Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that integrates intranet and knowledge management to allow companies to engage with their employees, share ideas, and increase efficiency in working together. As a platform, SharePoint is designed to be easy to use and easy to set up. However, implementation still requires careful planning – if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be easy to make some serious SharePoint mistakes. Because configuration mistakes can occur easily, creating a plan for implementation is almost as important as the implementation itself.
Throughout the many SharePoint projects we’ve undertaken, we have not only provided clients with assistance in implementing the platform from the start, but we’ve also helped clients who failed to implement the platform properly due to a lack of planning. Taking the time to plan for implementation before you start will save you time – and frustration – down the road. To help get you started, we’ve devised 6 steps that will put you on the path to successful SharePoint implementation.
SharePoint was created as a user-friendly platform, but that does not mean that planning for implementation is a waste of time! In fact, improper strategy planning can lead to serious setup errors, confusion, and unnecessary headaches. Avoid these mistakes by taking the time to put an implementation plan in place, and you can start enjoying your new SharePoint system much sooner. To help you devise your plan, try using our SharePoint Implementation Planning worksheet!