New SharePoint Features Will Boost Adoption, Creating a Demand for Proficient IT Workers

By Martin Schaeferle | March 18, 2013

en-usFor the past 20 years, IT has struggled with the perception that it is a utility, rather than a "strategic partner" to the business. By "utility" we mean something akin to an electric company - an entity that helps the company "keep the lights on," but nothing more. Because of this perception, two things happen. One, IT fails to secure a "seat at the table" with other business partners, and two, IT workers are viewed, occasionally, as disposable. Of course, some IT jobs are purely technical. But more and more technologies are breaking down walls between the IT function and the business. Case in point: platforms like SharePoint that access the cloud to enable business users to collaborate. This recent article in CIO Magazine looks at the platform's new functionality, plus integration challenges surrounding mobile devices and social media. And it's precisely because of this improved functionality that SharePoint adoption will only increase over time. So for technical programmers looking to make a transition towards more business-focused applications, a SharePoint tutorial is a great place to start. Thousands of developers worldwide use LearnNowOnline to gain the technical skills they need to succeed on the job and advance their career.

Martin Schaeferle

Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.

This blog entry was originally posted March 18, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle