Cross Functional Success Stories

mobile responsive SharePoint 2013 Intranet Portal

Global Consulting Firm Intranet

Client Profile

Global Consulting Services firm focused on services areas including customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital and transformation.

Situation

Through consolidation and acquisitions there were many SharePoint based intranet portals and no consistent user experience or taxonomy.  Searching for the best of breed content and knowledge leaders on specific services and industries was difficult.  Additionally, the portals were not optimized for a mobile workforce.

Solution

A highly customized and mobile responsive SharePoint 2013 Intranet Portal with the following key features.

  • Simple and clean user interface with custom branding including support for mobile responsive.
  • Cohesive navigation experience across all site collections that aligns with corporate taxonomy for service lines, industries, capabilities and office locations.
  • Personalized subscription and targeting features for alerts, news, announcements and featured content.
  • Unified upload experience for best practice and project assets available anywhere with back-end routing to appropriate destination document libraries.
  • Highly customized user profile with integrations with 3rd party systems for such as skills and projects.
  • Customize search experience for users and content filterable based on the corporate taxonomy.

Business Benefits

The resulting intranet portal was highly suited to the mobile workforce so it was accessible anywhere and at any time via mobile, tablets and laptops.  Through the consistent application of a corporate taxonomy and metadata users are able to tag content and then navigate to or search for content in an easy and understandable way.  Finally, using the personalization features users are only pushed content that matters to them based on their preferences.

polycom sharepoint integration

Polycomm Real Presence Media Manager and SharePoint Connector

Client Profile

A multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology.

Situation

Polycom customer’s have a requirement to render PRMM (Polycom Real Presence Media Manager) video content via their existing Intranet Portals. They also need a unified Search experience that will search and display search results from both SharePoint and PRMM content. Polycom additionally needed support in migration of this PRMM – SharePoint Integration Module from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

Solution

A PRMM-SharePoint Connector (Integration Module) that enabled customers to search and view PRMM Video content within their SharePoint 2013 Intranet Portals. Custom Search Display Templates and Hover Cards were created to render Search Results across SharePoint and PRMM video content.

Business Benefits

  • Video consumers leverage a single portal to search and view all Enterprise video content
  • Improved Search experience through implementation of custom Display Templates and Hover Cards
  • Integration Module now supports both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 environments
sharepoint connector for Jive

SharePoint Connector for Jive

Client Profile

Leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business.

Situation

Jive needed a way to allow their customers to integrate their SharePoint Environments with the Jive Software Platform.

Solution

A bi-directional connector between SharePoint and Jive that includes bi-directional search, SSO between the platforms, custom web parts in SharePoint, custom widgets in Jive and bi-directional document integration.

Business Benefits

  • Provides Jive users to have a more robust document management approach
  • A seamless and secure integration of content between Jive and SharePoint
  • Ability for leveraging the best of bread features between Jive and SharePoint


Cross Functional

A Cross Functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working toward a common goal. It may include people from finance, marketing, operations, and human resources departments. Typically, it includes employees from all levels of an organization. Members may also come from outside an organization (in particular, from suppliers, key customers, or consultants).

Cross-functional teams often function as self-directed teams assigned to a specific task which calls for the input and expertise of numerous departments. Assigning a task to a team composed of multi-disciplinary individuals increases the level of creativity and out of the box thinking. Each member offers an alternative perspective to the problem and potential solution to the task. In business today, innovation is a leading competitive advantage and cross-functional teams promote innovation through a creative collaboration process. Members of a cross-functional team must be well versed in multi-tasking as they are simultaneously responsible for their cross-functional team duties as well as their normal day-to-day work tasks.

Some researchers have viewed cross-functional interactions as cooperative or competitive in nature, while others have argued that organization’s functional areas are often forced to compete and cooperate simultaneously with one another (“coopetition”) and it is critical to understand how these complex relationships interplay and affect firm performance.

Decision making within a team may depend on consensus, but often is led by a manager/coach/team leader. Leadership can be a significant challenge with cross-functional teams. Leaders are charged with the task of directing team members of various disciplines. They must transform different variations of input into one cohesive final output. Cross-functional teams can be likened to the board of directors of a company. A group of qualified individuals of various backgrounds and disciplines are assembled to collaborate in an efficient manner in order to better the organization or solve a problem.

Danny RyanCross Functional Solutions