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SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business optimisation. Part 1 – What is SharePoint

What is SharePoint SharePoint is a Microsoft platform technology, running on servers or in the cloud, which allows a large range of business solutions to be rapidly built, deployed and managed for any size of organisation. It includes a large number of capabilities as standard focused on, in our view, 5 core business activities: Content […]

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Best Practice Content management Improvement Intranet SharePoint Windows

15 Reasons Not to Use Folders in SharePoint (and 3 reasons why you could)

Folders are terrible as a means of organising content. It’s a deeply broken approach and carrying it over to SharePoint is a deeply bad idea. Here are 15 reasons why and a couple of counter arguments for balance.

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Intranet SharePoint

The Cycle of Hype and Diffusion of Innovation

I’ve been thinking about intranets and user adoption. And not for the first time. We absolutely love Cloudbase, our intranet even though it is one to two generations behind Hadron 8020, the Enterprise Intranet we sell. We know that our clients love their Hadrons, but still we see poor end user survey results sometimes. I […]

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Improvement

Zero Tolerance and the 1%

​Reading the Friday morning blog of the rather excellent Ed Reid  this morning on how many small improvements can make a big difference I was struck that it resonated with part of my talk at the NHS event Cloud2 hosted in Manchester the day before. As with Ed’s comments, I referenced the Olympic 1% improvements […]

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Intranet

Dilbert on Intranet

Dilbert never fails to illuminate a few areas of business wisdom, by contrasting it with arrant business stupidity​. So, Dilbert on Intranets: Some interesting behaviours and themes to ponder: If your intranet doesn’t work it must be the fault of either the technology or your users… Maybe what was implemented, for what purpose, with what […]

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Intranet SharePoint

What users really want

In Cloud2 we spend a lot of time thinking about SharePoint use, intranets, user adoption and the challenges of matching what people want, with what they think they want and what other people (usually managers, communications and IT folk) say they should want. We also try to match this to what we see being successful. […]

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Best Practice Collaboration Technology

Stop it being about the tech – it’s about people

As a company, we have just moved completely to the Office365 suite, mostly driven by a desire to improve our email (though it was pretty good before) and also from a desire to start using Lync (even though we are big users of Skype already) for our internal communications because of the way it looks […]

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Technology Thoughts and Musings

Get a pocket computer, try to do what you used to do, yeah

These prophetic words come from Blondie’s 1978 Parallel Lines album (one of the all-time great albums by the way – if you haven’t got it then shame on you). In fact the preceding lines are just as prescient: “Picture this, my telephone number One and one is what I’m telling you Get a pocket computer […]

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Computers and Internet

Why do SharePoint projects fail?

It has been our observation that many, and perhaps most, SharePoint projects in the English (as distinct from Scottish, Welsh etc) National Health Service fail to a greater extent than they succeed. Yet the NHS has very strong needs for the types of solution that SharePoint provides, it has increasingly mature infrastructure and project skills […]

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Computers and Internet

e-mail – illness or cure

The following are some thoughts drawn from a discussion during the Information managers breakfast meeting in mid June There has been a transformation in e-mail use since the early days. Some of this is due to the fact that originally tools were just text (e.g. MS Mail). Now tools like MS Outlook with MS exchange […]