Adding SharePoint to the Mix

I mostly write about open source products or technology I run or host myself.  Tomorrow, you’ll start to see some posts on SharePoint 2013.  It’s being implemented at MPOW and I’ve been fooling around with it.  I’m neutral about the product: it seems fine as a way of managing content although it’s not obvious on its face how to get things done.  In our case, it’s being positioned as a shared drive replacement.  The challenge it creates for my own productivity is how to continue to get my work done without having to pop in and out of a Web browser and SharePoint all day long.

The first posts will be about basic issues I’ve worked out – how to use Windows Explorer for bulk uploads, document library as a mapped drive, using document information panels and templates, and desktop icons – on blurring the edges of when I’m working in SharePoint and when I’m outside it.  As I continue to play around with it, I’ll be adding posts on other things I come across, including out-of-the-box records management features, comparisons between the site search and my current desktop search, and tweaking document views.

One thing’s for sure.  SharePoint seems to require a lot of workarounds and customizations (I hit a 100 MB document library limit on my first day using it) as well as an information management mindset.  As much as I’m curious about the product from a personal standpoint, it will be interesting to watch an organization adapt its file-and-folders mindset to an everything is miscellaneous information structure.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.