BaseCamp – August 2012 – Making the Jump to Cloud Computing

BaseCamp August 2012


Making the Jump to Cloud Computing?


Making the jump to cloud computing is rarely a simple, inexpensive, or straightforward initiative. There are numerous pitfalls around Line of Business Integration, Authentication, Hybrid Information Architecture, and Governance. Summit 7 Systems can help you get a cloud (or hosted) SharePoint implementation up quickly so you can continue to explore the benefits of off-premise computing. We can take the complexity and guess work out of the project for you – we’ve “been there, done that.”


Summit 7 Systems can offer full Cloud solutions as part of our core professional services, but a new and exciting option is now available – Cloud QuickStart. The Cloud QuickStart solution will get you a working Cloud solution in as little as four weeks! We’ll gather requirements and create a SharePoint site that is a baseline implementation, or is the beginning of a larger enterprise shift to the Cloud.


If your strategic initiatives include moving to a cloud based solution or you would like to learn more about how it can benefit your organization, please Contact Us.


Summit 7 Systems adds 5 new Microsoft Competiences


We are proud to announce receiving new Microsoft competencies placing Summit 7 Systems into the top 1% of all Microsoft Partners worldwide. Summit 7 Systems added the Gold Content Management competency as well as Silver competencies in Project and Portfolio Management, Mobility, Hosting, and Midmarket Solution Provider. These additional capabilities demonstrate Summit 7 Systems’ commitment to deliver thoughtful business solutions across multiple technologies and platforms.


"Attaining the additional Gold and Silver Microsoft competencies demonstrates our level of industry experience and gives us the opportunity to differentiate our business by delivering an all-around business solution," said Scott Edwards, President and Managing Partner at Summit 7 Systems. "The additional competencies provide access to important updates, programs, resources, tools, and training for Microsoft business technologies—all of which translate into relevant, more powerful solutions for our customers. This has truly been a team effort and we are honored to receive the recognition that puts our team in the top 1% of Microsoft Partners ."

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Joining the Business-Critical SharePoint Program

Microsoft began an inititive last year to incorporate how organizations use SharePoint with business critical systems. The Business-Critical SharePoint Program (BCSP) is a select group of partners working with Microsoft to help customers merge SharePoint with existing line-of-business (LOB) systems to deliver business-critical solutions. Showing organizations how to get more value out of their SharePoint and LOB systems has always been part of the Summit 7 Systems Methodology, and we are proud to take the opportunity to become one of a select group of Microsoft Partners to lead this program. Summit 7 Systems looks forward to continuing demonstration of SharePoint’s ability to solve more potent and pressing business problems, and leveraging the full capabilities of the platform.

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Trivia Friday @Summit7Systems

We have launched an on-going trivia contest on Twitter each Friday to test our follower’s knowledge and share information about SharePoint 2010 and the upcoming SharePoint 2013 platform. Participants can follow “@Summit7Systems” on Twitter to answer questions posted each Friday. The contest will offer $5 Starbucks gift card each week to the first person to correctly answer the trivia question. We will increase the gift card amount each week until we receive the correct answer for our Friday Trivia question.


Building a SharePoint Strategy and Roadmap: Part 1

Ben Curry, Principal Architect and Managing Partner, begins his sequence of blogs aligning SharePoint platform strategy and business.

We have heard the buzzwords and maybe we’ve even been guilty of overusing them at times. Over the next few months, I’m going to try and help you cut through the smokescreen and get to the bare metal of SharePoint platform strategy.

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They're not Robots: SEO as Student Experience Optimization

Designer, Andrew Boulton, makes a plea to higher education marketers to think about the kids.

And not only the kids! Your audiences are students, and prospective students, and alumni, and parents, and faculty, and employees, and contractors, and the community, and visitors, and legislators, and agencies, and partners, and employers, and the media, and vendors, and benefactors. Wildly diverse groups, but with one attribute in common: they’re not robots.

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Speaking Engagements:


August 24
NWA Techfest
Mark Rackley


September 8
SharePoint Saturday, Ozarks
Mark Rackley


September 20
Rocket City SharePoint Users Group
Naomi Flanagan


October 16
KM World Enterprise Search Summit 2012
Ben Curry