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To understand the financial impact of investing in the latest version of SharePoint, Forrester conducted in-depth interviews with 11 Microsoft customers that have started using the product and compiled their results and forward-looking expectations into a composite case study of a 5,000-worker professional services company.

Here’s a short excerpt from the report:

In conducting the interviews with Microsoft customers, Forrester found that organizations can achieve significant financial benefits from consolidating collaboration, document management, internal and external portal software, and search onto SharePoint Server 2010.

The new capabilities of SharePoint 2010 can encompass line-of-business applications — accounting and finance, business intelligence, search, and other complex workloads for some customer organizations — allowing organizations to reduce the number of vendors and achieve lower software license and maintenance costs.

Additional benefits can be accrued from lower IT administration and simplified application development by upgrading SharePoint 2003 and 2007 environments to SharePoint Server 2010.

The study also uncovered benefits of improved collaboration and information worker productivity and indications of even stronger collaboration in the future as customer organizations take advantage of new capabilities in SharePoint Server 2010.

Check-out this blog post for more details and a link to the Forrester report.

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