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Feb 21, 2013

Current State of SharePoint in the Government

So your government agency is using SharePoint 2010, MOSS 2007, or even SharePoint 2003.  Your SharePoint site is pretty well organized based on your agency’s organization structure.  You have a team of engineers supporting the platform for your end users, administrators taking care of the back-end operations, and a group of developers creating custom applications for agency wide processes.  Your internal resources may be assisted by external consultants who bring additional skills and capacity to the overall support effort.

Your users generally accept SharePoint and know how to use its basic functions.  They know how to upload documents, create and edit list items, and some even know how to update a workflow task.  Document versioning, document check in and check out are still confusing to your users. Your SharePoint administrators are still completely baffled when people send attachments in mass emails when, instead, they can just send out a link to that document on SharePoint which would save gigabytes of storage space.  Everyone is fairly content with SharePoint except for a few disgruntled users still trying to figure out why only they can see that document they uploaded a month ago but no one else can.

A few months ago Microsoft released the latest version of the SharePoint platform, SharePoint 2013, which might cause some ripples in your well-organized SharePoint project plans. For those of you still planning or attempting to upgrade from SharePoint 2003 or MOSS 2007, you may not even care about 2013 as your organization doesn’t even have SharePoint 2010 operational yet.  For those already on SharePoint 2010, most likely the memories of your last upgrade are still fresh and the thought of doing another upgrade so soon isn’t on your top 100 things to do.

Don’t stress out! The path to SharePoint 2013 is not as long and grueling as it may seem. We, Charles Krueger and Toby McGrail, will collaborate in the next few weeks on a series of blog posts about SharePoint 2013 and the benefits it has to offer to Federal Government agencies.  We will discuss new and improved features of SharePoint 2013, how these can increase the value that SharePoint can deliver to your agency, and how they can help improve efficiency. Lastly we will discuss the migration to SharePoint 2013. Microsoft has made drastic improvements in their migration tools and strategies and, in our opinion, has made this one the easiest yet.  We will provide the knowledge to point your agency in the right direction to make this transition smooth and painless. So stay tuned for the coming weeks while we explain what SharePoint 2013 can do for you.

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