Some Sources on Why Cultural Transformation is an Important Foundation for Collaboration Within an Organization

On February 13, 2014, we will host an online course, “Making Enterprise Social Real in Your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint”, to be led by Ms. Naomi Moneypenney. Just in case readers are skeptical about the importance of having a useful cultural foundation in place, internally, prior to embarking on a campaign to implement collaboration features, I thought it might be useful to provide some citations from acknowledge authoritative thinkers on this topic. Readers may want to take a look at an article on the Pepperdine University website, Recognizing Organizational Culture in Managing Change. This article is authored by Mark…
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Mandatory Requirements for Successfully Implementing SharePoint Collaboration Features

SharePoint-Videos.com offers specialized sets of video training content. Several of these sets are designed to show SharePoint stakeholders how to implement the computing environment in a project management scenario. Dux Raymond Sy, a SharePoint MVP and widely respected spokesperson on SharePoint authored both of these sets. Project management is merely one of several methods of implementing SharePoint to encourage collaboration within communities of users. If an important mandatory requirement is not in place, however, these communities will encounter substantial obstacles as they try to successfully achieve the benefits they require. Communities of users have to be culturally primed to use…
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Implementing a Project Management Methodology Still Makes Sense for Enterprises Looking to Control IT Costs

Despite a couple of highly publicized recent examples of poorly managed IT projects (the most notable of these, of course, is the first website for the U.S. Federal Affordable Care Act), which ended up costing sponsors substantially more than planned, it still makes sense for enterprises to implement a project management methodology. Fortunately, out of the box features of SharePoint Server 2013, together with Microsoft’s Project 2013 software, can be used, successfully for a project management task. We offer two sets of video tutorials, SharePoint 2013: Project Management and SharePoint 2013: Project 2013, which enterprises can purchase for unlimited local…
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Use VisualSP, the Help System for SharePoint, to globally deliver project-specific materials to teams

SharePoint is a useful computing platform for collaboration requirements like project management. VisualSP™, the help system for SharePoint, can be used to globally expose materials specific to projects to team members. This application should be attractive to organizations where: project team members are new to SharePoint computing and project management, nevertheless, needs them to adopt SharePoint computing, instead of the more familiar “email with a spreadsheet file attachment” procedure In this scenario project management creates a site collection for the project. A team site template should be used for the root site for this site collection. A unique “Scope” should…
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SharePoint 2013: Project 2013 Is Now Available for Unlimited Local Viewing By Individuals and Groups

On Friday, December 6, 2013, Rehmani Consulting, Inc. added a course titled SharePoint 2013: Project 2013 DVD. The instructor for this set of video tutorials is a widely known SharePoint MVP and published author — Dux Raymond Sy. This tutorial set is available for purchase by individuals and groups for unlimited local viewing. The content is delivered by secure download. Perhaps there is no better application of SharePoint Server 2013 than to support project management activities. The SharePoint 2013 newsfeeds, out of the box task lists, team site templates, all lend themselves to project management applications. So this set of…
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Applying SharePoint Server 2013 to Change Management Requirements

This is our last blog post on a series of videos titled SP13-302 SharePoint 2013: Project Management. The series is authored by Dux Raymond Sy, PMP & SharePoint MVP. A very popular application built on project management principals across enterprise b usinesses and comparably sized organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors is change management. As Dux demonstrates in a video included in this series, titled “Change Management and Automate Processes”, SharePoint Server 2013 can be configured to support this application, with little need for additional software. The method of using SharePoint 2013 as a platform for change management is…
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SharePoint 2013 Community Sites can be Used to Support a Diverse Set of Project Management Efforts

A community site in SharePoint 2013 can be used as a knowledge center and information repository. Community sites are particularly useful for project management applications. Project notes can be stored in one of these SharePoint 2013 community sites. Any site members will then have access to the information, which should help improve the efficiency of subsequent projects. Applying the SharePoint community site feature to service project management efforts makes good sense for large enterprises with a diverse set of ongoing projects. Dux Raymond Sy, PMP, SharePoint MVP and published author presents this option in a video tutorial included in his…
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Mobile Device Support in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 has been designed to better support mobile users. One of the new features added to the platform to deliver an improved computing experience for mobile users is the “Site Notebook”. The “Site Notebook” is built on Microsoft’s OneNote desktop application. As long as this feature has been enabled for team sites, then users can entirely interact with it via the browser, regardless of whether they connect from desktop computers, smartphones or tablets. For users connecting from PCs with Microsoft Office, they have the additional option of opening the Site Notebook with the OneNone component of this application…
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Using Microsoft Project 2013 with SharePoint 2013 to Manage Projects

It makes sense for organizations implementing a formal management function for projects to understand how to obtain best results from an implementation of Microsoft Project Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013. There is an inherent cost for usage licenses for both systems. So carefully managing where/how/who decisions can deliver substantial savings to organizations willing to make the effort. Dux Raymond Sy, SharePoint MVP, PMP, and author of SharePoint 2010: Project Management presents an overview of some important features of Microsoft Project Server 2013 not available from SharePoint Server 2013. This presentation is titled Maximize Project 2013 and is offered as…
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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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