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SharePoint 2013 BYOD Best Practices

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 15, 2015 11:01

Remote workers and internal or onsite workers empowered with “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies can push the boundaries of IT and the typical IT-driven culture. A lot of IT organizations are playing catch-up around governance and their information management policies and have pushed back on BYOD due to the added complexity it brings and ultimately forces […]

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Topics: BYOD - Bring Your Own Device, Identity Management, Mobility

Reviewing Metadata “Content Types” in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 13, 2015 02:01

Reviewing Metadata “Content Types” in SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 | SharePoint Online A content type is a reusable collection of settings and rules applied to a certain category of content in SharePoint.Content types define more granular attributes for documents, content, and library or list items. They allow you to associate information management policies to […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Metadata - Content Types

SharePoint 2013: What Should You Do? Where Are You Currently? What is the Truth? Help! No B.S. Please

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 29, 2012 01:11

Have you ever seen the video where a guy in a cubicle (Office Space-esk) decides his computer software has put him over the edge? He takes his keyboard and gives the monitor a nice “wack” to nudge it into place after possibly not finding the right content or has maybe just had it with EMC […]

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Topics: Business Requirements Gathering, Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities

SharePoint 2010 or 2013 Roles, Responsibilities & Support Policies from a SharePoint Consulting Perspective

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 10, 2012 09:10

The purpose of this article is to share EPC Group’s consulting experience to standardize the nomenclature and define the responsibility of individuals who participate in SharePoint 2010/2013 projects, support and users of the overall SharePoint Enterprise Ecosystem. This is a great template to utilizes and keep in mind when thinking about your organization as a […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities, Office 365 Support

SharePoint Problem & Change Management Procedures Governance – Consulting Best Practices Example

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Sep, 20, 2012 08:09

I. Introduction The purpose of this example “document” from EPC Group is to define the procedures used to manage SharePoint 2010 / 2013 support requests, assign resources to those requests, and implement solutions to those requests, as well as provide ongoing support to ensure reliability and availability of information systems. These procedures apply to all […]

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Topics: SharePoint 2010, Sharepoint 2010 Consulting, SharePoint 2013 Consulting

Managing Your Current SharePoint 2010 Initiative with 2013 in Mind

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jul, 17, 2012 01:07

With the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview being released yesterday there are a lot of organizations who are currently involved in large SharePoint 2010 deployments who are wondering how best they can adjust or minimize any system architecture or information architecture changes as well as governance updates to their current initiative. I have had the pleasure […]

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Topics: Business Intelligence (BI), Communities - SharePoint 2013 | Office 365, eDiscovery

High Level Best Practices: SharePoint Source Code Management and the Related Deployment Process

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 21, 2012 04:03

This article describes the source code management and deployment process for SharePoint 2010 initiatives and provides the current-state of SharePoint 2007 deployment analysis as well as listing the various options and associated best practices for SharePoint 2010. This is a high-level EPC Group process we put in place for our clients but in follow-up articles […]

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Topics: Custom Development, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013

Implementing Global Intranet Governance with a Proper Long-term Roadmap

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 10, 2012 02:01

Introduction You have probably been flooded with external sources telling you what SharePoint Governance really is and EPC Group is here to state our definitive and we believe true way to implement Global Intranet Governance with a forward looking roadmap to match. For Global organizations with tens of thousands of users, the Return on Investment […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Metadata - Content Types, SharePoint 2010

Developing a SharePoint Steering Committee

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 29, 2011 01:11

Within an enterprise SharePoint deployment, a key best practice to ensure your organization’s long-term SharePoint’s success, is the creation of a SharePoint Steering committee and engaging and\or including your organization’s key business and technology leaders to this committee. The SharePoint Steering Committee is the overall governing body of Microsoft SharePoint that ensures the technology is […]

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Topics: SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Consulting

Best Practices for SharePoint Cultural Change Management – From the SharePoint Consulting Trenches

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 11, 2011 01:11

Introduction It is not unusual for those implementing SharePoint 2010 to experience a fair amount of change and conflict as part of their deployment process. Other than e-mail, no other product that you will implement will have as wide or personal “touch and feel” as SharePoint 2010 if you intend to implement this product in […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Change Management, SharePoint 2013 Upgrade

SharePoint 2010 Web Standards, Accessibility, and Usability Quick Reference Guide

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 14, 2011 09:10

The following is a SharePoint 2010 Web Standards and Usability Quick Reference Guide following EPC Group’s best practices for SharePoint user interface (UI) development (master page) and configuration best practices. SharePoint 2010 Accessibility A way to guarantee interoperability of the website o    SharePoint 2010 Supports any Operating System Related posts: SharePoint Programming launching Digitalization with […]

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Topics: Responsive Web Design (RWD), SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Branding

Selecting the Right SharePoint Consulting Firm: Comparing Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Sep, 19, 2011 02:09

Background on One of Many Similar Situations I Have Come Across in the Past 24 Months In working with clients and gathering their business requirements as well as their detailed functional requirements as well as listening to their past experiences in working with SharePoint consultants on previous versions such as SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2007, […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform

My Site Implementation in SharePoint 2010 – A Best Practices Strategy

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Sep, 12, 2011 01:09

A SharePoint 2010 Enterprise initiative must be approached in a manner to ensure it is implemented with a “Platform Strategy” and “SharePoint as a Service” in mind. This not only includes the implementation of a Document Management \ Records Management SharePoint 2010 enterprise initiative in mind but all of the other facets that SharePoint 2010 […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, My Sites - SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 – A Learning Management System (LMS) for Government \ DoD, Private Sector\Fortune 1000, and Educational Institutions | (SP vs. Blackboard)

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jul, 18, 2011 11:07

Your organization more than likely already owns SharePoint licenses and may be using it for collaboration, the Intranet, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) \ Enterprise Records Management (ERM) solution, or to meet a variety of other business requirements. One area where SharePoint is being extremely underutilized by a majority of organizations is as a Learning […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Mobility, SharePoint 2010

Is Records Management and Usability, Together, Even Possible?

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 25, 2011 01:05

Why are 75% of the organizations in the United States (with an enterprise presence) looking at implementing arecords management solution and why are they drawn so much to a particular Microsoft platform? Can you have an enterprise content management (ECM) \ enterprise records management (ERM) solution with an easy to use interface that users are […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Metadata - Content Types

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