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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 approach, […]

The Cycle of Hype and Diffusion of Innovation

We’ve been thinking a lot 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 we’re still seeing poor end user survey results on […]

Microsoft cloud services & EU data compliance

A very important step forward for use of cloud services and removal of doubt about whether Office 365, Azure etc. meet EU data compliance requirements was announced on the 10th April 2014 (at 4:00 AM!) by Microsoft’s Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/04/10/privacy-authorities-across-europe-approve-microsoft-s-cloud-commitments.aspx It’s very encouraging that […]

What SharePoint 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 […]

Dos and Don’ts of using MySite in SharePoint

These are just some of the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ we issue to our staff on the correct use of MySite in SharePoint. Personal Details Do encourage staff to update their personal profiles in their MySite as this helps other staff members recognise each other, search for interests and skills, etc. Do encourage adding an up […]

10 Top Tips for SharePoint – Part 3

Welcome to the final in our series of ’10 Top Tips for SharePoint’ blog posts. These tips will cover setting up SharePoint and getting the most out of the platform, through to tips on user adoption. Ready for the final 10 tips for now? Okay, let’s go! 21. Security vs Audiences People often get confused […]

10 Top Tips for SharePoint – Part 2

Welcome to the second in our series of three ’10 Top Tips’ articles published every two weeks. These tips will cover setting up SharePoint and getting the most out of the platform, through to tips on user adoption. Ready for the next 10 tips? Okay, let’s go! 11. Replace applications with SharePoint apps Most organisations […]

10 Top Tips for SharePoint – Part 1

Every two weeks for the next six weeks, we’ll be bringing you 10 top tips for using SharePoint. These tips will range from simple things you might not even have considered and will cover setting up SharePoint right through to tips for user adoption. Ready? Okay, let’s get started! 1.       Don’t use folders in SharePoint Certainly […]

“OneNote – what’s that?”

“OK, who here uses Microsoft OneNote?” The usual response is a shrinkingly small number of people who do, a handful who have heard of it and a vocal majority who have no idea what it is, what it’s for or that they already have it. Few of them have never even noticed the icon in […]

UK HE survey highlights critical SharePoint success factors

A study on the use of SharePoint in UK Higher Education Institutions was recently published. Many of its findings make for interesting and encouraging reading. http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/ceis/re/isrc/themes/rmarea/eduservsp/ The study also identified a number of critical success factors for SharePoint implementations: identify what customisation is required and manage those customisations: any significant alterations to SharePoint 2007 require […]