Survey: Many organizations remain on SharePoint 2003, 2007

Majority will stay on premise when they upgrade to 2013

A survey conducted by Metalogix at the SharePoint Conference in November has found that of the 100 administrators who were surveyed, most reported that they were using older versions of SharePoint.

The survey found that of the companies surveyed, approximately 40 percent were still on SharePoint 2003 or 2007, while 90 percent were overseeing at least one SharePoint farm running SharePoint 2010. Just 10 percent were running Office 365 in the cloud. If you're wondering why it adds up over 100 percent, the respondents were big companies, often running multiple SharePoint farms.

In fact, more than 35 percent reported having four or more SharePoint server farms. What's more, 15 percent reported they have more than 10 terabytes of data stored in SharePoint farms. Just under 35 percent reported storing between 100 GB and 1 TB of SharePoint data (which is admittedly a very broad range).

Yet, the vast majority reported that the amount of content in their SharePoint repositories is just exploding. Almost 45 percent reported that the amount of content had grown between 50 and 75 percent since the 2011 SharePoint Conference, about 16 percent reported it had grown between 75 and 100 percent, and about 18 percent reported that it had more than doubled. 

When asked if they would be upgrading to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365, more than half of respondents plan to go with 2013 within a year, but more than half are staying away from the cloud and plan to stay entirely on premises.

That companies are reluctant to embrace the cloud is consistent with what I was hearing at the conference. In fact, one customer I spoke to who had a big SharePoint investment worried that all of his customization could break when switching to 2013 and he was reluctant to do it in the short term. And while Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is encouraging customers to move to the cloud, many of them just aren't ready or willing to do that.

It's worth noting that Metalogix, the publisher of this survey, is a company that provides software and services to help companies migrate from one version of SharePoint to another. As such, they have a dog in this fight when it comes to the results. It's also a small sample of only 100 participants, but given the size of these companies participating and their investment in SharePoint, the results are worth looking at.

For more information and to download the full report with all of the results, background and graphs:
- see the Metalogix survey report download page (note: it requires registration)
- see the Metalogix press release

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