When are people going beyond SharePoint for social functionality?

December 10, 2011 Help and Advice

For many people the built in SharePoint 2010 social capabilities, while limited, meet the needs of the business. For many organizations still piloting or evaluating the use of social technology and SharePoint’s limited feature set meets their business needs. However there are many others who aren’t satisfied by the capabilities provided by SharePoint and are […]

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Evaluating Cloud Providers: Tools and Questions

December 1, 2011 Business

Struggling with evaluating cloud providers? Interested in moving to the cloud but not certain what the risks are and what you need to consider? This article is focused around sharing some tools and techniques I have found to help when performing the often difficult task of comparing or evaluating cloud providers. On a fairly frequently […]

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Intranet Tools: The User Adoption Activity Listing

November 28, 2011 Adoption and Engagement

I have released a new tool that I use when working with clients supporting effective user adoption. This tool is a listing of over 50 commonly used User Adoption Activities. The purpose of this listing is to help highlight other activities or methods organizations are using to improve user adoption. You may find some activities […]

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Intranet Tools: The Intranet Component Listing

November 26, 2011 Help and Advice

I have released a new tool that I use when working with clients defining key pages within their Intranets. This tool is a listing of over 50 commonly found Intranet components. The purpose is for the business to pick out the components they want on their page, then to prioritize these components, and take this […]

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Update to SharePoint Development Standards

October 12, 2011 Governance

The SharePoint Development Standards have been updated with a few minor SharePoint 2010 specific tweaks, the addition of database access recommendations, and a PDF/Word version of them for easier download. One of the secret hopes I have for updating this set of standards is that many community thought leaders and SharePoint experts will tell me […]

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The 5 Teams You Need For Effective Governance

August 18, 2011 Governance

A short time ago CMSWire posted my article which outlines the importance of having structured Governance teams and what each team should be composed of/be responsible for. Be sure to check it out. Keep an eye out for my next two follow up articles where I will introduce an optional sixth team that I have […]

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Focus ‘on SharePoint’ (and the Cloud)

July 5, 2011 Governance

Lately I have been really enjoying the format and content on Focus.com. In particular the SharePoint discussions have been great. The format works well for surfacing great comments and answers to interesting questions. Later this month I will be facilitating my first free Focus.com web panel on SharePoint in the Cloud: Evaluating Impact, Pros, & […]

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What is SharePoint?

June 7, 2011 Business

Last week at SPTechCon Ruven Gotz and I delivered a full day Practical SharePoint Information Architecture workshop. One of the questions we asked (and then answered) was “What is SharePoint?”. This is an exploration into the responses we received and we thought would be worth sharing. What sounds deceivingly simple can lead to exhaustive minutes […]

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SharePoint ROI: Why it’s important and why you should care.

May 20, 2011 Business

During Best Practices I did a podcast recording with Hilton Giesenow where we discussed ROI and SharePoint. It was extremely fun doing it, and Hilton had some great questions. (I would love to hear someone interview him!). The podcast covers the following: How to build up a SharePoint team (and why it’s important). Why someone […]

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The Human Pipeline: Why Should Your Organization Use Social Media, Collaboration, and Networking?

May 19, 2011 Business

“Why should your organization use social media, social collaboration and social networking (and how can they do it better)?” This is a challenging question that I have heard many times. It is my intention to answer (and explore) this question through an ongoing series of posts, interviews, and stories. “Why should your organization use social […]

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