Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Designing and Architecting Solutions: Gathering Requirements

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Arguably the most important task of a successful SharePoint 2013 implementation is to gather all of the requirements that reflect the business goals of the organization to ensure the maximum value is attained. This chapter from Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Designing and Architecting Solutions shows you how.
In this chapter, you will learn about:
  • The importance of gathering requirements.
  • Defining information architecture requirements.
  • Mapping information architecture requirements to logical components.
  • Designing the physical architecture.
  • Mapping requirements to SharePoint Online and hybrid implementations.

Microsoft SharePoint has been and continues to be many things to many people. Even today, if someone asks, “What is SharePoint?” each person has a unique idea of what the product can and cannot do. SharePoint is and always will be a platform to be implemented to meet the needs of the organization that it is meant to serve. As such, arguably the most important task of a successful implementation, is to gather all of the requirements that reflect the business goals of the organization to ensure the maximum value is attained with the implementaion of the SharePoint 2013 platform. Ultimately, the reason that everyone seems to have a different interpretation of what SharePoint is, is that a successful implementation should be molded to the needs of each different organization. Therefore, it is important for you, as its designer, to ask the appropriate questions to ensure that you are building a solution that satisfies organizational goals and visions while providing quantifiable value to the people using SharePoint.

In this chapter, you will gain an understanding of the importance of gathering requirements and then take a high-level view of the core components of the product. You will then take those requirements and map them to the logical and physical architectures to ensure a successful solution. Finally, you will examine what options you have with the new Microsoft SharePoint Online offering and discuss possible hybrid solutions. The final section, “Putting it all together,” includes some example questions that you can add to your arsenal to help ensure the success of your implementation. Read more

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