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Trying to explain that age old question "What IS SharePoint"????

Trying to explain that age old question "What IS SharePoint"????

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Wrapping your head around the SharePoint Beast (For the rest of us) Wrapping your head around the SharePoint Beast (For the rest of us) Presentation Transcript

  • Wrapping Your Head Around the SharePoint Beast (for the rest of us) SPTechCon Boston 2012 Mark Rackley mark.rackley@summit7systems.com
  • About Mark Rackley• Solutions Architect & Developer• 17+ years software architecture and development experience• Blogger, Writer, Speaker• mark.rackley@summit7systems.com• @mrackley• http://sharepointhillbilly.com
  • Agenda• Why is understanding SharePoint so hard?• What is SharePoint?• Why SharePoint?• Tips for avoiding SharePoint Pain• The importance of the SharePoint Community
  • WHY ISUNDERSTANDINGSHAREPOINT SOHARD?
  • Why is understanding so hard?• Hard to know where to begin – Lots of paths to take
  • Why is understanding so hard?• Hard to know where to begin – Lots of paths to take – So much information – Conflicting information – SO MUCH NOISE!
  • Why is understanding so hard?• Hard to know where to begin – Lots of paths to take – So much information – Conflicting information – SO MUCH NOISE! – Easy to fall into analysis paralysis
  • Why is understanding so hard?• Lots of concepts to grasp – Governance – Information Architecture – Composites – BI – Collaboration
  • Why is understanding so hard?• It’s not a “program” – You don’t install it – It does MANY things – It can do many more – It is a platform
  • Why is understanding so hard?• No man/woman is an island in SharePoint – You can’t “do it all” – It’s easy to get it to work… incorrectly – There’s no “one size fits all”
  • Why is understanding so hard?• You have to change the way you work – Stop emailing attachments – Stop emailing! – “Do it yourself” – But follow the rules
  • Why is understanding so hard?• Fear of the unknown – “But that’s not the way we used to do it” – Developers perceived loss of job security
  • 5 STAGES OF LEARNINGSHAREPOINT
  • 5 Stages of Learning SharePoint• Denial
  • 5 Stages of Learning SharePoint• Denial• Anger
  • 5 Stages of Learning SharePoint• Denial• Anger• Bargaining
  • 5 Stages of Learning SharePoint• Denial• Anger• Bargaining• Depression
  • 5 Stages of Learning SharePoint• Denial• Anger• Bargaining• Depression• Acceptance
  • Pick your analogy…WHAT ISSHAREPOINT?
  • What IS SharePoint?• SharePoint is a platform• SharePoint can be many things – It creates sites on the fly – It stores your data – It allows you to easily manage permissions – It gives you alerts and workflows
  • What IS SharePoint?• SharePoint is many things – It Integrates with other systems – It helps you find stuff – It helps you to “do it yourself” “out of the box” • 80/20 rule
  • What IS SharePoint?• What do you want it to be?
  • What IS SharePoint?• Read the directions
  • WHY SHAREPOINT?
  • Top 10 things SharePoint can do foryou10. Give you a great startingpoint9. Connect to the right people8. Find what you need7. Replace other expensiveproducts
  • Top 10 things SharePoint can do foryou6. Give you insight5. Remind you4. Centralize your data3. Make you more productive
  • Top 10 things SharePoint can do foryou2. Keep you organized1. Make you look like a rock star
  • SharePoint may not beTHE best tool for any one job, but it does MANY jobs well.
  • TIPS FOR AVOIDINGSHAREPOINT PAIN
  • SharePoint is a woman…
  • SharePoint is a woman… Treat Her That Way!
  • Don’t Expect the Error Messages ToMake Sense
  • Sometimes, Even when you’re right,you’re still wrong
  • Don’t try and control her, get to knowher and do it the way she wants…
  • Accept her for who she is…
  • “SharePoint is a Man. Youhave to beat him intosubmission” – Lori Gowin
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself• There is no easy button – It IS different – It takes time• SharePoint is MASSIVE – No one understands it all – Befriend the gurus• Accept that “It Depends”
  • Learn the correct TerminologyFarm Elevated Privileges Safe Control CAML Feature Site Column STSADM Declarative WorkflowSite Collection Persisted Object Application Page Solution Package Content Type Site Definition List Definition ScopeContent Database Event Receiver List Instance Central Administration Publishing Page ONET Web Application List View Feature Receiver Theme Field Control Client Object Model Team Site Timer Job
  • Beware the SharePoint “Expert”• Be skeptical• Ask for references• Learn some basic interview questions• You get what you pay for
  • The SharePoint Community
  • A Word (or two) About Community
  • To Avoid SharePoint Fail…
  • You Gotta Drink the Kook-Aid!• Join the community• Read Blogs• Read Books• Play around in your site• Attend events• Build relationships• DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO SOMETHING!
  • SharePoint Saturday OzarksSept. 8, 2012 Chateau On The Lake Branson, MO http://www.chateauonthelake.com/http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/ozarks
  • I have an answer, let’s see if they match?QUESTIONS?