Increase SharePoint Adoption at your organization with End User Video Tutorials

The list of our 105 SharePoint end user tutorials.

Why SharePoint Fails

If you do a search on the internet for ‘SharePoint Fail’, ‘SharePoint Problem’ or anything similar to that, you will find the various reasons why SharePoint deployments fail to take hold in organizations. Consider this article from CMS Wire for example. It points out the top 10 reasons why SharePoint projects fail. Some of the reasons pointed out are:

  • Not knowing what SharePoint is
  • Lack of information and knowledge management skills
  • User adoption

I completely agree with these reasons. What about you? How are things going in your organization? Any of these sound familiar?

The SharePoint End User Mentality

In my work, I get to interact with a variety of users – including end users. It is a sad fact, but very true, that I see a Lot of end users frustrated with SharePoint. They see this as something that has been imposed on them and they don’t want anything to do with it. When they come across tasks that they are asked to do, they do either one of the following (usually in this order):

  1. Ask a co-worker for help
  2. Call/email the help desk if one exists
  3. Do the task with the best of their ability and understanding – which usually turns out to be anti ‘best practice’ in SharePoint. The results usually surface up only when it’s time to upgrade the environment to the next version
  4. Find a workaround that does not involve SharePoint
  5. Ignore the task completely

On the flip side (yes, there is a brighter side to the story :-)), I have definitely talked to many end users that love SharePoint. They see this product for how it is intended to be seen from an end user’s perspective: a place to go to find company information, share documents, assign or work on assigned tasks, view team calendars, upload pictures of company events etc. They love it because they didn’t have any other tool before which gave them such power and freedom to do things.

What SharePoint End Users Absolutely Need!

End user empowerment drives end user adoption. It’s a well known fact for any product and it’s not any different in the ‘SharePoint world’. The way to empower SharePoint end users is to provide them a place they can go to see for themselves how things are done – the right way! It’s like having the IT person right beside you showing you how to do a task. If you are saying to yourself “Not my end users. They will still end up calling IT for help on every small thing”, your end users may surprise you if you guide them properly. I have seen it and it can be done!

How We Can Help

Check out the list of 105 end user videos on our site. Many of them are free to watch for now so check them out. Each is 2 mins or less and has visual text and cues on screen.They are short enough and easy to digest by end users. Each video is very focused and to the point.

We provide you all of the videos on a DVD or as a download with the guidance document on how to deploy it to your SharePoint site collection as a subsite. The total deployment process takes about 20 minutes. I would suggest watching the video  to see how the deployed solution would look in your SharePoint environment.

Interested to talk further? Contact us electronically or feel free to call our VP of business development Michael Blonder at +1 630-786-7026. We can walk you through the solution to see if it’s a good fit for your needs.

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Training and Empowering SharePoint Users, Developers, Administrators

If you have been following our site or newsletters, you know that our commitment is to train, empower and support SharePoint users at all levels. I would like to focus on exactly how our corporate offerings help accomplish that goal.

Our SharePoint Content

  • 100 SharePoint 2007 video tutorials
  • 250 SharePoint 2010 video tutorials (growing at a rate of about 4 to 6 additional tutorials every month)

Video tutorial average length: 10 minutes (with the exception of end user videos)

Type of content: Tutorials discussing the ‘why and how’ to accomplish various tasks and functionalities related to SharePoint (using minimal or no PowerPoint slides)

Target audience:

  • End Users
  • Power Users
  • Developers
  • Administrators

Content categories:

SharePoint Fundamentals, SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, Workflows, Branding, Business Connectivity Services, Access Services, Project Management, Reporting Services, Records Management and more in the works…

Direct competition covering the breadth of content we offer: None that we are aware of!


Corporate Licensing of Videos

To facilitate training and supporting all SharePoint users, we offer two options:

Option 1) Deploy our end user videos in your environment

It is best for end users of SharePoint to get the help they need directly within the SharePoint environment they are working in without the need to hunt for the information on the web. In addition, there are many ‘bad practices’ that you want to steer your users away from and teach them the ‘best practices’ for interacting with SharePoint (working with documents, pages, list items, subsite settings etc).

To support you with your end users’ training needs, we ship you 105 end user videos that offer on-demand help to SharePoint end users. These are short, to the point, tutorials of 2 minutes or less with full voice narration and visual cues to help the user understand why you do certain tasks in SharePoint and how to do them.

Option 2) Online access at for all SharePoint Administrators and Developers

Our list of videos targeting SharePoint administrators, developers and power users has been and will continue to grow on the site. The best way for us to provide you access to all of that information is to setup a corporate log-in id for your organization that your SharePoint personnel can use at anytime to view the tutorials on the site.

Depending on your need, either option 1 or 2 or even a combination of both options would serve your organization best! I am a big believer in the phrase ‘seeing is believing’. If you are like me and would like to visualize how the process would work, check out these short 3 minutes videos on SharePoint End User and SharePoint Admin and Developer training.

We have been serving our corporate clients for many years now. Read our testimonials and check out the list of some of the companies we currently serve.

So what’s the next step?

Get in contact with us through either simply replying to this email, filling out the form on our corporate licensing page or by calling us directly (630) 786-7026. Whatever works best for You. We can help to qualify if your organization is the right fit for the solutions that we offer. Let us know how we can help your SharePoint needs!

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Short and to the point End User Training Videos (Beta)

We have been getting a lot of feedback from our current and potential customers that they need short and to the point end user training videos. So we went ahead and made a test batch of them here:

(The page might take about a minute to load since there are 19 video thumbnails there. Sorry)

I would Really appreciate it if you can take a few minutes to check some of them out and provide us some feedback. There is a quick anonymous poll on that page you can take and also post some comments after taking the poll. You are also welcome to email me back directly with your thoughts/comments. Thanks in advance!

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SharePoint Branding video tutorials course completely deployed on the site

I’m happy to report that our SharePoint Branding video tutorials (authored by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy) are now all completely deployed on the site for our online subscribers.

A bunch of other SharePoint 2010 training courses are in development right now to continue our goal of ever expanding the SharePoint education resources on our site.

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July 4th Sale on all Single User License DVDs

We have not held a sales event on the single user DVDs for many months now. So we have decided to commemorate the July 4th weekend by holding a sale on All of our single user DVD-ROMs (SharePoint 2007 and 2010) listed here:

This includes titles such as SharePoint Fundamentals, SharePoint Designer Workflows, Business Connectivity Services, Reporting Services and more. Once you own the DVD, you can play it on multiple computers, but it is for a single user’s usage. Let us know if you need a multi user license for the videos.

When checking out using the shopping cart, use the code SPD2010DVD (Please don’t forget to click the Apply button for the discount to apply before completing the transaction).

The sale will terminate at the end of the day on July 5th.

This deal applies to all whether you are in USA or not. Happy Independence Day everyone! 🙂

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