We posed a simple question to the SharePoint community – what could you accomplish with SharePoint 2013? The responses poured in from around the world as SharePoint professionals shared their vision.
The entrants with the most unique and innovative approach to SharePoint have been selected as finalists. Read their stories and vote by May 19, 2013 for who you believe deserves the $100,000!
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What Alex is trying to accomplish with SharePoint is a very common customer need. Our recent survey found 40% of SharePoint users still on SharePoint 2007, so a direct move straight to SharePoint 2013 using third party migration solutions is an option many using SharePoint will look at it. Additionally Alex's organization supports internal departments as well as customers, vendors and external users so a non-disruptive migration with minimal downtime is critical. The idea of using the SharePoint 2013 mobile and search features should benefit Allianz greatly, considering the variety of end-users on their SharePoint, from internal users to external customers and partners.
It is very impressive that Cherie has been managing her company’s entire SharePoint 2007 farm by herself, with 18 content databases and 350GB of content. Her reasons for wanting to move to SharePoint 2013 show a unique understanding of what could be possible with SharePoint. Her concerns over search in 2007 and her desire to utilizing MySites in SharePoint 2013 will certainly enhance the collaboration and improve end user productivity within the company. Cherie is often forced to turn down opportunities to further enhance her SharePoint environment due to a lack of resources. Winning the contest would provide Cherie with the tools and resources to upgrade to SharePoint 2013 and further her ability to provide innovative solutions to her organization.
Jake faces a problem that has become increasingly common with SharePoint, with an intranet on SharePoint 2007 and an extranet on SharePoint 2010. By moving both platforms to SharePoint 2013, there is little doubt he would accomplish his vision of making users, both internal and external, more productive. What really stands out in Jake’s entry is how the staff and faculty are using SharePoint as basically a document repository, with collaboration done via email. Moving to SharePoint 2013 would certainly fix that problem by adding support for advanced search and social features.
Of the finalists, this entry sounds as if they are furthest along with their SharePoint adoption and infrastructure. They also seem to have far more resources than the other finalists. However, if they were able to leverage $100,000 worth of Metalogix software, they would truly become SharePoint superstars. Adding Metalogix to their current infrastructure would really take their SharePoint to the next level and that would be fun to see.
I felt that it was such a shame for Cherie that her company is using SharePoint 2007 as a document repository and it must pain her they are not taking full advantage of the full collaboration features. SharePoint is certainly the best document repository system but it could be used for so much more money. If Cherie were to win, it would completely change her life and completely change her organization. I can’t imagine her doing a manual migration by herself and she would benefit greatly from winning this contest.
It seems that the university is in the middle of its adoption sophistication and he clearly knows the full capabilities of SharePoint, but has been unable to exploit them properly yet. With Metalogix Content Matrix, he could dramatically turn that around and it seems that a university would be a natural place for SharePoint to succeed extremely well. If he wins the contest, it would be a fantastic case study around the social features and managing internal and external users.
The volume of information Alex’s team maintains is clearly substantial with additional challenge of managing two versions of SharePoint. Migrating everything into a unified SharePoint 2013-based system, rather than integrating their current environments, is definitely a smart step, one that will ensure that the environment will remain up-to-date for many years. Social features of SharePoint 2013 are a considerable step forward for the platform and Allianz Global Investors employees will be able to benefit from them out of the box, with minimal custom development.
Sounds like Cherie is wearing many hats, from development to user support to administration. New social features, better search, perhaps even integrated Enterprise-wide search, and HR-focused intranet will allow employees to be considerably more productive, find and share information faster, more precisely. Obviously, high availability is a requirement due to the substantial business dependency. Notably, however, with new SharePoint 2013, Cherie’s time will be better spent providing customers with features that allow them to work better, and to collaborate, instead of focusing on administration tasks supporting current SharePoint 2007 system.
SharePoint 2013 is considerably more than a document repository, unlike the environment Babson College users are now used to - limited functionality of SharePoint 2007, without needed customizations simply restricts the use of SharePoint as a collaboration and social platform. New features of SharePoint 2013 will provide Jake’s IT team with the leverage they need to succeed in their IT initiatives, provide business value by enhancing user productivity, and justify SharePoint infrastructure investments. In addition, SharePoint 2013 website will be able to accommodate users with better responsive design structure to support various devices, including mobile, better search, and easier CMS functionality.