There are a plethora of different applications in regular use by organizations today, and the diversity and of files types is only increasing. The environment has expanded at a furious pace over the past few years, aided by the popularity of cloud computing as a tech delivery method. All of this means workers can have a hard time finding their data, as it is now spread across many applications, business systems, and storage centers. Having one 'go-to' portal when they log on at the beginning of the day or the application they can use to connect to their coworkers. For many, SharePoint can serve as this focal point.
Pick a starting point
Why is SharePoint a good choice? In short, it is designed to connect employees to facilitate collaboration and content sharing, which are essential to today's real-time enterprises. Access to data and information is important, but it is absolutely vital that no workers are left behind when launching new projects. Creating community sites within this environment allows teams throughout the company to share what they know and move forward with projects. This is highly conducive to the geographically dispersed way offices function today.
Make data available
Once companies have made the decision to make SharePoint the center of their collaboration ecosystem, they'll want to make sure all their data is searchable within the interface. Encouraging workers to employ one program, then forcing them to abandon it and open a host of others to find data they want to share is self-defeating. Instead, with the right tools, IT leaders can add new capabilities and make everything searchable within SharePoint itself, creating a seamless and efficient environment.
This is where an enterprise discovery solution can add an information access layer that can help employees access every piece of corporate data from within SharePoint. Without ever leaving the familiar collaboration environment, workers can dredge up everything from image files to scanned documents and email attachments, searching for text within the images themselves instead of simply the titles and tags. Bringing employees together in one consistent environment and giving them all the tools and access they need to make it work for them can bring results.