Making SharePoint Work

SharePoint luck in 2011 starts with SharePoint skills

Given the rough year many had recently, a little good luck in the new year can’t hurt. Which was why I found myself seated at a “for good luck” dinner of red posole and pheasant on New Year’s Day.

As we ate, the talk turned to what we did for a living. When I said that I edit a magazine about SharePoint, no one knew what it was.

Except for one guy. His response was immediate: “SharePoint? I hate SharePoint.”

The logical question for me was “Why?” But the conversation changed course before he could say more than “It’s a mess.”

True, an issue in SharePoint is rarely simple to fix. Which leaves plenty of room for SharePointPro Connections magazine, and other communities and groups, to help.

Love it or hate it, SharePoint is putting down roots in segments of the corporate world as well as in the education, healthcare, and pharmaceutical fields. And growing crazily.

The nonprofit organization, AIIM, which is dedicated to the standardization of best practices in information management, surveyed a portion of its members in 2010 and found that of those using SharePoint, a third of their organizations had no plans as to where or where not to expand usage of SharePoint.

And half of the SharePoint implementations went ahead with no business case being made to justify the investment.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Team site sprawl was a problem for a quarter of the respondents. 43 percent had no policy on retaining and archiving SharePoint-stored content, and 11 percent felt that their exposure in these areas was being increased by SharePoint.

The lack of governance—proper planning to address all contingencies, usages, and requirements of SharePoint—seems prevalent.

SharePointPro Connections writer Dave Chennault’s company experienced an odd side effect of lack of governance when it delivered a SharePoint implementation that proved to be too efficient for the customer. In his article in the February 2011 issue of SharePointPro Connections, he offers best practices and a framework for planning a SharePoint implementation.

As the AIIM survey concludes, with SharePoint, “Features and functions are changing fast, so planning and policy-setting are vital.” We’re here to help you adapt to the changing world of SharePoint and make it work for you, with

Everyone can use some luck in 2011—consider us your SharePoint rabbit’s foot!

Here are some articles that we're featuring in the February issue. Of course, if you don't mind reading them online, feel free click onward:
Asif Rehmani's "Business Connectivity Services Quick Dive: How to Surface Business Data in Outlook"
Dan Holme's "Claims-Based Authentication in SharePoint"
Scot Hillier's "SharePoint Developers Must Know Business Connectivity Services"

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