Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful enterprise solution and platform that is designed to be very flexible and offers solutions to many business challenges faced in organizations today. This flexibility, however, drives a certain amount of complexity for deployment planning and execution. Implementing SharePoint without having a clear definition of the desired end result can cause user frustration, improper organization of corporate information and possible challenges with future enhancements or upgrades – all leading to reduced ROI and the lack of or underachievement of business goals and objectives.

By leveraging experience and best practices developed over many implementations, AGS is able to address these concerns and drive implementation success with the comprehensive approach below.

Our approach is specific to SharePoint and includes the following components:

  • Strategy: The deployment begins with a comprehensive analysis of your business objectives in order to develop the strategy for the solution. The strategy provides guidance and direction for the implementation team and your organization throughout the lifecycle of the solution – not just the implementation.
  • Architecture: The architecture represents the physical and logical structure for the solution. Since the physical and logical architecture are interrelated and critical to solution adoption, we typically focus on this directly after developing the strategy to ensure alignment.
  • User Engagement: User engagement includes both how users will interact with the solution such as the interface and overall look and feel as well as the management of change within the project. In our experience, projects are successful when there is a strong partnership with the users and our approach is to begin building this partnership at the inception of the project.
  • Execution: The execution focuses on developing a detailed plan for achieving project objectives. We leverage the tools, templates and processes to ensure that a plan is developed that will move in the direction dictated by the strategy and achieve project objectives.
  • Governance: Governance relates to the processes used during the project execution as well as the ongoing processes developed and deployed for the management of the overall solution. Governance represents the framework for the project and is a critical component to the success of the solution after deployment.