Interesting response to my column on the “dangers” of “implementing SharePoint”

I find the response to my latest Legal IT Professionals column. As expected, the title drew some very interesting reactions – that is, afterall, the intent of a title – to say something that will draw people in and get them to read the content. In addition, it was intended to be a “whack in the side of the head” (borrowed from Roger van Oeck), to startle people out of their normal daily thinking as the began to read the column. While most of the response I have was neutral to positive, some (even those who responded positively) seemed to miss the intent of the title.

(I must admit, though, that I feel a little bit like a tabloid publisher – maybe I will call my next column “NASA Reveals – Bigfoot loves SharePoint”)

For those confused – the real intent is that there is not (or should not be, in my opinion) any such thing as “implementing SharePoint”. You may install SharePoint, configure SharePoint, develop over SharePoint, but you are not implementing SharePoint. You are implementing solutions to business problems of which SharePoint (or any other technology) is only a part.


I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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