SharePoint is a massive product that requires a properly skilled, experienced team to deploy effectively. What kind of SharePoint team does an organization need to be successful? Or what skills should SharePoint consulting services have? How many numbers of people are needed? What would be the role of each person? What is best for the organization? To answer all of this, one needs to understand that an effective deployment team will consist of:
- SharePoint Administrator
- Graphic Designer
- SharePoint Skilled Developer
- Experienced SharePoint Architect
- SharePoint System Engineer
- Content Analyst
- SharePoint End User
Using SharePoint, the deployment team should be experienced in licensing and designing backend support for the size of the site. It is very important that each one of them completely understand their responsibility.
So, what are the different roles involved in SharePoint Deployment?
No matter what is the size of your organization, SharePoint Administrator’s role cannot be ignored. They are the backbone of the system that makes sure that everything is in place and running. They are the first ones to run to if something is not working.
Outsourcing options are always there for developing really complicated projects; even you can go to SharePoint consulting services whenever needed to ensure proper functioning of other areas. For your daily maintenance needs and to keep SharePoint running without any problem, you’ll need an experienced SharePoint Administrator who can go that extra mile when necessary.
A team of graphic designers experienced in SharePoint’s limitations and strengths can give a unique and different look and feel for a SharePoint site. A graphic designer deals with XML, XSLT, Themes, Page Layouts, Master Pages, Zones, and over 2000 styles in CSS.
Most of the SharePoint deployments lack that which results in issues related to productivity, user satisfaction, and adoption. Some clients have either internal or outsourced graphic design teams; but most of them are not well versed with a customizable business applications like SharePoint. Therefore project deadlines are missed leading to costs increasing on the project.
SharePoint skilled Developer:
Another important role for the deployment of SharePoint is a SharePoint developer. But there are many categories of “developers” involved.
SharePoint Power User/No-Code Solutions Developer
These SharePoint developers can twist the out-of-box functionality in such a way that would be beyond your imagination. They can help with quick wins in the organization. Give them SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and jQuery along with some time and they will amaze you with dashboards, views, and KPI’s delivering that much needed wow factor.
SharePoint Developer – Custom Code
While incorporating SharePoint, you’ll want to hire a custom code developer for writing custom code. A custom code developer writes:
- Custom Web Parts
- Custom Workflows
- Web Service Functionality
- Import, Export data between legacy systems
- Custom Actions
- Service Applications (2010)
- Event Receivers
An experienced SharePoint architect:
Generally SharePoint Architects are SharePoint Developers or Admins who have moved into more of a Business Analyst role. These architects have a clear understanding about every detail in SharePoint. They help to design your application to suit your needs.
A SharePoint architect comes into the picture during the deployment or upgrade of a project, or for large development projects. A good architect is capable of selecting out-of-the-box solutions. They provide requirement details prior to delivering them to the development staff.
SharePoint System engineer:
SharePoint Systems Engineers are responsible for technology platforms and associated infrastructure design, installation, upgrades, migration, configuring, and administration. They should be capable of leading in areas like SharePoint infrastructure, back-end systems, hardware, network, authentication, disk, operating system, and database.
A Content Analyst plays an important role in defining and communicating the values which SharePoint brings to the organization. They are responsible for setting expectations and providing SharePoint training.
SharePoint End User:
SharePoint end users are the ones who truly make your deployment a success by using it.
Each one of the roles is interdependent and equally important for the deployment of SharePoint. Thus, it is necessary for all individuals involved in the project to follow their respective defined roles and responsibilities.