We have been users of Workplace by Facebook for about 1.5 years now, and for the most part it’s been great. Does a good job of fostering discussions, really like the chat feature, and overall we’re reasonably pleased with it. Where it struggles though is any sort of more “structured content”. What I mean by that is not just simple one off files here and there, but a more comprehensive, large-scale collection of files, links, etc.
Quick background - We are a nationwide school network that operates sort of like an affiliate - our national office is a small group of people and we all operate on Dropbox for file sharing, and Office 365 for email and such. Each of our schools though is on a separate platform - some GSuite, some O365, etc From the national office, we’re trying to do a much better job sharing resource kits, lesson plans, etc. with our schools. For this, Workplace is woefully inadequate.
Right now we do a lot of secret links to Dropbox content - for instance a Dropbox folder with a bunch of files organized into folders. It works “okay”, but really isn’t ideal since not everything is a file, and then if someone downloads content and it changes, that person would never know. Plus, this doesn’t hold up well to employee additions / removals or any sort of complex permissioning.
Wanted to see how people have handled things like this in the past. I am no fan of Sharepoint, but it looks like what might work for us is to have Workplace for discussions and then Sharepoint as a “where structured content lives” sort of thing. Or perhaps Confluence or another wiki-style site. I’ve spoken with a few vendors and they all want us to pick up and leave Workplace, which maybe is the right answer but I don’t know.