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Yes, some employees are rejecting SharePoint

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SharePoint is unquestionably a success from a licensing perspective, but dig behind the firewall and the picture looks more chequered. For example in a uSamp survey last year, 80 percent of organizations using SharePoint said employees continue to share documents as email attachments. (…)

Even where SharePoint is used, people aren’t truly collaborating with it. Team sites are often really document graveyards where content is stored once collaboration has stopped. Other social features such as blogs and My Sites have very low adoption rates or just pockets of activity. Even celebrated case studies are not about widespread adoption but localized success stories. (…)

To a large extent this rejection is passive, i.e. it’s a failure to adopt born of inertia rather than tasting the SharePoint sprouts and then spitting them out. This comes from years of ingrained habits about what workplace collaboration is: email, attachments and network drives. That in itself is not SharePoint’s fault – Google Wave hit similar challenges, for example. (…)

However SharePoint doesn’t help either. It’s highly complex, and some of the collaboration patterns are quite sophisticated, such as metadata, versioning and workflow. It makes it hard to selectively switch these elements off so that people can learn progressively. Moreover, the user interface is particularly unpleasant. It’s fiddly and lacks the visual appeal of modern websites. (…)

None of these issues are insurmountable

Read further:

Are employees rejecting SharePoint? Melcrum, Available for free until 14th of September 2012 from:


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September 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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After Google Wave, KNOL to be discontinued

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UPDATED ON 6th of March 2012:

As part of Google’s prioritization of product efforts, we will be retiring Knol.  From now through April 30th, 2012, Knol will work as usual, but we’ve made it easy for you to download your knols to file and/or export them to  From May 1, 2012 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported.  After that time, knol content will no longer be accessible

KNOL, the Google attempt, a long forgotten Wikipedia competitor, will be shutting down soon…


Google blog:

For previous posts on KNOL, see:

Written by hbasset

March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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Google Wave: the email revolution, at last?

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We send 247 billion emails a day (…) but the basics of email haven’t evolved much since the first one was sent in 1971

Google’s answer to this problem is Google Wave

Still, Wave is only in a beta or preview state at the moment. And the principle sounds promising. You can imagine using it to collaborate on a article (we nearly wrote this one that way) – someone could write a section, others could comment or edit sentence-by-sentence, and there would be a permanent record of who made what changes and, most importantly, why. Or a project team could use it to keep a record of issues and their resolutions. It’s so powerful that you can run mini programs inside the Wave – an opinion poll, for instance, or a calendar.”

A couple of types of use are already emerging. One is to use Google Wave to collaboratively take notes during a lecture, talk or conference

Collaborative use within the workplace also seems to be a major future role. Tim Panton from has spotted the potential for using Wave with remote workers

Coles, Malcolm & Belam, Martin. Say Hello to Google Wave! on FUMSI ,  January 2010. online:

Google Wave live demo on YouTube:

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March 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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