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Don't Just Deploy SharePoint, Plan It Out

SharePoint is fundamentally a business platform, worth more than the sum of its parts. It is not just a piece of software, not just a series of servers, not just a collection of tools and accelerators: it is a platform on which your business can associate, collaborate, and innovate. So why are...

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SharePoint in the Cloud Requires Environmental Shift in Thinking

For many, moving collaboration to the coud makes perfect sense. Most companies struggle with the design and architectural decisions around SharePoint, and, more specifically, they have a difficult time decided whether or not they should mirror the more traditional structure and permissions of...

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Social Should Be Able To Demonstrate Business Value

In the never-ending search for improving customer adoption and engagement -- which social promises, and I do believe can deliver -- the difficulty for most (if not all) organizations is demonstrating business value amidst all of the marketing and promises of the OEMs and vendors. For social ...

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10 Observations on Changes Due to Social Collaboration

With Microsoft and Salesforce announcing a partnership that will align the former's collaboration and communication platform powerhouse, Office365, with the latter's leading customer relationship management (CRM) platform, one thing is clear: collaboration continues to be a primary focus...

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Collaboration through Gamification

In a presentation to the Finland SharePoint User Group, Jussi Mori ( @JussiMori ) of Peaches Industries outlined some of the issues surrounding end user adoption and productivity on any collaborative environment, and introduced some of the concepts around gamification as a path to improving...

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Improving Dialog within Your Company

In a post on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, the authors shared the results of a small survey they conducted focusing on the high rate of change in the practices of internal communication at most companies. While a small survey set (about 3 dozens...

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User-Generated Taxonomies Will Make or Break SharePoint

The less control or governance you put in place over a system, the more likely end users are to embrace that system – and make a mess of it. That's the problem with cheap (free), web-based tools with cool features and viral natures. People find them, start using them to solve small...

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SharePoint sprawl, but with good intentions

I was born and raised in northern California, and have seen some dramatic changes to the state in the past 40 years. Like many other parts of the country (and in other population centers around the world), California has been in a constant state of growth, with houses and shopping centers and...

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Governance: overused, misunderstood, flavor of the month?

"Governance might be one of the most overused terms in the SharePoint community. Governance exists at many levels in different organizations. There is corporate governance, legal governance, project governance, system governance and many more. SharePoint governance might fall under system...

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When should you bring in end users?

There are many topics that can act as a lightning rod in a conversation. Religion. Politics. Tastes great, less filling. People dig in, want to be heard, and can talk on and on for hours. The same is true for technology circles. For example: when should you bring in the end users for their...

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