Tag Archives: #SharePoint


How To Plug SharePoint’s Social Holes

Pure play social software competitors may slight SharePoint for not providing a complete enterprise social media environment, but the product is ubiquitous in corporate computing and SharePoint 2010 added fundamental social media features like richer user profiles and news feeds.

In a panel discussion on SharePoint as a social platform, the consensus was that SharePoint contains many of the ingredients of a social application, but by itself doesn’t get you all the way there–not without extensive customization or the addition of a third-party product such as NewsGator Social Sites.

via informationweek.com Coverage from Enterprise 2.0, a UBM TechWeb event. Discussion peppered with references to NewsGator and other “plugs.” Voices again the concern that Microsoft still lives in a world of documents, and not people.

If your company still lives in a world of documents too, well there’s your battle.


The 5 Teams You Need for Effective SharePoint Governance


Photo by Agustin Diaz


By the end of this article, I may not be able to give you all the answers to the questions above, but I hope to at least add clarity and give you some practical structure and tactics you can use to achieve effective SharePoint governance.

In particular I will provide answers to the following key questions:

  • What is effective SharePoint governance?
  • How should I structure my governance teams?
  • How does business strategy fit into SharePoint governance?
  • What should my governance teams be doing?

Let’s start with what “effective” SharePoint governance is, and what it isn’t.

@errinoconnor on continued SharePoint dominance in a post-PC world

…what other system can allow you to implement a Hybrid Platform with one licensing model, one common skillset for your support staff, and browser, mobile, and Microsoft Office compatibility with Social Professional Networking capability all built in? There is not one out there and that is why Documentum, LiveLink, FileNet, and many others are more and more wanting to “play nice” with SharePoint and offer more integration capabilities so that they have some option of even getting in the door or not being replaced.

Great proof points around mobility, browser compatibility, and compliance in the SharePoint 2010 platform and beyond.

Ten emerging Enterprise 2.0 technologies to watch | ZDNet

The potential overall impact of enterprise social computing (aka Enterprise 2.0) is significant for most organizations, at least in the medium term. The business functions that are likely to be affected and transformed by these new social business models (and its associated delivery model, SaaS) includes general purpose communication and collaboration, product development, customer relationship management, marketing, operations, and business productivity solutions. And certainly, ad hoc use and early adopters have already being doing this for years, but as we’ll see, many Enterprise 2.0 technologies are only now becoming a reality. What then, are the areas to watch and build competency in this year?

Community management tools: SharePoint’s got it.

Open identity: SharePoint’s got it (well, integrates into it).

Microblogging: SharePoint’s got it.

Social CRM: SharePoint’s got it.

Enterprise platforms gaining a social layer: SharePoint’s got it.

Activity streams: SharePoint’s got it.

Social search, analytics, and filtering: SharePoint’s got it.

Enterprise social media workflow: SharePoint’s got it.

Automated compliance monitoring: SharePoint’s got it.

Next-generation unified communication: SharePoint’s got it.

I’m just sayin’…

User-Generated Enterprise Applications?

Today, many enterprise applications, whether custom developed or commercially available, fall into the trap of trying to be too many things for too many people. By 2020, user-developed business applications will evolve from spreadsheets and simple databases built and maintained by a single “power user” to feature-rich, lightweight applications built by anyone to address the needs of the individual, small teams, or entire departments. These will be shared across the enterprise, enhanced by the internal user community, and extended outside the firewall to suppliers and partners.

Now I work for an enterprise software company, and I happen to believe the market will be safely crowded by 2020. But what will enterprise applications look like? How will they be packaged and sold? By whom? For whom?

I’ve been kicking around a theory that in the age of SharePoint and other flexible platforms (Google? Facebook? Salesforce.com!) all packaged software is just a series of decisions pre-made: from functionality, to interface, to branding, to extensibility, you-name-it.

The smart players may be the ones preparing for the age of the power user. The lowly clerk or admin who needs a unique app on Tuesday, builds it Wednesday, and makes it available to the enterprise app store for scaling on Thursday.

How powerful is that?

johnkleeman: SharePoint for Social Learning : Hero or Villain?

…in the corporate world you cannot “toss a rock in any direction without someone mentioning SharePoint as the glorious solution for social learning”. I’m afraid this is definitely true on this blog! He points out several disadvantages of SharePoint, the key ones being…

Points to “blog entry by e-learning analyst Craig Weiss, titled “SharePoint – Social Learning Savior?” Does not mention 3rd party true LMS players integrating into SharePoint and taking advantage of its social features.