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August 16 2018

Ssshh! Secrets to SharePoint’s success.

Wherever I go people ask me “Is SharePoint ‘good’ or ‘bad’?” and “How do I manage SharePoint successfully?”.  My answer is covered in a new chapter to “Digital Success or Digital Disaster” that explores the pitfalls and benefits of using SharePoint to underpin your intranet, and shows how you can implement it successfully.

Everyone has heard horror stories of how intranets have failed or succumbed to the perils of SharePoint. But people have seen examples of how SharePoint has transformed intranets successfully.  Somewhere in between is the reality that most of us experience.

SharePoint has been described as being like the best sweet shop in town. Anyone can have all the sweets on all the shelves to try. The problem is that you are outside the shop saying “Be careful what you try. Too many sweets can be bad for you.”

That analogy has proven to be oh so true, time and time again. Even after many new versions and enhanced features in SharePoint, improving what it offers, intranet practitioners can still have a feeling of trepidation when confronted with SharePoint, especially for the first time.

So how is the best way to use SharePoint?  What features can meet your requirements?  How does moving to Office 365 work?

Al of this can be done following my approach in “Digital Success or Digital Disaster” without too much hard work, missed deadlines or sleepless nights!

January 25 2018

Launch of DigitalMode!

I am delighted to announce the launch of DigitalMode with my Co-founder, the one and only Julian Goode! DigitalMode will help you make that elusive digital breakthrough for your business by:

  • Engaging new customers using different ways to communicate
  • Managing digital channels to sustain the improvements
  • Showing the benefits you will gain with tangible examples
  • Improving satisfaction of your customers
  • Increasing the growth of your business

DigitalMode will help you to grow your business in a digital world using our unique innovative approach. DigitalMode can help you:

  • Increase your revenue
  • Market more effectively
  • Engage your audiences
  • Improve customer insight
  • Plan strategically
  • Manage your content

Find out now about DigitalMode!

November 01 2017

The secrets to a SharePoint success!

Two years ago I published my book ‘Digital success or digital disaster?‘ that unlocked how you can successfully manage your intranet by following the examples and practical advice given in each chapter.

I avoided describing specific technologies however, one technology is quite pervasive – Microsoft SharePoint – and I have encountered it many times, both good and bad, in my work.  Wherever I go people ask me “How do I manage SharePoint successfully?”.

My answer is covered in a new chapter that explores the pitfalls and benefits of using SharePoint to underpin your intranet, and sets out ways to make sure you implement successfully using the principles that I set out apply to intranets.

Everyone will have heard of a horror story of how an intranet has failed or succumbed to the perils of SharePoint. But people will also have seen examples of how SharePoint has transformed an intranet quickly and with little effort.

Somewhere in between these two versions lies the truth that most intranet managers have experienced. It seems to take a lot of effort, hard work and time to implement SharePoint. And that just seems to be the beginning of the daily challenges you have to act upon.

SharePoint has been described as being like the best sweet shop in town. Anyone can have all these sweets on all the shelves to try. The problem is that you are outside the door to the shop and saying “Be careful what you try. Too many sweets can be bad for you.”

That analogy has proven to be oh so true, time and time again. Even after many new versions and enhanced features in SharePoint, improving what it offers, intranet managers still have a feeling of trepidation when confronted with SharePoint, especially for the first time. So how do you educate and communicate with people who use SharePoint? How do they use the right features in the right manner? How do you adopt the right approach so everyone benefits?

It can be done but it is not easy. I know from my experience shared in this new chapter. I will show you the secret of a well-managed intranet using SharePoint, setting out the steps you need to take to achieve this without too much hard work, missed deadlines or sleepless nights!

September 15 2017

‘Digital success or digital disaster?’

When an intranet loses its usefulness over time, and people become disengaged and end up working around it rather than through it, I often find that governance has been neglected.Book cover - Digital success or digital disasters

Even a strong and appropriate strategy will founder if the governance isn’t in place to execute it.  Governance is the foundation for a great intranet, and by ‘great’ I mean an intranet that everyone find easy to use, helps them with their work, and supports their organisation’s goals.

I have blogged about intranet governance but my book offers a lot more than I could ever drip-feed via short posts.  This book helped crystallise my thinking around governance, and delve deep into my past experiences as intranet manager and consultant.

Take a look at my book called ‘Digital success or digital disaster?’ if you have a problem with your intranet, collaboration site, digital workplace or mobile workspace that needs better governance.

It is published through Intranätverk and offers you my experience, guidance, and tips for you to consider as a toolkit to improve how you manage your intranet.

April 06 2017

Collaborative intranets for engagement must be accessible to everyone first

March 06 2017

Intranets: a book that covers everything

February 02 2017

Is your intranet a campaigning tool?

January 09 2017

Digital equality for a better work/life balance

November 14 2016

Governance’s growing importance

October 11 2016

Secrets of a well managed SharePoint intranet presentation

September 05 2016

A roadmap for SharePoint governance

August 01 2016

The secret of a well-managed SharePoint intranet

July 05 2016

4 ways to measure intranet benefits

June 01 2016

The lowdown on publishing standards

May 05 2016

How to get the right balance for governance

April 05 2016

Why you need good principles for good governance

June 22 2015

3 steps to demonstrate the full value of your intranet

June 15 2015

How can new publishers comply with your intranet standards?

June 01 2015

7 principles for good intranet governance

May 27 2015

What is the right publishing model for your intranet?
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