I have a good question for the world of SharePoint - why do so many of you host your blogs on WordPress or other platforms instead of SharePoint? The answer is simple: it is easier and cheaper but that does not make it correct! (Yes I am on blogger I know...)
SharePoint took a huge leap forward when it released the latest version because it added some SEO features. That said there are still many gaps, including being able to launch quick and simple blogs for its massive community to use. I browse many SharePoint Blogs and most of them are WordPress, Blogger or some custom development. Examples:
http://www.sharepointscotland.org.uk/ - Blogger :-)
http://veroniquepalmer.com/ - WordPress
http://www.evokeit.com/sharepoint-blog - Custom SharePoint Blog
So why is the SharePoint blog not fit for this purpose? I think there are a few reasons but I see if getting better in the future. I think Microsoft will get a cloud platform specifically for bloggers in the community to launch their own blogs and have their own domains. They must hate the fact that so many people in the community use other platforms.
Let me know your thoughts...
Thursday, 11 July 2013
An Infographic With Tips About Project Management
Thankfully these folks from Edinburgh have just released a sterling one about project management.
This is the 2nd in the series, the first revealed 10 misconceptions about Sharepoint which you can view here.
SharePoint’s tactical business platform has pre-made templates that enable functionality, efficiency, and collaborative business solutions.
It is crucial to understand how to create a successful project that both enhances and conveys the principles, mission, and overall image set forth by the business.
There are a few key points to keep in mind listed in this infographic to the left for creating a successful project.
First, you want to connect with your most critical, demanding customers.
While it may not be an easy task, gaining their support is highly advantageous for a successful business enterprise.
Indeed, it is often the most stubborn and belligerent customers that, when pleased, become your most strident supporters.
Rather than passing out handbooks filled with elaborate instructions, provide users with hands-on training.
It is also important to designate a project owner who has the experience necessary to make informed decisions.
Allowing the IT dept to govern your project is a mistake because IT is not the population that is going to be using it.
Therefore, usually they cannot offer well-founded requirements on behalf of others.
Ensure that your project has a distinct name and is not simply denoted as "SharePoint." The name is merely a scaffold, and the project needs to hold character and convey the end benefits.
However, the project itself should be open ended. As the business develops, the requirements should grow with it.
Always enable interactivity, so that business users can collaborate and contribute development ideas.
Be sure to anticipate change and go with it. It is normal for plans and strategies to shift with time.
When the need arises, draw up detailed requirements that will ensure progress and improvement. Always keep expectations within reason.
Pay attention to the figures, especially with regard to cost and delivery dates. You want to encourage and promote productivity without overshooting the expectations.
Do not allow senior management to be the only constituents of the project steering group. Get business users onboard, as well.
Interactivity is very important. Likewise, do not overload on the authoritative rules. Keep rules simple and straightforward, especially at the onset.
As the project grows, you may consider implementing more in-depth policies.
An increasing number of project managers are thriving by using SharePoint to power their ventures and project initiatives.
When correctly employed, it offers several features that give rise to a successfully managed project.
Essentially, it is important to provide a well-managed foundation and encourage collaborative efforts.
I think that about sums up the 10 tips, to view the infographic in full size, please go here.
Sunday, 24 March 2013
Nicki Borell Talks About Sharepoint Search
I just listened to an interesting conversation over at the Moss Show, a podcast about Microsoft SharePoint
The host was Hilton Giesenow and he was interviewing Sharepoint expert Nick Borell at this years European SharePoint Conference which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nicki has over 10 years working in Microsoft enterprise environments, and he and Hilton discuss various topics including search driven applications.
Many of us already know that 2013 offers a number of clear improvements and functionality over its predecessors 2007, 2010.
However, in this interview Nicki draws attention to what's new specifically in SharePoint search in 2013.
So go and brew yourself a tea or coffee as there's some great information packed into this 25 minute show.
I'd like to get over to Copenhagen myself one day to check out the Rosenborg Castle and park.
So many beautiful places to see, so little time.
Hope you have a great week everyone.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Question - Are You Ready?Great things are expected of Sharepoint 2013, and rightly so, as there has been much fanfare about it on tech blogs and in the media and press.
One of the most eagerly anticipated features of 2013 is increased emphasis on social media activity, which is highlighted by tools such as "Community Sites".
The folks over at Channel Pro had this to say:
".....To a business that has many employees based at remote locations, SharePoint 2013’s social network feature can help to combat the sense of isolation that can occur to a homeworker. Colleagues and employers can now chat and share designs, spread-sheets and other information, as they work....."So Sharepoint can act as a virtual buddy for those working alone at home by helping them connect with their team mates back at the mother ship.
Good stuff, although frankly they could already do this via email, skype or using already established social media sites such as Twitter.
If you're interested in reading more of Marcus Austin's article click here.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Blog Round Up - 5 Half Decent Posts From January 2013
Like this one I imagine you're thinking....:)
But anyway, moving swiftly on.....
Below you'll find a collection of blog posts and online articles that caught my eye this month in the SharepointSphere.
I hope there's something in this collection to learn something from.
Without further do, here are my top five from January 2013. Perhaps top 5 is an exaggeration but I've read worse :)
1) A great post from Nothingbutsharepoint.com
2) A nice offering from Sharepointsecurity.com
3) An interesting post from Veroniquepalmer.com
4) A new article from Evokeit.com about their new Edinburgh office.
5) Last but not least something from Mark Jones at Collaboris.com
- Running a SharePoint software company
Have a great week,
Have a great week,
Microsoft Talk About Pingar
out there, greetings to all three of you :)
This video was produced by Dean Cleaver and Aesha Shah, two prominent members of the Sharepoint marketing team.
It highlights what they believe to be the
tremendous opportunities currently
existing in this market. Indeed, the
community is growing at a tremendous
rate and is now a 2 billion dollar industry.
They touch upon the potential in building apps for office, and share their opinion about Pingar Metadata Extractor, which is currently available in the App Store. Dean is clearly comfortable leading this presentation, you can see why Microsoft have chosen him for such a position in the marketing team.
Later in the video Dean hands it over to Aesha who goes into further detail about the Pingar App.
Cheers to you all,
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Topsharepoint.com Provides Inspiration For Jaded Designers
|Renova Energia is a Topsharepoint.com Site of the Month|
The Sharepoint sites of the month feature is a worthy read and may provide much needed inspiration for jaded designers looking to make their creative mark on this platform.
One of their latest articles from staff writer Luis Kerr, is a great piece on responsive Sharepoint Websites.
".....Rather than designing several websites for different screen resolutions, responsive design will enable you to design one website that specifies how it should appear on various devices......"
You can click this link to read the article in full.