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February, 2013:

Content is the king

Few comments about an Intranet solution:

  • I don’t see nothing suggesting a search other that a hyperlink at the bottom of the page, today search it’s so important and valuable to support, need to see what’s the vision on that
  • The resource section clearly suggest some level of functionality or dependency with other important sections of the Intranet solution, we need to make sure we understand the scope or expectation of each specific piece of data or content, the majority of the links are under construction.
  • The current graphic proposal has the main page but we also need to see the layout of the content page, it’s very important to identify what information is going to be presented on each content section of the portal
  • I don’t see presence of social initiatives like twitter, youtube, facebook, linked in and so on. I think that’s also very important to include on today’s web initiatives
  • The main page shows a title and a brief description about a message from xyz  person, so in my opinion that’s a content section that has to be dynamic and able to change over the time with important messages or information, so I don’t see no navigation icons or expanse collapse options to see the detail of the message.

The graphic design it’s engaging so that’s a strength and congratulations for xyz  people, but the content is the king of any Web Content Management initiative and in my opinion so far is we have a weakness on the content.

Because you can succeed, you also can fail

This is just an interesting scenario I’m dealing with.

I’m pretty sure SharePoint can support a state level solution for this problem with the proper infrastructure and procedures in place, but, are you sure the business can support a change like that? Switching from one paper form and manual process to an electronic forms with automated workflow solution requires more than servers and infrastructure, it requires business support and commitment because:

  • You need to define if current print copy approvals still going to be supported
  • The business needs to recognize and agree that electronic signing and workflow approach will be the new way to go instead of paper signing a manual processing
  • How records management and archiving will handle electronic forms if people star using this solution
  • Suddenly you the need of copy printing forms will be less

This are just some questions we need to ask if we are thinking to go to Form Management solution with SharePoint platform.