I have taken a fulltime evangelist position with Global 360. What does that mean to the followers of EndUserSharePoint.com? — Mark
The EndUserSharePoint.com audience has matured over the past two years. At first, the community was interested in just getting a handle on SharePoint and what it could do. Then we moved together into the interface enhancements phase where we explored what could be done at the presentation layer when the site owner had no access to the server.
Now it�s time to move beyond thinking of SharePoint as a stand-alone platform, and start providing solutions to real business problems, by reaching the �Unconscious Competence� stage.
As the SharePoint Community of End Users has matured over the years, I�ve tried to keep pace by providing deeper content for SharePoint Power Users, such as the content the jQuery teams have been providing, as well as providing direction for the beginning End User. This weekend at SharePoint Saturday Tampa, I rolled out a new presentation with Global 360, �The Missing Link Between SharePoint and the End User Community�.
The �Missing Link� presentation is the beginning salvo of a new type of content we will be providing on EndUserSharePoint.com, that of Business Process Management.
I see the next stage of maturity in the SharePoint market happening at the Business Analyst level. Too much has been done, and is still being done, in SharePoint that does not have a direct correlation with Business Processes. As I look around the landscape it has become clear to me that the most value I can provide now to my mature users is to start concentrating on Business Process as it relates to being exposed through SharePoint.
As a Business Process Management company, Global 360, has asked me to come on fulltime as their evangelist for SharePoint. What does this mean to you, a follower of EndUserSharePoint.com? How does this affect the site, the content and my objectivity?
EndUserSharePoint.com is not becoming part of Global 360. EndUserSharePoint.com stays the same! This was a concern to some of our authors. EUSP stays an independent , stand-alone voice, as it has always been. EUSP has not been bought by Global 360, they do not have anything to do with the site, other than providing occasional articles and content about Business Process Management in SharePoint.
Natasha Felshman continues to handle the day to day aspects of EndUserSharePoint.com, as she has done for the past two years. Natasha works fulltime to keep the content fresh and help the authors whenever needed. I find content and authors for the site, she handles getting the content formatted and inserted into the publishing schedule. That won�t change.
EndUserSharePoint.com has over a dozen authors, providing SharePoint specific content on a regular basis. In addition, I am adding content providers from the Business Process Management field to provide vendor agnostic articles on Business Process Management and how it relates to your SharePoint implementation. I think the analysis of current processes in a business environment is a critical piece, the �Missing Link�, for Power Users and Business Users of SharePoint.
At this critical juncture in the maturation of the SharePoint Community, working at Global 360 will give me the strongest position to learn and expose solutions to Business Process with real world context as it relates to SharePoint.
I�m excited about stepping up to the next level of understanding with EndUserSharePoint.com and I hope you are too. I appreciate the support you�ve given me in the past two years and sincerely hope you�ll stay with me during this phase of connecting SharePoint to real world business needs.
Founder and Editor