12 August, 2010

Current hot topics for SharePoint business users

During three days in Sydney later this year (29 November-1 December 2010), the inaugural version of Share 2010 will take place. Share 2010 is essentially a much anticipated new SharePoint conference aimed entirely at business users. Until now, business users driving SharePoint within their respective organisations have not had a conference solely focused on the non-technical business-oriented aspects of SharePoint. This conference will fill that gap.

I have been involved in some research work for Eventful Management, the organisers behind Share 2010, to help identify and prioritise the current hot topics for SharePoint business users. The research is based on inputs from more than 100 SharePoint customers across Australia and New Zealand as well as thought leaders from around the world. Below is the consolidated list of hot topics that came out of this research in order of priority:

  1. Governance
  2. User Training and Change Management
  3. Business Process Automation and Workflow
  4. Information Architecture
  5. Information Discovery (including Search)
  6. Collaboration
  7. Document and Records Management
  8. Reporting and Analytics (Business Intelligence)
  9. Integration with other Systems
  10. Resourcing and Support
  11. Social Networking
  12. Selling the Value and Demonstrating ROI
  13. Security
  14. Going 2010
  15. Extranet Collaboration with External People
  16. Third-Party Partners and Products

The conference content and format is being put together using this hotlist of topics as guidance. You can read more about the essence of each individual topic on the Share 2010 website.