Got an email this morning from the SPC crew, promoting their cool new website for the 2014 SharePoint Conference (March 3.-5. 2014 in The Venetian, Las Vegas). I just wanted to share this with everyone. Check it out on http://www.sharepointconference.com.
BTW – In february we launched a huge social platform on SharePoint 2013 at a TAP client in Scandinavia and used small handwritten “hints” in the UI to point the user to cool functionality. It looks like someone got inspired – respect to the UX guys (Johannes and Harald from Comperio). Cool – I like that! 🙂
Companies of all sizes have invested heavily in SharePoint technology over the years and with SharePoint 2013 now available, a lot of these companies are about to make even more investments in SharePoint. When working with these clients there is a movement towards a SharePoint strategic platform; where companies are implementing SharePoint as a global service and building a strong foundation for this service through SharePoint specific strategies and service roadmaps. This is all good and there is no doubt that this will make SharePoint an even more valuable platform – and a better investment – for the companies that are leading the way.
So when discussing SharePoint with IT Management and Enterprise Architects we are trying to look into the future. We ask ourselves what role we want SharePoint to take in our efforts to deliver on IT strategy goals (roadmap with 1-3 year perspective) , but we must also look into what new opportunities we think that SharePoint will open for us on an even longer perspective. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “moving targets” in “SharePoint” these days and that makes it hard to plan very far ahead.
I really wanted to write a post where I could come up with a good answer to some of the questions we discuss in enterprise architecture sessions in many companies. But the truth is, that there are no accurate way to answer these questions currently, and making assumptions may cost you.
What I am trying to say is, that strategy advisors and SharePoint enterprise architects are currently in a hard place, regarding the future of SharePoint. Here’s a few of the questions that people are struggling with…
- What is going to happen to SharePoint on-premises as the product release cycle is adopted to “cloud first”?
- What is the future of SharePoint when Microsoft is transformed into a services and device company?
- Exactly what is the functionality impact if we choose to go all cloud?
There are some obvious Search issues, but what about Managed Metadata, Integration and that sort of thing. Does these issues mean that we can rely on a relevant on-premise offering for years to come?
- Is Yammer going to replace the SharePoint Social functionality – how and when?
Many people have ideas of where SharePoint is going in these areas. But without making any assumptions, we are not really able to answer these questions right now. The SharePoint world is changing, that’s for sure. Change is good, but in the current economy the uncertainty may be discouraging investments in upgrading or establishing new cloud initiatives.
What do you think?
The question keep coming up; where can I find more information on how to the new SharePoint thing you guys installed?
THere is a lot of training resources available on the web, and many of them are available for free. Free is not always best – some of the professional training companies that are offering online end-user training for SharePoint really have something to offer, but in many cases you can actually find relevant training for free.
Here is a list of end-user training session provided by Microsoft for SharePoint 2013. Enjoy!
- Create and manage a blog to share information
- Create and set up a list
- Customize you public website (Only applicable for Office 365 Small Business)
- Follow Content
- Introduction to document libraries
- Post to the Newsfeed
- Share documents
- Start using list
- Sync libraries using SkyDrive Pro
- Update profile and privacy settings
- Create and customize pages on you public website (Office 365 small business only)
- Post to a team site feed
As you may have realized, these are made for Office 365, but most of them are just as useful for on premise SharePoint 2013. They are all published on the Microsoft Office websites, and here is the link:
If you have been succesful with other good training resources, post a comment to share. Thanks!
Microsoft have now released the official case story for the Aker Solutions SharePoint Server 2013 project. This project was delivered as a part of the Microsoft Technical Adoption Program / Early Adoption Program for Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and we have been working on this since February 2012. This solution is a very sophisticated social and search implementation, driven by business needs in an exiting growth company in the Oil & Gas / Manufacturing industry.
Check out the case here:
We have now announced the first of a row of SharePoint Governance Framework workshops. This one is in the beginning of September in Copenhagen and will be in Danish language, but we are planning to have this one day workshop – and the brand new 3 days Masterclass also – in both Danish and English language this fall.
If you have any questions about these workshops or if you are interested in participating on another date, just send me a message. We are also running these workshops in other regions all the time, but this is done with partners. So if you are interested in partnering with us and host one of these things, lets connect.
Here’s the link to the event on Facebook with a few more details on the first one-day workshop. More will come! If you “Like” the SharePointPeople page, you will get notified when the dates are available.