People vs Technology

It is becoming more and more of a challenge taking the ownership of a platform away from the IT teams and providing non IT teams with the ability to manage sites and content.

People vs Technology

The more I think about it, the more I realise it is not actually anything to do with a specific like or dislike of a technology. It is not even to do with people fighting the adoption of new technologies. It is bigger than that. It is about change. Change is the biggest challenge in any organization as it brings people out of their comfort zone and makes them think differently and act in ways they are not accustomed to.

Change

Is change always good? Not always. Change for the sake of change is as pointless as a hole in the head. However adapting to your marketplace, to new methodologies, working smarter not harder, providing a great range of collaboration tools and providing tangible cost savings to an organization are definitely reasons for change.

To enable change to take place in the smoothest fashion, people need notice (time). Giving them notice, allowing them to feedback on their vision of the change, bringing a select few into the initial stages of the change process and then empowering people to share what they have seen with others, can help remove the barriers to change.

Adoption

When looking at SharePoint 2010 as a new technology, consider the above paragraph. Try not to shy away from using experts like BrightStarr in the field of ‘technology change management,’ as we will help define change as a process rather than a technology. Technology acts as an enabler and you need to really define what is wanted by the user to ensure a successful adoption of any new solution. Once you have won over the majority of your workforce at the initial stages, most will only be interested in the outcome rather than the process – so give them what they want – not what you need!

Paul Jackson Managing Director EMEA

Paul uses his years of experience in the technology industry to run the show at BrightStarr UK. In his role as managing director, he is responsible for fostering steady growth and continued profitability, alongside Will and Rich. He is a ‘lead from the front’ kind of guy who uses his 25 years of industry experience to challenge and motivate his team. After working for a range of consultancies all over the world, and Microsoft themselves, Paul has learnt from the best. Every day, he applies that knowledge to make him the pro-active and pragmatic leader he is. Paul is passionate about new technology, and has a particular interest in all things cloud based, mobile and UX, making him a great fit for BrightStarr’s forward thinking environment.

 Paul is a big fan of gadgets, football, travelling and friends. He is a family man with two kids who keep him busy when he’s not in the office.

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