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A Real-World Story: SharePoint Social in Healthcare

I’ll be speaking at SHARE Conference in Atlanta this week and I have to say, I’m pretty fired up for it.  SHARE bills itself as “the conference for business users” and lo and behold, they’re not kidding– there’s no tech track.  It’s a national conference that is sponsored by Microsoft and boasts real involvement from the SharePoint product team and some community heavy-hitters, so the content should be extremely useful.
My own session will be co-presented with Andy Farella from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Andy and I will be guiding our audience through a real-world social business deployment– the whys, hows, and wherefores of doing SharePoint social inside a major healthcare institution like America’s oldest and most admired Children’s Hospital.  We’ll present based on the project Perficient did with CHOP last year, as well as discuss how that success has been a launching pad for further community development.  We’ll talk about the NewsGator platform we used, and why it was still the right choice for this scenario even after the Yammer acquisition.
I like to talk about our experience with enterprise social here at Perficient, but I usually prefer to do it here in the blog or with customers one-on-one.  I’m one of those people who’d rather walk the walk than talk the talk.  The national conference circuit is new to me as a speaker, and while I don’t see myself getting sucked too far into it as a way of life, I’m definitely psyched to give it a go this week.  There will be great people to meet and connections to make, stories to share and ideas to exchange.  I hope we’ll see some of you there!

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Rich Wood

Rich Wood has been planning, designing and building enterprise solutions and internet sites with an emphasis on stellar user and customer experiences since 1997. Rich is a National Director for Content and Commerce Platform work in Perficient Digital. One of the rare breed of strategists to truly understand both the business needs of the customer and the platforms that serve them, he is a keen advocate for and accomplished speaker/writer on issues that surround that inflection point. His work has been published on CMSWire, Sitecore and Microsoft partner blogs, and his own LinkedIn page as well as our various blogs here at Perficient, and he has spoken at multiple major conferences including Microsoft's SharePoint Conference 2014. Married and a father of five, Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is a native of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a graduate of Marquette University.

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