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Analysts are clamoring over Amazon’s recent $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods. Some are calling it the first step in a move to (further) reinvent distribution, while the supermarket industry is casting Amazon as a “destroyer of worlds.”
For many large organizations seeking to update and improve their content management strategy, Microsoft SharePoint provides an opportunity to "start fresh.” However, while SharePoint may overcome some of the limitations of legacy platforms, it is not a magic bullet. Without a fresh focus on information architecture and governance, old – and familiar – ways of doing things can easily carry over to the new environment. If that happens, you will simply replicate the same old issues that you experienced with file shares and legacy systems.
And, at the end of this series, we find ourselves back where we began: collaboration. The main driver for any digital workplace initiative is to facilitate collaboration between employees wherever they’re located. As with the other items on our checklist, putting the user at the center of consideration is the key to success. Importantly, however, your digital workplace can only reach its full potential, and provide a productive platform for collaboration, once your information lifecycle, along with the governance rules that support it, is codified and executed.
The value we can extract from information stems from how well we are able to leverage that information. One of the key benefits of the digital workplace model is found in increasing the ROI of business information.
"Digital Workplace” is a hot buzzword right now, and leading analysts are working to define what the term means. Practitioners and real-world implementations, however, will ultimately define best practices, the success and limitations of digital workplaces that manage unstructured content, information, and data. With 80% or more of the average organization’s information managed as unstructured content, this area has been a critically important but somewhat unmanaged part of the equation for a successful digital workplace.