[CIO] 7 Common SharePoint Roll-out Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

[CIO] 7 Common SharePoint Roll-out Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Every day I speak with CIOs, and the feedback is always the same: “Carl, we have spent so much time and resources on SharePoint, and we still don’t have a product we can use.” Here are:  7 Common SharePoint Roll-out Mistakes Mistake # 1 Lack of Planning and Goals You can’t build a bridge without a plan and goal in mind. The same is true for SharePoint. You can’t roll out SharePoint without first factoring pros and cons into your decision. SharePoint requires an extensive amount of planning before, during and after its…Read more …
The Real Cost of a HIPAA Violation for Non-Compliance

The Real Cost of a HIPAA Violation for Non-Compliance

"Can I go to prison for this violation?" Quite often do I hear this question from healthcare and life science clients. Although very rare, there are occasions where some have been imprisoned for violating a provision in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Frequently, I see patients filing lawsuits for the violation. Fines are levied against the practice and are normally per occurrence. For example, if your practice has violated the law before, you can easily be fined up to $500,000, which is not covered by liability insurance. Who ultimately enforces…Read more …
5 Easy Rules to Ensure LinkedIn Doesn’t Become the Next FaceBook

5 Easy Rules to Ensure LinkedIn Doesn’t Become the Next FaceBook

I signed up for a Facebook account in 2009. At the time, it seemed like the right thing to do. As a marathon runner, I could post pictures of myself at races or my personal best records via a Garmin smart watch. Friends would write comments or “like” my status updates, and I’d feel good. I also created Facebook pages for my businesses over the years as an effective way to communicate with customers and build trust. Then I began seeing the ugly side of social media: Baby photos posted 20 times a…Read more …

How Many Servers Do I Need for a Medium Size SharePoint 2013 Farm – Whiteboard Saturday

In short...many Its easy to get caught up in the "I only need one server for SharePoint". Not only is that not best practice, but you could be putting your organization at risk. Having only one server to work as your application server, application sever and SQL server means you have only a single failure zone. If anything goes wrong your entire SharePoint will go down. In most organizations that's not an option. In under 10 minutes I explain whats the best way to setup servers for a medium sized organization while also…Read more …
11 Tips to Help You Master SharePoint User Adoption

11 Tips to Help You Master SharePoint User Adoption

Set Expectations Early To your users, SharePoint is this large system that can do many things for their department. You want to set the expectations early on what the organization will support and what the users will be able to do with SharePoint. If possible, involve your executive sponsor in meetings to highlight his or her support and the importance of SharePoint to your company. Don't Overwhelm the Users SharePoint role outs are normally handled by IT and what is easy for an IT departments to understand may not be so easy for,…Read more …
Why So Many [insert technology here] Enterprise Projects Are Doomed from the Start

Why So Many [insert technology here] Enterprise Projects Are Doomed from the Start

Over the years, I have seen some pretty horrific enterprise projects, and they all had one common denominator. I'm coming from more of a Microsoft Enterprise applications perspective, but I'm sure the same problems exist in just about any case where enterprise software has to be purchased from a vendor. It’s the same scenario each and every time. Sales people work extremely hard to set meetings with senior management and the C-suite to better understand their technical needs and challenges. After months of proposal preparation, slide decks, and meetings with senior management on…Read more …
OneNote Class Notebooks – Will It Play Nice?

OneNote Class Notebooks – Will It Play Nice?

OneNote has been around for a long time as a Microsoft Office note taking application. Now Microsoft is taking the next step and bringing the same tool to the classroom. According to Microsoft “OneNote will allow teachers and staff to collaborate more effectively on curriculum development internal policies and administrative duties”. OneNote Staff Notebook for Education lets education staff leaders — like principals or faculty heads — set up shared workspaces for teachers and administrators and enable them to organize and share internal information, event and meeting schedules, student progress, parent feedback, lesson…Read more …

Are you still using Windows Server 2003?

In July Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2003 and you'll basically have three options. Cross your fingers and hope that legacy application running on your old Dell Windows Server 2003 rack can live for another couple of years, pay for custom support or start your migration plan. Going with the former (just wing it) is risky not to mention a direct violation of your IT governance plan. Without updates and constant patches from Microsoft your organization is open to hacks from all over the world. Is it worth the risk?  Zack…Read more …