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Our History with SharePoint

Back early 2000, while working in project management for the old First Union bank, we stumbled on an ‘extras’ folder when installing Microsoft’s Project Central – the centralized companion to Microsoft Project 2000.

Lo and behold, in it was the first version of SharePoint, originally called SharePoint Team Services (sts for short – the reason the name of the original management tool was called ‘stsadm’). Certainly not an enterprise tool, it was a great companion for Project Central, allowing the storage of project documents alongside projects themselves.

We saw the value right away and used it for tracking our First Union projects, including the management of the Cashbox Division merger between First Union and Core States bank. It certainly wasn’t the main reason, but sure helped us keep it organized – we took a project that was way behind in schedule, turned it around and managed to be one of the only divisions to come in early and under budget.

Intrigued, we dabbled a bit with SharePoint 2001. It had some of the great features (i.e. team sites), but alas was built on using Exchange Folders. Not very practical at the time.

While working on a project for United Pan-European Communications (UPC) where we helped UPC roll out Digital Television (cable we call it) across most of Europe (and even Chile). As the principal program managers, we were having issues with communications between seven different languages and 20+ countries. Netherland’s regulations also meant we had to keep the Government in the loop on the project progress. No small task. We figured we’d see if the then new SharePoint 2003 product was better than 2001 and it was! Though it was tough to manage from a security standpoint (and having a bunch of network engineers that liked to mess with us just for yucks), we managed to use it to help tie our various projects together from an information point of view – miraculously it worked!

Returning to the States, we dove into SharePoint with earnest including working with Microsoft on various seminars and working with the Public Sector group in North Carolina. We saw the writing on the wall on what a great product it had become and did well over 50 different implementations over the next few years. The only real issue with it was documentation and lack thereof. Our CEO was invited to help out and the Microsoft Press® SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit was born – the first book documenting actual usage of the product.

Then along came 2007 with great enhancements, better integration to .NET and many more collaborative tools. But again, Microsoft failed to provide much in the way of documentation and our CEO stepped up again and wrote the book Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 The Complete Reference. It not only covered what 2007 was but why you’d use it. SICG made SharePoint a major part of our consultancy and did installations across the globe. We even had a stable of Web Parts we sold commercially.

When 2010 was released, again with many new enhancements and the Service Oriented Architecture (a major upgrade). This time, the industry got on the band wagon and there was a lot of documentation. While never published in book form, our CEO created a 1500 page comprehensive guide to installing and configuring SharePoint 2010 we instead decided to provide only to our clients to help train them and to assist in the oft overlooked Disaster Recovery planning. We helped some major companies implement SharePoint including BAE Systems (in the US, UK, Sweden and South Africa), Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture (where we were instrumental in the ‘first multi-tenant’ configuration – the prelude to Office 365).

Our number of implementations continued to grow through the release of 2013 and the full fledged version of Office Online/Office 365, helping develop global systems and large deployments for companies like Gulfstream Aerospace and backing up Microsoft as a principal architect in the development of the largest deployment of SharePoint to Ernst & Young, and Microsoft Consulting Services to develop the system for Bausch & Lomb.

So now with the 2016 release, SICG continues with hybrid solutions (cloud/on premise) and Office 365 with both migrations and greenfield deployments.

We've Implemented SharePoint for a wide range of industries

Aerospace
Consulting Firms
Legal Firms
Defense Contractors
Energy Firms
Accounting Firms

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