Major Deployment Phases
In this third article we’ll dive deeper into the DEVELOP phase of SharePoint Business Solution Deployment.
DEVELOP – Once the design has been finalized and approved, we can get started on the actual development of the SharePoint solution. During the develop phase, the solution team will provision the SharePoint environments, features and components necessary to meet the client requirements and the solution design specifications. Other activities and deliverables associated with the Develop phase include: Provisioning the new SharePoint site collection, configuring SharePoint Features and Components, migrating existing content to the new SharePoint site collection, adding sample customer data, applying Change Management.
DEVELOP PHASE – The Develop phase initiates the activities that produce the actual SharePoint solution that will be deployed for the customer. Specific activities, steps and related documents associated with the Develop phase include:
PROVISION THE NEW SHAREPOINT SITE COLLECTION
- Site collection naming
- Type of site collection (publishing, team site)
- Site collection features (enabled/disabled)
CONFIGURE SHAREPOINT FEATURES AND COMPONENTS
- Site Columns
- Content Types
- Metadata and Search
- Page Layout and Content
MIGRATE EXISTING CONTENT TO THE NEW SHAREPOINT SITE COLLECTION
- From previous SharePoint environments
- From file shares
- From other external systems
APPLY CHANGE MANAGEMENT
- Create lists, forms and workflows to support bug reporting and change management in the new solution
When the activities involved in the DEVELOP phase are completed, the solution team should be able to clearly demonstrate how the new SharePoint solution meets each feature and capability stated in the customer requirements and design specifications associated with the solution.
We are now ready for the deployment of the new solution across the business or to specific segments of the business.
In Our Next Article
We will dive deeper into the DEPLOY phase of solution deployment. The DEPLOY phase also includes activities related to QC and QA testing of the new SharePoint solution. While you’re waiting for the next article in this series, feel free to check out this short article from Ron Charity’s blog – Enterprise Collaboration, Office 365, Mobility, Social and Document Management.
About Chris Peters
Chris Peters is an experienced SharePoint and Office 365 evangelist and business solution delivery and support professional. He is a Lean Six Sigma Quality Black Belt with over 15 years of success in promoting and delivering technology enabled business solutions for commercial and federal customers. In his free time he loves spending time with his family, reading science fiction books, and photography.