SharePoint offers collaborative tools for IT developers, and it’s these tools that let companies manage large projects within the corporation or with outside vendors. SharePoint has a ticketing service, bug reports, and the software works directly with the Microsoft Visual Studio software, which is used to develop websites and desktop applications. Enterprise businesses can handle issues and develop applications with outside vendors more smoothly when all developers and project managers centralize their communication and code.
Benefits of Collaboration with SharePoint Projects
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For small projects where only one or two developers work on the application, a collaboration application is probably more cumbersome than allowing developers to work alone. However, with enterprise applications, several developers work simultaneously on one project, and each developer has his own solution for the company’s application. This can cause developers to accidentally overwrite each others’ code, and project management can be a disaster.
With SharePoint, developers are able to check in and mark each code file with a specific ticket number. This means that users and business managers are able to track which developer is working on a section of the project, and any bugs logged for a specific section of the application is tracked within the program. The developer can view each bug or task from the SharePoint site from anywhere in the world. So outside contractors and out-sourced development teams can also collaborate with internal development employees and project managers.
SharePoint keeps track of the time involved with each project or bug fix. For enterprise companies that need to evaluate costs associated with a development team’s efforts, it has time management and estimated time for resolution fields for each ticket. These fields let programmers communicate with the business, so each business knows how long each task will take. This is also useful for project managers who need to create reports based on development time.
Additional benefits for SharePoint project management are announcements, change request collaboration and contact management. These are useful during application development, so changes are made before the project is completed. For instance, if a business manager needs to make a request to change the interface during development, he submits a request through the system and the developers and project managers can view the request and make appropriate notes to the project. All of this is automated, so there is no need for a meeting or phone call, which makes it easier to manage when the development team is in a different time zone than the local project management team.
If hosting a server is not an affordable option, SharePoint servers can be hosted in the cloud. This allows the business to only pay for the services and data used without the hassle of managing and maintaining an internal dedicated server.