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I’m a Microsoft SharePoint specialist and web generalist. For 12 years I’ve been working as a web professional, and in the last 4 years I’ve worked as a SharePoint specialist for IBM and The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. I’m currently a SharePoint Farm Administrator with Health Information Technology Services Nova Scotia (HITS-NS), mandated by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to provide support to entrusted provincial information systems that facilitate the sustainable and efficient delivery of health care in Nova Scotia.


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comment Users Not Displayed In SharePoint Groups, Missing From User Information List
Dang! I wish I had of seen your comment earlier, Stuart. We ended up fixing it using the content deployment method.
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
Indeed. What happened was we got the user trained up both internally and from a SP education provider, we were confident they were knowledgeable and gave them freedom to develop OOTB solutions - they're a business analyst so it made sense. A few months later they came back with that. Now we have to convince them to do things the 'right' way :)
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
This is an interesting topic, as we're often faced with that dilemma: Do we go to teams and pitch them SharePoint services that they may or may not need? Or do we wait for them (managers, business analysts) to come to us and ask 'Can this be done in SharePoint'?
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
This is all good advice, thanks!
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
Definitely agree about the hire, we've been fighting to get a third person for some time. We aren't doing anything at the moment beyond enterprise search/ enterprise search center.
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
Unstructured, largely unplanned, and experiencing some bad scope creep. For example a few lists that started out with ~25 columns and a few hundred items now have 97 columns with over 6000 items - it started as a list to keep track of customers but has evolved into tracking several other things as well.
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
Hi Mike, totally agree, and we've taken this approach - identifying power users who have a natural affinity for SharePoint or who are otherwise motivated to be subject matter experts. Unfortunately this has only met with moderate success: in one case, the Power Users sold SharePoint and its capabilities successfully to their users, but management didn't get it and resorted to using it much like a network drive; in the other case, the Power User went a little overboard and now has made a solution that is more often than not broken and has increased our support overhead significantly.
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comment SharePoint As Network Shared Drive: How To Get Users To Use SharePoint as SharePoint
This is great advice, thanks Per. We've tried this approach with a few groups with some success, however a big drawback is the increased support overhead; our SharePoint team is myself and one other person, and as we create more solutions, we have to support those as well - sometimes after a site owner has modifed the solution into a non-working state. It can be a challenge to provide good support on top of daily administration and general support for 4000 people.\
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