Colligo Blog: SharePoint User Adoption

SharePoint Executive Luncheon

If you are going to the SharePoint Conference 2008 in Seattle in a couple of weeks, you may be interested in attending our executive briefing session. Three of our customers and one of our partners will be speaking about how they are deploying SharePoint client technology to increase the adoption and improve the user experience of SharePoint – online and offline. An excerpt from the invitation is below. You can register here.

Driving User Adoption with SharePoint Client Technology
Hear From 4 Enterprises Doing It

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Interesting Whitepaper

Our old friend, <a href="http://co.michaelsampson.net/about-michael.html" target="_blank">Michael Sampson</a>, has just published a new whitepaper entitled <a href="http://co.michaelsampson.net/sp7p-isv.html" target="_blank">"SharePoint 2007 Fails the 7 Pillars Framework: Marketplace Opportunities for ISVs; Next Actions for Microsoft"</a>. Never one to pull punches, Michael does a thorough analysis of SharePoint and identifies some of the holes that ISVs can fill in. A great read if you are looking for the next big thing!

Barry.

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The Softer Side of SharePoint Implementations

In my last post I mentioned an interesting white paper by Michael Sampson of Collaboration Success Advisors entitled “SharePoint for Business: A Six Step Strategy for Achieving Collaboration Success and Improving Business with SharePoint”. This report looks at SharePoint implementation through a different lens than many other analyses. It examines not only the technical aspects, but the business and behavioral considerations a company should examine.

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What I Learned on the Way Home from Montreal

Bonjour! This week I attended (and spoke at) the ITA Fall Collaborative in Montreal. It is the 10th Anniversary of the Information Technology Alliance, an alliance of IT professionals from accounting and consulting firms and the technology vendors that service the industry. In addition to many CPA firms from the U.S. and Canada, software vendors attending included Microsoft, Interwoven, CCH and Sage to name a few.

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Colligo Contributor 2.2 Released

Last week we released version 2.2 of Colligo Contributor. It has a bunch of new features, including:

FANTASTIC 40 TEMPLATE REVIEW – Sales Lead Pipeline

It’s been quite awhile since I posted but I’m now ready to get back at it. First up, I thought I’d post a review of the one of the MOSS templates that Microsoft published last spring – The Sales Lead Template. This is a pretty cool template that has a lot of the functions you need right out of the box to build a CRM system in SharePoint. In this review, we'll look at the functions in the standard template then discuss some extensions you can make to it yourself. Of course, any discussion of SharePoint applications, especially when they involve mobile professionals like sales people, wouldn't be complete without a discussion of how Colligo can help to improve things even further.

Many thanks to one of my colleagues here, Brent Bolleman, for preparing this entry.

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Bob Mixon

Bob Mixon, all around SharePoint guru, who I mentioned in a &lt;a href=&quot;/blog/upcoming-webinar/&quot;&gt;previous post&lt;/a&gt; about our upcoming Webinar, has put some very flattering comments about &lt;a href=&quot;/products/contributor/&quot;&gt;our new 2.1 version of Colligo Contributor&lt;/a&gt; on his home page at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.bobmixon.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;bobmixon.com&lt;/a&gt;. Here are a couple of quotes:
&lt;blockquote&gt;I just received a demonstration of their new Outlook 2007 integration and my response is ~ wow ~…&lt;/blockquote&gt;
and
&lt;blockquote&gt;This Outlook Add-in is inexpensive and fills all the gaps you would have expected from the Microsoft Outlook development group.&lt;/blockquote&gt;
Thanks Bob!

By the way, if you haven&#039;t already done so, do yourself a favor and have a look at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.bobmixon.com/blog/default.aspx&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Bob&#039;s blog&lt;/a&gt;. It&#039;s packed with amazing tips and insights on SharePoint.

Barry

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CMS Wire

Forgot to mention this piece in CMS Wire on our release of version 2.1:

“Taking advantage of the growing SharePoint market, along with the ubiquitous usage of Outlook for email management, Colligo Networks announced Colligo Contributor for SharePoint Version 2.1.”

Barry.

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Upcoming Webinar

We’re really pleased to be working with SharePoint MVP, Bob Mixon, on our upcoming webinar entitled “10 Things to Consider when Integrating Outlook and SharePoint”. Bob has such a wealth of knowledge in the SharePoint space. For example, he has a great blog: “Bob Mixon’s Blog – Ramblings about SharePoint, Knowledge Management, BPM and…”

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Collaboration Success Advisors

Michael Sampson, of Collaboration Success Advisors, who I’ve discussed before kindly mentioned the release of version 2.1 on his “Michael’s Thoughts” blog.

Even more interesting is the report he published yesterday entitled “SharePoint for Business: A Six Step Strategy for Achieving Collaboration Success and Improving Business with SharePoint”. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it looks like a very interesting report. I’m going to purchase a copy in the next couple of days and will report back.

Barry.

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