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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 to use SharePoint in this role, the return on investment potential remains, nevertheless, very attractive. Just consider the limited options available to an organization in need of a method for users, across the organization, to collaborate more effectively with on another. Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, and Twitter can not provide the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities of SharePoint Newsfeeds, or SharePoint Online with Yammer. For better or worse, SharePoint is a much better platform upon which to build social computing systems than any of its pure cloud, SaaS, competitors.

The same distinction holds true for heavily regulated businesses looking for a method of automating compliance reporting requirements, while, at the same time, improving the collection process for data about points of risk, across the organization, which may need to be managed. The Enterprise Document Management (EDM) capabilities of SharePoint, out of the box, make the computing platform a legitimate option for these purposes. But the specifics of how best to control document versions, and configure terms, term sets, taxonomy, etc. are usually far too difficult for end users (not to mention SharePoint stakeholders, as well) to master.

A system like VisualSP, can be configured as a method of providing SharePoint users, at all levels, with the technical training content they need, where they most need it — directly from the SharePoint ribbon within a specific scope of work. Our new white paper makes this point, as well, and provides a strong reference from one of our customers for this help system for SharePoint.

Ira Michael Blonder

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