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Extend SharePoint to Overcome Key Challenges

Third-party products for administration, content management, mobile, and social address common use-case challenges.


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Your Challenge

  • SharePoint is widely deployed and can serve many functions, but its size challenges its optimal use.
  • The potential uses of SharePoint make getting the most out of a deployment problematic. Many clients struggle with determining where they should begin.
  • The variety of available vendors makes deciding on how to proceed difficult, even when the key problems of SharePoint are defined.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • SharePoint 2010 has alleviated many of the core technical concerns with SharePoint 2007, but the problems of sprawl and user adoption remain.
  • Successful SharePoint deployments utilize third-party vendors to mitigate its problems.
  • Each deployment of SharePoint is unique and needs to be customized; however, the number of different solutions that are needed can be managed easily.

Impact and Result

  • Define SharePoint’s most common challenges and the SharePoint functions that cause them.
  • Understand the five most common issues: content management, workflow, administration, mobile, and social.
  • Define the third-party vendors and their offerings in the context of each problem.

Research & Tools

1. Optimize my current SharePoint deployment

Extend SharePoint to overcome challenges.

2. Identify the processes and add-ons that will extend the function of my SharePoint deployment

A prioritized list of technical features to focus on in my SharePoint deployment.

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