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SharePoint Decision Guide - Part 2 - A Best Practices Roadmap and Organizational Strategy

Part 2 - “SharePoint Decision Guide – A Best Practices Roadmap and Organizational Strategy” This is the 2 nd of a 3 part “SharePoint Decision Guide – A Best Practices Roadmap and Organizational Strategy” white paper was developed by EPC Group to provide you with key information and in-depth analysis that will assist your organization in developing a best practices 24-36 month SharePoint Roadmap and related implementation strategy

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SharePoint: un-planned, under-developed and un-loved - but not un-popular

We asked implementers if they thought SharePoint was the right decision for their business when they originally went for it. It would be easy to focus on the 9% who feel it was a poor decision rather than the 55% who are positive about it – although half of those found it tougher going than they expected

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Employee Engagement Should Be a Social Business Goal

Create communities for action – Marcia Blenko of Bain & Company has reported that environments where work can get done efficiently and decisions can be made quickly are more engaging environments . But for work and decisions to happen quickly there has to be good communication

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Graphical Overview: Scalability Best Practices for a Hybrid SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Environment

Additional "From the Consulting Trenches" strategies and methodologies are covered in EPC Group's new book, " SharePoint 2013 Field Guide: Advice from the Consulting Trenches" covering not only SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and SharePoint Online but Information Management, ECM\RM and overall compliance strategies in this ever changing world of " Hybrid IT

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A Good SharePoint Education... Priceless!

In my experience, the type of education that is most impactful in terms of setting organizations up for success with SharePoint is aimed at IT and business Decision Makers and provides a broad understanding of how SharePoint maps to various business-technical needs. The focal point should be: How SharePoint fits into the business objectives of the organization at the enterprise level What organizational structures need to be put in place to define and support the use of SharePoint (e.g. a Governance Committee, User Adoption Strategy, Content Taxonomy) How various SharePoint features can be used and/or combined to replace or complement existing systems and processes (e.g. the Corporate Intranet, Line of Business Applications, legacy ECM solutions) At a minimum, I think Decision Makers need to understand, at a high level , what the following features are and how they might be used to solve common business-technical problems: Various options for implementing Web-based Data Input Forms and Workflows in SharePoint Document Libraries, Document Sets, the Document ID Service and Remote Blob Storage Enterprise Content Types & the Managed Metadata Service Content Organizer, Drop-off Library and Content Organization Rules In-place Records Management in SharePoint 2010 Integration Support including Business Connectivity Services (BCS), the Business Data Catalog, SharePoint Web Services, etc

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Understanding Operating in the Hybrid Cloud - Office 365 & SharePoint 2013 - An EPC Group Case Study

HBI/MBI/LBI) Automated site placement based on user input & verification Mission Critical Classification Governance Document IT manually creates site in “special” environment Automated site placement bin redundant data-center based on user input & verification Enforcement Scope – How to Enforce (EPC Group Example) Governance Provisioning Tools (EPC Group Example) Object in SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365 Automatable Create Site Collections Create Sub Webs Create Hierarchy Available on Office 365 People | My Sites | Social ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Web Parts | Apps ✓ ✓ List Templates (STP and XML) ✓ ✓ Web Templates (WSP and XML) ✓ ✓ ✓ Site Quotas ✓ ✓ Web Event Receivers ✓ ✓ ✓ SPD Workflows and Actions ✓ ✓ ✓ * ✓ Feature Stapling ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ * Workflows ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Site Definitions ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Timer Jobs ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Custom Site Provisioning Handlers ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Matching the Policy to the Office 365 and/or SharePoint 2013 Scope (EPC Group Example) Policy Type Scope Possible Options Security\ Identity Management Farm Web Application Provisioning workflows Timer Jobs Web application polices DNS/Infrastructure Reactive reporting Farm Web Application Sites/Webs Timer Jobs External Database Event Receivers Proactive Sites/Webs Custom Forms Event Receivers Feature Receivers Custom Field Controls Auditing Farm Web Application Timer Jobs External Database Changes Sites/Web Features Control Delegates Considerations in Complex Environments • Multi-tenancy ( Office 365 Issues when a user goes outside of I.T. to create a new “environment”) • Multiple farms • Hybrid on-premise and off-premise • Security (FBA, SAML claims, Extranets) • Global Clients with PHI, PII, Safe Harbor, Intellectual Property , EU Pushback, NSA Concerns in recent news Frequently Asked Questions of EPC Group • Terms of Service • Common user interface and navigation • Site directory and Office 365 and/or SharePoint 2013 ’s new Layout • Common header and footer content (standardize and creation of governed branding guide) • Structured provisioning with workflow • Site Mapping | Mapping the Owner to Content • BYOD \ "Bring Your Own Device" Strategies (Mobility) • Custom Branding | Responsive Design in Office 365 \ SharePoint 2013 • Site Backup and Restore (DR) and Archival EPC Group’s Nationally Recognized Practice Areas EPC Group leading SharePoint , Office 365 , Infrastructure Design and Business Intelligence Practice areas continue to lead the way in providing our clients with the most up-to-date and relevant information that is tailored to their individual business and functional needs. Additional "From the Consulting Trenches" strategies and methodologies are covered in EPC Group's new book, " SharePoint 2013 Field Guide: Advice from the Consulting Trenches" covering not only SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and SharePoint Online but Information Management, ECM\RM and overall compliance strategies in this ever changing world of " Hybrid IT

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