The million dollar question enterprises are facing nowadays is whether to go for an out and out on-premise deployment or an Office 365 cloud solution for SharePoint. While discussion forums are overflowing with arguments, here is a no holds barred perspective on this dilemma.
SharePoint Server 2013 Training will run you through an array of features and functionalities available in this version, which include some capabilities that are not available to your enterprise if you decide to go the Office 365 way. These are:
- Business Intelligence features such as Dashboards, Scorecards, and PerformancePoint are not available in the cloud deployment.
- New features such as cross-site publishing and faceted navigation are also missing.
- Content Search Web Part functionality that lets you present data dynamically based on a search query is not available as well.
In these parameters, on premise deployment scores over the cloud solution. Meanwhile, its Office 365 cloud solution is beneficial for small or medium sized businesses because it saves them huge costs of hardware, licensing, installations, upgrades, backups and security. All these activities are done by the hosting environment for them, which is amazing.
Therefore, it is clear that for large organizations it is better to have their own SharePoint environment so that their content is stored locally and it is easier for them to manage network security and monitor bandwidth consumption for optimum performance. So before taking a decision, it is best to understand your requirements and existing processes, then deduce how these will be affected by your decision of going with either one of them.