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SharePoint Consulting

Charsoft Consulting, Inc. provides SharePoint Services consulting, mentoring and training to corporate teams of all sizes.  Whether your firm is using MOSS or WSS, our mentors will make sure your team is  off to a great start in the least amount of time possible!

Assess the Environment

Before you rollout your SharePoint solution, it’s imperative to consider each of the users and what their needs are.  Charsoft will help you assess the needs of each of your stakeholders, and design a plan which suits your needs.

Taxonomy

When the taxonomy (hierarchical site breakdown) of a SharePoint application is done correctly, the users can intuitively browse the site collection and find the information that they need.  When it is done incorrectly (i.e. sites are not organized and are allowed to proliferate without any consistent structure), then the end users become quickly frustrated.  This leads to dissatisfaction with all things SharePoint.  It’s very difficult for users to overcome their initial impression of the SharePoint objectives, so make sure it’s a good one! Charsoft helps design your site taxonomy so that it reflects your business and is consistent in design.

Permissions

With so many users accessing the SharePoint sites, it is imperative that permissions get attention up front, and remains a focal point throughout the lifecycle.  Charsoft helps manage this complex task by providing worksheets which will not only communicate the users’ rights, but also is automatically enforced through the use of scripts

Site Design

SharePoint Designer, to the rescue!

Out-of-the-box WSS sites look really, well, boxy!  Charsoft helps modify the look and feel of your website by using SharePoint Designer.  Many customers express the desire to add their corporate branding to a SharePoint site, and SharePoint Designer can help you move in that direction.

Site Templates

Once you have tested your site and have received feedback from your end-users and stake-holders, it is time to create site templates.  Charsoft provides the expertise to take a good prototype site and make a site template from it so that all future sites inherit the look and feel (and content if needed) from this template.
 

Site Deployment and Maintenance
 

Development →  Test → Production
 

Many SharePoint developers will update a live SharePoint site… this is very risky and may result in the production site being unavailable due to developer errors.  Charsoft helps you avoid this trouble by helping you set up three environments: Development, Test and Production.  We will help you write scripts which move content from one platform to another after testing your changes.
 

Site Backup and Maintenance
 

Charsoft provides best-practice guidelines on how to setup a backup schedule so that the SharePoint site and its underlying databases may be recovered to the point of failure. 
 

Training and Mentoring
 

Charsoft has over 12 years experience training IT users on the spectrum of expertise… from IT newbie to expert. We help others see the benefits of embracing change, and help bridge any gaps in adapting to new technology.  Trust us to help make the transition smooth!