I realize this might be kind of a weird question to ask here, but maybe someone can give me some insight into whether SharePoint is the right thing for our needs, or suggest a (possibly free) alternative. I did some research on SharePoint, but I'm still not sure what exactly it is/can do. From the looks of it, it can do tons of stuff, but it kind of looks like overkill to me. I was going to test the trial version to get a feel for it, but it has insane system requirements (4 cores??) and won't install on my test system. I don't feel I can make a decision based on what I read about it.
So here is the thing: what we are looking for is just a simple way to organize files, mainly images and documents like DOC, PDF and so on. There should be a way to tag them and search for them later. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? I don't think we need all the social stuff and what not. Currently, we are not using any computer-based content management. The impression I got is that SharePoint is for larger needs/companies.
It would be nice if someone with SharePoint experience could share his/her opinion and maybe suggest an alternative for our "minimal" needs. We could also create a new platform from scratch just using PHP and an SQL database. I don't know if it makes sense to "reinvent the wheel". But it might be less costly.
Thanks for your input in advance.