PeopleCube has a Driver to Break Down Corporate Real Estate Silos: Priceless Business Intelligence (BI) about Facilities

In a press release published on December 21, 2011, PeopleCube Predict[ed that] Companies Will Strive to Maximize Efficient Utilization of Real Estate and Workspace in 2012. We spoke with Ward Russell, Director of Marketing and got the following insights into what PeopleCube’s solution is about: Why Sharepoint? The Press Release mentions “[o]ne technical trend PeopleCube foresees for 2012 is companies’ integrating business applications relating to resource, facilities, and energy management with information technology (IT). Real-estate and facility professionals working together with IT can eliminate redundant information databases, create centralized data repositories for analysis, and reduce the total cost of application…
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Realizing Critically Important Value from SharePoint is Easier for Regulated Global Businesses

Global businesses engaged in heavily regulated industries have an easier time positioning SharePoint as a mission critical application for the enterprise. The reason for this relative ease is that compliance efforts with responsibilities to manage activities like document creation across all business silos are already in place for these global businesses in industry sectors like Health Care, Energy, and Financial Services. In contrast, global businesses in non regulated industries, with lots of business silos, are generally hard pressed when it comes to implementing solutions like SharePoint for an enterprise-wide application like a common document repository. The key operating factor in…
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Incorporating Data Content Into SharePoint Without BCS or WCF? Consider Kapow Software

SharePoint is uniquely qualified to serve as the only platform capable of providing a panoramic, enterprise-wide document repository that can include the range of data content types utilized by a global business. Once taxonomies have been created (please take a moment and check out Mike Doane’s Overview of Taxonomies in SharePoint 2010 and his Guide to Planning Taxonomy Implementations for SharePoint 2010, then content can be meta tagged and added into the document repository. The result, on paper, can be an impressive reduction in duplicated efforts, along with a matching reduction in the sheer size of the document repository and,…
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Honing SharePoint Into a Mission Critical Application for Global Business

In a White Paper, Delivering Business-Critical Solutions with SharePoint 2010, released on November 17, 2011, Microsoft elevated its market discussion of SharePoint into the realm where Global Business CIOs and CTOs spend most of their time: the land of mission critical applications. Mission critical applications are usually found running in corporate data centers, which are the most secure hosting option available for global business. The cornerstone of the argument, presented by this White Paper, for SharePoint as a mission critical application is that SharePoint, once implemented and correctly introduced to global business, is uniquely capable of delivering access to critical…
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Implications of Failing to Become a Social Enterprise for Global Companies

The Digital Landfill column of AIIM published 8 Tips for Transforming SharePoint into a Social Business Hub on December 1, 2011. We were struck by the following observation from this column: “Two thirds of global companies with annual sales of $1 billion or more are failing to become social enterprises, according to CapGemini Consulting global study released earlier this month.” While we agree with the viewpoint of the author (not clearly identified, but possibly attributable to the AIIM President John Mancini) that it would be valuable for two thirds of global companies to hasten their “evolution” into social enterprises, we…
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Use a Hybrid combination of On Premises SharePoint and Office 365 to Bring Enterprise Users to the Cloud

Enterprise business users have many reasons to very slowly approach the cloud computing opportunity. Not the least of these is a preference on the part of Information Technology management to go “on premises” wherever possible. This preference has been cultivated consistently over the years, dating back to the first efforts at equipping enterprise class business with data centers. Market leaders will do well to respect the trepidation of this important class of SharePoint users. Through the publication of a white paper by Paul Robinson, Microsoft Services, United Kingdom, Hybrid SharePoint Environments with Office 365 Microsoft has provided some significant content…
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Successfully Reducing SharePoint TCO with Training Still Eludes Most Users

As noted on a web page for the State of Vermont that lists SharePoint training resources “there is an enormous amount of SharePoint content on You Tube. Content is from users groups, consultants, training providers and other sources”. Further, this web page cites additional free training resources available directly from Microsoft, including SharePoint training and Productivity hub. Finally, the web page suggests that inquirers might simply “Google” a question as past history indicates a high likelihood that “you will get all kinds of hits and potentially useful information”. If we are to believe the information provided by the web page…
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Serious Security Vulnerabilities for External Facing SharePoint Sites — How to Fix?

On December 9, 2011 Imperva, Inc published a press release on the Imperva list of the top 10 security vulnerabilities for computing systems for 2012. This press release has been widely disseminated. A copy of the press release was listed on the US Homeland Security website. The sixth spot on Imperva’s list is taken by “Internal Collaboration Meets its Evil Twin.” The two collaboration platforms mentioned in this release include SharePoint and Jive. Imperva notes that SharePoint is the most popular collaboration platform. The threat, as Imperva sees it, is that external facing SharePoint sites will not be secured properly…
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EPM Live, Your One Stop Shop for Project Management for SharePoint

Imagine building your enterprise project management solution on top of SharePoint. What about all the other work efforts that you’ve got planned for the future? Why not roll them in as well? Don’t forget IT Portfolio Management (you need to gauge the value of your investments in IT, right?), let’s roll that effort in as well. Certainly you can accomplish most of what you want with Microsoft Project Server, but how about getting it done with Microsoft Project Desktop? Sound like wishful thinking? Not so, according to the folks at EPM Live. We recently spoke with Ms. Heather Champoux-Rayner, Marketing…
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Training Users Delivers Valuable Return on Investment in SharePoint for Enterprise Business

I’m generally skeptical when I hear “we’ve not much budget left” or “we might be able to cobble something together” when I’m speaking about training needs with enterprise business users of SharePoint. My skepticism is particularly high when SharePoint users are about to embark on something large like a migration from SP 2007 to SP 2010 and, nevertheless, are still hard-pressed to acknowledge an otherwise obvious need. Rather, when I hear these words I experience a near Pavlovian reaction where “we’ve not much budget left” magically translates into “we’re not getting much value out of this SharePoint implementation; therefore, why…
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