Archives / 2008 / October
  • Capability Checklist for Successful SharePoint

    Successful deployment of SharePoint is no different than any other corporate strategy or project, only the moving pieces change. The goals remain consistency, scalability, and success by whatever measures you choose. It never fails to disappoint me to see "best practises" that restate project management principles without the salt or benefit of SharePoint experience (here's an example, though I don't recommend it). Give us the goods!

    So to get it out of the way, here is every "Successful Strategies for Product X" article, presentation and book in a paragraph: You need shared vision, strong leadership as high up the food chain as possible, business-oriented goals and measures, clearly-defined scope, good communication, a crisp plan including risk mitigation and capacity to change, and effective delivery and support teams. During the build, you need to balance time, scope and available resources. Also like every other project (but perhaps not as common), an effective way to begin is to list the capabilities you need to simulate your business. Brainstorm on the common complaints or bottlenecks in your processes, and the capabilities or changes that would provide relief. You do not simply need "SharePoint," you need more effective teams, or bottom-up communication, or top-down communication, or document management, or records management, or alerting, or a corporate memory, or platform integration, or a place to collaborate with external partners, or some combination of these, or something else entirely. Declare these goals. Do a spell-check, hide the leftover red and green squigglies, and there you have it, go SharePoint!

    Okay, time to get back to reality and be productive. The guidance below describes capabilities required to give good SharePoint.  Many are expanded to list the moving parts or the choices for providing the capability. Your plan is complete when every point below is accounted for.

  • TSPUG October 22 Meeting: Distributed SharePoint Deployments

    Our next Toronto SharePoint User Group meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2008.  This month’s speaker Jeffrey Wolff, Technical Director, Infonic, will discuss the benefits of deploying a distributed SharePoint environment, factors to consider when planning your environment, and possible problems distributed organizations faces as they architect an enterprise-wide SharePoint infrastructure. He will also review third-party solutions that can address these problems as well as the pros and cons of each.

    Jeffrey Wolff has been in the IT industry for the past 15 years and has spent the last three with Infonic. He mainly works with large enterprises primarily based in the US, such as the US Navy, in designing and implementing global and distributed SharePoint deployments.

    When: 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2008.
    Where: Nexient Learning, 8th Floor, 2 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

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