Archive for SharePoint User Adoption

Applications 101 – Building apps on SharePoint with CorasWorks

In previous posts I shared an application example that I built in less than two days, showing a demo of the app, then a quick look behind the scenes.  In the Applications 101 tutorial below, I take students from beginning to end, including:

  • About the application example
  • About the builder
  • About the SharePoint challenge
  • Solution demonstration
  • A look behind the scenes
  • A few other application examples
  • Next Steps

This tutorial was created to orient new users to CorasWorks on that “whats” and “whys” of CorasWorks.  A deeper dive is available via CorasWorks distance learning or self-paced training.  Contact training@corasworks.net for more information.

Remember the options in the video player allowing you to view the video in full screen, access the Table of Contents, and adjust the volume.

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Who Needs Some SharePoint Basics?

Tag, you’re it; you are now a SharePoint Site Owner.  Or, Congratulations, you just inherited a SharePoint site.  There are many different ways of becoming a new Site Owner, but the honor doesn’t always come with orientation, a guide book, or instructions.   So what are you really the proud owner of, what does the responsibility include, and what can you do with your new powers?

I created the video below to help provide some guidance and give you a jump start with some SharePoint basics.  Knowing the basics is also important so you can get the most from CorasWorks.  In less than an hour we’re only able to scratch the surface, but I’ll get you to the starting line on the road to success with SharePoint and CorasWorks.   

The list below provides an overview of the lesson objectives and the video includes a table of contents for easy navigation.  Be sure to share it with others in a similar situation or provide feedback to training@corasworks.net.  

  • The definitions for key SharePoint terms
  • How to easily access information
  • How to work with the SharePoint Ribbon
  • How to customize the navigation
  • How to modify a page layout
  • How to create new web pages
  • How to modify and customize views of information
  • How to modify lists with customized columns
  • How to create new lists and libraries
  • How to add web parts to a page
  • How to add pictures to a site
  • How to add and modify content
  • How to drive business process

Tips for viewing the video:  Placing your cursor over the bottom of the player displays controls to pause, increase/decrease volume, or view in full screen mode.  Use the video’s table of contents to navigate to specific topics of interest.  Clicking outside the video area collapses the table of contents.

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Celebrate the Release of v11.2

Come join us and your fellow CorasWorks customers for the celebration of our latest release – CorasWorks v11.2.

Learn about the many new features and improvements that will help rock your SharePoint world – not to mention make you and your organization more productive, make life easier, and do it all faster and better than before.

In the video below, our COO Dan Naselius takes you on a tour of what’s new in the release, he shows v11.2 in action, and shares the whys and hows v11.2 will make a difference. Topics found in the video navigation include the following (note the product has to be fast to get through all this content in less than an hour):

  • Agenda
  • Goals of v11.2
    • Faster and Easier
    • What is v11.2
    • What are Widgets
    • Customer Roles
  • Basic Component Demo
    • The Site Owner
    • Adding a Widget
    • My Work Widget
    • End User Enablement
    • Reporting
    • Multiple Displays per Page
    • Fine Tuning a Widget
    • Reuse and the Gallery
    • New – Default Views and Actions
    • Adding Default Actions
    • Making Changes Made Easy
    • Summary of Basic Components
  • Managed Metadata Services
  • Advanced Component Overview
    • New – XML Editor
    • Visualize CorasWorks
  • New Help System
  • Improved Learning Center Access
  • Ongoing Education
  • Summary
  • Product Roadmap
  • Questions and Answers

Tips for viewing the video:  Hovering your mouse over the bottom of the player provides controls to pause, increase/decrease volume, or view in full screen mode.  Use the video’s table of contents to navigate to specific topics of interest.  Clicking outside the video area collapses the table of contents.

I’ll have the CorasWorks Essentials training updated for the May class to include the new features, so visit our website at http://www.corasworks.net/services/training.html to register for training.

 

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Driving SharePoint User Adoption

If you build it, will they come? Have the freedoms of the SharePoint platform left your users wondering what’s available, why it’s important, and how to get there? Does your SharePoint training focus too much on the “how do I…,”  losing sight of the bigger productivity picture?  These are some of the questions at the heart of user adoption.

Information Overload

When I lived in New York I rode the subway a lot. As I was learning my way around the city I’d get off at unfamiliar stops, surface to the street, and be faced with information overload. There was so much to see, so many options, and no clear direction. Sound familiar?

There isn’t an app for that!

Today “there’s an app for that,” probably 100+ to get you around NYC, but last I checked there isn’t one to guide you through your SharePoint environment. So there isn’t a 99 cent answer to help your users find their way, but based on your SharePoint investment isn’t it worth some thought and action?

A customer’s solution

Fortistar, a long time customer of CorasWorks, has built a robust intranet called Fortistar Connect. It includes numerous collaborative applications, point solutions, and general work management – touching nearly every aspect of their business. David Comora, their CIO, is committed to supporting his users. This means not only “tweaking” the system to meet users needs, and building new solutions to make life easier, but also showing them the way.

While many users are currently active in Fortistar Connect, I recently worked with David to create an introductory video to help drive greater user adoption. He’s also working with us on a learning center in SharePoint with CorasWorks to delivery ongoing training and support through videos and documentation.

Trailer to the feature film

Below is a short “trailer” to the Fortistar video that is one example of how you can engage your user to help drive user adoption (note this is just the trailer and you can’t link to the feature film).

Grab some popcorn…

 

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