Saturday, January 12, 2013

EPC Group Appoints Industry Veteran to Lead Development Practice Expansion

Former Dell Executive and top SQL Server author joins EPC Group; introducing and expanding development offerings to supplement EPC Group’s client’s needs.

Chicago, IL - January 12, 2013
 
EPC Group announced the expansion of development services and solutions to be led by Mr. Joseph Jorden who will serve as the Development Practice Manager.

Mr. Jorden comes with over 15 years of development experience working with various platforms within the Microsoft stack. His expertise will build off of EPC Group’s current SharePoint solutions and development services by furthering the ability to provide clients with cost-effective, practical integration solutions based off of Microsoft’s leading platforms. The need for full integration and connectivity between SharePoint and disparate systems is on the rise.

Mr. Jorden will build off of EPC Group’s proprietary and industry leading methodologies continuing to focus on enhancing existing technology, improving business processes, increasing performance and creating seamless integration and connectivity. Mr. Jorden will be leading the expansion of development services and solutions to include enhanced SharePoint 2013 custom solutions, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Big Data analytics, Microsoft .NET Framework custom Apps, Windows Development, Apps, BizTalk Server as well as Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce.

“Joe is a proven IT-leader with demonstrated expertise in complex development and has established a business strategy for the development practice that has EPC Group staff and clients very inspired. We look forward to Joe’s expertise and creative ability to drive progressive solutions and strategies to our clients” says Vice President of EPC Group, Miranda Salley Price.

Prior to joining EPC Group, Mr. Jorden ran the development practice for numerous organizations focusing on Fortune 500 clientele. Through his engagement within both public and private sectors, he enabled his client’s to gain competitive advantage through the customization of SharePoint and applications, playing a considerable role in increasing their revenue.

Mr. Jorden is the author of over 7 award winning Microsoft SQL Server books, certification guides and infrastructure publications. Mr. Jorden is a Microsoft Certified Development Professional for Enterprise Application Development, Windows Development, Web Development and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Application Development, SharePoint 2010 Application Development and maintains his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification.

About EPC Group

With over 13 years of experience, EPC Group has executed more than 735 SharePoint projects and 65 Microsoft Project Server initiatives. That number has positioned the company to be the top SharePoint & Project Server Full Life Cycle firm within the US. EPC Group has been touted as the top SharePoint firm in the US by numerous SharePoint Analysts based on number of successful projects and satisfied clients. The company implements proprietary engagement, project management and project closing methodologies.

EPC Group strives to partner with your organization ensuring achievement of quantifiable results through our unique approach of combining knowledge transfer, optimization and sustainability of processes and technology. EPC Group is engaged with each client from idea conception, to implementation, configuring and full support after an initiative has completed.

To learn more, please visit http://www.epcgroup.net, email sharepoint@epcgroup.net or call        (888) 381-9725.
Press contact:
Miranda Salley Price,
Vice President
mprice@epcgroup.net
Direct - (713) 501-7375

or

Gia Rapasadi
EPC Group, Marketing & Public Relations
marketing@epcgroup.net
Direct - (646) 468-3363

Thursday, January 3, 2013

EPC Group Selected for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Offering Custom Branding for Leading National Conservation Non-Profit

Houston, TX (Yahoo News) January 03, 2013 

EPC Group, one of the principal Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server integrators in the United States, today announced that a leading National Conservation Non-Profit Organization has selected EPC Group to design and implement its Microsoft SharePoint 2010 environment, external and internal websites and train its staff.

“We are thrilled to work with such an incredible organization that provides an essential service to our country by helping to conserve the natural beauty around us,” said Miranda Salley, Vice President of EPC Group. “It has been a pleasure working with them on the design phase and we look forward to the completion and launch of their new websites, which will help to increase their outreach to the public and also simplify collaboration within the organization.”

In 2009, EPC Group’s National Conservation client’s CIO deployed MOSS 2007 to create a document management system for employees. After working through some kinks, his intention was to leverage SharePoint even further, for example, by applying it to the internal portal and the external website. Intrigued by The EPC Group’s proprietary SharePoint Corporate Culture Adoption Strategies™ he sought out their proven methodologies for his end users, including their methodologies to customize the branding on his internet-facing and external sites. With the strategic aim of bringing in higher contributions from the Non-Profit’s affiliate organizations and donors, he was confident that EPC Group’s established position in the market as SharePoint experts would be the best fit. EPC Group allowed his organization to work off of their expansive knowledge, implementing lessons learned and delivering immediate ROI, by eliminating risk and loss he experienced with past SharePoint firms. 

“I experienced trial and error during our own initial implementation and what gave me great confidence in EPC Group is that no matter what question, request or issue I brought to them, they had seen or heard it before and knew how to handle it,” the Non-Profit’s CEO further stated. “EPC Group has helped drive the entire design process and is now beginning the implementation of SharePoint 2010 along with full ECM, metadata and external website design strategies.”
The new external site is scheduled to go live in March 2013 and will provide an integrated platform where employees can upload documents on their own to share with the public - not only speeding up the upload process and further organizing documents, but also relieving some of the duties of the internal IT team. The next phase will be the creation of an internal portal.

“I want to give employees one place to go for all of their documents, whether it’s our healthcare program information or company reports. I envision the internal portal being the first stop when employees log-in for the day,” he said. “The new SharePoint structure will reduce the amount of clicks it takes to locate a document - say from 10 clicks to three. It will ease the frustration felt with our current file share and will provide easy adoption from both our internal and external users.”
EPC Group will also provide onsite training for the National Conservation Foundation employees, teaching them how SharePoint 2010 can benefit them in their everyday duties and make collaboration even easier. EPC Group plans to implement their proprietary Bottom Up Strategy™ for end user adoption focusing on exceeding the typical envisioning workshops executed loosely by most SharePoint Integrators. 

“Our team is filled with young professionals who are eager to embrace new technology, but changing an entire system can still be painful until it is understood and the benefits are realized,” quoted the Conservation’s CIO. “EPC Group has already been essential in helping to gain buy-in from everyone on the SharePoint project and will be instrumental in getting the team up and running quickly with the new websites. With the wins we have already achieved with our team and steering committee around SharePoint 2010, we are thrilled that EPC Group implemented hybrid strategies based on their in depth knowledge of SharePoint 2013.” Knowing this is in place lets my team breathe a lot easier bringing confidence that the transition onto the 2013 SharePoint platform will be as seamless as possible.”

About EPC Group

With over 13 years of experience, EPC Group has executed more than 735 SharePoint projects and 65 Microsoft Project Server initiatives. That number has positioned EPC Group as the top SharePoint & Project Server Full Life Cycle firm within the US. EPC Group has been touted as the top SharePoint firm in the US by numerous SharePoint Analysts based on number of successful projects and satisfied clients. EPC Group implements proprietary engagement, project management and project closing methodologies. EPC Group strives to partner with your organization ensuring achievement of quantifiable results through our unique approach of combining knowledge transfer, optimization and sustainability of processes and technology. EPC Group strives to partner with each client from idea conception, to implementation, configuring and full support after an initiative has completed.

To learn more, please visit http://www.epcgroup.net, email sharepoint@epcgroup.net or call
(888) 381-9725.

Press contact:

Miranda Salley
Vice President
E-mail: Mprice(at)epcgroup(dot)net
Phone: (713) 501-7375