Here’s the countdown, starting with number 10.
#10. “This one should be a quick and easy one for you.”
This statement is often paired with a “no big deal, right?” as a final wrap-up at the end of what amounts to 40 hours’ worth of effort to save one person 5 minutes per year.
#9. “Whatever you do, don’t say the words Share Point.”
I have heard this more than once, and it speaks volumes about what I’m about to get myself into.
#8. “Why wouldn’t we just use Google Docs?”
Whenever I hear this, I know I am speaking with a person which has not actually ever used Google Docs.
#7. “We already own the Google Search Appliance; can we use it with SharePoint?”
Just to be clear, you are asking me to draw up plans to Frankenstein together an existing inferior search engine with SharePoint, and override the out-of-the-box, totally integrated, more powerful, more flexible and faster Search Engine that comes with SharePoint. Right?
#6. “We need a SharePoint guy that also masters _________ (fill in the blank with some extremely outdated dinosaur app)”.
I am constantly amazed at some of the legacy applications companies are still running. This amazement is only overshadowed with bewilderment when they honestly believe that they are going to find someone (one person) that can architect, build, test and deploy bleeding edge SharePoint solutions, which ALSO happens to master some piece of software rolled out in the 1950’s. Sure, this person just might exist – keep asking around 😉
#5. “Your SharePoint looks really, really great, but we have widgets.”
No kidding, this was said to me in a large conference room by a person surrounded by their subordinates. “but we have widgets” – After this statement, the entire room was focused on me, awaiting my response. I couldn’t believe that was the entire statement; I was waiting for more, so many problems with that statement. I was trapped, couldn’t think of any way to respond. After I performed a quick brain-reboot, the sad response that finally came out was “Sorry, I’m not familiar with these widgets you speak of.”
#4. “Does SharePoint have ecommerce?”
I understand they really don’t know the answer to this question, I get that. I do not understand why people can’t use that great big free internet thing to seek out answers on their own sometimes.
#3. “We’ve heard that SharePoint is great for an intranet, but it’s not really a Web Content Management system.”
Now, I do believe they did in fact hear this statement. But, wouldn’t you think they might want to consider the source? Undoubtedly, they heard this statement from some CMS vendor trying to sell their wares, which happens to not be SharePoint. CMS vendors have beaten this same drum for several years now. There was a time when this statement was actually true, back in the year 2003. After hearing this statement and fighting the strong urge to shout out “the Emperor is wearing no clothes!” – I do enjoy walking them through the Web Content Management capabilities of SharePoint 2010, and watching their eyes light up!
#2. “Does SharePoint have SEO?”
Actually, this question doesn’t even begin to come close to anything that might resemble a rational thought. What is actually being said here is “I saw a demo one time and the guy showed us a shiny button that said SEO on it, and he said this is how you get your site ranked high in Google.” I of course suppress the urge to find out who showed them the “magic SEO button”, and explain how SharePoint 2010 is in fact search engine friendly.
#1. *TBD – I’m guessing you might have one to add to this list.
What’s the thing you hear from time to time that just drives you nuts?