Its time to take a fresh look at how we use Sharepoint. Can you imagine if a user wanting a new Excel spreadsheet had to submit a request to IT for it, then wait for a business analyst or developer to have the time to sit down and get their requirements, then build them the spreadsheet they need? Most businesses I know would grind to a halt. Every front line knowledge worker worth his salt knows how to use Excel to accomplish tasks in their job, and some are magicians at making Excel sing and dance.
Thirty years ago, however, using a spreadsheet application was an entirely different matter. Spreadsheets were something new, and it took a fair amount of computer savvy and study to figure them out.
I believe that Sharepoint has been around long enough and has matured enough that we need to start treating it like Excel – as a tool used by end users to accomplish departmental tasks. We should be teaching front line workers how to build their own solutions in Sharepoint, and empowering them to do so. I believe a computer-savvy end user could learn to build their own solutions in Sharepoint with less than 3 hours of instruction in a hands-on lab environment.
Are you an end user that would like to be able to build your own solutions in Sharepoint to carry out your tasks? Does your company let you do so? Share your stories with us.