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The Business Side of Upgrading: Clean-up, Share-up and Ship-over

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 11/24/2010

I want to thank Axceler for giving me the opportunity to give a webinar last week that explored the business considerations needed in upgrading to SharePoint 2010. We had a great turnout and a very good response from attendees. Thank you to everyone who attended the webinar as well!

This was the first time I had given a talk specifically on upgrading to SharePoint 2010 from a business perspective. There is so much content out on the web dealing with the technical aspects of the upgrade process, I thought it was time to have something around all the business opportunities / issues that need to be considered and explored. We should always make sure that process such as a major upgrade take into account the business needs and benefits and not always look at these as purely IT-related processes.

One of the key elements I discuss is taking the extra time to do it right. Perhaps you've heard about some cool new features that 2010 has to offer and you're sold on the idea of an upgrade. One of the things people forget to consider is that SharePoint 2010 is much more vast and complex than the 2007 version. There are a great number of improvements, but if the implementation is not well thought out and you don't look at how these new features will improve your user experience, you could easily end up with a shiny new system that works exactly like your old system did. Or perhaps you end up making the system even worse because you didn't realize how important it is to invest in training before, during and after the upgrade process is complete. If you are currently having problems with user adoption, then take the upgrade process to 2010 as an opportunity to clean up your content and restructure it to improve usability. Lastly, while user adoption is vital to a successful upgrade, if you don't get executive buy-in at the start of the project, you will probably run into road blocks along the way, making a successful upgrade even harder to achieve. I explore all these topics and many more.(including answering a lot of questions about the new Managed Metadata Services J)

If you didn't have a chance to attend the webinar, I encourage you to take a look through my slides and the webinar recording. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

To view my Slides

To view my original Presentation (as of this posting my presentation was not up yet, please check back soon)

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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