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Eric Riz

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New year, new strategy

As companies settle back into the swing of things in this new year, collaborative teams will look to create meaningful strategic plans to guide their actions for 2017. If this sounds good to you because this is what your company is doing, I applaud you. If these words were read with a snicker and perhaps confusion over why your company is not following this path, I’m certain you are not alone. Please read on for three areas to focus on that must be accounted for in your strategy.

Topics: SharePoint

Collaboration with Office 365

Twenty years ago, collaboration was considered to be a discussion with a colleague or a group review of a document. In recent years our collaborative needs have changed, expediency is demanded, and collaboration through technology is expected. Without question, day in and day out, we all demand our technologies provide us the best experience in order to collaborate among friends, family and colleagues.

Topics: Office 365

Interactions: SharePoint and human resources

SharePoint has traditionally been stigmatized as a collaborative portal used for document management and lightweight process automation by organizations around the world. Microsoft’s vision for SharePoint is for it to act as the nucleus for collaborative organizations, becoming the proverbial glue that holds an organization’s systems together while seamlessly surfacing information across departments. That vision, one which frankly has taken Microsoft some time to craft and communicate, sounds similar to the role of human resources in many companies: acting as the component that keeps the company together, but also one that has taken time to efficiently build.

Topics: human resources

If SharePoint in name goes away, what it has taught us will not

Topics: SharePoint

Around the corner: SharePoint 2016

When SharePoint 2016 becomes available to the public in Q1 2016, there will be five versions in use by organizations around the world. That’s a lot of collaboration! When I think about all the questions I have been asked about SharePoint over the years, I realize that many of them are the same. They’re primarily about how to USE a functional piece of the system, how to create a workflow, or how to maximize a specific efficiency within an organization. Seldom am I asked a generic question, such as how or when to upgrade from one version to the next.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

Preparing for SharePoint 2016

When SharePoint 2016 becomes available later this year, and is released to the public in Q1 2016, there will be five versions in use by organizations around the world. That’s a lot of collaboration. When I think about all the various questions I have been asked about SharePoint over the years, I realize that many of them are the same, based primarily on how to use a functional piece of the system, how to create a workflow, or how to maximize a specific efficiency within an organization.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

SharePoint culture

When I started speaking on the SharePoint conference circuit, I often told the story of one of the first implementations in which I took part. The project was for a communications company, and the scope was focused on getting the platform set up for basic team functions, document management and collaboration. The project team was made up of relative newcomers to the organization, and since it was 2003, many of us were new to SharePoint altogether.

Topics: SharePoint culture

The “YIPS” of SharePoint 2016

Do you know what the “yips” are?  According to Wikipedia, the yips is a term applied to sports players who lose fine motor skills without apparent explanation. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained loss of previous skills. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level. Perhaps the most famous example of someone with the yips is former big-league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch, a second baseman who during his tenure with the New York Yankees seemingly forgot how to throw a ball from his position to first base. And there’s pro basketball player Charles Barkley, who golfs with a strange hitch-push motion when swinging. Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it before.

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint 2016

What’s next for collaboration? Thoughts on the Convergence keynote

On Monday, I sat back and watched the keynote at Microsoft’s Convergence 15 conference. Convergence is Microsoft’s only conference dedicated to business, showing off not just technology, but the latest and greatest products within the Microsoft world.

Topics: Convergence

Operations and the ongoing plan

In my Making SharePoint Strategic session at SPTechCon yesterday, I asked the audience for topic suggestions for this week’s article. To no one’s surprise, the responses were geared toward operational-level questions specifically targeted on the usage of SharePoint by various business units.

One gentleman asked how IT can make SharePoint more consumable across his business, while another asked about how SharePoint can be used from an operational level. During my talk, I addressed these issues fundamentally, but there are some higher-level issues that I will focus on in this piece. Think of them as the foundational elements that any project must have, similar to a foundation for a house—a substantial component that the system will rest on for its life within the organization.

Topics: operations