Sharepoint Danger!

September 8, 2009

A quirky titled column by Fred Yeomans titled; Danger! Do not implement SharePoint in your Organization!

The title may be quirky, but the context is truly valid for those of us in the small to medium business space.

The problem here is the way you think about your projects. If you are consistently talking about “implementing SharePoint” you are going in the wrong direction. If you are talking about implementing any platform, you are setting up for failure. Many of the problems we run into with SharePoint and other platforms arise from focusing on the technologies.

It bears repeating – business technologies, in and of themselves, won’t do a thing for you.

What technologies can do for you is help speed up an existing business process flow, or provide a solution to resolve a particular business pain point.

In other words, there has to be business value there first.

The SMB Takeaway

If there is a business value through reducing some type of cycle time, improving communication or reducing re-work and missing information costs, sure – look at some technology platform.

But beware of technology, just for technologies sake!

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2 Responses to “Sharepoint Danger!”

  1. elliotross Says:

    Chris, thanks for dropping by!

    I agree – but Fred’s article is very often too true – using tech before thinking what benefit you are trying to achieve!


  2. Chris Says:

    Sharepoint is perfect for long term archiving for project documentation, short-term project management and interim portal solutions.

    The best use I’ve found so far is their change management module. Great for companies that don’t know how to communicate internally, and adds process where none usually exists.

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