John Jediny

SharePoint as its currently used in the federal government from my experience is helpful but is not the answer to collaboration. As the most well known social learning platform, share point suffers from the same 10% law of contributions, the same as wikis. On top of that, thanks to our continued false sense of security, the majority of SharePoint instances are stood up inside an agencies firewall. So it becomes a glorified shared drive, effective use of SharePoint is to focus on its process/project management capabilities (task, workflows, teams, wikis, etc). The moment you view SP as your document management solution it’s already a lost cause. Use SP as the “spine” of the system, use SP to optimize your Office 2010 suite, this enables the “collaboration” piece by using Word/Excel in tandem with Lync/Communicator/Groove or OneNote as the face of your SP using it to enable the unrealized “collaborative authoring” capabilities. Basically if SP can be used to integrate behinds the scenes you’ll avoid scaring off users who are (and will always be) gun shy of any new tool that requires learning/transitioning