WSS & MOSS 2007
Business and Decision Capabilities
Lou Abbruzzesi, SharePoint SME – Business & Decision
Business and Decision offers a wide range of SharePoint (WSS
& MOSS 2007) services in these categories:
o Inception and Discovery
o Resource Planning
o Physical Architecture and Farm Topology
o Information Architecture
o Application Requirements Gathering
o System Implementation / Integration
o Application Support and Monitoring
o Backup / Restore and Disaster Recovery
o Long Term Growth Strategies
Inception and Discovery
Business and Decision can help companies to leverage
SharePoint to improve their business by:
o Assessing current business processes and identifying pain points that can be
minimized or eliminated using SharePoint technologies.
oBuilding demonstrations and prototypes that demonstrate possible solutions to
specific problems in a client’s organization.
oAssisting in building a business case for the implementation of a SharePoint
oMost adopters of SharePoint will start small. Business and Decision can help
to envision and communicate a longer term vision for SharePoint within a
client’s current /future information architecture.
Business and Decision can assist in resource planning for a
successful implementation of SharePoint
oHuman Resources – B&D helps identify the roles and responsibilities (internal
and external) that are necessary for a successful implementation of SharePoint
oHardware and Infrastructure – B&D can assess a client’s current environment
and make suggestions for initial implementation and long-term growth.
oSoftware and Licensing – B&D can assist in licensing options.
Physical Architecture and Farm Topology
Business and Decision can recommend, implement and host the
appropriate physical architecture and farm topology for a client’s
short term and long term needs.
oFarm Topology – B&D will help architect a farm topology that will meet current
needs, and position the client to grow.
oHardware – B&D can recommend the appropriate hardware, storage capacity
and networking configuration necessary to support the desired topology.
Business and Decision can help define SharePoint’s short term
and long term role in the organization’s Information Architecture.
oB&D will help identify a starting point for the adoption of SharePoint within an
organization, with the goal of providing the best short term ROI, and a
successful foundation for future growth.
oAfter a successful initial engagement, B&D can help identify other projects
within the organization with good ROI.
oSharePoint is often used to replace or augment existing systems, and B&D
can identify possible replacement/improvement opportunities to make
SharePoint a more integral part of the overall Information Architecture.
oB&D can help integrate other LOB systems into the SharePoint framework
through Out-Of-The-Box configuration, third party add-ons and custom
Business Analysis and Requirements Gathering
Business and Decision can work with stakeholders and users
within the organization to specify the requirements for SharePoint -
oB&D can help clients avoid re-implementing existing problems in a new
technology. We understand the business needs before proposing a solution.
oB&D can identify and suggest business process improvements that can be
realized by leveraging the bundled capabilities of SharePoint.
oB&D can perform the necessary business analysis and produce requirements
specifications for a successful SharePoint implementation.
oB&D is knowledgeable about available third party products, and product
integration kits that can be used to enhance the no-coding capabilities of
System Implementation and Integration
When desired customizations fall outside the capabilities of the
Out-Of-Box components, B&D has the expertise to develop
specific required functionality and incorporate it into the
oB&D has extensive expertise in customizing the user experience, and
branding SharePoint-based systems.
oB&D has expertise in developing and deploying reusable web-parts using
Microsoft’s recommended best practices to protect a client’s investment.
oB&D can develop and deploy reusable workflows to be used within the
organization. Automating processes is one of the ‘sweet spots’ of SharePoint,
and B&D can help get the most out of the robust Windows Workflow
oB&D can integrate other LOB applications into SharePoint-based solutions
using bundled components and custom development when necessary.
Application Support and Monitoring
When SharePoint solutions have been deployed, or when they
already exist in the organization, B&D can help insure a reliable,
high performance platform through automated monitoring.
oOS-Level Monitoring -- SharePoint clients have access to all of the OS-Level
monitoring and alerting mechanisms offered to other B&D managed clients.
oSharePoint Platform Monitoring – B&D can monitor the overall health of the
SharePoint platform by polling the system, and interacting with the platform
through a suite of scripts to verify the health of the system.
oApplication Monitoring – B&D can develop requested monitoring scripts to
provide application-level monitoring where it makes sense.
oB&D can detect and respond to problems before your users know there is a
Backup / Restore and Disaster Recovery
Business and Decision’s SharePoint customers will have access to
Backup / Restore and Disaster Recovery services available to
B&Ds other managed clients.
oB&D can provide full fidelity scheduled backups, and SharePoint Farm
oB&D provides services to quickly duplicate virtualized (maybe non virtualized
too) SharePoint farms to produced up-to date platforms for development and
staging. The ability to create a replica environment is crucial for development
Lou Abbruzzesi, SharePoint SME – Business & Decision