SharePoint Short and Sweet

By DANIEL ANTION posted 11-05-2013 09:19


One of the things that I love about not being a consultant (I used to be one) is that I can talk about failure. Some consultants talk about failure, but most will point out the ways the previous attempts failed before they were engaged. I get it, lead with your strength, but failure is a part of life and certainly a part of SharePoint. That’s a good thing! We learn from failure, especially when the failure wasn’t a swing and a miss type deal but rather a swing for the bleachers that only ended-up being a double. We can learn to swing better.

Next Wednesday, the AIIM New England Chapter is going to be swinging for the bleachers with SharePoint. We’re going to be talking about success, and hopefully the odd failure as we explore what people are really doing with SharePoint. We all know what Microsoft tells us you can do with SharePoint, in SharePoint, on SharePoint or when you connect to SharePoint, but what are we actually doing with, in, on and while connected? I know what I’m doing, and I know that I want to do more. I want to extract more value, not only from the content I put in SharePoint but from our investment in SharePoint. How about you?

Our event is going to feature three great speakers: Marc D. Anderson, Co-founder and president of Sympraxis Consulting, Derek Cash-Petersonfrom Blue Metal Architectsand Russ Edleman, president of Corridor Company. These guys have seen just about every kind of SharePoint usage there is. Steve Weissman, President of the Holly Groupwill be on hand to facilitate the discussion, which is where you come in. If you’re in New England, come up, down or over to Cambridge, MA and join us at Microsoft 1 Cambridge Center from 8:30 – 11:30. If you’re not from New England, you can join us over the web. There is a small fee for the event, but you can make it even smaller by joining the baseball fans in Boston. When you register, enter “RedSox” when asked about promotional codes and you’re good for 25-30% off.

If you’re willing to share your insights, your experience or your failures, we may tag you in our next Event Experience report. We are publishing these after every event this year. For example, check out the white paper from our first event, where we focused on handling secure and confidential information amid an always connected always sharing workforce. If you are a consultant, or if you’re shy about sharing your experience, let me know and I’ll keep your name out of it.

Does that sound like a cool way to learn more about the power of SharePoint? If so, head on over to Eventbrite and sign-up. I hope you can join us in Cambridge, either in person or over the wire.

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1 comment


11-06-2013 13:48

Definitely a great conversation and panel for anyone in the area.
There is so much content out there focused on problems people experience, or capabilities that the solution being discussed doesn't cover, and not as much about the ways in which people ARE successful. We beat up on SharePoint a lot, and yet the vast majority of deployments find success and value -- and being more vocal about these successes is much more helpful to people than focusing on what doesn't work, in my estimation.
Not to say we shouldn't document/discuss gaps and problems, of course. But its just so much more compelling when you balance those gaps with what you did to resolve the issue. Tell us what went wrong, and how you overcame it.