The Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff (But it’s the Good Stuff) - Of this series of 10 posts I’ve planned, this is the one tip I’ve been waiting to write up (along with tip # 6, another fixation of mine). I’m incredibly passionate about this topic, so hang on for the diatribe, I mean ride.
So, I’m now slowly working my way through this excellent reference Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design. A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to teach myself how to apply a custom ‘brand’ or interface design to SharePoint 2010. I was enticed into this pursuit for a number of reasons, including:
Play to its strengths - My next tip for success with SharePoint is a deceptively simple one. While accepting that SharePoint has its weaknesses, success accrues from deliberately playing to the application’s many strengths. Well d’uh, I hear some of you say. Bear with me – my point is acceptable I think, because many deployments I’ve seen simply don’t do this. They do the obvious – for example, “we’ve installed Team Sites for collaboration” or “we’ve rolled out SharePoint for document management” – but usually they haven’t moved far beyond this and found ways to leverage the platform’s strengths to truly make SharePoint a great fit for their environment.