SharePoint - Barriers to End User Adoption and How to Overcome them - Free White Paper

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"It's easy to deploy an application like SharePoint within an organization, the hard part is getting people to use it in a way which makes them more productive" comments Pentalogic Technology MD Ryan Wheeler "this is the core issue addressed by the paper."

The challenge is getting people to use SharePoint

in terms of deploying SharePoint, and the insights that they share should prove instructive and valuable for anyone embarking on a SharePoint implementation.

"It's easy to deploy an application like SharePoint within an organization, the hard part is getting people to use it in a way which makes them more productive" comments Pentalogic Technology MD Ryan Wheeler "this is the core issue addressed by the paper."

"It has been demonstrated statistically that whilst use of SharePoint for file sharing at the work group or departmental level is widespread in organizations, deployments where usage of SharePoint is enterprise standard and embedded in core business processes, are far less common."

The paper, which you can download free of charge from our website (http://www.pentalogic,net) explores some of the possible reasons for this, and should help organisations to achieve SharePoint deployments which leverage the full power of the application in relation to core business processes."

"The paper came about very much by accident" says Ryan "we were looking for new SharePoint add-on product ideas, and as all of our products are focussed on solving specific end user SharePoint issues we decided to ask a question in a range of SharePoint online groups and Forums."

"We asked "In your opinion and experience, what are the main barriers/obstacles to end user adoption of SharePoint?"

"It quickly became clear that we had hit a nerve as we were inundated with responses, some of them quite lengthy, from SharePoint professionals from around the world. Those who responded included consultants, trainers, systems architects, project managers, SharePoint administrators, power users and end users from government bodies, not-for-profits and corporate large and small."

"Though we hadn't achieved our original aim of generating new product ideas, we decided that the opinions and analysis we had gathered were just too good to waste, so we have put them together and backed them up with some quantitative research on SharePoint usage, to produce this paper - which we hope will become a valuable resource for the SharePoint community."

"Our respondents have definitely "been there, done that" in terms of deploying SharePoint, and the insights that they share should prove instructive and valuable for anyone embarking on a SharePoint implementation."

"Topics covered include: knowledge and understanding, culture and inertia, training, roles and responsibilities and business alignment. There are common themes, but different people have very different views on how best to meet the challenges and avoid the pitfalls of fostering productive end user adoption of SharePoint."

"The paper is available to download free from our website at: http://www.pentalogic.net/about-us/sharepoint-end-user-adoption.aspx We hope people find it useful and we would be really pleased to hear other about other people's thoughts on, and experiences of overcoming barriers to end user adoption of SharePoint."

"The paper draws on the experience of more than 50 SharePoint Professionals from around the world" comments Pentalogic MD Ryan Wheeler "and is essential reading for anyone embarking on a SharePoint deployment."

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