It’s been a busy event season for us enterprise content management technology marketers – in the run up to the end of the year, we’ve had the chance to speak with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 users all around the world to learn their pains, hopes, and dreams.
Something we’ve heard time and time again is user experience: with all the changes in the newest versions of SharePoint and Office 365, how do you steward associates to use the platform properly and, more importantly, be so excited about it that they adopt the platform in leaps and bounds? This is hard enough with one version of SharePoint, but many companies are deploying multiple versions of the platform and struggling with how and when to get users trained so it doesn’t disrupt business.
The only way to do this is through centrally managing the user experience. Sixty percent of companies are considering incorporating Microsoft Office 365 or SharePoint Online into its existing IT environment. A small percentage of them are looking to go “all in” on the cloud, which means most companies will need to have a hybrid strategy in place.
At Content Panda, we are in lockstep with Microsoft and its latest updates, so we fully support the newest versions of SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. Content Panda for SharePoint also supports hybrid scenarios where on-premises and online SharePoint is deployed.
Here are five reasons why you need to centrally manage your SharePoint user experience with Content Panda:
- Streamline content creation, modification, and usage: When you are onboarding users to SharePoint, you need to ensure you have the right training, governance, and business process material at their fingertips. Especially in hybrid or larger SharePoint environments, having to do this site collection by site collection is time consuming and leaves the door wide open to human error. Being able to easily make batch changes across site collections will ensure consistency and save you time.
- Drive consistent permissions and branding: Whenever you are releasing anything new, you want to make sure you put your best face (and foot) forward. This means you must have the right branding consistently across every page and site you deploy with SharePoint. You also need to ensure the right people have the right access to the right sites at the right time. This can be difficult to do on a one-off basis – Content Panda allows you to manage branding and permissions with drag-and-drop ease.
- Create content packs for audience targeting: When you are deploying SharePoint and training your users, a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work. Different users will need different training depending on how they will be using SharePoint. Content Panda enables you to create content packs and target your audiences accordingly, so you are delivering the right content to the right people.
- Apply automatic Content Panda updates: The beauty of cloud computing is that updates come fast and furious, and are easier to apply than ever. No waiting on a service pack and wondering what will make or break your current system. With our central management console, you can now do the same with Content Panda. We tirelessly update our software to stay ahead of our customers’ needs, and now you’ll be able to update your SharePoint environments with Content Panda with one click.
- Access user analytics reports: As you are rolling out SharePoint, you need to keep tabs on how your users are doing: Are they visiting the right sites, getting the right training content, using the platform as you predicted? Bring all of this together in a single pane of glass with Content Panda’s user analytics reports, enabling you to quickly understand where your SharePoint rollout is succeeding, failing, and iterate rapidly.
The New Year is right around the corner: Now is the time to make sure you can start the year successfully onboarding users to SharePoint. Book a demo with us today.