delete the above 3 comments. If I am wrong then delete mine. Thanks for this informative site as I am a technician and a student teaching other students while I learn from sites such as this.