Sustained User Adoption is vital to ensure people using SharePoint remain productive and proactive. Pro-activity is key, since the reliance on SharePoint support will grow based – success breeds success; on solving user queries, meeting and solving business information and collaborative challenges using SharePoint, delivering solutions. A significant number of queries will come from the use of Microsoft Office with SharePoint. Particularly since virtually all interaction with content in SharePoint will come from the use of Microsoft Products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and even moving beyond into the lands of Project, Visio, OneNote (the list continues).
If you want sustainable User Adoption, amongst other techniques, focus on the information workers core toolset – Microsoft Office. For information workers to remain SharePoint productive, to make them more empowered, to give them a sense of achievement, you should consider informing and evangelizing to them the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, of which SharePoint is part.
By workers doing this course, benefits include aiding SharePoint Service Delivery. This is because the worker becomes more capable, and this capability extends again to their peers. This aids SharePoint support, because then you have a line of defense in terms of resolving Microsoft Office queries.
And note, virtally importance is the addition of SharePoint as part of the Microsoft Office Certification. Yes, workers can become SharePoint Office Certified. This means that they have the ability not only to learn the product, but also to add this onto their skillset as valid proof that they can use, and pass on their skills of using SharePoint because they have achieved.
Some links for you to check out:
- Guidelines for Microsoft Office Specialist SharePoint 2010 exam (PDF)
- Guidelines for Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 exam
- Exam Prep for Microsoft Office Specialist 2010
- Exam Prep for Microsoft Office Specialist SharePoint Expert 2013
And if you don’t believe how important this is, see the following clip which gives you ample reason why this certification is so important.
About the Author
Geoff Evelyn is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute of the Analysts and Programmers, a Fellow of the Institute of Computer Technology, a Member of the Institute of Management Information Systems, a Prince 2 Practitioner, with MCDST, MCSD, MCTS, MCITP Microsoft certifications and is M.O.S (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certified.