Regulated Businesses Looking for EGRC Capabilities Should Consider Building them On SharePoint

The cost of implementing an Enterprise Governance Risk and Compliance (EGRC) solution can be substantial. Back in June, 2012, in a product information guide for RSA Archer published on SC Magazine’s web site, Peter Stephenson estimated starting costs for a “mid-range configuration” at $55K. RSA Archer is one of several products capable of provising consumers with the capability of managing an EGRC effort. Organizations already equipped with SharePoint may be able to deliver EGRC capabilities, at a lower cost. Potential costs savings can be derived from an effort to simply add EGRC methods to a software platform already in place…
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Organizations Supporting a Mix of SharePoint Versions Benefit from Online Video Training Options

For organizations with a mix of SharePoint® server versions, group subscriptions to online video training content are a sensible method of providing administrators, developers, and systems architects with the technical training content they require to successfully support all SharePoint users. One might ask “when does it make sense to support a mix of SharePoint server versions?” The best answer to this question is when a migration plan is still under consideration. In this scenario, the proof of concept still hasn’t been verified, so it doesn’t makes sense to move an entire organization over to a new server platform. Usually a…
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Use VisualSP, the Help System for SharePoint to Expose Training Content to a Wide Range of SharePoint Users

VisualSP™, the Help System for SharePoint®, can be used to expose training content tailored for end users. But the system can also be used to expose specialized training content directly to teams of developers spread out across an organization. Using the VisualSP™ system in this way, Line of Business (LoB) units can be pulled into the SharePoint implementation. Most heavily regulated businesses include a group tasked with ensuring the business complies with all of its regulatory reporting requirements. These compliance teams are usually granted a dedicated site collection in SharePoint implementations. The VisualSP™ Help System is installed for all site…
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Custom, Organization-Specific Apps May Help Hasten End User Adoption of SharePoint 2013

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, SharePoint-Videos debuted a new video tutorial set, “SharePoint 2013: Beginning Development”. This tutorial set is available for purchase for either individual viewing, or for unlimited viewing by groups. “SharePoint 2013: Beginning Development” can be useful to any organization looking to hasten end user adoption of SharePoint 2013 with Apps specifically developed for the organization. End users will more quickly adopt new methods of processing work, like storing documents in shared libraries in SharePoint 2013, rather than in file folders, or replacing email updates with list updates on SharePoint team sites, when the new methods are…
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New Features Are Added To VisualSPtm, The Help System for SharePoint

VisualSP™, the help system for SharePoint now includes several new features. Businesses of all types, with a serious commitment to SharePoint, should consider adding VisualSP™ to drive end user adoption of the SharePoint computing experience. The new features of our product promise to enable our customers to successfully capture a handsome return on their investment. VisualSP™, version 4.5.0, is installed via an executable. The application includes a number of wizards. These routines check to ensure the required components of a successful installation are all in place, before an attempt to install the product is undertaken. So the installation process of…
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Any Useful End User Training System for SharePoint 2013 Should Include Familiarized Content

SharePoint end users will be more likely to assimilate technical training content if the content includes familiar features of their daily computing environment. SharePoint stakeholders should, therefore, seriously consider the pros and cons of building this type of training content for their communities of SharePoint users. A community of end users trained in the technical steps required, of them, to successfully accomplish their work in a SharePoint 2013 computing environment, are much more likely to adopt the SharePoint computing experience, and, therefore, can make a much more meaningful contribution to return on investment in the platform. When higher levels of…
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On the Imperative of a Successful Adoption Campaign for SharePoint 2013

Stakeholders in an implementation of SharePoint Server 2013 should approach the task of persuading end users to adopt the platform as an imperative. If the participants in the adoption campaign lack a sense of urgency, the possibility of a failed effort may substantially increase, which should be an unacceptable outcome. Why the urgency? Simply put, SharePoint 2013, like any of its competitors in the market for enterprise collaboration, or document management, is not an inexpensive solution. The benefits of the system cannot be realized if end users abandon it for other methods. The danger of abandonment is high. In fact,…
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A Sensible Approach to Configuring the Query Component of Search for SharePoint Server 2013

As we wrote in the prior post to this blog, the feature of SharePoint Server 2013 most likely to magnetize high expectations from end users is search. Therefore, stakeholders in the success of any implementation of this computing platform must make a very serious effort to successfully architect and deliver a truly useful search feature for the platform. The key component worthy of a lot of scrutiny is the query tool. If managed properties do not lend themselves to the typical type of inexact input likely to be produced by end users, then these information baskets, for organizing crawled properties…
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Working with Filters for the Query Feature of the Search Service of SharePoint Server 2013

This blog post continues our commentary on a new set of video tutorials we have recently released titled SharePoint 2013: Search DVD. This set is authored by Agnes Molnar, an acknowledged subject matter expert on the topic and a published author. The set can be purchased for either individual, or enterprise (group) viewing. The set is also available for viewing by anyone with a subscription to our website; the title of the set, for access by our subscribers, is SP13-305 SharePoint 2013: Search Video Training Course. Over a series of 3 video tutorials, Agnes Molner presenting a lot of very…
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Utilize Familiar Tools to Streamline Repetitive Project Management Tasks with SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 has been deeply integrated with Windows and Office 2013 apps. For example, Office Web Apps allow users to open documents in the browser and to edit them, as well, without recourse to desktop Office apps. As well, the Document Co-Authoring feature (which has been available since SharePoint 2010) allows multiple people to access the same document and work on it at the same time. So now there is no need to email documents to collect updates. The Document Co-Authoring feature can be implemented with Lync 2013. In this scenario documents can be shared by simply inviting co-workers to…
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