Understanding the Robust Integration Capabilities of SharePoint
Rolling out an out-of-the-box IT solution can be difficult and costly. But it has one thing going for it: generally speaking, this plug and play approach minimizes the need for complex back-end integration. That's why many companies "rip out" their old systems and install a new one from scratch.That said, other companies find this approach too disruptive. For starters, their employees are acclimated to a certain platform and to "change horses mid-stream" would only cause more trouble.
As a result, integration skills are increasingly in demand. One of the benefits of SharePoint is its ability to integrate with existing Microsoft applications. For example, many users will post deadlines and events in SharePoint which can then be integrated into Microsoft Outlook. Obviously, a user's life is easier when they're tracking events on an all-in-one calendar versus one on SharePoint and one on Outlook.
Of course, this type of integration is far simpler than having disparate applications "talk to each other" across multiple platforms. Nonetheless, it's another example where IT workers well-versed in SharePoint can add value for business users.