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  • SharePoint for Intranets A White Paper on the use of SharePoint 2013 for Intranets By: Toby Ward From: Social Business Interactive Date: Version 1.0 October 2013 SharePoint for Intranets White Paper by Social Business Interactive © 2013 Reproduction Strictly Prohibited 1
  • SharePoint for Intranets White Paper by Social Business Interactive © 2013 Reproduction Strictly Prohibited 2
  • An Introduction to SharePoint SharePoint is a dominant force in the world of enterprise technology. In fact, it is present, in some shape or form, in about 70% of all medium to large organizations (and at least that amount in smaller, knowledge worker-based businesses). It’s a powerful platform; but without the proper customization and in some cases, third-party applications, it can be hugely frustrating and overly simple. In short, SharePoint is part enterprise content management (ECM) solution, part portal solution, part web development platform, part social media platform. It offers many, many solutions and functions – often too much for most organizations – but it is Microsoft’s hope that it will become everything to everybody including the de facto platform for the company intranet, website(s) and extranet(s). In sum total, it is an amazingly powerful solution, but often fails to live up to expectations without proper care. It’s the perfect solution, if you have an abundance of time, patience… and money. “SharePoint provides enough business value to outweigh the hassles,” stated a Forrester report on SharePoint 2010 (SharePoint Adoption, 2011). And the words are still true today when analyzing SharePoint 2013, which represents a massive investment upgrade from its predecessor with many enhancements. However, SharePoint offers an extraordinary feature set, but be prepared for many frustrations, and additional expenses if you settle for an out-of-the-box deployment. While the power and feature set of SP 2013 is undeniable, it is more expensive, and more complicated than meets the eye, and fails to live up to a number of key expectations. It is, however, a vast improvement over its predecessor, SP 2010, and is particularly more so for business users such as corporate communications, marketing and HR, who rely more heavily on enterprise content management, collaboration, social media, and portal features. Among Gartner’s findings that are both reasonable and well supported: Pros:     Early successful deployments encourage rapid uptake and use Benefits outweigh the problems (with the proper investment) Strong collaboration capabilities More than adequate ECM functionality for the vast majority of organizations Cons:     Cost (expensive) Usage (not getting the use as hoped) Problematic and expensive to customize Often fails to satisfy as a standalone product; requiring augmentation SharePoint for Intranets White Paper by Social Business Interactive © 2013 Reproduction Strictly Prohibited 3
  • SP 2013 offers a lot, but it’s more than what many organizations need, and less than what still others demand. Social Business Interactive Social Business Interactive (SBI) develops world-class social business platforms and sites in SharePoint and other .NET technologies, including ECM, WCMS and portal solutions. We are experts in social business, from the inside out – from design to deployment. Our consulting arm has more than 12 years of rich consulting experience working with dozens of Fortune 500 and worldleading brands – and more than 200 engagements to-date. SBI develops world-class social business platforms and sites in SharePoint and other .NET technologies, including ECM, WCMS and portal solutions. We are experts in using and deploying Microsoft SharePoint, the worldwide leader in enterprise intranet and social business collaboration (more than two-thirds of our clients use SharePoint, and most of the rest use other .NET solutions). Social Business Interactive also delivers solutions that integrate with a multitude of third-party solutions. SBI Key differentiation factors • Team and skillset SBI has acquired highly skilled and Experienced SharePoint 2010/2013 and .NET architects and developers. Many of which are Microsoft certified professionals (MCPD, MCTS, MCITP, ISO 9001:2008 certified Quality Management System (QMS)) as well as Project management certified experts (PMP). SBI’s delivery experience is comprised of our onshore and offshore delivery centers. SBI can tailor its delivery model to align with the client’s business objectives, sourcing priorities, and desired level of responsibility and risk. SBI is also equipped with the strategies and resources to scale the delivery capabilities in order to manage any sudden resource requirements and address any issue that may arise during the course of project delivery. • Microsoft partner and close-ties SBI Is a Microsoft Partner and has established close ties with Microsoft on several grounds. SBI’s VP of Technology (Tamer El Shazli) is a designated Microsoft VTSP which is a select group chosen from the elite in Microsoft’s partner community, whose focus is to augment Microsoft’s internal SharePoint for Intranets White Paper by Social Business Interactive © 2013 Reproduction Strictly Prohibited 4
  • Technology Specialist team. Their primary role is to communicate the value of Microsoft Solutions to customers and to provide architectural guidance for Enterprise Integration solutions. • Proven delivery methodology SBI has adopted a strategic and modernized approach for the implementation and delivery of SharePoint solutions. The approach is designed to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximize clients ROI of intranet and web portal projects. SBI’s Managed Delivery approach is summarized in the following figure: SBI strategic approach in minimizing TCO while building high-quality, and effective portals and intranets is achieved via the implementation of Microsoft’s best practices and well-known design patterns specific to SharePoint and .NET solutions. We utilize SharePoint as both a platform and a product maximizing productivity and utilization of SharePoint on both ends. SBI applies the best-fit tools, technologies, and methodologies to the right requirements and in accordance to Microsoft’s best practices and standards. This approach has proven to be the most cost-effective and least risky path to successful solutions and results. FOR MORE INFORMATION Download the complete whitepaper http://socialbiz.ca/offer-view/white-papers/. SharePoint for Intranets White Paper by Social Business Interactive © 2013 Reproduction Strictly Prohibited 5