2015 SharePoint Adoption, Usage, Jobs and Community Interest Statistics

Category: SharePoint

Graph-01I have changed this article title but the following statistical information is still in tact, see below:

Recently, there has been talk among some of the well know SharePoint supporters in the community about SharePoint growing old and it damaging your career by choosing to stay working with it. Although I personally do not intend to leave SharePoint in the near future, this blog post does represent something that I had been tracking and noticing over the past 1 – 2 years, I just hadn’t planned on blogging about it so soon. I wanted to present factual information and statistics around the SharePoint product and let each person comment and make a decision for themselves what they think the future holds for SharePoint. Here we go…


I hadn’t gotten my other blog post up yet but I have done a year over year comparison on SharePoint jobs from the major tech websites in the USA only. This search was for jobs with the word “SharePoint” in the job title. Although there are still a lot of SharePoint jobs, there has been a year over year decline:

Year Number SharePoint Specific Jobs Posted
2015 2633
2014 4033
2013 1/2 (June) 4233

Searches for the term “SharePoint Jobs” via Google:



Microsoft’s Behavior & Statistics

  • SharePoint is still over a 1 billion dollar business for Microsoft.
  • Microsoft is pushing the cloud very hard, but the cloud has not replaced the majority of on-premises customers. It is coming yes, but how and when I don’t know. Of course, some people will never move to the cloud as you know for legal reasons and such.
  • There is no more SharePoint Conference (nor is there an Exchange or Lync one), there is now a unified conference now called Ignite.
  • At the upcoming Ignite conference (the one replacing the SharePoint conference that had 10,000 people attend about a hundred SharePoint specific sessions over a week) there are only a few sessions currently listed about on-premises SharePoint, most are about SharePoint online or moving to Office 365
  • Microsoft has put SharePoint in more of a background piece in Office 365 instead of the forefront like it has with Outlook etc.
  • Microsoft has promised to release at least 2 more on-premises versions of the product (see the SP24 conference keynote if you wonder where that was mentioned). After that I don’t know what will happen.


All the Others (Community, 3rd Party Products, MVP’s Behavior, etc.)

I have been sort of tracking MVPs and others around the world of SharePoint and noticed that many of them are starting to ‘dabble’ with other technologies (I didn’t say leave, I said dabble). I have not tracked every MVP, but I have been following some of them. The thing I find interesting is that there isn’t just one direction they are moving in, it appears that people are going in different directions. A quick summary of mine is:

Skill MVP is Dabbling In Number of MVP’s Dabbling
Apple/iOS 2
Random mobile stuff 1
JavaScript “ish” stuff 4
Office 365 6
Google Apps 1
Random cloud stuff 1
Enterprise Social stuff 2
Machine Learning 1


  • SharePoint events are starting to decrease in attendance and number of events held. But I am not sure I would call it a dramatic decline yet. This also might be just because there were too many independent SharePoint events in general.
  • There has definitely been a lot less interest in the new SharePoint development models and the amount of published materials, books written & consultants plugging the SharePoint 2013 vs. earlier versions.
  • Over the past couple of years there has been some noticeable consolidation with companies that make 3rd party SharePoint products (Axceler, Quest, etc.)

The general interest in SharePoint via Google searches:







The general interest in SharePoint replacements via Google searches:







Paid Licenses & Usage Statistics

I wish I had more info on this, but every source I had looked into says Microsoft isn’t releasing specific numbers of SharePoint licenses sold anymore. I can’t blame them totally though, a lot of companies aren’t doing this these days. The last information was from 2011 I can find. I will try to go through some recent earnings reports and see if any revenue figures are shown for the product, but purchase doesn’t necessarily equal usage and adoption. That also wouldn’t count for SharePoint Foundation usage since it is free.


Evolution & Technology

Everything changes in our world, and it probably always will. The way medicine is practiced, how cars operate, what makes someone famous, politics, the amount of hair falling out of my head, you name it. Technology isn’t any different.

Personally, I don’t even know of a product that exists that is a full and complete replacement for SharePoint (feel free to comment below if you know of something that is). Companies have invested millions of dollars building custom applications running on the SharePoint technology, it won’t go away overnight. They may start to hold back or lighten up on it but I don’t think it will just suddenly “stop”.

Is SharePoint in decline or stalling? If so how quickly will it decline and by how much? Or do you think it will grow in usage? What are your thoughts?

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  1. FIRST! – As mentioned above, I hadn’t planned on writing this article quite this soon but noticed others talking about it a lot more recently. I still plan on working with SharePoint for the near future and think there will be at least 3-5 years of decent job availability with it. I also still plan on going to SharePoint events and such. After 3 or 4 years from now though, I honestly don’t know where we will be. It will probably depend on MSFT and if anything else comes to market that is even much of an option to migrate to.

  2. Great article Matthew! I am glad you took the time to get facts and stats for it! I also heard AC and another MVP talking about the decline of SharePoint in recent weeks. I think it’s something we all have to come to grips with. It was just a little more jarring to hear a couple of MVPs start talking about how being an on-prem SharePoint developer is going to be bad for your career soon. Caveat, in the DC area I predict at least 10 more years of SharePoint related jobs due to massive government buy in. Like you and others I have kept my skills current (JavaScript/O365). I would recommend that to all SharePoint professionals.

  3. In my personal experience I think one of the reasons for the number of job openings “declining” is due to Microsoft making each version “easier” to manage…
    I currently work on a team of 5. We support 12,000+ users on over 5,000 sites, in 3 different environments( Two external portals and one Internal). We just completed the Migration from 2007 to 2010 and are currently building out the 2013 environment to start that migration.
    Yet I still find time to Develop InfoPath Forms and Workflows for the business users to improve their Business Processes.

    At the same time.. As IT Professionals we should always being looking to increase our skill set.
    15+ years ago I became dual certified as a Developer and an Administrator of Lotus Notes/Domino.. But 5 years ago I saw the decrease( at least in our area) in the use and the job postings for Domino and knew I needed to start learning a new skill set.

    The only question now for myself, and probably others is “What’s next?” 🙂

  4. I live in a small to midsize market and good SharePoint Engineers and Developers are hard to come by. The push towards the cloud (and the numerous benefits that can bring) can only serve to help deal with those type of problems–you don’t need as many architect level people.

    But dev platforms change quick. Would you hire (or want to work with) a .NET programmer that only worked with .NET 1.x? Who recommended using .NET Remoting for everything? You have to stay ahead of (or simply keep up with) the curve. ASP.NET MVC, Azure, SPAs, Xamarin, PhoneGap, AngularJs, KnockOut, Breeze, WCF oData, oAuth, etc. If you don’t keep up, you shouldn’t be surprised to be missing the job market. SharePoint will still exist (it is too much $$$ to Microsoft to kill it), but we’ll work with it in dramatically different ways. If you keep up with App Development technologies, there will always (as always as tech allows us to say) be jobs there.

  5. Glad you are being honest, it is hard to say what will happen with SharePoint but I like that your article has facts and not a bunch of sales or marketing hype in it like many others do. Who are A.C. and Greg H. ?

  6. Very good article. I view SharePoint as a failure for Microsoft, and don’t believe it was truly a billion dollar business. If they were making money they would continue to invest and grow the team and activities. After such great promise of being THE workplace for all employees, something went wrong. I’m curious as to why Microsoft lost the edge. Is it just a product issue? If so, why didn’t Microsoft adapt?

  7. I believe the SharePoint On-Premises will be gone, when? in the next 5 years. Same will happen for other Office Products such as Word, Excel, etc. They will all be subscription/cloud based.

    So what will happen to SP functionality? it will exist in the Office 365, but not in the form we see it today. SP functionality will gradually merge with other Office products in O365 (cloud) as subscription based software. Basically, the way I see it MS will gradually either eliminate SP functionality (recently they axed public sites) or cherry pick the functionality and somehow incorporate it into the Office 365 ecosystem. As I see there is already a lot of overlap between what SP provides and other office functionality. Take for example the OneDrive. In OneDrive you can store, share, collaborate on the documents the same way you can do that in SP document libraries. And, MS may add the concept of content type to OneDrive.

    In summary, I think the name SharePoint or the functionalists we collectively know as SP will not exist by 2020. But, various SP functionality such as document collaboration and management, record management, search, sites (collaboration sites or areas), social and user profiles, etc will be integrated into the Office 365 as whole (Word, Excel, etc), but not as a separate O365 product such as SharePoint Online.

  8. Anecdotally at Camino, we have not seen a decline in SharePoint requests. If anything, with more adoptions of Office 365 we see companies wanting to deploy some SharePoint features to augment what they’ve created with their O365. There still isn’t a good enough alternative that fits nicely with O365, and when well built, it is a very powerful tool.

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