There are many reasons why your organization’s SharePoint database doesn’t have the clean and trustworthy data you need to run your business efficiently.
Most businesses realize the data and documents you store in SharePoint are extremely important. For example, SharePoint is probably your “system of record” for marketing data and customer data. It may even run the company’s intranet (containing things like human resources policies, IT procedures, your team document libraries, etc). Project collaboration, issues tracking, and task management critical to operations may be in your SharePoint system.
Our customers turn to HingePoint because they struggle to keep pace and organize SharePoint. They may have even outsourced the development of SharePoint in the past, but it still isn’t working as efficiently as the Microsoft commercials lead you to believe is possible.
4 Reasons Why You Might Not Have the SharePoint Data You Need
1. The Data Doesn’t Exist
Management or associates may assume you have information about your processes and training, but in some cases, it literally may not exist yet. Nobody has created it and put it in SharePoint. This may sound obvious, but it’s something to consider. For example, one of our customers wanted to know what projects everyone was working on. They did not understand why they could not see that level of detail. The reason? They didn’t have tools that were collecting that information. We integrated T-Sheets with SharePoint and now they have that data.
2. Dirty Data
Your SharePoint data may not be “clean”. What is clean data? Clean data is properly organized, fully filled in, accurate, and searchable. SharePoint lists and syncing Excel Sheets into SharePoint may result in incomplete or inaccurate data. This is especially the case if employees don’t fill it out accurately and/or you don’t have a data management and data quality process in place.
3. Downstream Data
In some cases, you may be pulling in data from a downstream system such as a CRM (like Salesforce or Siebel), financial system (like Sage), or project management system. If the data isn’t accurate or clean in that system, then you are importing dirty data from other systems into SharePoint.
4. SharePoint Graphics and Charts
SharePoint has great list views, teams’ sites, and tasks lists, but it doesn’t have the best chart and graphic capabilities. So, you may have the data in SharePoint, but you just can’t seem to find it if it’s not visually presented on the screen. There are many ways to enhance SharePoint with BI (business intelligence) tools, like SharePoint + Power BI, or SharePoint + Tableau. See examples in the screenshots below. HingePoint can show you how!