Supporting collaboration solutions is as much or more about supporting human activity or behavior – people working together – than it is about technology. Organizations deploying Windows SharePoint Services solutions need to ensure that the solution fits within the corporate culture. Many organizations are deploying collaborative solutions to save on operating costs, make people more productive, and foster new ideas and innovation. IT organizations responsible for WSS deployments have an opportunity to support and enable business transformation by understanding how their organization works today and using this understanding to successfully plan and implement a solution that truly drives business value.
This paper is designed to help guide project teams responsible for deploying WSS (usually part of the IT organization) through some recommended solutions for the organizational and cultural challenges associated with deployments of collaboration solutions based on Windows SharePoint Services (and also, SharePoint Portal Server).