Productivity Services and Apps for Top Notch SharePoint Professionals

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Productivity Services and Apps for Top Notch SharePoint Professionals

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post written by Mila Payton highlighting productivity sites, services, and apps for practices that employ senior SharePoint and Office 365 professionals. The article also mentions SharePoint and it’s productivity features that are often overlooked by companies that have employees who solve problems for their clients who use SharePoint.

Operating an IT practice will feature employees that are top performers will produce the opportunity to harness their creative ability. Although top notch SharePoint professionals may have the ability to develop, engineer, or manage But you won’t like your best talent to spend most of the day grappling with mundane tasks that will not enhance their productivity; instead you should provide the best software tools to enable your extraordinary employees to organize and automate tasks so they can concentrate on providing creative solutions. Here are the best software tools to help top performers boost their productivity.

Process Street

Process Street is designed to help your SharePoint teams and supporting employees create and automate checklists, workflows, and standard operating procedures. This software makes it easy for your top performers to create process documents with email templates, videos, images, and sub-tasks. Your work teams may use Process Street to collaborate on virtually all processes using various devices including desktops, laptops, iPhones, iPads, Windows phone and mobile web apps. It also empowers you to share templates with your clients. Users may use this tool to capture data with form fields and retrieve or pass data to about 600 apps that can be integrated with it.


Many SharePoint professionals spend the majority of their time solving problems for their clients and the end user communities with those respective companies. Leveraging SharePoint as a personal productivity tool is often a counter-intuitive approach. SharePoint empowers intelligent employees to make decisions based on accurate facts and data. Your company’s top talent can help you to use this enterprise application to create intelligent business portals that pull in information from different sources. The information may be displayed on scorecards, dashboards, key performance indicators, and web portals to facilitate effective corporate decision making. By accessing interactive spreadsheets in Excel, which are hosted on a SharePoint server, each team member can use a centralized version and do collaborative financial analysis and reporting. SharePoint helps to simplify corporate data access by allowing employees to create simple views of complicated data structures without adding unwanted details. This custom data access makes it easier for your staff to be focused and productive.

The innovative search function in SharePoint combines business data with facts about people, documents, and web pages. Forms may also help to speed up shared business processes. Your top performers may use them to gather vital business information from your partners, customers and suppliers quickly using a web browser. Since data validation rules have been incorporated into the forms, the data obtained will be accurate enough to be added to back end systems without having unwanted duplicate entries.


Wrike is an award-winning app designed to enhance the speed and efficiency of your projects in both distributed and co-located workgroups. From a single location, employees in various functional groups can collaborate and achieve higher productivity due to the flexibility offered by Wrike. It enables you to schedule and monitor the progress of your work in real time. With this app, you can easily break down a project into sub tasks and activities and then tag activities so that each team member can follow them. Wrike offers seamless integration with your preferred email account so that you can create, edit and assign documents. It also integrates flawlessly with Google Drive, Dropbox, Jira, MS Project, Salesforce and Zapier and hundreds of other apps commonly used to improve business workflow. With Wrike, your talented and creative employees will reduce their administrative burden and manage their tasks quickly and accurately.


Zapier is a powerful app automation tool. It may be used to automate virtually any application on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. If you can think of any app that is required by your employees for productivity, Zapier can help you to integrate and automate it. For instance, you can use it to upload a raw audio file to Dropbox and it will automate the sending of an SMS to your audio engineer via Twillio for immediate editing.  Zapier may also be used to automate your cloud storage service, helpdesk and many other vital apps.

Those are some of the best software tools you should invest in to help your top performers within your practice to improve their productivity. Besides these, there are many apps that can help you as an entrepreneur to organize the business you run. However, do not forget to also encourage personal support where needed so that your staff can enjoy the warmth of interacting face to face with other team members. Supporting working atmosphere, along with the strong software background will ensure your business flourish.


Written by Mila Payton.

Post By Shadeed Eleazer (50 Posts)

Shadeed Eleazer is a Principal Consultant and founder of Managed Path Solutions, a Microsoft SharePoint post-deployment specialist firm. He is the President of the Baltimore SharePoint User Group. Tweet him @mrshadeed to discuss this article and other collaboration topics.

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