Four SharePoint Application Best Practices
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
One benefit of SharePoint 2013 is that it caters to today’s app-centric world. This new version continues to build on Microsoft's cloud app model for development, with support for major languages as well as several hosting options. Developers can write and publish apps to SharePoint's public app store, or to an internal store available to employees only.
One of SharePoint's biggest strengths is that it's extremely malleable. SharePoint can be a social collaboration platform, a portal for shared resources, a launch pad for enterprise apps, the backbone for websites and much more. But this flexibility can cause problems. Because of this, K2 has compiled a list of best practices every developer needs to keep in mind when building and launching apps in SharePoint.
Similar to how Windows 8 overhauled the traditional desktop OS for the mobile era, SharePoint 2013 knows that many users expect to be able to use their desktop applications on any device, no matter how big or small the screen.
Unlike prior versions, SharePoint 2013 also enables developers and administrators to deliver customizable, device-specific designs rather than a one-size-fits-all experience.
It is imperative for administrators to build apps employees will actually use. This means that organizations need to keep how and with what device users will be using their apps.
SharePoint might be popular, but it has never been especially social - something Microsoft hopes to change with SharePoint 2013, bolstered by the company's acquisition of Yammer. New social features include the requisite newsfeed of organizational activity, the introduction of Community Sites and other changes intended to better foster sharing and collaboration.
With the infusion of social into the SharePoint platform, companies can now focus on building apps that drive the business’ process while driving further integration into business groups not yet touched by SharePoint.
3. Training and Communications with employees
So you just built an awesome app in SharePoint, and need to get the word out.
Employees need to be trained on what the application does and how who to use it. If you’re planning on upgrading a platform that does so much and touches so many verticals, you need to know how SharePoint works and what it needs to work.
4. Integrate with a third party to help with version control
Those who have deployed SharePoint to enhance their company’s workflow and data management/integration systems know that there are on-going challenges in expanding adoption and the use of the software within the context of business processes.
K2 works with companies to leverage existing investments in SharePoint. Using K2 allows you to build and run business applications, foster collaboration and manage documents. And we enable companies to surface those apps on any device, anywhere, with or without SharePoint.
For more information about our SharePoint offerings, visit our SharePoint workflow page.