One more article on the importance of governance to a healthy SharePoint implementation worth a review

Any enterprise content management (ECM) system (including solutions built on Microsoft’s SharePoint Server, on-premises, and/or SharePoint Online, Office 365) should include governance, if it is to be successful. Joe Shepley provides a succinct presentation of the importance of governance in an article titled The SharePoint Information Problem, which was published on the CMSWire website in April of 2014. What I found most helpful about this article is how Shepley connects dysfunctional information management systems built with SharePoint, to what he calls a typical, broader enterprise malaise: “But when you start to dig deeper and ask why organizations have lacked the…
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Be sure to include an ongoing adoption effort in your SharePoint, or SharePoint Online plan

A couple of recently published articles by prominent individuals in the SharePoint community – Chris Riley and Christian Buckley – remind me of an important feature of SharePoint plans more likely to succeed. These plans treat the challenge of user adoption as a chronic condition requiring continuous effort. Riley’s article is Why I Left ECM. The article by Christian Buckley is titled As SharePoint Moves Toward the Cloud, Governance Remains a Priority. While I am at this task, I might as well include a third article, which was published on December 29, 2014, titled ECM isn’t delivering. The common thread…
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Understanding how Power Pivot and Power Query contribute to a successful Business Intelligence project built with Power BI

For readers familiar with Microsoft’s Power BI suite of tools for Excel, but not clear as to how Power Pivot, and Power Query interact within a Power BI project, a webcast from TechEd Europe 2014, titled Overview of Business Intelligence in Office and Office 265 may be worth watching. The webcast is led by Peter Myers, a subject matter expert on the topic, and runs about 1.25 hours. Myers identifies the target user for the Power BI suite: a business analyst from a Line of Business (LoB) unit within an organization. He explains how research has shown analysts are the…
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Exploring How SharePoint Online, Office 365 Might Impact the Future of SharePoint Branding

Correct branding is a mission critical feature of, arguably, most, if not any successful implementation of SharePoint. In turn, adding an effective brand to SharePoint components — sites, libraries, lists, even newsfeeds — supports and hastens user adoption of the computing platform. So getting a glimpse of the likely future of best of breed branding methods for SharePoint and SharePoint Online, Office 365 makes sense. SharePoint-Videos has published sets of specialized training content on branding for SharePoint 2010 and 2013. These sets have been led by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, an acknowledged subject matter expert on the topic, published author, SharePoint MVP…
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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…
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It make sense to incorporate risk management policies into SharePoint and/or SharePoint Online workflow architecture

Workflows designed to automate organizational processes should be designed to support approved risk management procedures. The potential for problems to arise from workflows designed without attention to these procedures is too great to proceed otherwise. Properly attending to this requirement means proposing applications of SharePoint’s out-of-the-box approval workflow not only “horizontally”, but also “vertically” within one’s organization. This step will ensure all of the stakeholders have been informed about the proposed automated process before it is actually implemented. SharePoint, and/or SharePoint Online stakeholders can safeguard against the chance of implementation of workflows before this necessary “reality check” against approved risk…
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Learn About A Hybrid Architecture for SharePoint 2013, On Premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365

Many organizations supporting an on premises SharePoint implementation are looking for an interim step prior to proceeding on a full scale migration to SharePoint Online, Office 365. A hybrid architecture provides just this type of option. In an online class coming soon, exclusively on SharePoint-Videos.com, Fabian Williams, SharePoint Server MVP will present the components of high value hybrid SharePoint computing architecture and the steps to be taken to build and support it successfully. Fabian’s class, titled Implementing SharePoint 2013 Hybrid for Search, Business Connectivity Services, OneDrive for Business and Yammer, will be held on October 9, 2014. Simply a review…
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In-Context Access to Training Content Presents Benefits Beyond a Reduction in the Cost of SharePoint Support

As Microsoft refines the features of SharePoint, and SharePoint Online, Office 365, and adds more services like Delve, these computer platforms will take on more of a mission-critical role for the organizations opting to implement them. In posts published on earlier dates to this blog, this writer has presented opinions about why computer platforms playing a mission critical role for the organizations opting to implement them tend to deliver substantially more value than platforms not chosen for such a role. This lesson does not appear to be lost on Microsoft. One can be confident product marketing will continue to add…
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Microsoft Joins in the Effort to Hasten User Adoption of Office 365

Microsoft recently announced its decision to directly participate in the process by which larger organizations, and their partners, in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors implement Office 365. This participation includes direct management of Office 365 on boarding for organizations purchasing at least 150 related SKUs. Of particular interest to this writer is some information included in a web page, titled Office 365 Adoption Offer. Per the terms of this offer, Microsoft will reimburse organizations qualifying to participate in the program a set dollar amount, per seat, towards the costs incurred by the organization to contract with either Microsoft Consulting…
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Office 365 is the Cornerstone for the Future for Microsoft

During an announcement of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Salesforce.com, a webcast recording of which went online on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Satya Nadella and Marc Benioff (of Salesforce.com) both referred to Office 365 as the future strategic direction of Microsoft. This statement, is, of course, a very big one, but one observers might have seen coming for some time. For example, anyone attending SharePoint Conference 2014, who watched the multimedia presentation which provided the preface to President Clinton’s Keynote presentation would have noticed the lengthy set of statistics of the extent of not only SharePoint’s penetration of day…
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