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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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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Assess the Usefulness of SharePoint Collaboration Features Based on an Organization’s Structure

On February 13, 2014, we will host an online class, Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint, which will be lead by Naomi MoneyPenney. Communities of SharePoint users interested in promoting collaboration between internal departments, or external partners should consider sending personnel to attend our class. It makes sense for any community considering a collaboration effort, via SharePoint, to run a preliminary assessment of cultural suitability before deciding, one way or another, to implement this type of program. SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and Online all offer a number of features suitable for inclusion within a broad…
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Wrapping Up Our Commentary on Our SharePoint 2010 Search Webinar

This post is the last installment in our series of comments on a webinar published recently on SharePoint 2010 Search. A subscription to SharePoint-Videos.com is required to view this webinar. Joshua Noble notes that the search engine for SharePoint 2010 is configured to analyze the first 50 results to any search query. Users who require that the search engine analyze in excess of 50 results will need to instruct the search engine to analyze more results via a setting in the Search Refinement panel. The maximum number of results that the search engine can be instructed to analyze is 500….
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Some User Dissatisfaction with SharePoint 2010 Search can be Remedied by Adding File Types and Content Filters

This is the second post in our series on a new set of high level specialized video training content for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2010: Search. A truly useful search service is, of course, a key component of an overall offering of SharePoint 2010 that successfully delivers high percentages of user adoption. In 2013, search is an integral component of daily desktop computing. It makes little sense to build document libraries for SharePoint 2010 if users are unable, subsequently, to locate the information they need quickly. Nevertheless, as Robert Piddocke remarks in his presentation, one of the most common complaints he…
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Revisiting the Need for High Levels of User Adoption for SharePoint 2010 as a Critical Component fo SharePoint Success

With training content like our SharePoint-Videos dot com set of video training for Access Services for SharePoint it is worth taking a post to reflect back on one of the foundations of this blog, which is the importance of encouraging high levels of user adoption for SharePoint, together with the unique added value that can be delivered to the effort with the inclusion of video tutorial content for this computing platform. Regardless of whether an organization is making use of SharePoint with on premises servers, or is availing of SharePoint Online, the platform is generally acknowledged as the most fully…
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Implement a Learning Management System (LMS) to Quantify Usage of SharePoint Training Content

As SharePoint 2010 assumes the role of a mission critical application for heavily regulated businesses, metrics on user apprehension of SharePoint training content will be required as reports are issued on compliance with regulations. The following example illustrates why this reporting requirement will arise: with SharePoint 2010 serving, for example, as the document repository for any/all written records, a business operating in a heavily regulated industry sector will have to demonstrate the level to which employees have not only communicated within the boundaries of regulations such as HIPAA, but also on the extent to which they have managed, correctly, the…
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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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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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