Social email software provider harmon.ie® today announced a top 25 Online SharePoint Influencers list designed to help enterprises looking for guidance in improving Microsoft® SharePoint® adoption among business users. The list, based on a harmon.ie analysis of the online impact of more than 700 prominent SharePoint community members, pinpoints key thought leaders whose blogs and tweets provide a road map for utilizing SharePoint to build stronger collaborative/social organizations.
The analysis was inspired by studies showing low SharePoint adoption by users, despite its status as the leading enterprise collaboration platform with deployments in nearly four out of five organizations. A uSamp survey found that only one-third of end users in a SharePoint environment use it on a daily basis for document exchange because users are discouraged by the complex multi-step navigation required to complete SharePoint tasks.
"There is widespread agreement that collaboration can help forge stronger, more competitive organizations, yet even the best collaboration technologies are suffering from low end user adoption," said study author Mark Fidelman, General Manager, Americas, harmon.ie. "We decided to identify the 25 SharePoint community members with the loudest and most influential blog and Twitter presence to give enterprises easily accessible online resources for advancing their collaboration and social initiatives."
harmon.ie compiled its top 25 analysis using a formula designed to determine retweet frequency, blog reach, citations by other influential bloggers, and related factors measuring the impact of individual SharePoint community members. harmon.ie then assigned weights to each factor and ranked the results.
The top 10 SharePoint influencers on harmon.ie's list, their Twitter usernames and blog URLs are:
- Jeremy Thake (@jthake, http://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/default.aspx), a SharePoint evangelist since 2006 who currently serves as enterprise architect at AvePoint, which provides SharePoint governance solutions for SharePoint. His previous SharePoint engagements have included supporting Microsoft sales teams with SharePoint questions as a virtual technical specialist.
- Joel Oleson (@joeloleson, http://www.sharepointjoel.com/default.aspx), a SharePoint content and collaboration solutions manager at LDS Church and former Microsoft senior technical product manager who designed both intranet and extranet SharePoint deployments for IT professionals.
- John Mancini (@jmancini77, http://www.digitallandfill.org/), president of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) International, a non-profit association focused on the document and content management technologies that are key enablers of process change at leading companies.
- Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux, http://meetdux.com), SharePoint MVP at Microsoft, Event Chair at SharePoint Saturday and Managing Partner at Innovative-e, Inc., a Microsoft Gold-certified business technology consulting and services company specializing in SharePoint implementations. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
- Laura Rogers (@WonderLaura, http://sharepoint911.com/blogs/laura), a Microsoft MVP and senior SharePoint consultant at SharePoint911 where she helps create and configure SharePoint solutions for customers.
- Mark Miller (@eusp, http://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/default.aspx), founder and editor of the EndUserSharePoint.com community dedicated to providing support for SharePoint end users. He is also a frequent speaker at SharePoint events, conferences and webcasts, and has driven project-specific SharePoint initiatives at organizations including Global 360 (now OpenText).
- Bill Ives (@billives, http://billives.typepad.com/portals_and_km/), VP of Marketing at content awareness and discovery engine provider Darwin Ecosystems and an independent consultant specializing in assisting businesses with their social media strategy.
- Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell, http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog), a SharePoint developer and instructor who is co-founder, instructor and speaker at SharePoint education and training company Critical Path Training. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Office SharePoint Server.
- Andrew Woodward (@andrewwoody, http://www.21apps.com), a SharePoint user since 2001 whose 21apps consultancy assists clients in achieving measurable business value from their SharePoint deployments. He has also been a SharePoint Server MVP since 2007.
- Jan Tielens (@jantielens, http://weblogs.asp.net/jan), a technology advisor at Microsoft in Belgium focusing on SharePoint, Office and FAST Search.
The entire Top 25 Online SharePoint Influencers' list can be found on the harmon.ie blog, along with an additional group of 50 unranked influencers and honorable mentions.
harmon.ie (pronounced 'harmony') is a provider of social email software that brings document collaboration to every business user by transforming the email client into a collaboration and social workspace. Thousands of businesses already use harmon.ie social email to vastly increase user adoption of Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs for document sharing, collaboration, and social networking. Formerly known as Mainsoft, the company has been building cross-platform enterprise software since 1993. For more information, visit http://harmon.ie/
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