The US Army’s First SharePoint 2010 Deployment: Notes from the Front-Lines

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On my latest project, I am supporting the United States Army in its very first SharePoint 2010 deployment. In my previous support of Army commands,

I’ve found that there are very few sectors that have a more effective end-user adoption rate than the Department of Defense.  SharePoint is utilized heavily to enable worldwide collaboration between units that are deployed and the bases that support them.

Here are but a few common usage scenarios that I’ve noted amongst many others:

  • Google Earth integration within SharePoint team sites
  • Secure comms and collaboration within Squadrons
  • Versioning control on Office documents
  • Heavy usage of Slide Libraries and PowerPoint editing and collaboration to deliver briefs and status reports
  • Taxonomy and Folksonomy

Naming Conventions

Deploying SharePoint within Army commands and groups requires a deep understanding of the technical jargon and a sea of acronyms that dominate the language of our Warfighters.

SharePoint team sites, webparts, libraries all take on different names that are used daily.

Challenges

A SharePoint deployment in the classified world requires a totally different mindset. Attention to detail is a must. Network and Windows platform security can change the complexity and direction of the deployment of SharePoint.

This SharePoint deployment is groundbreaking in terms of SharePoint 2010 running on SIPRNET.

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What is SIPRNET?

The Secure Internet Protocol Router Network is a classified computer network used for sharing information up to Secret level.

 

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