Friday, 21 August 2009

Sharepoint in plain english

The guys at Commoncraft have produced a very good video on how you can use Sharepoint withing a company. Although the focus of this video is on managing projects Sharepoint of course has much more potential and is used widely by firms for its blog and wiki functionality.

SharePoint in Plain English

This is all in all a pretty good video, although as the Knowledge Jolt blog says..."you can't forget that the implementation of any such solution has to overcome the usual fun of actually making it solve the problems without creating any new ones."

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

10 things Sharepoint can do for your Firm

10 things Sharepoint can do you for your Firm is the title of a great little article on the website. The article, which is written by Mark Gerow looks at some of the ways Sharepoint could be used within a law firm to "improve...effectiveness, deliver better client service and reduce costs" So what are the suggestions, well they are in no particular order:

  • Replacing your document management system
  • Automating new business intake
  • Searching across ALL systems
  • Encouraging "communities of interest" using "my sites"
  • Creating a Firmwide Calendar
  • Creating Practice Group Wikis
  • Collaborating with clients using Extranets
  • Managing projects
  • Displaying "Key Performance Indicators"
  • Creating "Mashups"

There are some very good suggestions here for how Sharepoint could be used beyond Blogs and Wikis.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Can you have too much knowledge?

"When it comes to knowledge management, too much knowledge can prove even more dangerous than a having just a little if you want to share ideas" this is the introduction to an interesting article on the Knowledge Board website.

The article looks at how difficult it can be for individuals to explain what they know to other people and suggests a way to "bridge the gap" between what you know and what you want to tell someone. "The solution is to create a metaphor that will make it easier for your listeners to make the journey from familiar territory (what they already know) to unfamiliar territory (what they don’t know). Thinking metaphorically forces us to take a step back from what we know and imagine seeing it from someone else’s point of view. This is because metaphors are created by answering the question, "what’s it like?"