Crafting SharePoint Projects within Enterprise Architecture Parameters

Shooting the rapids of so-called Enterprise Architecture (EA) requires a dextrous handle on the rudder, fortitude and solid attention to the simple objective of getting to the banks on the other side. Looking for much more maybe asking too much, but we still think it’s worth the look. Here’s why: First let’s gauge the depth of the obstacles. Just consider the fact that the definition of EA, itself, is not clear. Educational institutions like MIT, & Carnegie Mellon do not proceed, in lock step, along the same EA path. For MIT, the definition of Enterprise Architecture quite clearly dictates that…
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Get Social with NewsGator for SharePoint

Social Sites® for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 from NewsGator has been very well received by leading SharePoint analysts. As recently as Thursday of this week, November 17, 2011, David F. Carr wrote for Information Week, The Brainyard, that a product like Social Sites® from NewsGator transforms SharePoint “into a satisfying corporate social network”. Social Sites® includes features that will be very familiar for users of Facebook and/or Google+; including Profiles, MicroBlogging, Communities & Activity Streams. These social features substantially enhance the collaborative capabilities of SharePoint within the enterprise which, in turn, empowers the organizations that opt for these capabilities to derive…
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SharePoint CRM

ACRM Software and Calinda Software have teamed up to enter the market for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications built on Microsoft® SharePoint®. ACRM Software is a CRM industry veteran, with over 16 other niche CRM offerings directed to specific industries, including Oil and Gas, Wealth Management, Finance and even business to consumer industries like Personal Fitness/Health Clubs. Calinda, based in France, provides the SharePoint “muscle” behind this effort. A manufacturer of SharePoint web parts that “add on” real world functionality, Calinda’s value add is directed towards enhancing the native collaborative power of SharePoint. SocialFactor and SocialFactor365 (designed for Office365 SharePoint…
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Eliminate Development Hurdles to Support High Utility SharePoint Implementations for Specific Needs

The folks at Bamboo Solutions want us all to build more customized solutions with Microsoft® SharePoint®, they just don’t want to see us hard coding them. Makes sense when you consider that the best way to get users to adopt a platform solution like SharePoint is to provide them with business specific features that deliver just what they. Makes even more sense when the SharePoint power users for the business can include what Gartner Group calls “Citizen Developers”, highly technical individuals who, nevertheless, do not want to deal with code. A large number of the no code SharePoint web parts…
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Useful Enterprise Search Hastens SharePoint® User Adoption

conceptSearching’s White Paper on SharePoint’s Term Store is a good example of the type of business case Microsoft Managed Partners for SharePoint® make to promote their add-on solutions. A quick read of this white paper exposes common themes. The rhetorical argument usually follows this route; “our add-on will: Hasten SharePoint End User adoption, and Enable a successful application of SharePoint within the enterprise to capture truly useful Business Intelligence (BI) , For SharePoint customers of conceptSearching these benefits are delivered via a suite of products, including: conceptClassifier for SharePoint contentType Updater conceptTaxonomy Manager and conceptTaxonomy Workflow Their target market amounts…
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Familiar SharePoint Story: Slow User Adoption Rates

harmon.ie builds software tools to facilitate cross platform data communication for enterprise software; for example Microsoft® SharePoint® and Lotus Notes from IBM® . The company focuses on a specific area of need that it claims is pervasive: slow user adoption rates of purchased software that should enhance collaboration between silos within a business but, somehow, falls woefully short of the mark. harmon.ie cites Forrester Research as an authority with an opinion that supports harmon.ie’s business premise. The specific piece of research from Forrester is Forrester’s September, 2011 study, “The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: US Benchmark 2011”. harmon.ie claims that…
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What is the Most Popular Implementation of SharePoint for Larger Groups of Users?

OpenText, an 18 year player in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market recently released its annual “How are Businesses Using SharePoint” for 2011, which is the third consecutive year for which they have undertaken this study. OpenText interviewed 2100 participants for its study. The largest category of participants interviewed, 37%, were “IT Pros,” roughly equivalent to “Citizen Developers” as defined by Gartner. We are particularly enthused about the “Citizen Developer” concept and have targeted many of our SharePoint-Videos.com tutorial videos to an audience of Citizen Developers. Forty nine percent of the SharePoint communities surveyed by OpenText ranged from a minimum…
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