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The Survival Guide for SharePoint: Lessons Learned

Our recent survey of over 1,000 SharePoint administrators in North America revealed that it was more than a lack of proper tools holding companies back from receiving the full return on their SharePoint investments. The struggle instead began at a higher level, stemming from a lack of clarity as to the root causes and correlations between problems that arise when managing SharePoint with only native functions.

As a result, we created The Survival Guide for SharePoint – which transformed administration from a daunting task into a simple five-phase plan: assessment, fixing, enforcement, automation, and adoption! To help you through each phase, we created six webinars and additional supporting assets – including demo videos and blogs.

In the final webinar below, several of AvePoint’s leading SharePoint management experts discuss best practices and key takeaways from the guide, as well as answer questions directly from SharePoint administrators.

In case you don’t have time to watch it, here’s a summary of what we’ve covered:

ASSESSMENT: The first part of our Survival Guide illustrated how to accurately assess SharePoint. You don’t need to be a reporting guru to find out where to make corrections. Instead, you learned how to easily:

  • Evaluate your current deployment’s condition in comparison with Microsoft’s recommended best practices and thresholds report on every action made at any object level of your SharePoint environment
  • Diagnose current and possible permissions, configuration, and performance problems
  • Identify improperly stored sensitive data, and understand which users have access to it

FIXING: After completing your assessment identifying your SharePoint issues, phase two instructed you on how to fix the areas that need correcting, including how to:

  • Eliminate the havoc caused by elevated permissions
  • Re-adjust your content and site structure to better match your changing business objectives
  • Manage all of your configurations, customizations, and solutions across all stages of your deployment
  • Optimize SharePoint’s performance by archiving unused and outdated content

ENFORCEMENT: Many admins stop after identifying and fixing their SharePoint problems, only to see the same issues crop back up again. In phase three, we emphasized policy enforcement and showed you how to:

  • Monitor and detect unauthorized changes across SharePoint, 24/7
  • Quickly revert unauthorized changes
  • Easily control user action and access policies
  • Tag, classify, and quarantine non-compliant content created by end users

AUTOMATION: Phase four took enforcement a step further by illustrating how repetitive and unavoidable management tasks can be simplified even further through automated services that:

  • Tag, classify, and apply retention policies across every content item
  • Provide end users with out-of-the-box services customizable to each user’s needs
  • Fulfill end-user requests for provisioning, administration, security, and content lifecycle management changes – without IT involvement

ADOPTION: Our final phase tied together all the work you put into analyzing and fixing your SharePoint issues, as well as enforcing and automating your policies by showing how to drive user adoption by:

  • Integrating SharePoint with everyday Microsoft applications
  • Simplifying SharePoint collaboration so users don’t feel a need to use third party applications to do their work
  • Calculating ROI to show the actual value added by the SharePoint investments you’ve made

Want to catch up on the entire Survival Guide for SharePoint? Register here to get your free resources today!

Keep the Dialogue Going

Which phase of the guide did you find most enlightening? What questions do you wish you had asked during the webinar? Which facet of SharePoint management do you want to learn more about?

Let us know by leaving a comment below. Our SharePoint management experts are here to help and will respond to all of your questions as soon as possible!

Kate P.
Kate P.
Kate is a tech savvy sushi lover with a knack for data migrations. Her articles provide insight into the latest tools to help you make your move to SharePoint and Office 365, as well as pro-tips for managing your new deployment.


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