What was the challenge?
Comet, one of the UK’s largest electrical retailers with over 250 stores nationwide, sought a better understanding of the value that SharePoint could bring to their organisation.
Through Microsoft’s SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) offering, Comet’s Software Assurance entitled them to a free pre-defined SharePoint service plan.
Comet chose to work with Content and Code as we had built a strong relationship from a previous successful collaboration.
What was our solution?
At the time of engagement, a group of Comet’s Directors and staff called the Benefits Working Party (BWP) had been managing an 18-month project to update technology infrastructures across the business.
In partnership with Microsoft, we delivered a strategy and analysis workshop, as well as a Proof of Concept (PoC) portal specifically for the BWP.
The PoC was delivered as a full SharePoint site that provides an area where the project team can view all their projects, manage the status of individual tasks and collaborate on documents.
The PoC was delivered with a multitude of features including
- BWP-branded sites and sub-sites
- Enterprise Search
- Business processes and workflow
- Online forms
- Key Performance Indicators
- Discussion Boards
- Integration with Microsoft Office Communications Server
- People Directory
- Group calendar
What were the results?
With the PoC, the BWP group was able to stop using the old time consuming spreadsheet method to manage their projects in favour of centralised portal features that allow enhanced governance and compliance, real-time communication and people and skills search.
Comet are now realising the many operational advantages that SharePoint can bring to their organisation’s project management and collaboration efforts.
What did Comet have to say?
“Content and Code has been proactive, fast and responsive. I was impressed with the delivery of the solution – having a developer on-site maximised productivity. This really helped speed up our delivery and has enriched our relationship.
“I am impressed with what I have seen so far. It is evident that SharePoint will enable us to work in a more collaborative way.”
Robbie Tutt, Web Design & Development Manger, Comet