SharePoint - on-boarding and successful adoption

We’ve been developing, upgrading, and migrating SharePoint projects in-house for over ten years as a Microsoft Gold Partner

Experience is the key

If you’re a business, that’s attempting to roll out a SharePoint project solely in-house or migrate to a new platform, then you’re going to need the whole business behind you, a lot of technical expertise, your best planners, and everybody pulling their weight.

The architecture of the infrastructure that will host your intranet is crucial to delivering speed. Setup and configuration covers a multitude of sins from the central administration, security and accessibility, backups and testing backups, and knowing what to use out-of-the-box and what to customise instead.

If you’re migrating to a new platform, make sure you are aware of the fundamental differences between versions.

Then there’s thinking about how the system will be managed, who governs what area, what will the logical architecture look like, how will data be populated, how will the business gather the metadata to drive the search.

Once you’ve worked all that out, you can then think about building the structure of the site and set up of farms, site collections, site columns etc, and finally the visual interface, branding and training.

This represents an overview of the process and by no means lists every step.

There are so many aspects to a project of this size and nature.

Step by step

Our on-boarding process caters for businesses that are both new to SharePoint and existing users that need assistance upgrading, changing hosting platform or addressing speed and performance issues.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to upgrade, our SharePoint team will spend time taking you through all these steps, gathering the information required, and implementing as much as we can for you, so you can concentrate on things like content, branding, user adoption, and training.

After you’ve completed a specification workshop, you’ll receive a report without the technical jargon that includes a proposed step-by-step development plan with agreed deliverables and a detailed timeline.  We’ll provide a logical overall architecture e.g. farms, web applications, site collections, sites, lists/libraries, navigation, metadata.

If there are any concerns over the proposed plan, they’re tackled at this stage.  This sometimes leads to building a proof of concept to ensure the concept will work with the business or perhaps, on a proposed interface such as a touchscreen.  This extra step will identify or confirm any perceived risks and mitigate any known risks.

Upgrades and migrations of existing platforms can be as involved as a new platform build depending on the previous version number or customisations involved.  There’s also a lot of planning involved to ensure dependencies are managed to allow you to achieve objectives with minimal disruption.

If you’re happy with your existing platform but concerned about performance, then a health assessment is your best option. Not tackling sluggish performance and unusual behaviour will affect your user’s experience and ultimately ruin the reputation of the platform.

Trying to debug these kinds of issues takes a great deal of experience and knowledge of the platform.  The Health Assessment service is designed to make use of all igroup’s expertise to resolve these issues quickly.

Why is it important?

We’ve been delivering SharePoint projects as a Microsoft Gold Partner since 2007. We serve many long-standing customers.  When you choose igroup, your business gains the additional expertise you need to assist your internal IT team with infrastructure set up, upgrades and migrations, through to smaller bug fixes.

Reassurance–The Proof of Concept allows you to assess if you are over complicating your business processes, or not using the full potential of the Apps you have invested in to improve your business workflows.

Before making a financial commitment to the full project, you can eliminate risks. It’s also a perfect opportunity to test out the proposed architecture, design and interface with your employees.

We’re confident we can resolve any issues that you’re having.

Our consultancy and development process is organised to deliver projects that meet clear commercial goals and provide ongoing benefits for our clients. Phone 0207 0990632 or fill in the form.

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