San Diego, CA, September 24, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- SharePoint360, the premiere provider of business productivity consulting and hosting solutions, helps coordinate major construction projects in the San Diego Community College District. With 10 projects currently under construction, and another 20 in design, the district relies on collaboration tools provided by SharePoint360 to keep dozens of geographically disbursed personnel – including contractors and district employees – constantly updated and working together.
The district needed a way to allow various project teams – comprising upwards of 150 people at any given time – to coordinate effectively and to provide access to a variety of reports, financials and other high-level documents to project partners, the district’s leadership team, its Board of Trustees and its independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Within these requirements, SharePoint360 has to ensure that the system is not too technical or complicated so that stakeholders who are not used to a collaborative workflow system are effectively engaged and actively using the system. The online collaborative platform has successfully streamlined both internal program processes and public information functions, increasing efficiency, accuracy, transparency and accountability at all levels.
“SharePoint 360 has enabled us to create a Communications Resources section for storing, updating and sharing a variety of materials, including fact sheets, information for the media, and hundreds of photographs. Instead of asking our architects to burn a huge design file to a CD and sending it, I can have them upload it to the SharePoint portal and then simply send me the link.” said Ursula Kroemer, director of communications, SDCCD Construction Bond Program at Gafcon, Inc. “This section of the portal has grown into a valuable resource for keeping the many players involved in the project – including district officials, construction and design partners – up to date in real time.”
The customized Microsoft SharePoint Web portal that SharePoint360 designed for the project combines high functionality, intuitive navigation and seamless integration with other software programs. The site includes a simple dashboard with immediate at-a-glance data on all components of the program, including:
Contracts and manuals
Multi-media files, such as presentations, photographs, design renderings and video
“SharePoint360’s work with the San Diego Community College District has been both challenging and rewarding,” said Paul West, co-founder and principal of SharePoint360. “Challenging because it has sometimes been difficult to get some stakeholders to use the collaborative tools we provide and rewarding because once they have begun using the portal, they wonder where it’s been all their lives.”
SharePoint360 crafted a solution that has and is winning over skeptics (as well as technophobes) within the construction team, district and oversight committees and is now used by dozens of individuals each day.
For more information about SharePoint360’s services, please visit: http://www.sharepoint360.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, SharePoint360, LLC is a leading SharePoint consulting, hosting and business intelligence services provider. Founded in 2006, the company is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, whose team of software industry expert have completed more than 125 of collaborative technology implementation and development projects in the U.S. and internationally. More information about SharePoint360 is available at http://www.sharepoint360.com.