Why Adoption Remains a High Value Objective for Organizations Planning a Mission Critical Role for SharePoint

There are a number of ways stakeholders can create a mission critical role for SharePoint for an organization. But without user adoption of SharePoint computing, any/all of these methods can actually become difficult obstacles to ongoing successful business performance. The features of this conundrum are spelt out in a new white paper, from SharePoint-Videos, titled The Value of SharePoint Help In-Context. So it makes sense to avoid costly traps like the “burn the boats” scenario presented in our white paper, at least until end users begin to demonstrate some acceptance for this computing method. Despite the difficulties accompanying any plan…
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The New SharePoint 2013 App Model Should Be Included In A Business Case for SharePoint 2013 As An Opportunity to Reduce Support Costs

SharePoint 2013’s App Model is designed, in part, to insulate application servers from one of the most common sources of Tier II and II support calls — custom solutions. So SharePoint stakeholders preparing a business case for implementing SharePoint Server 2013 may want to include references to the new development model as a method of reducing operating costs for the platform. Readers with an interest in researching this topic may want to read a blog post on MSDN authored by Ed Hild back in February, 2013. This post is titled A Perspective on SharePoint 2013’s App Model – Part 1….
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When Does It Make Sense to Choose Virtualization for SharePoint Server Infrastructure?

In a video tutorial titled Architecting the farm in SharePoint 2013 – part 2, Michael Noel makes a case for virtualization as a serious option for providing hardware infrastructure to support SharePoint Server 2013. But what are the pros and cons, from a business perspective on virtualization? Business Case for Using Virtualized SharePoint 2013 Servers The real benefit of including some proportion of virtualized servers in a business plan for implementing SharePoint Server 2013, SQL Server, Windows Server, etc. is the flexibility this approach provides from a cost management perspective. Implementing virtual servers prior to launch is the most sensible…
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On the Importance of Taking an Inventory of SharePoint’s Capabilities Prior to Implementation

Having a governance plan, in place, for SharePoint, makes sense prior to embarking on an implementation. A key component of successfully building a governance plan, is gaining a useful overview of what SharePoint can be configured to perform for one’s unique community of users. One of the clichés often heard about SharePoint is the “Swiss Army Knife” metaphor. When someone refers to SharePoint as a “Swiss Army Knife”, the intention is to portray the very deep set of SharePoint configuration and application options as, effectively, a hidden treasure. But this “treasure” can also amount to a major obstacle to any…
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On the Importance of Best Practices to Successful SharePoint Implementations

The front page of SharePoint-Videos.com has been recently updated to include an important new image — a picture titled “Experts”, which depicts som of the experts who have authored video tutorial content offered on the site. This image should be a welcome addition for SharePoint stakeholders. A crucial component of any successful implementation of SharePoint is efficiency. Efficiency, in turn, requires a methodology built on best practices. The experts portrayed on the front page of our web site are, across the board, widely acknowledged subject matter experts who have either created some SharePoint best practices, or demonstrated their ability to…
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Build a Return on Investment Strategy for SharePoint on a Foundation of Realistic Expectations

In a free webinar titled Webinar – No-code tools and solutions for SharePoint 2013 on-premise and online, Asif Rehmani presents a potentially promising new feature of SharePoint 2013 — Geolocation Site ZColumns. As Asif explains, these columns can be added to any site collection located in a SharePoint 2013 farm. Simply put, the open an opportunity to provide a location map for specific entries in a Shared Document Library, or rows in a SharePoint 2013 list. But before stakeholders rush off and pay for the effort to add this functionality to SharePoint, it makes sense to get more of a…
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