by Guest Author on August 29, 2013
SharePoint has been a popular web application platform for enterprise content management ever since Microsoft released the original version back in 2001. This web application platform has always offered a number of benefits for the enterprise. With the release of SharePoint 2013, business users now have access to an array of new features for social networking, advanced search, collaboration, cloud computing, mobile access, and much more. The latest version of the platform allows authorized users within and outside of the organization to collaborate on documents and projects, and streamlines business processes to bring everyone onto the same page. Even when businesses have remote locations on the other side of the globe from the company headquarters, and even when employees and contractors perform most of their tasks outside of an office, they can all work together and access huge stores of data without a hitch.
If your organization is considering a SharePoint migration to the latest version of the platform, or if you have already upgraded to the 2013 edition, it’s important to be certain that you are taking full advantage of everything it has to offer. With careful planning and strategic development, it’s possible to implement a customized platform that helps members of your team collaborate on and share information with a much higher level of productivity, quality, success, and comfort. If you’re not taking full advantage of everything the platform offers, the members of your teams may not be able to live up to their potential for coming up with new ideas and processes, effectively managing projects, and ultimately developing new products and services that keep your brand on top of the market.
One important step your organization can take in order to be certain you are taking full advantage of SharePoint for the enterprise is investing in consulting services from experienced experts who have managed countless migrations and upgrades in the past. Some valuable SharePoint consulting services include the following:
- Custom solutions for knowledge-sharing and collaboration
- Enterprise content management advising
- Information governance and compliance
- Mobile content management feature deployment
- Support for Intranet and Internet environments
- Upgrade and migration services
Investing in SharePoint integration services can ensure that your enterprise has the tools to share data from many different locations and organizational sources with all authorized and relevant members of your team, as well as any outside consultants and contractors who require access to that data and collaboration with members of your team. This means taking full advantage of all the customizable content management features and mobile solutions available within the platform’s framework. With effective mobile solutions, all members of your internal and external teams can get valuable use out of all the relevant data and other resources at their fingertips, at any time and on any device, from any location, as long as there is Internet access available.
If your organization has invested in SharePoint 2013 without investing in consulting services to assist with strategic planning and implementation, chances are you’re not taking full advantage of everything this enterprise content management system has to offer. An experienced and reputable consulting firm can oversee the design, testing and deployment of a customized content management infrastructure that provides a number of immediate advantages as well as long-term benefits. They will be on hand to manage installation, training and coaching, ensuring that everyone is onboard and on the same page moving forward. Things like archiving, emailing, project management, and records governance can easily become overcomplicated, even with the most intuitive enterprise content management system. Partners, projects, project teams, team leaders and team members can all find the support and access they need with the right integration services. It’s in the best interest of your organization to find a suitable consulting firm and begin planning the implementation today, so you can take advantage of new storing, accessing, sharing, collaboration, social networking and advanced searching tools tomorrow.
Jim Kane is Paragon Solutions’ Practice Lead, Collaboration and Knowledge Management, with expertise in SharePoint integration and migration services.