Branding SharePoint, not so fast!

Often developers are given the task of deploying SharePoint and one of the first things they want to do is “not make it look like SharePoint”.  I can understand they want to customize the look and feel, but hold on, not so fast! Do we need to brand the web site? I think the natural […]
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What are you deploying? If you think it is SharePoint, you got it wrong!

I have had many discussions with clients that tell me “I am implementing SharePoint” and ask my advice on how to best deploy SharePoint in their organization. I am going to argue they are not deploying SharePoint and I bet they don’t appreciate what they are really deploying. If they did, I think they would […]
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Code, just the code ma’am – The role of SharePoint Designer

The systems development paradigm has changed and like the frog sitting in steadily warming water I am not sure developers have noticed the temperature is going up. I wrote a SharePoint Designer course and I continue to be surprised with developer’s comments expecting to see more code for application development when dealing with SharePoint Designer. I think there […]
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Stop calling it SharePoint!

Too many times I hear at clients that people are building SharePoint applications. They tell their users that they are getting a SharePoint application. Users Bing (Google) SharePoint and imagine what they find. Stop, let’s think about this for a moment and change the technology to prove a point. If we were building an application […]
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Organizing my SharePoint dreams

In my last post I created a list of governance steps which should be considered and managed when deploying a SharePoint solution which were in no particular order; just written down as they came to mind.  Looking back over that list, I decided to organize those thoughts into a more formal project strategy. Before I […]
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