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Key Points

Getting started with SharePoint 2013 means thinking about your strategy—not just your SharePoint strategy, but also your business strategy and the business outcomes that you want to enable with the SharePoint solutions you build. Remember:

  • If you want to build a successful SharePoint 2013 solution, you need a carefully defined strategy focused on business outcomes and features that enable business outcomes.
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders. Make sure they are involved as core members of your project team.
  • Ensure that the SharePoint solutions you develop have a clear connection to business goals and objectives. Create a matrix to map your solution elements to your business strategy to ensure that you are focused on the right things.
  • High-impact collaboration involves culture changes blended with the right technology. It is a small part technology and a large part business process change.
  • Software does not achieve business objectives—people do. Just because a feature can help achieve a business objective doesn’t mean it will.
  • Not all content needs to be stored in SharePoint, but all business-critical data should be accessible through your portal.
  • SharePoint 2013 provides a single application from which you can create modern, user-friendly solutions for many work scenarios, including intranet, extranet, collaboration, and Internet solutions. This allows you to engage not only employees, but also clients, partners, and prospects—the entire extended enterprise. A well-thought-out SharePoint strategy can make a significant contribution to enabling critical organizational results.
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