If you are using SharePoint the way it was intended, you most likely have all your data presented from the platform in some way or another, in the form of dashboards, lists, libraries, calendars, and web parts. If you don’t quite have that experience yet, you most likely have some data in SharePoint and the rest of your data in many other systems, with a future roadmap to eventually consolidate everything into one beautiful dashboard. And, it’s simple enough once you get SharePoint talking to the other systems. I’m sure you know there is a way, you have a plan, and are working towards that.
So, what is wrong with this scenario? Well, in an ever-more mobile environment, we often find that SharePoint is either locked down, or it's difficult to navigate to that business-critical information when you are not in the office.
Unless, like us at GT, you prioritize dashboards in a responsive environment to work on all devices. In this case, it is accessible via mobile and from anywhere, anytime, or if you are taking full advantage of the SharePoint app to access the platform.
For me, the issue is that I often need to be pushed the data. I might forget to check the data (even if Cortana tells me to check it), and by the time I need it, the moment has passed and it’s too late. For example, I will walk into Craig’s office, notice he is not in, and then check the calendar to see that he is in Cape Town that week. Alternatively, I would have greeted Annie in the kitchen in the morning, only to later find out it was her birthday.
- Social data like – Leave notifications, Out of the office, Birthdays, News, Weather
- Business critical data like – Exchange rates, Sales figures, Targets, Cashflow and more.
- Interactive data – Links to surveys, feedback and communication processes
|Data||Source of data|
|On Leave||SharePoint Calendar|
|Out of the Office||SharePoint Calendar linked to LOB via workflow|
|Congratulations||Exchange Office 365|
SharePoint Calendar linked to LOB via workflow
|One Time Pins||Azure SQK Query|
|Vitals Users||Azure SQL Query|
|Umlindi Servers||Umlindi API|
Web service Query