Drupal Vs Sharepoint Comparison

 Drupal Vs Sharepoint

Drupal and Sharepoint both have their pluses and minuses. It’s a tough choice for many organizations , but many are moving to Drupal recently

Let’s see some of the differences between Drupal and Microsoft Sharepoint based on my understanding

  • Sharepoint lacks modern standards present in most social networking tools. I don’t think you can blog or wiki in Sharepoint.
  • With Sharepoint, one needs costly add-ons in order to offer your users similiar browsing experiences.
  • Sharepoint increases the total cost of ownership, in fact TCO is huge. Since there is a steep learning curve for webmasters, high maintenance and customization costs and requires customizations which could be done by end-users with other opensource CMS,
  • Compared to Drupal, Sharepoint is very complex and limited branding, multilingual content management are very difficult.  
  • SharePoint locks you with one vendor (Webserver, database and MS Exchage etc.) With Drupal you are pretty much free to choose your vendors.
  • SharePoint 2010 there are a lot of improvements compared to 2007 on social networking. It can do publications easily but the main focus is enterprise collaboration.
  • You can also extend Sharepoint 2010 with the Office Web Apps. This are the office tools online or editing documents, spreadsheets etc. 
  • Level of usability for Drupal websites is much higher at a lower development costs, much lower dependencies and easy maintenance.
  • With Sharepoint, setting up a local development environment is difficult and expensive.
  • Setting up an efficient development/deployment process is cumbersome with Sharepoing.
  • Theming SharePoint is extremely difficult. With Drupal its very simple.
  • Many SharePoint modules (aka webparts) are quirky and don't work as expected.
  • Lists and libraries of Sharepoint are quirky and also often do not work as expected.
  • SharePoint is slow and does not give you real access to the database that powers it.

For more details you can also read this article http://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/drupal-vs-sharepoint