Many thanks to all the folks at Gilbane who hosted me this week as part of a panel on SharePoint Adoption at the Gilbane Boston Conference 2011. It was an honor to share the stage with Marc Anderson (@sympmarc) and Dan Antion (@dantion).
A couple of points from our session I wanted to reiterate:
- Adoption and governance are closely linked. Users surging onto SharePoint need governance, clearly – but waiting for those users is too late to start governance. Governance provides guidance that’s essential to adoption.
- In fact, adoption may be the wrong focal point. Locking users to a SharePoint home page may count as “adoption” but we should really focus on achieving business goals and users satisfaction
- It’s important to understand the culture around SharePoint to drive adoption. Some great tools to measure SharePoint maturity have been published by Sadie Van Buren (@sadalit) at www.spmaturity.com/home.aspx.
Some numbers from our session attendees:
- 32% reporting being happy with the general adoption of SharePoint for document management and collaboration (“traditional”)
- Only 11% reported being happy with the adoption of SharePoint’s “second wave” features (social, business intelligence, workflow, etc.)
- Finally, 26% have rebranded their SharePoint projects as something other than “SharePoint”, “intranet”, or http://servername
Gilbane is a great way to get current on thought leadership for content management and web publishing. Thanks again to our attendees, organizers, and sponsors!