What MSPs Are Seeing in World of SharePoint

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SharePoint Key Solution in Solving Many Business Problems

With many modern technologies moving to cloud-based solutions, and with content and collaboration being the new buzz, Managed Service Providers are seeing SharePoint’s ability to store, organize, and distribute mass amounts of information, becoming a key solution in solving many business problems. The flexibility and comprehensiveness of SharePoint solutions are broad. From what we’ve seen in our customer base, most organizations are moving from a SharePoint 2013 on premise environment to a SharePoint Online environment, but new build-outs are popular as well. CIOs and other technology leaders are becoming well versed on the flexibility and wide array of SharePoint offerings.

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How Are Customers Using SharePoint?

SharePoint is being used for new builds of customer facing Internet sites that live in Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud product. Some businesses utilize SharePoint for their Internet site that included mobility features, and yet others have built an Extranet site that allows user access to solve the need of vendor and supplier sharing of information. In addition, building an Intranet site that allows internal teams to see department specific information, yet provide immediate retrieval and archive access to many forms and documents needed for the business, is yet another way SharePoint collaboration is key.

As a Managed Service Provider, we’ve moved network shares to SharePoint Online that have provided accessibility to document libraries and document repositories; and in one unique case, even moving a SharePoint Online application back to an on premise environment for a unique need that specific company was facing.

Why is SharePoint Unique?

SharePoint’s ability to house large quantities of information makes it an excellent portal for news feed websites, whether they be internal or external. It offers the ability to provide timely information that is critical to departments like human resources, marketing, and executive groups, through “need to know” categories, timely announcements, and can even set expiry dates so outdated information is automatically hidden. The wide array of information storage offered by SharePoint is difficult to compete with, it is the best solution in many cases.

Many business leaders are clear that they want to use it, but they are unclear of where to start, or do not have the internal manpower to take on the project. For this reason, MSPs just like us that offer IT Services offer a Discovery and Design approach that will provide the education, scope, budget, resources, and timelines needed to tackle solutions for your organization.

SharePoint Projects May Include:

  • Design and Discovery
  • SharePoint Online
  • Office 365 Deployments: Full and Hybrid
  • Office 2016 Pro Plus Transition
  • Office 365 Migration

SharePoint Solutions:

  • Document Libraries
  • Document Repositories
  • Electronic Forms
  • Vendor/Supplier Sharing
  • Intranet Sites
  • Internet Sites
  • Extranet Sites
  • News Feeds
  • Responsive Design
  • Workflows
  • Third Party Integration

How Do I Find SharePoint Talent? 

IT Talent is often needed for SharePoint builds, deployments, implementation, migrations, and ongoing management and support, but many IT departments do not have the expertise in house, so they outsource all or sections of the project. They may have an internal project manager, but contract a migration specialist; or they may need a designer for look and feel, yet use their own team for the migration support. Either way, a MSP that offers a staffing arm can help. The top SharePoint roles we deploy for customers include:

  • Solution Architects
  • Business Consultants
  • Migration Specialists
  • SharePoint Developers: 2010, 2013, Office 365
  • SharePoint Designers: 2007, 2010, 2013, Office 365
  • Project Managers
  • SharePoint Trainers

Buchanan has deployed and helped the following industries with their SharePoint implementations or ongoing management:

  • Police Agencies
  • Municipalities
  • Regions
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Engineering
  • Non-Profit

Whether you are just now considering a SharePoint solution, or have already decided and would like an official quote, Buchanan Technologies can help by explaining the SharePoint features, showing examples, and discussing how it would fit your organization’s specific needs.

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