The Evolution of Microsoft SharePoint
I have been working with Microsoft SharePoint since the inception of the product in 2001. Over time this platform has seen tremendous enhancements in capability and is considered by Gartner to be one of the leading search, portal and content management solutions available in today’s market. As a reflection of its success SharePoint is used by 78% of Fortune 500 companies and between the years of 2006 and 2011 Microsoft sold over 36.5 million SharePoint user licenses.
The challenge with Microsoft SharePoint has always been focus. Inherently the platform can do so much that it can become difficult for our clients to understand where and how they are going to get their best return from the technology. Of course there are a number of ways to address this challenge but at SWC Technology Partners, we have found that there are some critical elements that once addressed have exponential benefits. The first is to adopt a pragmatic, goal oriented approach to the solutions roadmap – and to apply the 80/20 rule. How is our client going to get 80% of the solution’s value with 20% of its functionality? How are they going to establish a beachhead of capability and then incrementally build from there?
With the solution roadmap in place we have learned that understanding the value of the user experience or the aesthetic of the site is absolutely critical to the solution’s ultimate adoption. The reality is that as humans we have a tendency to embrace those things we find exciting and easy to use. At SWC, our IT consultants have honed the ability to create rich and beautiful SharePoint environments – providing them with an intuitive, easy and rewarding experience. In the end, we know that if they value going to SharePoint once then they are likely to return and, of course, likely to tell their coworkers. Go ahead and check out some of our SharePoint designs from our digital design portfolio!
In business the power to share is a fundamental component to success and at SWC we are helping our Chicago area business clients become more productive through collaboration.