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    <p>Looks like this whole <a href="http://www.schaeflein.net/blog/ct.ashx?id=99cb2c04-2299-4de1-958a-f7964bb91ed2&amp;url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.informit.com%2farticles%2farticle.asp%3fp%3d391848%26rl%3d1">Mike Drip article</a> has started a product food fight (Scoble&rsquo;s term).&nbsp; Scoble actually picked up on it&hellip; and it looks like <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/07/11.html#a10594">my post got Scobeled</a>!&nbsp; Sweet!&nbsp; Second time I&rsquo;ve been on his blog.</p>
    <p>But seriously, please see this <a href="http://randomelements.me.uk/blog/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1147">post</a>, <a href="http://jopx.blogspot.com/2005/07/five-things-wrong-about-sharepoint-my.html">this one</a>, and <a href="http://www.schaeflein.net/blog/RightWrongConversationUpdate.aspx">this one too</a>, for a good index of the others who are taking up the case against Mike&rsquo;s article.&nbsp; I&rsquo;d love to see <a title="" href="http://mindsharpblogs.com/Bill/" target="_blank">Bill English</a>&rsquo;s or <a title="" href="http://mindsharpblogs.com/Todd" target="_blank">Todd Bleeker</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;take on this article.&nbsp; Some of the folks talking about it are <a href="http://www.schaeflein.net/blog/ThingsWrongAboutFiveThingsWrongWithSharePoint.aspx">Paul</a>, <a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/archive/2005/07/09/418681.aspx">Bil</a>, <a href="http://randomelements.me.uk/blog/Lists/Blog/DispForm.aspx?ID=1147">Colin</a>, <a href="http://www.bluedoglimited.com/SharePointThoughts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=186">Maurice</a>, <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/arpans/archive/2005/07/09/437138.aspx">Arpan</a>, <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/07/11.html#a10594">Scoble</a>, and me (<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndrewConnell?m=285">here</a> and <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndrewConnell?m=287">here</a>).</p>
    <p><a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/">Bil</a> went so far as to write a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.schaeflein.net/blog/ct.ashx?id=e107236c-9ecb-4822-ba4b-5231ee0be1c1&amp;url=http%3a%2f%2fweblogs.asp.net%2fbsimser%2farchive%2f2005%2f07%2f10%2f418858.aspx">Five Things Right About SharePoint</a>&rdquo;.&nbsp; Building off Bil&rsquo;s list, here&rsquo;s my list:</p>
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    <li><strong>Rapid site creation &amp; deployment: </strong>Building a web space for multiple people to collaborate on documents and rapidly create lists&hellip; all with ZERO involvement from a &ldquo;web&rdquo; person in the IT group of your company.</li>
    <li><strong>Customization: </strong>You can build your own site def&rsquo;s, your own web parts, or even customize how existing lists work (or create your own lists) using CAML.&nbsp; I do think it could be easier to (1) build new site def&rsquo;s and (2) more info on CAML out there&hellip; and I&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog/RE-Things-Wrong-about-Five-Things-Wrong-With-SharePoint">said it enough on this blog</a>, but face it, the customization is extensive.&nbsp; I forgot to mention themes and the fact you can drag web parts all over the place to reorg your site at your pleasure</li>
    <li><strong>Open to other applications: </strong>Almost everything is exposed via web services&hellip; OOTB!&nbsp; Can&rsquo;t go wrong there.</li>
    <li><strong>Platform for other products: </strong><a title="Microsoft" href="http://www.microsoft.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>&rsquo;s Project Server is built on top of <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a>&hellip; so is&nbsp;SharePoint Portal Server (duh).&nbsp; I bet you&rsquo;ll see other sites and products build off <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a> in the future&hellip; and even more once the next version comes out!</li>
    <li><strong>Search: </strong>Wow&hellip; this is just a huge OOTB knock out.&nbsp; If you are only using <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/default.mspx" target="_blank">WSS</a>&rsquo; search, you should see what you get with <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx" target="_blank">SharePoint</a> Portal Server.&nbsp; Best bets, keywords, and so much more customization you can do!&nbsp; Some third party solutions are even building on it.&nbsp; You can even use the <a title="" href="http://office.microsoft.com/home/office.aspx?assetid=FX010909721033" target="_blank">SPS</a> search in non-SharePoint sites, something that&rsquo;s common within the <a title="Microsoft Content Management Server" href="http://www.microsoft.com/cmserver/" target="_blank">MCMS</a> world (albeit if you have an External Connector license).</li></ul>
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