Home Workforce Productivity SharePoint Conference 2014: Strategy & Solutions

With SharePoint Conference 2014 just weeks away, we’re looking forward to immersing ourselves in all things SharePoint – particularly our areas of expertise: architecture strategy, solution design, and deployment. What is top of mind at this year’s event?

User Adoption
Gartner predicts that by 2016, 50% of content and collaboration initiatives will fail because of low engagement with the information workers they are intended to serve. Without user adoption, SharePoint has zero chance of  fostering workforce productivity in your organization – and ultimately it will fail.

At Tahoe, we work to understand your users’ requirements and leverage SharePoint to design a solution that will engage your users and lead them to visit proactively. An intranet redesign for a large professional services firm resulted in 86% increased usage and a 300% increase in content contributors.

You can read more about our approach to User-Centered design here, or let’s talk details at SPC14.

Business Critical SharePoint Solutions
Tahoe Partners is a Microsoft Gold Partner, but we are also a worldwide Microsoft Business Critical SharePoint Solution Partner. While many firms can stand up your SharePoint environment, what differentiates us is our ability to deliver Line of Business solutions within SharePoint that drive measured business value.

A recent LOB solution for a consumer packaged goods company in the food and beverage vertical provided a framework to quickly identify opportunities and eliminate redundancies in the product lifecycle – significantly decreasing the time spent taking a product from an idea to the shelf. In total, our client was able to reduce process times by as much as 90%, and the overall approval process by 50%.

Social Business
We’ve all heard that social tools like Yammer and NewsGator can help businesses work smarter and more efficiently, but Tahoe Partners has helped clients realize tangible ROI with these tools.

Tahoe helped an international vehicle manufacture with a social business initiative designed to reduce cost, generate revenue, and engage their corporate citizens.

In addition to over 1,800 ideas submitted within the first six months of the program, participation included employees from manufacturing locations, corporate headquarters, and distribution centers. Once implemented, these ideas resulted in 5.3 million dollars in savings for our client.

Migrating to SharePoint 2013
As you look to upgrade your SharePoint environment and take advantage of the features and functionality SharePoint 2013 offers, we can discuss best practices, lessons learned, and what to expect – as we’ve successfully completed dozens of migrations from SharePoint 2007 to 2010; 2010 to 2013; and in some cases 2007 to 2013.

SharePoint Strategy
The initiatives above are great ways to drive value out of SharePoint, but when it comes down to it, SharePoint is an Enterprise Collaboration platform and there is A LOT you can do with it. Before embarking on a SharePoint project, it’s crucial to have a long-term strategy and vision.

Our proprietary roadmap establishes a baseline for the current collaboration environment, identifies the desired future state, and phases the appropriate initiatives in a timeline to move towards that desired state.

As you begin to finalize your schedule for SharePoint Conference 2014, be sure to add a visit to Tahoe Partners (Booth #234) to the top of your agenda, or contact us to set up a time to meet:

See you in Las Vegas!

A key member of Tahoe's sales team, Alex brings his skills in lead generation, customer relationship management, and business development to the plate in showcasing Enterprise Collaboration and SharePoint solutions to potential clients. The ups and downs of the sales cycle don't faze him - as a diehard Chicago sports fan, he's used to it.

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