Lesson 1, how is SharePoint behaviour

We received yesterday the acceptance of the first SharePoint project I have being involved with the customer I provide services.

It has been an important experience for me in all terms. I have a list of lessons learned in my mind that I cannot even write. But I will try to do a polite short list.

This is my personal point of view so I’m sure I’m wrong in some of the things shown here, so take care. It just focus on what is new for me: SharePoint.   So…

Lesson 1, how is SharePoint behaviour.

In a nutshell I would say that SharePoint is a black box where you add things and provides the necessary response to the end users.

To keep the stability of the system you have to take care about all changes in its environment: a windows patch, a configuration change: everything that is linked directly or indirectly with the connections between the SQL server and the SharePoint server is something you have to attend as first priority.

One of the things that this project has failed is the fact that our customer didn’t want to hire a service support for the SharePoint server. They have new servers and they decided that was better to have service at the end of the project. This has meant that several performance problems has been appearing again and again when the server has environmental factors affecting to it.

SAP technical upgrade

Three weeks of fun working on a proposal for an assessment.

The work to be done was just to estimate how to assess a SAP instance for being upgraded from a very old version to ECC.6

There is people who do this job everyday but it is not my case.

So I’m happy to have learnt so many organizational aspects needed to have an upgrade done, how the functional test should be organized, how the test cases should be prioritized.

The way that these upgrades are done is so industrialized and the people who where defining all the activities were just identifying particular facts on the existing environment, that is where you can have the future bad news.

There is so much stuff around technology too, for sure, that taking into account that I don’t know nothing about that, it was good to have a picture in my mind.

Other interesting point has been to work with automation tools that provides a lot of information for these assessment exercises. We have studied 2 tools where 2 specialist from the company helped us to understand the real added value behind the white papers, and the cost, always the cost of using them.

The proposal is sent and now, for some hours I’m a happy, tired person.