Getting Started with SharePoint

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Remote working isn’t a temporary phase brought on by external circumstances, it’s the future – and it’s here to stay.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), remote workers will be 60% of the total U.S. workforce by 2024. In fact, mobility is even revolutionizing industries like manufacturing that have been slow to adopt digital technologies in the past. One of the most powerful platforms that companies around the world are leveraging for their executive leaders and teams is Microsoft SharePoint.

SharePoint is a cloud-based file sharing platform that is hosted by Microsoft. It allows anyone and everyone in your organization to set up their own folders by department to share, exchange files, and work in real-time.

Here are a Few Ways to Get Started:

1. Customize Your Internal Site
Setting up a team site is the best thing an executive can do to utilize SharePoint for their company. It’s easy to create a SharePoint team for any department – after only a few minutes, your team will be instantly equipped with a shared inbox, calendar, and a central file location for managing tasks.

You can fully customize the look and feel of the platform to reflect your brand; your company logo, colors, graphics, and even fonts can all be used to adjust the overall look and feel of your site to match your internal visual guidelines.

2. Start Collaborating
With its inherent remote cloud-based capabilities, sharing data across your company network and connecting all employee computers/devices is simple. Once the team is set up, the individual employees on that team are able to communicate, collaborate, and work together seamlessly on the cloud.

Through one central location, teams can enhance their productivity through multiple tools that streamline processes as well as provide the functionality for users to revise and edit projects simultaneously – ensuring that all working files are 100% up to date.

Utilizing the main page is a great example. On the main page of your SharePoint, team members are able to post announcements, news, and updates for coworkers to read and engage in.

In addition to being a powerful, contained system on its own, SharePoint can also integrate with existing business systems, including CRM’s and ERP’s. This will allow your business to have all its pertinent business data in one place, taking departmental efficiency even further.

3. Collect User Data
Collecting usage data is one of the most attractive benefits that SharePoint has to offer stakeholders involved in business operations and growth. With the data you collect and manage from SharePoint, you can do things like automate repetitive tasks and combine it with other Microsoft programs to improve workflows or fully integrate it into other apps, like Microsoft Teams for an even better experience.

4. Integrate with the Rest of Your Microsoft System
It is no secret that Microsoft Office and Outlook has instilled itself as the building blocks of most business operations. As such, given that SharePoint is also a Microsoft system, it integrates seamlessly with Office.

Microsoft Office integration becomes a critical time-saver, especially in deadline-heavy industries, and having time-saving automations in place by having all programs working together as one, including your email interface, has proven to be a game-changer.

This integration also ensures that by having all programs and applications under the same Microsoft umbrella, sensitive data is secured using top-of-the-line encryption, as well as two-factor authentication.

Ready to move forward with SharePoint?

Because it’s such a powerful platform and inexpensive to set up and maintain, SharePoint is rapidly becoming a popular solution for businesses that are looking for ease of use, safety, and security in going mobile for work.

Our experts are well experienced in the setup, design, and account management of SharePoint for businesses across multiple industries – and are able provide SharePoint training to fully onboard your company.

For more information on how your business could best use SharePoint, or to talk more about your questions with one of our skilled professionals at Vision Computer Solutions, you can call direct at (248) 349-6115 or fill out our contact form today to learn more.