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Navigating the “World of SharePoint 2010” and All It Encompasses - Part 1

Third-Party Tools and SharePoint ISVs Over the past 8 or 9 years I have had the sincere pleasure of working with some of the top SharePoint ISVs out there and over the years some of come and gone but they key players are still there such as: Idera Metalogix AvePoint Axceler Colligo HiSoftware Tzunami WebPartGallery Bamboo Solutions Quest KnowledgeLake And many others I do not have room to mention but are very reputable From an I.T

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The Recruiters are Coming, The Recruiters are Coming

Track Panel Discussion: - One with Companies that are hiring SharePoint Professionals - One with Partners (ISV’s, SI’s and Training Partners) and what they need from SharePoint Professionals The benefits of a Recruiting / Job Skills Track are on several different levels

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Selecting the Right SharePoint Consulting Firm: Comparing Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges

Consultants Trainers who blog are not always experts in, “in the trenches” consulting and you may get a robotic or rehearsed answer; ensure the blogs and experts you follow are actual consultants who have sat in “war rooms” hours on end to whiteboard and solve real world problems where there are budgetary and political considerations as well as timelines, resources, and peoples jobs from the client on the line. 3rd Party Vendors \ ISVs There are a large number of SharePoint 3 rd party solutions (ISVs) who offer amazing solutions that can help you to lower your internal maintenance costs and almost act like another full-time employee (FTE) for your firm. On the other hand, ensure you are only buying what you need as some ISVs have moved to the model of bundling up their entire suite of products that not only cause a massive footprint on your servers but also cause you to possibly spend budget that you do not need to spend

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I am Dedicated to SharePoint, so why am I only getting Standard love?

Now I don’t mean to complain or sound negative, but as a guy who works for an ISV that supports numerous integrations with SharePoint you can now see why I don’t really look forward to that question

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650 Successful SharePoint Implementations – Dissecting a Decade of EPC Group Enterprise SharePoint Success - Article 1 of 4

(Note: SharePoint is not meant to change company policy but to improve the user and company experience on those policies) Design Work Sessions Building Organizational Diagrams Build Proposed Model Define Information Management Define Organizational Structure Governance Document Draft Construct SharePoint Services Documentation Construct Equipment for Environment Documentation Construct Software Documentation Construct Information Management Documentation Construct Organization Documentation Construct Policies Documentation Review Draft Governance Documentation with Client Governance Document Final Construct SharePoint Services Documentation Construct Equipment for Environment Documentation Construct Software Documentation Construct Information Management Documentation Construct Organization Documentation Construct Policies Documentation Review Draft Governance Documentation with Client Obtain Governance Document Client Sign off SharePoint Roadmap Develop Roadmap Document Review Roadmap Document Obtain Roadmap Document Client Sign Off EPC Group - Begins Design Portion of the Initiative Design Process Overview Meeting Server Configuration Identify document management approach Identify existing content sources content audit or inventory Determine content migration methodology Review server software requirements Plan Recycle Bin use and Site recovery Determine site provisioning model and user experience Determine Roles and Usage Patterns of Users Identify number and anticipated usage patterns of users of the Web front end Identify number and anticipated usage patterns of document management users Identify number and anticipated usage patterns of search users Plan Capacity Determine normal load from roles and usage patterns Determine number of documents stored and document store size Estimate index size Determine needs for growth Determine peak load factor My Next 3 Articles Detailing EPC Group’s Decade of SharePoint Success Will Entail: Security Best Practices and Consulting Methodologies Performance Best Practices and Consulting Methodologies Failover and Disaster Recovery Best Practices Reviewing and Selecting 3 rd Party SharePoint ISV’s and Tools Localization Best Practices Long-term Maintenance Best Practices Content Navigation and Its Structure ECM \ Metadata \ Content Type Design Retention Schedule \ ECM \ ERM Workflow Development Meeting Expiration Basis Data of Related Metadata Detailed Training Overview Best Practices – With an Emphasis on “Real World” Training and not “Canned” Out-of-the-box Training Testing \ Break-fix, etc

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Should Your SharePoint 2007 Platform Migrate to 2010 or Go Right to SharePoint 2013?

Several points that I get questions on every week that I think companies really need to understand that I have seen out there “in the trenches”: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A THIRD PARTY TOOL TO MIGRATE SHAREPOINT 2007 CONTENT TO SHAREPOINT 2013 My firm partners with most all of the SharePoint ISVs out there in a very agnostic manner but the amount of money you would spend on a 3 rd party tool that “seamlessly migrates from 2007 to 2013” or “helps you migrate from 2007 to 2010 and then seamlessly to 2013” would better be spent repaving your companies parking lot!

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