DocAuto just returned from a very busy SharePoint Fest DC event. With more than 600 attendees, it’s obvious that the interest in SharePoint is continuing to grow.
Most of the SharePoint administrators we spoke with were excited about migrating to SharePoint 2013, 2016, or Office 365 SharePoint, but there were also lots of questions around next steps. “Once we’ve converted to the new platform, we’ll still need to do a ton of cleanup. SharePoint sites and documents are everywhere. How can I control what’s going on in our SharePoint environment? How can I make sure that we’re in compliance? How can I update permissions quickly and manage them efficiently going forward? How can I improve user adoption, and make sure we’re getting the most out of SharePoint?”
- Start small – Look for opportunities where you have the biggest challenges and start there, or work with the team that’s most interested in taking the lead with using the latest features. It will be good to get an early success under your belt rather than spreading your initiatives too thin.
- Make the most of what you already have – One of the best ways to set up your SharePoint environment is to maximize the value of existing data systems. Mirror the structures of your main systems of record – whether it’s your HR, Finance, CRM, ERP, or other system – and give your users a comfortable and familiar structure. This will help to speed the transition and increase the adoption of SharePoint.
- Try iterative prototyping – Start testing different configurations, and let your users provide feedback on the designs. Don’t be afraid to fail fast and keep iterating until you have the design and process working just right for your organization. Give users the opportunity to buy-in, and remember, you can change anything you want at any time.
- Conform to corporate standards – Once you have your SharePoint standards set up in one part of the organization, you can easily apply these standards across the entire organization. This will significantly streamline management, maintenance, and updates.
To help you along with your SharePoint journey, you will want to look at SPorganizer™. Built for the capabilities of the entire platform, SPorganizer can help you take control of SharePoint after the migration. SPorganizer makes SharePoint easy to use, less expensive to manage, and allows you to make enterprise-wide changes quickly. The best part is – our experts can get you up and running within minutes. Sign up for a demo to see what we mean – www.SPorganizer.com