“The way we communicate is changing!”
If this is the case, what are you and your organization
doing to update your SharePoint environment and stay on top of the social
revolution? In his keynote presentation,
Top 10 Ways SharePoint 2013 Empowers
Corporate Communicators, Innovative-e Managing Partner Dux Raymond Sy
outlined the Top 10 ways corporate communicators can take advantage of
SharePoint 2013 to make SharePoint the place where people can go to get their
job done better, faster, and sooner. As
the “new way to work together,” SharePoint no longer has to be where all your
files go to die; rather, with its new enterprise social capabilities, it
can now be seamlessly woven into the tools you use every day to get your work
So what are the Top 10 ways that SharePoint empowers? First up is its Cross Platform Compatibility.
Using a Mac? A PC? Your Android tablet? Regardless of what device you’re using to
get work done, SharePoint 2013 has been updated to work across platforms. That said, how can we make the platform
easier to manage? The second way that
SharePoint 2013 empowers users is its Usability. When it comes to SharePoint, and especially
enterprise social, Microsoft has got you connected, according to Dux. With SharePoint 2013, it’s actually NOT just
about SharePoint; it’s about being able to access all the tools you use to get
work done – Lync, Word, Outlook, and more – in a single, centralized location.
Now that we have everything in a centralized location, how
on Earth do we go about keeping everything in line? The third way that SharePoint 2013 empowers
users is providing top-notch Web
Content Management. With tools such
as the Designer Manager and improved Site Settings options, SharePoint 2013
makes it easier than ever to manage not only your content, but your site’s look
and feel and more.
On to #4 which, based on audience questions and response, is
perhaps one of the most appreciated new ways SharePoint 2013 empowers – Search.
As opposed to earlier editions, SharePoint 2013 offers much richer
search results that include the ability to inherit behavior as well as being
able to set “best bets” for searches. In
addition, through its updated functionality, Search in SharePoint 2013 allows administrators to direct users to
the search results that are relevant to THEM based on user profile.
When it comes to making SharePoint your go-to place for
getting work done, one of the most empowering features SharePoint 2013 offers
is its Office Integration. By tying everything together, SharePoint 2013
allows business to function better than ever before. One of the key updates for 2013 that
facilitates this integration is the introduction of Office Web Apps. This new feature allows you to edit docs
directly in your browser – whether you’re using a Mac or PC, or you’re at home
or at the office. In addition, with
built-in features such as the Site Mailbox and co-authoring, you can always be
connected to your projects.
We keep hearing about Yammer and enterprise social, but what
exactly does it mean to corporate communicators? According to Dux, the sixth way in which
SharePoint 2013 empowers users is providing Social Computing. By
allowing users to “work out loud,” SharePoint 2013’s social capabilities
enhance communication, coordination and collaboration, there changing how we
share ideas, find answers, track what colleagues are working on, and more.
Tables. Charts. By enhancing the Reporting capabilities, SharePoint 2013 helps empower users
providing the ability to customize and publish your reports, whether it’s in
one of the aforementioned formats, or some other shape or size. As to how to go about sharing your
interactive charts and reports?
SharePoint 2013 has you covered there as well. With its File
Store, Sync, and Share capabilities, SharePoint 2013 changes how you work
with your files. With the introduction
of SkyDrive Pro, each individual has their own file drive where they can keep
their files stored in the cloud and readily available for syncing, regardless of
whether they’re at home, the office, or on-the-go.
Speaking of on-the-go, SharePoint 2013 has you covered there
as well. With its newly updated Mobile capabilities, SharePoint 2013
empowers users that don’t spend their days behind a desk. With built-in responsive design as well as
app availability, SharePoint 2013 works across different devices including your
Android, iOS, and Windows phones and tablets.
As for the #10 way in which SharePoint empowers corporate
communicators? There’s rarely a
conversation about mobile without a complementary conversation on Apps.
New for 2013, SharePoint apps are available both out-of-the-box as well
as from the SharePoint App Store. With
the introduction of apps, SharePoint 2013 allows you to customize your site
like never before providing a whole wealth of different free and paid
SharePoint enhancements. Worried about
unauthorized downloads? Never fear, for
with the built-in permissions settings, administrators can monitor who’s
downloading what and block unauthorized downloads.
So what does winning look like? According to Dux in his conclusion, the key
to empowering corporate communicators is Sustainable
Adoption. By driving excitement,
facilitating change, and empowering and assisting users, SharePoint 2013 has the
features and capabilities necessary to positively transform how we work and
help lead the social revolution.