This may be important to many companies in here in Norway as well. Why?
- SharePoint 2007 (with the add-on module) has been proven to comply with a standard that I think set the compliance level for other non-US standards. But I'm not a specialist in this area :-)
- You may now get a way with a single (more or less out-of-the-box) solution for; document management, records management, human-2-human workflow, CMS/Publishing and collaboration, tightly integrated with Microsoft Office 2007
- Complete plattform for creating high availability inter/intra/extra solutions
- Application development plattform - bring the essentsial pieces of your business application to the people: the functions they need, the right channel (Office, Web, Mobile, etc) when they need it
For the Norwegian public sector there is a question or issue around the NOARK standard(s) and NARK compliance, but I'm not sure how big of an issues this really is. I hope that someone can address this. Then we have EU regulations, ...
Yes, you have to be a bit pro Microsoft, but you GET a lot even if the license (SharePoint + SQL Server + Office 2007) cost is a bit "rude" :-( . But think about what you get: A GREAT COLLABORATION PLATFORM - built for the future (a life long marriage with Bill Gates and friends :-)).