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Why SharePoint is like Lego

Why a box of bits isn't a solution

Simon Hudson

on 28 November 2013

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Transcript of Why SharePoint is like Lego

Why is SharePoint like Lego?
And one more thing...
Dos and Don'ts?
Both come as a box of bits
You have developed a plan (haven't you?)
You have learned how to use all the many bits in the box (all of them?)
Your team are clear on what to build, what best practice is, what the prioirities and pitfalls are (because they are highly experienced, aren't they?)
So all you have to do is stick them together in the right order, surely?

How hard can it be?
What's in the box?
Are you ready to build your application?
A question of Perspectives
Web parts, pages, lists, libraries, templates, features and options with many options and capabilities
Bricks in many sizes, shapes and functions
What your spec described
What the developers thought you meant
What you budgeted for
What you needed
Developing the detailed plan
Your idea of a plan
Your developers' idea of a plan
Your starting point
The solution
Brings prebuilt solutions (solution accelerators)
Anticipates needs
based on knowledge of the client, the technology and the constraints
Provides room for flexibility
Offers scope for further development
Avoids custom code
Builds to need rather than to spec.
Don't panic!
Don't do it yourself
Don't write any code
Don't make it an IT project
Don't try to do everything in phase 1
Don't believe that it's as easy as sticking the bricks together
Don't rely on internal resources alone
Do develop an information architecture
Do learn more about SharePoint's broad capabilities
Do get expert advice - and listen to it
Do plan for multiple phases
Do engage the business, the stakeholders & execs
Do ensure people play with what you give them before bulding them new toys
Do build more with your lego set rather than buy a different toy
Cloud2 have a 100% success rate
Reality gap
Successful SharePoint, delivered fast.
A good partner/contractor knows how to bridge the gap between:
What you know you need
What you ask for
What you can afford
What SharePoint can deliver easily and what is hard
You know what you need, but don't know how to describe it in SharePoint terms or in terms of an information design.
They know how to do clever things in SharePoint, but not what your deep needs, business drivers and constraints are.
It's just a box of scattered bits
Are you ready for a leap with no safety net?
A good project/partner:
We have a handy guide - download it from our website
Are you confident that what you build will deliver the Speed, Assurance and Productivity benefits you seek?
Microsoft SharePoint is a Web application platform developed by Microsoft. First launched in 2001, SharePoint has historically been associated with intranet, content management and document management, but recent versions have significantly broader capabilities...
What is SharePoint?
100 million licences
$1billion product
It's a massive platform technology, which can (and should) be used to build solutions to information based business processes.
It's broad and deep, complex and flexible, simple and arcane.
It lets you solve business problems in an information-reliant world.
It is to information and knowledge what SQL and databases are to data.
.NET & SQL Server based
Browser and MS Office
On-premise and in the cloud
Libraries and lists (store documents and files, lines of information)
Views and Metadata
Web parts and pages
Sites and heirarchies
Search and navigation
It delivers:
Business processes
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