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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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Guess What? The Key to SharePoint Success is STILL Metadata and Taxonomy

Arguably, metadata and taxonomy management is the single most important factor in a successful SharePoint implementation. Metadata is the glue that binds within SharePoint. It powers search. It enables social computing. It drives enterprise content management strategies. Not surprisingly,...

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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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SharePoint Governance as a Hammer

With my background building and running project and product management organizations, I have some definite ideas about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to SharePoint governance. Most of the questions I am asked on this topic actually have little to do with the technology, but...

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Breaking through the Coasean Floor

In James Q. Wilson's 1989 book Bureaucracy , Wilson repeatedly mentions Ronald Coase and his 1937 paper 'The Nature of the Firm' regarding the value of the hierarchical organization, in which Coase identified that while workers could contract with each other in a market ...

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Increasing Your Focus on SharePoint Productivity

I was reading Daniel Antion's post entitled Make SharePoint Simple , which made me think about my own transition into the topic of SharePoint productivity this past year. In his article, Dan shares some experience he's had recently with customers and students who are beginning to use...

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Personalization the Key to Collaboration

It sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it? To improve collaboration within your team or company, you need to improve end user abilities to personalize their experience. [At this point, all the UX people in the room collectively yawn] People don't like working in a mess, neither do they...

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The Turbulent Move to the Cloud

We can all see that our organizations are getting to be more mobile -- whether than means people doing more from their smart phones and tablets, or just that teams are more geographically dispersed is really a moot point: how we access our content and tools is changing as technology advances....

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