Wednesday, 8 June 2011

SharePoint® and the Social Intranet

Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful enterprise solution and platform that is designed to be very flexible.  It offers solutions to many business challenges faced in organizations today. This flexibility, however, drives a certain amount of complexity for deployment planning and execution. 

Implementing SharePoint requires a clear definition of the desired end result to avoid user frustration, improper organization of corporate information (and possible challenges with future enhancements or upgrades) - all things that lead to reduced ROI.  In order to address these concerns and drive overall implementation success, a comprehensive approach to deploying SharePoint is required that leverages experience and best practices developed over many implementations.
Our approach is specific to SharePoint and includes the following components:
  1. Strategy
  2. Architecture
  3. User Engagement
  4. Execution
  5. Governance 

1.  Strategy
The deployment begins with a comprehensive analysis of your business objectives in order to develop the strategy for the solution. The strategy provides guidance and direction for the implementation team and your organization throughout the lifecycle of the solution – not just the implementation.

2.  Architecture
The architecture represents the physical and logical structure for the solution. Since the physical and logical architecture are interrelated and critical to solution adoption, we typically focus on this directly after developing the strategy to ensure alignment.

3.  User Engagement
User engagement includes both how users will interact with the solution such as the interface and overall look and feel as well as the management of change within the project. In our experience, projects are successful when there is a strong partnership with the users and our approach is to begin building this partnership at the inception of the project.

4.  Execution
The execution focuses on developing a detailed plan for achieving project objectives. We leverage the tools, templates and processes included in our True North Methodology to ensure that a plan is developed that will move in the direction dictated by the strategy and achieve project objectives.

5.  Governance
Governance relates to the processes used during the project execution as well as the ongoing processes developed and deployed for the management of the overall solution. Governance represents the framework for the project and is a critical component to the success of the solution after deployment.

6.  Methodology
Complex technology projects are delivered successfully when you combine a detailed development and implementation process with a highly capable and disciplined team. Goodbuzz leverage an industry-leading team of business analysts, BI consultants, project managers, SharePoint and .NET developers, creative designers, quality assurance engineers, trainers and related personnel to repeatedly drive measurable ROI for our clients. 

We bring the people and the process to the table to guarantee a successful engagement.  The diagram (below) graphically represents a high-level overview of our Methodology.

By combining business and technology expertise, Goodbuzz extend value-added solutions for our clients across the North America.  Our partnerships extend strong expertise with enterprise Microsoft technologies and platforms including SharePoint, the .NET framework, SQL Server, ASP.NET, Windows Server, Exchange, OCS, and other related technologies.  Below is an overview of our capabilities, solutions, management services and training offerings.  Note:  Additional information is available by specific capability by request.

The Big Picture
Goodbuzz extend enterprise excellence through collaboration, productivity and business insight solutions as well as the ongoing support, management, and monitoring in a flexible model that provides results and proven ROI.  What can we help you with?  For more information, please contact