Content Panda’s Top 3 2016 Takeaways

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for all of us here at Content Panda: From rolling out major updates to our flagship product, Content Panda for SharePoint, to introducing a new product humanizing the online user experience for custom applicationswe have a lot to be thankful for as we look back at 2016.  

We’ve had a great time meeting with our customers, partners, and prospects all looking to answer the same question: How do we use technology to transform the way we teach, adopt, and drive usage of new solutions in the workplace?  

There were a lot of major takeaways from the past year, but here are three important ones: 

Microsoft has its head in the clouds, and we’re all better for it 

Major updates to Office 365 and the new release of SharePoint 2016 point to a bright future for Microsoft and its customers. The emphasis on more cloud-friendly features and apps to match the consumer experiences we all know and enjoy will take a large step forward in shattering the silos that exist when it comes to IT and business productivity.  

The demand is most definitely there – according to the Association for Image and Information Management (AIIM), 60 percent of companies surveyed state they will either deploy or are seriously considering deploying Microsoft cloud solutions in the next year. Content Panda is ready to help companies moving to the cloud and newer versions of SharePoint accelerate adoption, simplify support, and promote governance. Need a handy reminder of all the steps you should take to drive successful adoptionDownload our free eBook.  

The need for in-context help is alive and well 

Content Panda's in-context help

Content Panda's in-context help

Companies around the world are rolling out SharePoint, but 40% of organizations say their SharePoint implementation was not a success. Inadequate user training (67%), hard to use (66%), and lack of senior management support (64%) are cited as reasons for SharePoint projects stalling or failing. Training is so important to driving SharePoint success that 58 percent of companies say they will make it a top priority as they attempt to revitalize usage of the platform in the coming year. 

Training is essential, but it shouldn’t be a once-and-done exercise. Studies show that much of the knowledge gained in a training session can be forgotten by students 24 hours after the training is completed. The result is that knowledge workers spend nearly three hours searching for information, precious time that could be better spent completing their projects. Workers recognize that if it takes that long just to find the information they need to do their jobs, they must find faster ways of doing it that may defeat the purpose of your new technology implementation. Check out our five ways to create more holistic SharePoint training 

Governance is the elephant in the room (or office) 

Proper SharePoint governance is one of those topics many acknowledge as being important, but then take few steps to rectify their lack of it. According to a new study from AIIM, updating and enforcing information governance policies as it relates to SharePoint is a priority for half of the companies surveyed.   

If so many recognize that governance is important, then why do so few companies have it in place? It’s not easy. It’s not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. You need to make sure you anticipate the needs and goals of every division in your company. Governance is vital to successfully rolling out SharePoint and driving adoption, so you must get this piece into place before any other substantive work is done. Need a boost? Here are five steps you can take to create a plan that will successfully implement governance in your company. Then, let Content Panda for SharePoint help you reinforce governance policies and best practices right at the moment your employees need it while using SharePoint.  

Happy holidays from all of us here at Content Panda! 

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Written by Co-Founder, Evangelist and Chief Marketing Officer, Heather Newman

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