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Content management Microsoft 365 SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business productivity

It’s long past time for another blog, so here are some musings on using SharePoint (which I really rather like a lot). What is SharePoint SharePoint is a Microsoft platform technology, running on servers or in the cloud, which allows a large range of business solutions to be rapidly built, deployed and managed for any […]

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Innovation Microsoft Wearables

Two Weeks with a Microsoft Band

The very nice folks at Microsoft lent me one of the few Microsoft Bands in the UK and with the announcement of a 15th April UK launch I thought I should publish my observations from living with one for 2 weeks. As ever Microsoft have done a less than spectacular job of marketing this innovative […]

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SharePoint

I’m a recovering SharePoint addict

Hello, I’m Simon and I have a problem. 10 years ago I fell in with a bad crowd and started doing SharePoint. I thought I was in control. Just a little session here and there; a quick hit of site creation or an hour or so wrapped around list and library configuration. It was just […]

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Cloud SharePoint

Extending the perimeter – thoughts on establishing Collaboration in cloud vs on-premise

This blog thinks about some pros and cons of deploying a collaboration solution to Office 365 compared with an internal VM farm. It starts with a view of what the collaboration technologies from Microsoft are.

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SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business optimisation. Part 3 – Adoption

Adopting SharePoint There are a number of important activities to consider in order to drive success of the SharePoint implementation. These include seeking appropriate user input in the early stages, continuing to obtain user feedback for an extended period of time after deployment and being seen to act upon feedback, setting out a policy and […]

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SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business optimisation. Part 2 – Implementing SharePoint

Implementing SharePoint In many regards SharePoint is remarkably straightforward and flexible for developing solutions with; very many applications can be developed by simply selecting appropriate features such as lists and libraries, configuring them using metadata and views and aggregating these within a variety of functional sites within a portal. All this can be done by […]

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SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business optimisation. Part 1 – What is SharePoint

What is SharePoint SharePoint is a Microsoft platform technology, running on servers or in the cloud, which allows a large range of business solutions to be rapidly built, deployed and managed for any size of organisation. It includes a large number of capabilities as standard focused on, in our view, 5 core business activities: Content […]

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Best Practice Content management Improvement Intranet SharePoint Windows

15 Reasons Not to Use Folders in SharePoint (and 3 reasons why you could)

Folders are terrible as a means of organising content. It’s a deeply broken approach and carrying it over to SharePoint is a deeply bad idea. Here are 15 reasons why and a couple of counter arguments for balance.

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Intranet SharePoint

The Cycle of Hype and Diffusion of Innovation

I’ve been thinking about intranets and user adoption. And not for the first time. We absolutely love Cloudbase, our intranet even though it is one to two generations behind Hadron 8020, the Enterprise Intranet we sell. We know that our clients love their Hadrons, but still we see poor end user survey results sometimes. I […]

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Intranet SharePoint

What users really want

In Cloud2 we spend a lot of time thinking about SharePoint use, intranets, user adoption and the challenges of matching what people want, with what they think they want and what other people (usually managers, communications and IT folk) say they should want. We also try to match this to what we see being successful. […]