Improving Digital Adoption

Increase Systems Usage with True Digital Adoption

Eric Eaton

I am a SharePoint Architect coming from a background in networking, server management, and technical instruction / authoring. Most recently, I've ventured into app development using the SharePoint add-in model, REST, CSOM, and AngularJS. I've also recently gained the MCSD and Certified SCRUM Master certifications. I am pretty passionate about SharePoint's ability to solve problems. It brings together data, eliminates paperwork and manual tasks, and puts the power to innovate into the hands of the information worker. I also have expertise and interest in other tools, including Google Search Appliances, Microsoft servers, and network infrastructure.
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Migration is the process, but adoption is the goal.

Posted by Eric Eaton on Aug 15, 2018 10:00:53 AM



I've been working with VisualSP a lot lately, now that my focus is on user adoption. One of my colleagues there recently collected a set of survey data about what organizations see as their biggest challenge. The clear winner was user adoption, and the next 4 were all topics related to that. I find this interesting, because it shows a growing awareness of the importance of user adoption.

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#SPC18 - The 4 pillars of SharePoint, and what they mean for us

Posted by Eric Eaton on Jun 12, 2018 8:46:00 AM

During the keynote at #SPC18 last week, the MS team re-assured the attendees that SharePoint is seen as a 'foundational service' for Office 365, along with OneDrive and Exchange. Microsoft has seen a 200% growth in SharePoint storage used in O365. Out of all active SharePoint seats – 70% of them are for SharePoint Online (as opposed to on-prem). Their strategy has 4 pillars that are defining the dev work they are doing day in and day out. Here's a summary of those pillars and what features we're seeing happen for each of them.

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Topics: VisualSP Help System, SharePoint ROI, SharePoint Conference North America, Office 365 ROI

Strategory from the MS keynote at #SPC18

Posted by Eric Eaton on Jun 7, 2018 3:54:06 PM

Whew... what a busy couple of weeks. The SharePoint NA conference on May 21-23 was packed with interesting sessions and opportunities to connect. I'm just now getting past the obligatory catch-up cycle that follows one of these events, and I'm starting to look back through my notes. I thought I'd share a few highlights over the next few days to help me process the things I want to remember and perhaps help someone else who didn't get to go. Today, I'm looking back at the keynote from Bill Baer, Jeff Teper, Seth Patton, and a cast of 1,000's on day 1.

The MS team identified and highlighted six trends that are defining the digital workplace, and I thought some of them were helpful in analyzing our own personal and organizational goals from a big-picture / strategic perspective. For now, I'll let you read everyone else's posts about the numerous announcements made there, and I'll focus on the strategic trends the MS team presented, as well as my own thought processes that wandered off from there...

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Topics: office 365 adoption, VisualSP Online Help System, SharePoint Conference North America, SharePoint Technology

Caveman Adoption Tenet #4: Help that is actually helpful

Posted by Eric Eaton on Apr 5, 2018 11:00:14 AM

This is the fifth post in my series about Caveman User Adoption. The first was an overview of 4 Caveman Tenets of user adoption that together create an environment where SharePoint and Office 365 will grow organically. This article is a deeper dive on the fourth and final tenet – Help that is actually helpful. The core idea here is to make changes to your support and training models to increase your users’ comfortable level. Doing this requires a strategic shift, but it is probably the most powerful of all 4 of the caveman tenets. All by itself, it can make or break your adoption efforts.

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Topics: VisualSP, Caveman User Adoption Scorecard, SharePoint User Adoption

Caveman Adoption Tenet #3: Simple Solutions

Posted by Eric Eaton on Feb 6, 2018 9:03:00 AM

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This is the fourth post in my series about Caveman User Adoption. The first was an overview of 4 Caveman Tenets of user adoption that together create an environment where SharePoint and Office 365 will grow organically. This article is a deeper dive on the third tenet – Simple Solutions. The core idea here is to solve common pain points with something that is satisfyingly simple. Don't design the proverbial solar-powered rocket launcher with GPS and cup-holders when all the users really needed was a club. Clubs are easy to replicate. They cost little to maintain. They have a short learning curve. They are satisfying to use. When you've got a new club - everything looks like a nail.

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Topics: SharePoint Adoption, office 365 adoption, SharePoint 2013 End User Training, SharePoint 2016 End User Training, Office 365 End User Training, Caveman User Adoption Scorecard

Caveman Adoption Tenet #2: Simple adoption metrics

Posted by Eric Eaton on Jan 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM


This is the third post in my series about Caveman User Adoption. The first was an overview of 4 tenets that together create an environment where SharePoint and Office 365 can grow. This article is a deeper dive on the second of those tenets. Measuring adoption is an area where a lot of times we overthink things. We track the wrong things (like page hits and unique visitors for a site) and build solutions that are way more complicated than we needed in order to tell our adoption story.

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Topics: SharePoint Adoption, office 365 adoption, SharePoint 2013 End User Training, SharePoint 2016 End User Training, Office 365 End User Training, Caveman User Adoption Scorecard

Caveman Adoption Tenet #1: Simple governance policies to promote user adoption

Posted by Eric Eaton on Jan 3, 2018 2:31:02 PM

This is the second post in my series about Caveman User Adoption. The first was an overview of 4 tenets that together create an environment where SharePoint and Office 365 can grow. This article is a deeper dive on the first tenet – Simple Governance Policies.

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Topics: SharePoint Adoption, office 365 adoption, SharePoint 2013 End User Training, SharePoint 2016 End User Training, Office 365 End User Training, Caveman User Adoption Scorecard

Caveman user adoption strategies

Posted by Eric Eaton on Nov 14, 2017 9:03:00 AM

I’ve been doing some speaking lately on the topic of user adoption. It’s an important subject, not least of which because so many times we, as an industry, get it wrong. We either ignore it (build it and they will come) or treat it like a project (training classes will be complete by August 1). In my experience, neither of those things work. Success is not rocket science, though. There are many books and posts out there that discuss adoption from more conceptual perspectives related to vision, communications, and human behavioral changes. Those discussions are certainly valid, but I plan to tackle the topic from a more functional perspective and discuss strategies and activities as they apply to the team behind the platform.

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Topics: SharePoint Adoption, office 365 adoption, SharePoint 2013 End User Training, SharePoint 2016 End User Training, Office 365 End User Training, Caveman User Adoption Scorecard

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