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The dark side of SharePoint applications

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In an assessment of a SharePoint environment we recently conducted for an enterprise organization, we discovered around 15.000 applications. They were built over many years as the organization was using their SharePoint intranet. Only a handful of these applications were commissioned by IT. The majority were built by users themselves or were built for specific departments by external consultants. While these applications had great business value, they were also, most likely, unintentionally exposing the organization to risks.

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In the assessment, we found out that many applications were using JavaScript libraries with known vulnerabilities. Third-party JavaScript libraries were loaded from external servers without verifying their integrity. Some of the applications were built using deprecated technologies that prevented the organization from using the latest SharePoint capabilities.

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Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated case. Every organization we speak to and every assessment we do confirms that it’s hard for platform owners to keep track of their SharePoint applications, and understand the impact they have on their employees and organization. Poorly implemented applications decrease employee productivity and engagement. They can expose the organization to data exfiltration risks and increase support and maintenance costs.

Control your applications

An up-to-date inventory of all applications in an enterprise SharePoint environment will typically list a few thousand applications. No organization has the manpower to assess application quality manually. Not to mention, to review them regularly to keep track of any changes.

Assessment generic imageSo to manage your platform effectively, what you need, is a way to have an automated process that will not only keep track of all applications but will also review them for you and warn you of any anomalies that require your immediate attention. Keeping your SharePoint applications under control doesn’t need to be hard with the right tools.

Our assessments combine powerful insights through our award-winning software and comprehensive advice delivered by our experts. We provide best-in-class analyses, reports, and action plans for you to stay in control of your SharePoint and Office 365.

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Waldek Mastykarz

Waldek is a Microsoft Office Development MVP and Head of Product at Rencore. He reinforces our product development adding loads of business experience from working as a SharePoint consultant for more than 10 years. Waldek is passionate about what he does and shares his enthusiasm through his blog and as a regular speaker at conferences and community events all over Europe. Recently, Waldek joined the SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) Core Team to help developers make better use of the SharePoint and Office 365 platforms.