Communications Academy

How SharePoint and an employee app should work together

April 18, 2019 Season 1 Episode 7
Communications Academy
How SharePoint and an employee app should work together
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Communications Academy
How SharePoint and an employee app should work together
Apr 18, 2019 Season 1 Episode 7
Staffbase
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How SharePoint and and employee apps should work together 


Speaker 1:
0:03
Let's talk for a moment about sharepoint. Sharepoint is great for a couple of reasons. One, sharepoint historically grew up as a document management system as the point where you share things and it was the original sort of miracle of having a folder that exists in this place where I can see it and you can share that folder and see it too. Over time, sharepoint added this additional layer of this sort of communications pages and lists and things like this. So it can be useful to think of sharepoint in these sort of two parts. The document management part, the old original functionality of sharepoint and the communications component. The newer, uh, let's use sharepoint as an intranet and build some intranet pages around it. A component of sharepoint, the document management part is still really great functionality that pretty much the majority of of large enterprises are using today.
Speaker 1:
1:06
Um, and it's great at that. The other hand, uh, the other part, you know, building pages and being like a real communications intranet. When we talk to prospects, we hear that there can be some challenges, um, because sharepoint wasn't originally built for this. Maybe it's not so easy to use. Maybe it's not so easy to build things on it. The other thing though that's great about sharepoint is it's part of the Microsoft technology stack. And so at a lot of organizations, um, you're, you're buying Microsoft for all of the grade Microsoft office products, Microsoft Exchange Server, active directory, all of these things that are essential for running your business and sharepoint comes along with that. And so you're using sharepoint because in a way you feel like you're getting it for free or you're already paying for it to get the other services. So I have it, why not use it?
Speaker 1:
2:04
And I think the key message when, when you are considering whether to add something like staffbase and employee app, a mobile channel or real communications intranet that's focused on that communications part of things is that your sharepoint investment and your, your Microsoft technology investment, that's not a loss you have. You're not throwing something away that you should be using by bringing in an employee app or bringing in staff based communications platform. But you are really optimizing your investments. So continuing to use sharepoint for it's document management system functionality. And if you really depend on your sharepoint today and it's still most convenient for you, you can continue to publish out of sharepoint and have sharepoint be your desktop experience, but you can publish once and introduced this mobile channel that's really easy to, that your employees will actually use so that you have a communications platform. Because if you're like a lot of organizations we talked to sharepoint as a communications platform just isn't getting the results that you want from it today. So again, the big takeaway there are really good things about sharepoint, but um, it's not amazing at communications. And so you're not going to be throwing away the good, the good things. You're not going to be cutting the baby in half, uh, but you're rather going to be optimizing your investment in sharepoint and actually getting the results that you need on the communication side.
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