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I’m speaking at the SHARE Conference in Atlanta

SHARE The SharePoint Conference for Business Users will be back in Atlanta in 2013 at the Marriott Marquis hotel on April 10-12. The SHARE Conference is built for the business community, by the business community. It specifically targets business users rather than the technical users (admins and developers) of SharePoint. Conference organizers have spent a substantial amount of time conducting round table discussions and interviews with business users across the country over the past year, and they came up with their Hot Topics list. It is essentially a summation of all the topics that business users are struggling with on a day-to-day basis and hope to learn more about. All sessions have been formulated around these topics.

I had the opportunity to attend the conference last year, and it was amazing. I am so excited and honored to have been chosen to speak at the conference this year along with my co-worker Kristi Chambers! Kristi and I will be presenting in the Training & Adoption track. Our session, titled Enabling Your SharePoint Champions for User Adoption Success, will be on Friday at 10:45.

I will start off by discussing at a high level how our company rolled out SharePoint 2010 to our users, including identifying champions early in the process to help us with change management and evangelization efforts.  Then Kristi, who is one of those champions that were identified, will show off some of the solutions that she has built for her and her team and explain how it helps them save time and money.

The full abstract is below:

Enabling Your SharePoint Champions for User Adoption Success
Many companies make the mistake of rolling out SharePoint and thinking that usage and adoption will just magically happen.  One of the keys to successful user adoption is to enable the SharePoint champions in your organization with the tools, knowledge, and resources they need in order to create solutions that will help them solve business problems.  Learn how GreatAmerica Financial Services does it, and see how one such power user stepped up to the challenge and created multiple out-of-the-box solutions that not only help keep her many shifting priorities and duties organized, but also provide process efficiencies for the people she serves, as well as align with her company’s effort to become paperless.  The solutions she’s built for her team include a tradeshow tracking solution, credit card payment tracking, vendor information requests, and a holiday card/gift order site.  This session will include an overview of these solutions and outline how empowering power users can help foster user adoption.

Lessons:

  • Identify your champions early and include them in the rollout process
  • Enable your champions with the training and tools they need to succeed
  • Don’t assume your efforts are done after rollout; user adoption requires ongoing commitment

I hope to see you in Atlanta in April!

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Wendy Neal

Wendy Neal

I am a .NET SharePoint Developer for DMI. I've worked with SharePoint since 2007. I love to share my passion for SharePoint and Office 365 by speaking at various industry and user group events, as well as writing articles for various publications and this blog.   Read More

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