by December 6th, 2013
This past Wednesday, we hosted a webinar, “Using Yammer and SharePoint Intranets to Drive Employee Engagement.” During the session, Rich Wood, Director of Web & Social Collaboration at Perficient, first gave a quick overview on the enterprise social network and Yammer, and then went on discuss user adoption and engagement. He covered what exactly a social strategy entails, and the importance of a social maturity assessment, complete with a social toolset recommendation, community planning and a communication plan. Throughout the webinar, we shared some of Rich’s highlights on Twitter @Perficient_MSFT:
Rich explained that when it comes to adoption (he prefers the term engagement), training is crucial, yet surprisingly rare today. That said, learning from coworkers is among the most common AND most effective learning methods. While organic growth is bottom up, and organizational mandate is top down, and both have their advantages and disadvantages – but the key is in the planning.
With Yammer, familiarity breeds usability. Yammer looks like Facebook, as Rich pointed out. If you know how to use Facebook (as the vast majority of us do), then you intrinsically know how to use Yammer. Read the rest of this post »
by November 20th, 2013
There’s really nothing quite like being part of a top national systems integrator. I’ve found that one of the coolest, most rewarding aspects of this job is working with so many bright, talented people from all across the country. The sheer breadth and scope of the expertise brought to bear by the ladies and gentlemen on my own team alone is humbling to me, and lately I’ve been turned on to yet another example.
LearnNowOnline is a technical learning company that provides in-depth, real-world content to developers, IT professionals and computer users over the web. It turns out that a whole slew of their how-to courses on SharePoint 2013 have been developed and recorded by Perficient’s own Tim McCarthy!
Tim has put together a set of eight SharePoint 2013 tutorials for developers, covering a diverse set of topics including:
- Client-Side Code (extremely important now and in the future– especially for Office 365 / SharePoint Online!)
- Controls and Web Parts
- Solutions with Visual Studio 2012
- …and many more!
I have to say, I’m not just proud of what Tim’s done, I’m positively flabbergasted. The SharePoint partner community might be competitive but it’s also very collaborative– we are all collaborators by trade after all– and it’s great to see another example of Perficient experts contributing to that knowledge base. Check it out here!
by November 20th, 2013
With the recent acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft is is now able to truly support social collaboration within the enterprise. Are you ready to take advantage of this?
As mentioned in our webinar with Forrester last week, just because you’ve built it, doesn’t necessarily mean that they will come (Field of Dreams, anyone?). A successful social solution must give users the foundational tools needed to effectively collaborate with coworkers, clients and partners while maintaining control of access, security and content. Each business has a different sweet spot when it comes to creating an engaging social environment that’ll drive both collaboration and purposeful dialogue.
To learn how to unearth your employees’ key motivational drivers, align the solution to your company’s culture, create a vision for leveraging cloud-based solutions, and tailor a strategy to fit, join us on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. CST for the webinar, “Using Yammer & SharePoint Intranets to Drive Employee Engagement.” Rich Wood, Director of Perficient’s Microsoft Web & Social Collaboration practice, will share his experience and best practices around Yammer, SharePoint, and social business.
Rich will cover the following:
- What planning for Yammer success entails
- The importance of a social maturity assessment
- A social toolset recommendation
- Community use case planning and a communication plan
He’ll also discuss the value of a Yammer pilot, or SharePoint social on premises where appropriate.
To register for the webinar, click here.
Using Yammer & SharePoint Intranets to Drive Employee Engagement
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1:00 p.m. CST
by November 15th, 2013
On Wednesday, we hosted a webinar on the CIO & CMO Convergence: Microsoft for Cloud, Social & Mobile Enterprise Social Networks. Guest speaker Rob Koplowitz from Forrester, and Perficient’s own Director of Web & Social Collaboration, Rich Wood, discussed what defines an enterprise social network and where the true value lies.
Rob kicked off the session with a presentation around driving social business value. Forrester is seeing a fair amount of investment in enterprise social, with a lot of organizations investing in it – and most people want to get there, if not there already. First he brought up the classic movie, Field of Dreams, and the famous quote, “If you build it, he will come.” While no doubt a great movie, and a great line, it doesn’t translate perfectly to social business and the enterprise.
So how do organizations get the people to come and embrace this new way of working, once they’ve built it? As with any tool, you look for hot spots of adoption – and Forrester found one such hot spot is sales. The sales team is often a driver of new technology (think back to car phones) because it allows them to connect more effectively and efficiently with customers and access various sources of information. In addition, sales and marketing are more likely to use external social networks, and evidently, also more apt to quickly embrace internal social networks such as Yammer and SharePoint. They are not only connecting more effectively with content, but also with prospects.
The role of the CIO and CMO coming together is an interesting topic. Within the market, Forrester and Perficient have seen that people actually follow value, and use the tools that provide immediate measurable value to the organization. The cloud is a different way of working, and CIOs and CMOs really need to be talking about it in order to reach customers more effectively while maintaining internal systems. The CIO and the CMO must work together to accelerate the path to better collaboration. Read the rest of this post »
by October 31st, 2013
This interesting Office 365 infograpic was recently shared with me. It contains some pretty impressive numbers
- 1 billion people on the planet are using Microsoft Word
- 2 out of 3 information workers are using SharePoint
- 90 out of 100 Fortune 100 companies are using Lync
- One in four of Microsoft’s Enterprise customers – Microsoft’s largest customers – are now using Office 365.
Of those Enterprise customers using Office 365, more that 75% of them are using it for more than one workload. If you consider email as the primary workload, this means that the majority of Microsoft’s largest Office 365 customers are also using Office 365 to address other aspects of their business. Increasingly we are seeing more and more customers interested in leveraging SharePoint Online and SkyDrive Pro to enable collaboration. Yammer driving social engagement and of course Lync Online – can you spot a communication and collaboration trend here? Leveraging Office 365 to break down silos, enable colleagues, regardless of where they are located to work together seamlessly. Office 365 is so much more than email and Microsoft continues to innovate bringing additional services to Office 365 – who else is looking forward to Power BI?! Check out the infographic below. You can click on it for a larger version.
by October 29th, 2013
Intranets in SharePoint Online just got a lot more powerful.
Hot off the presses from the SharePoint Blog, the Content (by) Search Web Part is now available in Office 365 SharePoint Online.
This is a major announcement for those looking to do intranets on SP Online, because this web part allows you to easily deliver dynamically assembled web content– a must for any modern intranet or portal.
Check it out for yourself over at the official blog. For more on planning to move your intranet to the cloud, see my SharePointFest Chicago presentation on that very topic.
by October 24th, 2013
The roles of CMOs and CIOs are changing. What was once easy to define – CMOs focused on the brand and sales, CIOs on IT – the line between the two has become increasingly blurred. Why? Well, for starters, a CMO’s role now encompasses social media and digital marketing channels. This includes enabling collaboration and communication using modern social business tools to generate new information and improve productivity. And today’s enterprise social networks must include multiple technology components to meet the business needs of users and the mobile devices they utilize.
To learn what can be accomplished using Microsoft tools you likely own, join us on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. CDT for the webinar, “CIO & CMO Convergence: Microsoft for Cloud, Social and Mobile ESNs.”
Guest speaker Rob Koplowitz, Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., and Rich Wood, Director of Microsoft Web & Social Collaboration at Perficient, will take a look at how CIOs and CMOs can effectively partner to create a vision and strategy that addresses the requirements of a successful enterprise social network implementation.
Together, they will discuss:
- What defines an enterprise social network and where is the true value
- Key CIO and CMO considerations for successful collaboration, and how the evolving ESN supports these goals
- How SharePoint, the cloud and Yammer fit into the equation
- Considerations like mobility and responsive design
- How the evolution of Microsoft equates to more success with enterprise social networks and the cloud
To register for the webinar, click here.
CIO & CMO Convergence: Microsoft for Cloud, Social and Mobile ESNs
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
1:00 p.m. CDT
In the meantime, you can read more on the CIO and CMO convergence by checking out Mike Porter’s blog post, Blurring the Line Between CIO and CMO.
by October 20th, 2013
I presented at the SharePointFest Chicago in October 2013. During my presentations, I mentioned that I would upload my PowerPoint presentations.
Session 1: Search Customizations
This session covered customizations for search in SharePoint 2013.
1. Display Templates
2. Server side search web parts.
3. Boosting and segmentation
Here is the link : http://www.slideshare.net/perficientinc/search-customizations
Session 2: Public Websites in SharePoint 2013
In this session I spoke about all the considerations and options one has while creating a public web site in SharePoint 2013. I covered some of the quirks of SharePoint 2013 and workarounds.
Here is the link to the PowerPoint presentation : http://www.slideshare.net/perficientinc/creating-public-facing-websites-with-sharepoint-2013
by October 16th, 2013
Last week, Perficient sponsored and presented at SharePoint Fest Chicago. One of our speakers was Rich Wood, National Director of Modern Applications here at Perficient. He presented on “Migrating Your Intranet to SharePoint Online.”
First, Rich explained what’s different about the cloud, and gave details on SharePoint as a service, including what makes it different from SharePoint on-premise. Next, he discussed key intranet elements and what to plan for, particularly around search and social (and Yammer). He explained user profiles, managed metadata, lists, libraries, and calendars, publishing, Office Web Apps, Skydrive, customization… you name it, he covered it!
He also talked about governance, site provisioning, security, compliance and privacy. And of course, he covered migration questions, options, and tools. Thanks to both Rich and Perficient’s Chris Hines for such a comprehensive presentation on SharePoint Online.
You can check out the entire presentation below. Other presentations from SharePoint Fest Chicago can be viewed here.
by October 15th, 2013
Long before Microsoft acquired Yammer, I was impressed with the usability of the latter enterprise social tool. Granted, they looked (and still look) more or less like Facebook, but that sort of stealing is brilliant stealing. After all, these days pretty much everyone uses Facebook, so when new users log into Yammer for the first time, it’s anything but an unfamiliar experience.
I personally feel that’s a great thing for SharePoint in the enterprise, and I’ve recently made a statement to that effect in my latest CMSWire article. Essentially, it’s an argument for why simple, intuitive software is always a better bet for adoption than costly “end user adoption” programs, and why Microsoft is making the right bet with these applications. Check it out!