How Can SharePoint Help My Company?


As a SharePoint consultant, I work with companies to implement SharePoint, as well as help the sales team demo the platform during the sales cycle.  There are two questions that constantly bubble to the surface:

  • What is SharePoint?
  • How can it help my company?

To gain a better understanding of how the SharePoint platform can help a company drive value and innovation throughout its workforce, you need to have a general understanding of the Value Chain.  Once you have this understanding you can then easily identify the strategic importance of this application.

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How To: Build a Report Distribution Solution


This tutorial shows how to build a site to host company reports (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF). I will also show how you can make it easier for end users to sign up for alerts, so they can automatically be notified when a new report is added into the site. Any beginning SharePoint site owner can build this solution, and it will take roughly 20 minutes to do so.

The business benefits for this solution include:

  • Improves the flow of information throughout the company. End users can be automatically notified when a report they are interested in is uploaded into the system.
  • Simplifies access to information. End users can control access to reports.
  • Lowers email storage costs. Since reports are stored in SharePoint, and alerts are utilized to let end users know when a report is ready, no email attachments are ever utilized.
  • Central location to access reports. One place to go to view reports makes everyone’s life easier, including when new employees come on board. They no longer have to ask people for certain reports that only reside on personal drives or within emails.

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Building a Report Distribution Solution – 2010 Dallas SharePoint Saturday


In my second presentation at this year’s Dallas SharePoint Saturday, I demoed how a beginning SharePoint site owner can build a solution that improves the way a company shares reports that are built within the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and PDFs.  Every company has reports in these formats, and typically relies on email to distribute them.

This solution takes about 20-25 minutes to create, and provides the following business benefits…

  • Improves the flow of information throughout the company.  End users can be automatically notified when a report they are interested in is uploaded into the system.
  • Simplifies access to information.  End users can control access to reports.
  • Lowers email storage costs.  Since reports are stored in SharePoint, and alerts are utilized to let end users know when a report is ready, no email attachments are ever utilized.
  • Central location to access reports.  One place to go to view reports makes everyone’s life easier, including when new employees come on board.  They no longer have to ask people for certain reports that only reside on personal drives or within emails.

You can view and dowload my presentation on SlideShare.

View the tutorial of how to build this solution in SharePoint.

Building a SharePoint Team – 2010 Dallas SharePoint Saturday


In my first presentation at this year’s Dallas SharePoint Saturday, I partnered with Columbus Brown to discuss how to go about building an internal SharePoint team.  In order to build a team, you first need to understand how SharePoint is supporting your business objectives

Once that is defined, you can utilize the SharePoint Maturity Model to quantify how your company is currently utilizing the platform.  This should provide direction on how you build solutions within the application, as well as the skill sets that are needed to help your company drive more value from the usage of the system.

The next step involves identifying what roles are needed, and what skill sets are needed for each role.  These sample job descriptions from Lets Collaborate are a great starting point for you.  By getting a better idea of the positions that might be needed, and the skill sets that are ideal for that specific position, you are now in place to quantify where you are currently, and what you need in the future to help the company drive business value via the appropriate usage of the SharePoint platform.

You can view and download my presentation on SlideShare.