Information technology departments are embracing Microsoft SharePoint as a simple answer to a host of business information problems. While SharePoint may well be on its way to becoming an enterprise collaboration standard, many new adopters, spurred on by accessibility, functionality, and price, are flying in under the IT radar and setting up their own SharePoint sites.
But what about SharePoint administration? The do-it-yourself instances may be ad hoc in nature, set up for one project or event and abandoned once the project is complete, the event over - with no Sharepoint administration guidelines. Or they may be used for ongoing collaboration by a work team or department. Whatever the circumstances, environments set up by more casual users are generally established without the process or rigor that comes into play when IT is in control. Permissions/security may be lax. SharePoint administration is often an afterthought.
Lured in by ease of use, SharePoint do-it-yourselfers operate blissfully unaware that SharePoint is deceptively simple, its ease of use masking a very complex environment. In this free-wheeling environment, it’s easy for things to get mucked up without any plan for SharePoint administration.
When problems emerge – as they inevitably do: users run out of storage at precisely the wrong time; someone unauthorized gains access to confidential information; a crucial web part is changed by someone who didn’t realize the implications of that change – IT is called in to solve them, charged with the time-consuming and frustrating task of unraveling a confusing mess not of their making.
ControlPoint for SharePoint Administration
Some enterprises may opt to wait until their deployment is 100% complete before thinking about ongoing SharePoint administration. But the sooner you begin to think about SharePoint administration, the sooner you can begin saving time, money, and headaches later on down the road. Axceler is the leading provider of products for SharePoint administration.