ComputerWeekly: Market research firm Gartner is predicting that there could be 20,000 business apps for Sharepoint within five years--that would equal the number of business apps for the iPhone. "There is a lot of interest in using SharePoint as IT infrastructure, like the plumbing of a building. You have a common set of services, such as search services, workflow services, document repository services and portal services," said Gartner's Mark Gilbert. "SharePoint is like a Swiss Army Knife. It may not be the perfect tool for every job, but it can tackle most problems."
However, the company warns that as SharePoint becomes more complicated, support costs are likely to rise.