Microsoft SharePoint is a well established documentation platform within enterprise businesses. Linchpin for Confluence on the other hand is a lean, modern and functional alternative to the current intranet solutions, based on the Confluence tool.
We’ve put together this comparison in order to help organisations distinguish the difference between the two tools and make an informed decision about which one will be right for them. Let’s start with a description of each tool in their own words:
Linchpin based on Confluence
The personal intranet
Your mobile, intelligent intranet
Linchpin offers your employees a fully personalised user experience with the best conditions for productive teamwork, efficient creation and acquisition of information and structured knowledge management. All this from an intranet that connects and inspires.
Share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and seamlessly collaborate across the organisation.
A key requirement for companies is to be able to collaborate and communicate effectively, in order to work on projects and overcome challenges. Workers need to be able to edit, share and access information with no restrictions, even if they are located all over the world.
They also need to be able to communicate with each other easily and appropriately, to allow a smooth and productive workflow.
Both Linchpin and Sharepoint offer a wiki function that allows users to create and share content, however Sharepoint takes a document-centric approach whereas Linchpin lets users create pages within work areas.
In this way, Linchpin is more effective at encouraging collaboration and document fluidity as users can edit documents simultaneously, compare edits and restore old versions of documents.
Linchpin also offers more inbuilt communication features, notably through there micro blogging functionality. This feature work in much the same way as Twitter or Facebook and promotes fast, easy and transparent central communication.
SharePoint is more beneficial where more stringent levels of security are required, as it offers more complex permissions and controls. However, this does mean that it loses some of the transparency of other sites.
As well as being able to work together to produce content, it’s also important content is simple to produce and can be done to a high quality.
Linchpin offers a rich text editor which creates an intuitive user experience and supports multiple formatting and page layouts as well as images,tables and integrated pdf, files and multimedia content. Linchpin also allows you to search from anywhere with the Quick Search with autocomplete feature, or search with filters using the extended search.
SharePoint uses microsoft’s existing tools (word,excel, powerpoint etc) to create documents that can then be shared on the intranet. This makes it better for document management and suited to teams who need to collate documents in a range of formats.
Below you can see showcase features of each product. To see a full list of features, click one of info graphics.
As mobiles and tablets develop, more and more people now regularly incorporate them into their work lives. As more work is being done on these devices, it is important that your intranet also functions seamlessly on them as well, to allow productivity that flows no matter where you are.
Both Linchpin and Sharepoint offer mobile intranet apps that allow their users to access the information they need no matter where they are.
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As mentioned in our Confluence vs Sharepoint blog, it will always be your organisation’s specific requirements that will have the greatest impact on your final decision. However, from our point of view, Linchpins core values of collaboration and personalisation help with Clearvision’s goal of building awesome teams.
Linchpin takes Confluence, already a great tool, and builds on it to bring a stronger sense of community and easier efficiency into organisations. In our opinion, Linchpin is a great solution both for teams familiar with Confluence looking for ways to get more out of it, and teams simply looking for a new intranet solution altogether.