The hub of your organisation, and beyond

You may know SharePoint simply as an information management system, but it is also far more than that. It is an intelligent, mobile intranet with the ability to share knowledge, easily locate information and allow collaboration across your business.

With the introduction of SharePoint Online and the Microsoft 365 suite, SharePoint has evolved beyond a place just to store files into an essential hub – the backbone of many of the productivity tools you use today. You may not even realise that SharePoint underpins some of the tools you use daily, such as Microsoft Teams!

Integration and collaboration with the apps you already know

SharePoint Online is a browser-based application which hooks into all of the Office applications you already use: Excel, Word, PowerPoint – all of these have their own web versions accessible directly in SharePoint. Your employees can collaborate in real time on the same documents thanks to SharePoint’s co-authoring functionality. And because SharePoint is browser-based, you can use it on any compatible device: a laptop, PC, mobile or tablet. Data is stored in the cloud, so is accessible from anywhere – the need to be in an office is a thing of the past!

If you’re still using legacy SharePoint (the on-premises versions, such as SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019) and want to take full advantage of the benefits of the cloud-based SharePoint Online, OfficeLabs can help migrate your data. We will set you up with an intranet that gives you both the functionality you’re used to, combined with the security of Microsoft’s robust architecture. Even if you are moving from a non-SharePoint environment, such as a network drive, Google Drive or other data source, migration into SharePoint is a painless process and the end result is an application that employees and management alike will be very happy to use.

Extensive and extendable

As mentioned, SharePoint isn’t just a CMS. It can be extended to provide a far more feature-rich experience: OfficeLabs have built extensive intranets, case-logging systems, learning management platforms, and more. Using SPFx – the SharePoint Framework – it is possible to extend its functionality into client-side development, meaning that you can seamlessly link into open-source tools or other development services for the more technically minded members of your business.

Have a look at some of the examples that OfficeLabs have built using SharePoint – you’ll be surprised at its versatility!

Virtual Learning Platform (VLP) – SharePoint was utilised to host event information and delegate profiles, as well as allowing co-authoring and targeted content. Combined with other technology such as Teams and Yammer, the VLP solution was a huge success and showcased SharePoint’s power in bringing Microsoft’s productivity suite into a cohesive central hub.

Trip Approvals – an education client needed a way to track trips to formalise their booking process and record all of the details needed, alongside an approval process. A PowerApp was built which used a SharePoint list as its backbone for storing the trip details as well as the different stages of approval.

Document Management Training – OfficeLabs are experts at data management: if you’ve got a fragmented data structure in your organisation with files scattered across multiple drives, PCs and data sources, we can help de-duplicate, normalise and migrate your data into a structured SharePoint intranet which works for you and your team.

How Can OfficeLabs Help?

These are just some of the benefits SharePoint can offer your organisation. When you book an appointment with an OfficeLabs consultant, they will talk to you in depth about your business needs, and how best to utilise the power of Microsoft 365. SharePoint is just one tool in the suite — OfficeLabs will ensure you get the most out of each application and derive further value from your Microsoft 365 investment. We can also help if you need additional licensing. Making sure your organisation runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible is why OfficeLabs has been chosen by both FTSE 250 companies and public-sector bodies. Our no-jargon approach will let you talk to us with confidence about your requirements.

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