So here’s SharePoint! Do you know what to do with it?

Many organizations that are using SharePoint doesn’t eplored it fully. So, the question is, “Why did you purchase SharePoint, and why are you not taking advantage of what it can do?”

Consider this

Perhaps the answers are hidden in the fact that organizations report their SharePoint implementations are not a success (40%), according to this same research study. The reasons cited for this are:

  • Inadequate user training (~67%)
  • SharePoint is hard to use (~65%)
  • Lack of senior management support (~64%)

So, if users are not trained, and not using it, and senior management is not fully committed, it stands to reason that there will be a diminished interest in expanding SharePoint and exploring how much it will offer. It is easier to go find something else.


What to think about

If your SharePoint deployment is stalled, or failing to add new value, identify the reasons and develop a plan of action to resolve them. Confirm with senior management what role SharePoint plays in the organizational strategy for enterprise content management (ECM), document management (DM), records management (RM), and collaboration. Then focus on those areas and plan and budget for training and system enhancement.

 
If you feel that SharePoint is not the best-suited approach to meet your business requirements, seek third-party add-ons (or let develop one) that will enhance your SharePoint environment, remembering that users still need to be trained, simplicity is key, and senior management must be there in support—not just lip service—in order to succeed.

Is SharePoint the perfect platform?

It depends on your understanding of SharePoint. When you don’t know it, how can you decide?
If you use it correctly, then SharePoint can do a lot of work for you.