Sustainable solution development part 2 – Resources

Skilled SharePoint professionals are a rare find these days. In fact, when you take a look at most of their resumes you will realize that their skills helps them to get to so many places simply because of the market demand. And fat salaries to go with it. But if you are new to SharePoint and you want in on the action, be prepared to pay the dues.

For SharePoint, especially in the area of custom apps development, you required a multi-disciplinary programming skills. For starters, there are easily eight different tools that you need to know (and that is only coming from Microsoft alone) so that you can build a complete solutions that includes input, output and process.  And if you build it using these different tools, it also means the source code or configuration also resides in the different tools. So you got to know where everything is.

Further, when you are working using a published object model (i.e. SharePoint) you need to be familiar with how it is designed in the first place. Learning SharePoint model is more than knowing what works but rather what doesn’t. Hence, skills are earned through experience more than programming talents. Hopefully, you have customers/boss who will pay you to learn. That is why SharePoint resources are so scarce and expensive.

I wanted to find a solution around this because it simply costs too much to be a training school just because I needed to build solutions in SharePoint. As a small company, we cannot compete for resources against international software companies such as HP, Microsoft and Accenture. Their brand premiums draws the best talents with matching salaries.

So to win the game, we decided to leapfrog them with our design capabilities. We build a whole new solution framework that makes it possible for non-programmers to build solutions faster and better than even skilled developers. Our own internal support team is experiencing at least a 5X gain in terms of speed. As support, their programming experience are limited to basic HTML and SQL; quite common and readily available in your current resources pool, right?

During our training workshops, we get the participants to build a complete projects expense tracking system in just a day (6 hours). By comparison, I have not met anyone who is confident that they can build a similar system using traditional approach even with 2 weeks. Nevertheless, personal productivity is subjective. Check out this video to see the scope and determine how long it will take you or your development team to build the same solution. Perhaps that will shed some light on how efficient and useful is our tool.

Therefore, if you are facing resources issues in building SharePoint solutions, do think outside of the box to find more effective ways to extract more productivity and value our of your existing resources. Webparts360 will multiple the productivity of your development team. Isn’t that something to look forward to, do share your thoughts with us.


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