Experience counts, especially in a fast changing world
This blog is a copy of a Tip of The Month that I wrote for Abel Solutions, Inc.
Since the beginning of SharePoint, Abel Solutions has been involved with many implementations of intranets, extranets and company portals. Now, we are seeing more and more companies take advantage of the complete platform and extending it with third party add-ons to develop real and impactful business solutions.
Just because you have an intranet site built on SharePoint and you are using team sites to manage projects, does not mean that you are reaping the full benefits of the platform. In this month’s Tip of the Month, we will provide a list of creative business solutions that take advantage of the power of the platform.
Now that you have your basic SharePoint implementation up and running, what is next for your organization? How can you best take advantage of the SharePoint platform and third party tools?
If you’ve been reading these SharePoint Tips for a while, you know about SharePoint’s Four Promises:
Let’s look at #3: Streamline Processes. Sometimes it is hard to understand the full potential of SharePoint, so here is the matrix of solutions we developed in the past year or so that highlight the Process improvement capabilities of SharePoint. The implementation of third party tools such as Nintex and KnowledgeLake super-charges the process improvement impact.
Now, take a look at the solutions below. Those solutions with detailed case studies are underlined. By what others have done, you will better understand the potential value of the platform.
Third Party Tool
|Customer Feedback System||System used to capture and manage customer feedback. Improved timeliness of customer response.||Out of the box|
|Preferred Vendor Program||Automated process of capturing compliance documentation, along with vendor on-boarding.||Out of the box|
|Consultant On-boarding Process||Reduced time to on-board consultants for growing global consulting firm.||Nintex Workflow|
|Contract Management Workflow||Improved the contract approval process for large health care company.||Nintex Workflow|
|Management of Change||Automated the management of change process for a large company.||Nintex Workflow|
|Re-engineered Process for Capture and Retrieval of Contracts||Elimination of paper documents while improving staff productivity by enhancing capture and search of over 500,000 new documents per year.||KnowledgeLake|
|90% Reduction in Time to Produce Complex Report||Report production time reduced by 90% while increasing granular control over data.||Nintex and custom development|
|Improved Production Release Process||Utilizing calendars, linked lists and document sets, developed consolidated process to manage system changes at a large financial institutions system||Out of the box|
|Improving Regulatory Compliance||Improved capture and dissemination of regulatory requirements, thus streamlining the process||Out of the box|
|Capital Appropriations Request Process||Consolidated global capital appropriations approval and reporting process, providing for a single view of the global capital projects for the first time||InfoPath and Workflow|
Often times the IT department is aware of the potential, but needs the support of the business to move a project forward. For one of our clients, we knew the potential of dramatically improving contract document processing, using the KnowledgeLake imaging solution. It took a partnership of the IT department and the business to ensure the project was not only approved but successfully implemented.
It is more and more important to realize the business value as soon as possible. No longer is it viable to have year-long projects. Try breaking down your project into successive increments of functionality. Remember that the success of a project diminishes with increasing complexity and scope.
NOW, go forth and take advantage of the true potential of the powerful platform in which you have already invested, and in the end you will be saying: “I knew SharePoint could do that!”