It is worth taking a blog post to reflect on an unstated, but nevertheless core assumption of Asif Rehmani’s presentation at the SharePoint 2012 Conference, “Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser”. This core assumption is that it makes sense for enterprise organizations to empower SharePoint 2013 site owners and power users with a set of process development methods that make no use of software programming. These so-called “no-code” methods can stimulate higher levels of user adoption of SharePoint 2013, meaning that users will begin to eschew alternative methods, which may require comparably much more expensive software development approaches, for the new type of procedures that Asif demonstrates in his presentation. Of course, this type of transition will likely result in considerable cost savings for the sponsoring organization.
By expanding the capabilities of site owners and power users to produce automated procedures with SharePoint 2013, enterprise organizations (whether in the form of an information technology (IT) group that services an entire business, or a prominent line of business (LOB) group in need of a lower cost method of automating a key business procedure) take a step forward towards capturing a significant return on investment (ROI) for SharePoint.
In fact, it may be the case for many of these organizations that the real value of SharePoint 2013 is that these important LOB procedures can be produced with merely a browser by users who also double as parties in the overall business operation, rather than by a group of programmers who play no other role than to build IT processes in a supporting function, which, nevertheless, constitutes additional overhead for the LOB groups and/or IT organizations in need of these procedures. Therefore, we think it makes lots of sense for enterprise IT organizations and other groups who have the ability to promote solutions across all of the silos that typically pop up in these businesses to look carefully at SharePoint 2013 as a computing foundation that can support truly low cost process development.
A trip to our web site, SharePoint-Videos will certainly provide readers who care to learn further about how to hasten user adoption in this manner with lots of useful information. Further, a look at our award-winning help system for SharePoint, VisualSP™ will demonstrate how the type of training content required to empower users in the manner we have espoused, can be delivered to them entirely within a SharePoint context, on-demand, and in an entirely in-context manner. We think this help system is the perfect complement to the type of empowering training content required for an ROI effort for SharePoint to be successful.
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