As I'm sure you've heard by now, all the long hours and late nights of the Microsoft SharePoint team came to fruition with the announcement of the release of SharePoint 2016 on May 4th. I’d encourage you to read the announcement on the Office Blogs.There’s also some great information for folks of the IT persuasion, who like to hear all the changes direct from the man with the plan himself, Bill Baer.
Here at C5 Insight we’ve been playing with SharePoint 2016 from early on. In my opinion, the IT folks will get more excited than users who are in the tool day in and day out. That’s always the balance, what’s changed in the infrastructure vs. change in the front end experience.
It’s new and shiny, and you want to migrate to the new platform. Are you sure?
Benjamin Franklin has famously said:
It happens a lot. A project starts with good intentions, but it ends in failure. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. AIIM has released a study that says 63% of SharePoint efforts will struggle, stall or fail to meet expectations! We took a deeper look into our client proposals, and found that 60% of them are due to previous struggling or failed projects. Not good!
We know why this happens. We’ve seen this in 3 universal truths that play out across many different organizations.
We took this further and found 7 “deadly sins” that are the main drivers behind project failure. Our managing partner Curtis Hughes gives webinars and presentations on this which you can watch on the C5 Insight YouTube channel.
So if lack of planning and control leads to so many failures, then what do we do? After a lot of internal reflection and analysis of projects, root cause of failures could be organized into 3 categories:
We developed the 40/20/40 Principle to help redistribute how time is allocated to increase project success.
Typically, a company will do a small amount of planning up front (sometimes almost none at all), figure things out as they go, do lots of technology configuration (and reconfiguration), and they’ll set some permissions and add this application to the list of some IT guy’s existing list of applications he has to support singlehandedly. People just go to him for help or support which is very reactive in nature.
Instead, planning becomes a significant part of the early stages of the project and lays the foundation and roadmap for the how you need to implement the technology, as well as how you will maintain and control it. This is typically in the form of governance committees or groups that has members from the business to discuss issues, share knowledge, and collectively make decisions.
So, as you begin planning your SharePoint 2016 migration, we encourage you to download and use our checklist, which incorporates the 40/20/40 principle to help you avoid potential pitfalls. Don’t hesitate to reach-out if there’s anything we can do, and you can grab the checklist by clicking here.
The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.
This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.
Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.
This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.
Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.