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If improved collaboration is an objective for SharePoint implementation, consider supporting it with external data

Many organizations implement SharePoint to promote better collaboration between Lines of Business (LoBs). The notion is SharePoint newsfeeds, rating systems, and tags for items/people/events/whatever, will all contribute to better efficiency across an enterprise. Efficiency means not only a lower cost of operation (as the result of substantially less duplication of effort), but higher levels of user adoption of SharePoint.

It may make sense for these organizations to develop solutions to expose external data for users to consume within the SharePoint work space. External data often amounts to information compiled by LoBs. This information is produced by LoB specific procedures, almost always implemented to support day-to-day business. Adding data about core LoB processes for the whole enterprise to consume makes sense, especially when Yammer newsfeeds, and SharePoint tags can be used to ensure all personnel are aware the data is available to be consumed.

SharePoint-Videos offers two sets of specialized training on both segments of the kind of effort we are espousing in this post. SharePoint administrators, developers, and architects can gain an overview of how it might make sense to pull external data into SharePoint from a course we recently hosted, titled SharePoint 2013: Working with External Data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Workflows. This course is led by Fabian Williams, a widely acknowledged subject matter expert on the topic, published author, and SharePoint Server MVP.

The course on collaboration is, presently, only available to subscribers to our web site, and is titled SP13-317 Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint. This course is led by Naomi Moneypenny, who is the CTO of Synxi, an ISV with machine learning solutions for SharePoint and Yammer.

If you would like to learn more about how these two sets of content can be used, together, to add value to collaboration efforts, please contact us. We’ll be eager to expand on this conversation with you.

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