After reading Joel Olesen’s article (http://www.collabshow.com/2013/09/26/do-consultants-really-matter-to-sharepoint-success-infographic-2/) about SharePoint deployment success I was reminded of an episode of Top Gear UK. In it Richard Hammond (a skilled performance car driver) was to drive a Formula One race car on a track. “How hard could it be?” he boasted. Apparently it is very hard. Take the steering wheel for instance (costs about $50k, and you thought SharePoint was expensive!) which has over 20 controls. As well, when entering a corner you must be traveling at a high rate of speed. The car must be going fast so that the front and rear wings can generate enough downforce coupled with the grip of warm tires, or the ($2.6M) car will go hurtling into the haybales! Check out that clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9773pisjCSw
My point is that many IT departments approach their SharePoint deployments in the same manner. How hard could it be, right? Just install the software, and send the URL to the companywide distro list. Piece of cake, we’ll be outta here by 7. Much like the Hamster’s F1 experience, the reality for most implementing SharePoint is that you need a good (pit) crew and experienced professionals to drive development, user adoption, security, governance, branding, etc. Anyone can roll the car out of the garage, but it takes a good crew to get it up to speed in the real world and keep it there. Spend the time to build a good team and think about all aspects of deployment, or risk crashing your deployment.