Six SharePoint Pro Tips From Six SharePoint Pros [Video]

The real value of SharePoint is in how it helps your business work better. To help you weigh the pros and cons of SharePoint, Rackspace’s SharePoint pros sat down for a short video to boil down some important points and benefits of SharePoint for businesses.

Pro #1: “Creating something that will help our clients work better as an organization.”
SharePoint helps teams and individuals securely share files for frictionless collaboration. Using SharePoint as a central document repository means users no longer have to search multiple systems for critical files and are able to discuss, edit and publish new content with a few clicks.

Pro #2: “With SharePoint, you get a lot of things included.”
Businesses can cut through the challenges of implementation that normally require developer intervention and go live sooner. The standard platform options work hand-in-hand with the ease of implementation to give you the freedom to shape and rapidly deploy the business solutions you need.

Pro #3: “Make it look like anything you want.”
The level of customization available in SharePoint gives you the ease of using pre-built templates or the freedom to completely design a custom, customer-facing site. Additionally, SharePoint is an extensible platform that lets you build in additional functionality and further mold SharePoint to your organizational needs.

Pro #4: “You think you need an expert, but you don’t.”
You might think that adopting SharePoint means finding an expert to configure, deploy and maintain it. In reality, SharePoint is made to allow those with varying degrees of technical expertise to click around and create the business solution needed to get the job done.

Pro #5: “Too many people focus on something specific and they miss out on other opportunities.”
SharePoint can serve many purposes for an organization; however, many businesses implement it for a singular, narrow purpose. For example, though most businesses use SharePoint for document management, a high growth area of SharePoint usage is creating public facing websites that can rival the look of any modern day website.

Pro #6: “Using SharePoint makes it easier, faster and more integrated.”
Maintaining separate systems for document storage, collaboration and project management can waste time and resources. SharePoint brings it all together in one application. That’s one application for the IT team to manage and one application for users access files and business processes.

Making SharePoint fit into the needs of your business is key to success. Rackspace maintains an expert staff, six of which have been honored with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for their community leadership & expertise in SharePoint, and one staff member has achieved the level of Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SharePoint. These employees focus on providing service for our SharePoint customers. Our experienced team can show you how SharePoint can help you achieve your stated goals and tackle goals you might not have thought of SharePoint for.

Randy Drisgill is a Product Engineering Manager for the Cloud Office team at Rackspace. He has more than a decade of experience developing, designing and implementing web technologies for clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Randy is a frequent speaker at events such as Microsoft’s Ignite, TechEd and SharePoint Conference and is co-author of the books, “SharePoint 2013 Branding and User Interface Design” and “Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design” from Wrox. You can find Randy on Twitter as @Drisgill and at


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