Used globally in order to facilitate office collaboration, Microsoft SharePoint makes sharing, organizing and discovering content and resources simple. However, SharePoint managers are facing pressure from the public to deliver value to their companies.
One way in which consumers want to use SharePoint for their businesses is through video content. In fact, video is becoming the content medium of choice—this is especially true of the ‘next generation worker’ who has had access to video content throughout their daily life.
While the general SharePoint platform was not built with video capabilities in mind, through enhancement, the platform can become an effective (and powerful) video content platform. Moreover, it can be capable of catering to live video events and on-demand video content. Video can often be a challenging medium for a company network to manage. This is because video is traditionally a ‘heavy’ form of content. Video files tend to be large and require more bandwidth to access.
Below are some suggestions to consider about using SharePoint for video content.
Enhance what you currently run
While you may already have a platform set up for your business, remember: videos have large files. This means that you will quickly reach the 200GB maximum recommended database size. Therefore, you should plan accordingly.
SharePoint dictates that there is a maximum file upload size—videos are subject to this maximum. Moreover, videos play with progressive download, which can be frustrating for viewers. In addition, this issue can lead to downtime, which costs organizations more money than they can afford in terms of productivity loss.
The best possible ways that video integrated SharePoint can be a great tool for:
- Internal communications
- Achieving employee engagement
- Giving direct visibility to senior management – this allows management a way to clearly communicate a company’s vision, strategy and culture
Benefit: It’s good for your entire workforce
Video can also be helpful in the areas of training and development. In these ways, informative content can be delivered in an engaging way. Moreover, it can be made available to users whenever they need to access it. Video can also become an organization’s way to store the skills and experiences that the collective workforce gains. They can then turn to these videos to help new recruits and junior personnel enhance their skills. This is an easy way to make your workforce more skilled with little extra effort.
Furthermore, video enhanced SharePoint makes enterprising social. Your company’s video content can not only be accessed easily, but it can be created and shared easily as well. Moreover, users can easily post comments, pose questions, and respond with videos to uploaded videos. This practice creates dialogue and discussion within the company.
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If you want to learn more about integrating video into your company’s existing SharePoint platform or advice on how to get started, please contact document management and collaboration consultants at Innovative Architects, or read about our SharePoint consulting services today.