The job market can’t keep up with the overwhelming demand for SharePoint. Large and mid-size companies have been flocking to it, and in 2011 Microsoft said that 20,000 workers became new SharePoint users every day during the previous five years. With SharePoint going online as a part of Office365, small businesses are beginning to move in that direction.
This demand for SharePoint is driven by the clear success many companies have had with it. Add to that the fact that most businesses that use SharePoint are barely leveraging its full potential. A major reason: They simply can’t find the qualified and experienced professionals they need.
“Microsoft SharePoint has taken the market by storm, but the embrace of the technology has run ahead of the business and human factors’ thinking required to make it work,” explains Michael Sampson, a SharePoint strategist from New Zealand.
Complicating matters is the demand for SharePoint superheros who employers imagine can fulfill all of their needs. There is no singular SharePoint skillset. According to my colleague Joseph King, “The roles of a SharePoint resource have been blurred. There are essentially three different roles: administrator, developer and architect. Few resources have expertise in all three.”
If you’re a business analyst or technology worker who’s trying to expand your skillset and desirability, SharePoint is a good area to learn about. You can find some key resources at Microsoft Learning.
As for companies who’ve found their SharePoint expert, be sure to treat them well. Remember the talent shortage. Other companies are prepared to lure them away, and many SharePoint resources are barraged daily with calls and emails from recruiters.