One of the questions that customers new to SharePoint regularly ask me is: “since SharePoint can do so much, where do we get started?” As the father of 2 young girls, I usually use an analogy related to how they learned to crawl, walk and then run and how you might take a similar approach to the deployment and adoption of SharePoint. The suggestions below are based on my own experience as a former customer, and working with SharePoint since 2001, and discussions around best practices and lessons learned that I’ve seen with other Microsoft SharePoint customers and partners. As with anything, your own plan should be based on your business and technical requirements …
Phase 1 - Crawl – Go after the low hanging fruit
Phase 2 - Walk – Line Of Business (LOB) Applications & Project 10+ (aka those smaller application requests from the business that didn’t get funded this year)
Phase 3 - Run – Enterprise Applications
Getting Started and Moving Forward
Here are some of my suggestions for getting started and moving forward to make the plan above actionable:
Thank you for all the great SharePoint information and positive energy at the Enterprise 2.0 event in Boston last week!