SharePoint undoubtedly meets collaboration and communication needs of large organizations out of the box. However, upon implementing, many businesses start customizing SharePoint to extend functionality. Needs are often around building newer sites within the intranet, automating workflows, or building dashboards or integrating SharePoint with other applications.
Customizing SharePoint is not everyone’s job. It requires Microsoft certified expertise and proven experience in architecting SharePoint for businesses. If things are not handled well, SharePoint customization often end with messing up the whole collaboration ecosystem.
Why Customize SharePoint
Because of the robust architecture of SharePoint, the customization options go beyond building full-blown solutions like intranets, web portals, knowledge repositories, workflow tools and many. Upon building these custom solutions, business requirements evolve as time and hence further customization is sought after.
What to Customize
Brand Design : SharePoint is powerful- but not presentable as such. HR and Marketing Teams require customizations to suit the internal communication platform and applications in line with corporate branding guidelines.
Content Management : Introduction of web hooks, SharePoint allows to add custom web parts to bring in feeds from different applications (Weather updates, Events, News, Bing Maps, File Viewer, Image Gallery, etc.). Personalization for language and context are also another big use case.
Business Workflows: SharePoint Designer, Microsoft Flow and Visual Studio are used for creating custom SharePoint workflows. A lot of function specific approvals can be automated with privileges.
Employee Engagement: Collaboration and knowledge exchange is key to trigger employee engagement and building a productive work culture. Businesses use custom forms for surveys, quizzes and polls. SharePoint offers ready integration with PowerApps or Microsoft Forms.
In an on-premise environment, SharePoint Server supports both the server-side code and the client-side code. SharePoint Online allows customization on Cloud.
How to customize
There are several ways to customize the platform depending on the deployment type of a SharePoint solution in use, the customization budget and scope, the security requirements and other factors.
SharePoint framework (SPFx) is a developer’s toolbox for building SharePoint Web Parts. SPFx components can use all the client-side APIs to access SharePoint data. SharePoint add-ins are supported in both SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online. SharePoint customization depends on the type of deployment of SharePoint.
SharePoint offers businesses multiple customization options for creating designs, workflows and other digital workplace elements tailored to customers’ needs.
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