David Roe at CMSWire recently reported that the problem with SharePoint is people, specifically people adopting the program. Here at Composable we have a proven methodology to SharePoint adoption and implementation within your company.

Buy-In from Upper Management

Upper management needs to know that SharePoint is worth their time and money, that you can use SharePoint properly, and that it can help them and their employees. SharePoint has a wealth of features for upper management teams, such as Power BI reports, SRS reports, and other business intelligence products that can provide trends and analysis of company data.

Communicating That Buy-In

Once you’ve got the full acceptance from upper management, talk to your marketing, human resource, and communications departments. These are your golden sources of communication making them the most qualified to get out the good news of SharePoint. These employees can also provide training, allowing the rest of your company to see the value of SharePoint first hand through that one-on-one experience. Need some selling points to get your teams on board? SharePoint is a collaboration powerhouse, provides wonderful version control of documents, and has a powerful search engine for your company’s data. Why wouldn’t you want to tap into all that potential?

User Training

The last piece that everyone forgets is user training. UT is essential. If you don’t train them properly on SharePoint and it’s abilities they won’t understand the program’s ability. You provide them not only with basic SharePoint understanding but the understanding that SharePoint features can be expanded to better meet their needs.

To ultimately make your SharePoint efforts successful you and your employees must understand that implementation is different from adoption. You can properly implement it but if you don’t get employees to adopt SharePoint then it will prove to be a useless product for your company. Employees will use programs that are deemed of value by upper management. If you can’t display that value, employees will seek alternatives. The problem with SharePoint isn’t the people, but understanding that implementation and adoption go hand in hand.

  1. Thanks Russell for the helpful insights into the world of SharePoint. From the consulting side customers consistently mention these issues that you discuss in your blog. They understand the power of SharePoint, but don’t truly know how to get started with a solid structure and governance plan. This leads to clutter, redundancy, etc., etc. Proper planning up front with management, buy in from the users, and followed up with training is the key! Follow those steps and SharePoint becomes an invaluable communications tool with your organization.

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