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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SharePoint Adoption Remains an Important Objective for SharePoint Fest NYC Attendees

According to our conversations with a diverse set of the attendees at the June 2014 SharePoint Fest NYC Conference, SharePoint Adoption remains an important “high value” objective for stakeholders. Some observations from conversations with visitors to our booth: Businesses in heavily regulated industries and/or government agencies remain challenged when asked to present a value proposition for SharePoint. The writer was at a loss to explain this perception. Given all of SharePoint’s out of the box support for data collection, and multiple views of data sets, shouldn’t it be a simple matter to demonstrate its value? Most of the visitors to…
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Does It Make Sense to Add Yammer to Provide SharePoint Users With a Reason to Spend More Time on the Platform?

SharePoint-Videos offers a suite of training products designed for organizations looking to hasten SharePoint adoption. Our focus product is VisualSP™, a help system for SharePoint. Behind the ribbon help tab, which is the method for SharePoint users to engage with our VisualSP solution, is a plentiful collection of video training content optimized for end users and SharePoint knowledge workers. But what if all of these users only infrequently use SharePoint®? Recent studies published by the AIIM organization, and Forrester Research point to statistics I found surprising — active SharePoint users spend a few moments each week on the platform. If…
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Are SharePoint Social Features a Useful Method of Motivating Users to Increase Adoption?

As a report titled SharePoint 2013 Clouding the Issues, which was published by AIIM, points out, despite the popularity of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Document Management (DM) applications for large organizations using SharePoint, 26% of respondents reported very low usage of the platform by so-called “active users” — only 1 in 5 users in this category demonstrated any frequency of engagement with SharePoint for this segment of the respondents. It may be useful for readers to provide a reference point, AIIM’s definition of an “active user”: in this report an “active user” is defined as someone “accessing [SharePoint] content…
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Use a Page of Links to Add Context Sensitivity to Enterprise Subscriptions to On Demand Training Content

SharePoint-Videos.com offers two types of subscriptions for large communities of SharePoint users — Group ID and Multi-User. More information on this topic can be found on our Multi-User Licensing web page. But to ensure these subscriptions deliver the intended benefit, stakeholders should develop a useful perspective on the important differences between training SharePoint end users vs training users playing a role managing, administering, architecting, SharePoint, or developing applications for it. End users benefit most when they can access training content directly within their computing workspace. Administrators, developers, architects, and designers benefit most when they can access a training resource rich…
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Asif Rehmani to Present on No-Code SharePoint Solutions and SharePoint Adoption at SharePoint Fest-NY

We’ve devoted this blog, since January 1, 2014 to providing our readers with an ongoing series of examples of our notion of the broad value proposition for SharePoint stakeholders. This general overview of the benefits to communities of SharePoint users, inherent to a decision to implement specific SharePoint features, has been complemented with some specific examples of high value applications. Several posts have focused on the imperative of driving healthy levels of user adoption for SharePoint computing methods. So a pair of scheduled presentations by Asif Rehmani, for SharePoint Fest-NY, in June of this year provides a fitting complement for…
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SharePoint Communities Benefit Most When Provided With Access to Authoritative Training Content

Training SharePoint users in the technical procedures they must master to successfully complete daily computing tasks can be an especially value packed endeavor. But if the techniques communicated are either not considered industry best practices, or the method of instruction somehow fails to deliver the right procedures to users, then the effort can, unfortunately, prove unsuccessful. The old adage “doing the right things vs. doing things right” is no less applicable to training communities of SharePoint users than it is for any other type of training. But how does an organization select the kind of authoritative training content required to…
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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 clich├ęs 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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Asif Rehmani to Present in April, 2014, on Three High Value Topics at SharePoint Intersection, Orlando

Stakeholders in SharePoint Online, Office 365 or SharePoint 2013, on premises, can realize substantial benefit from implementing workflow as an important method of developing custom applications, wherever appropriate. They can add to this benefit by supporting custom feature development, for SharePoint, as a means of exploiting the opportunity presented by workflow development methods. But user adoption is the critical component of any successful effort in either of these directions. Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP will talk to all three of these components, at SharePoint Intersection, 2014, which will be held in April in Orlando, Florida. Anyone attending this conference, who chooses…
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Encouraging Communities to Brand Content Contributes Positively to SharePoint Adoption Efforts

On the first day of SharePoint Conference 2014, MSDN’s Channel 9 Video service broadcast SPCtv A Talk with Microsoft IT on SharePoint, Adoption and Governance. The conversation was led by Karuana Gatimu and included Christian Wylde, Sean Squires, Pam Green and Carrie Doring. Squires, Green and Doring are all members of Wylde’s internal-facing “Social Collaboration and Mobility” team at Microsoft®. Karuana Gatimu asked Sean Squires to describe how Microsoft is rethinking and redesigning its main content publishing portal to better align resources for a community of users migrating towards an “any device I want, when I want” appetite for data….
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