By Brenda Carter, IT Pro Technical Writer, SharePoint Products and Technologies
Last March, Shane Young and I sat down with Dave Coleman at the SharePoint conference in Seattle to review the solution design for Twynham School in the UK. Shane Young is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who has designed solutions for several schools, including the Boulder Valley School District and Central Michigan University. Typically in these sessions Microsoft experts give design guidance to customers. However, during this session Coleman showed us how it’s done.
Coleman described how he stumbled across the initial version of SharePoint Team Services years ago and has since developed a growing Web presence with each subsequent version of SharePoint Products and Technologies. With his small IT team and a strong partnership with the community at the school, Coleman has produced a world-class IT solution. His team also hosts sites for several feeder schools. Finally, Coleman’s team generously shares their expertise (and templates!) with the other 63+ secondary schools in the area, helping them get up and running with SharePoint quickly.
Young applauds Twynham for their savvy solution and especially for openly sharing their work with the education community: "Colemans' team is saving education providers worldwide countless hours by sharing their lessons learned and helping them start on the right foot." Young emphasizes that starting with a viable design that has been proven in the field can greatly reduce the learning curve.
The purpose of this blog article is to introduce you to Shane Young and the Twynham team and to let them field your questions right here on this blog!
Shane Young has over 12 years experience architecting and administering large-scale server farms using Microsoft enterprise technologies. He has architected SharePoint solutions for clients ranging from 20 to 25,000 users. He is the President and lead consultant of www.SharePoint911.com.
Twynham School is a secondary school on the south coast of the UK and is rated among the top 10% of schools nationally. From left to right, the Twynham team includes:
For information about Twynham’s solution architecture as well as the architecture that Coleman recommend for single schools, see the following technical case study resources:
The Twynham IT team also hosts a site to showcase their solution: http://www.twynhamschool.com/supportinglearning/.
Here are some highlights from the Twynham case study:
If you are a medium-size school district or university and are interested in working with me to produce a similar technical case study, let me know! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meanwhile, feel free to post questions for Shane Young and the Twynham IT team. Thanks, Brenda