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.
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.
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.
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!