The information architecture behind the SharePoint implementation drives the content organization within SharePoint. SharePoint can manage four of the nine major areaas of enterprise information architecture:
Structured correctly, this information architecture will provide the basis for strategically located and organized content within SharePoint.
The SharePoint architecture begins with the reference architecture that defines the basic structure of the SharePoint implementation. SharePoint architecture includes the organization of the implementation from the top down including all of the site collections and subsites including the overall taxonomy, content and security boundaries, and managed metadata.
Proper organization and SharePoint architecture will make sites less vulnerable to organizational changes in large enterprises and support value to the organization.
Your SharePoint farm has to have the underlying infrastructure and design to manage the load, and proper farm planning is critical. Web front ends, application servers, database servers, load balancers are all components that need to be planned with current load and potential growth both in mind without over or under engineering. The SharePoint farm infrastructure is critical in providing the performance for a functional and peppy user experience.
SharePoint itself doesn't do it all, and there are many 3rd party tools to expand of SharePoint's functionality. Metalogix offers externalized database storage to expand on SharePoint's already large content capacity, along with providing tools for migrating your existing data into SharePoint lists and libraries without losing precious metadata. Nintex workflows and forms expand SharePoint's already significant capabilities, and Vertex is partnered and experienced in both.