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Forming Corporate User Groups

  Asked By: Ciera    Date: Mar 13    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 931

Yesterday at work, the boss came up and asked us to create a company-
wide SharePoint User Group. Now I go to our local SharePoint Users
of Indiana User Group here in Indy and it's ok. However, I have
never heard of a UG for a company.

Does anyone out there work for a company or know of one with a
SharePoint User Group? If so, please send me some contact info. I
would like to start a dialogue with them. Granted, it's not rocket
science but, it would be nice to make contact and see what others are

As for what we're planning. It's quite simple...the UG would be
headed by the Top Level Admins and be open to everyone and have
topics related to the use of SharePoint (tips and tricks, how-to's,
etc). In addition to the main UG, we are going to encourage the
remote offices to have their own site specific UG's run by someone at
those locations. There would also be a side 'council' composed of
the Site Coordinators for the purpose of getting the 'Voice of the
Users' and for Q&A specific to the Administration of SharePoint and
the future plans for, in our case, the upgrade to WSS3.0. It's all
pretty thin right now but, we plan to flesh it out as we go along.




7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Anila Bhuva     Answered On: Mar 13

I founded the SharePoint Users group  of Northern VA in 11/05 and would be
glad to share some of the tips  and tricks  of the trade. My current employer
is directly involved in the group, but I maintain an independent board of
directors that runs it.

Answer #2    Answered By: Alisha Itagi     Answered On: Mar 13

It will provide a recognized group  of "Power Users" for other employees
to use as an expertise resource and aspire to join.

It also will encourage and empower an ongoing
learning/training/knowledge sharing environment.

It should be easier to start  than the Mid America User Group that I
started in Kansas City since:

- You have core already identified: Top Level Admins

- You have an email list to use in announcing the organization,
meetings, etc.

- Since it is supported by management, participation during
work hours should not be an issue.

- I do not know the size of your organization, but vendors
should be happy to have product presentations at least online, if not in

I am very relieved that our local  group is now an non-profit
organization with it's own board of directors.

Answer #3    Answered By: Faith Delgado     Answered On: Mar 13

A guy I've met at an Atlanta-area SharePoint user's group  works for a company
here, which has a large SharePoint installed base. I believe he may have
mentioned at a recent user's group meeting that they have an internal user's
group. I don't have his contact  information, but I will mention it to him at our
next meeting, which is within the next two weeks.

Answer #4    Answered By: Kristy Hicks     Answered On: Mar 13

I've seen two forms of Corporate user  Groups: Formal and Informal.

The formal flavor is used extensively and they even have "lunch and
learns" quarterly.

The informal flavor consists of a company  FAQ, schedule of SharePoint
specific events and has designated Portal Admins based on company
division, which act as "moderators" for their group.

It amazes me that despite the apparent number of users of this product,
collectively we aren't even scratching the surface of the pervasiveness
of this thing.

Answer #5    Answered By: Amanda Brown     Answered On: Mar 13

I too have seen this used to help drive adoption and communicate best
practices. I highly encourage the formation of such a group  within your

Answer #6    Answered By: Caleb Gordon     Answered On: Mar 13

We have multiple user  groups internally, one for each major app we use

They agree and resolve between them any issues they have with the solution, how
it should be developed etc

The business analyst for that app also attends meetings and the group  helps him
prioritise tasks

So, the upshot is the users can't complain as they decided what the solution
should do and what bits of development should be done first.

Answer #7    Answered By: Anuj Lakhe     Answered On: Mar 13

I to have heard of this as well. Check with your MS Sales Rep or the MS
Technology Evangelists... the good ones have lists of this stuff..

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