SharePoint Project Sites
kalmstrom.com team has finished a custom SharePoint project
that gave good experience and a very flattering testimonial.
Many more organizations would benefit from this kind of
solution for automated creation and configuration of site
is a Swedish company that delivers high performance woodworking
machinery to house manufacturers all over the world. The
company runs large and long projects for their customers,
and they contacted me to have assistance with their project
Before they started to use our solution, Randek created
a subsite for each project and configured it manually. This
is of course a time-consuming method that is prone to errors,
so they wanted our help to develop a solution that automates
and improves the current system.
I will let Marcus Englund, Software Developer at Randek,
explain the situation, so I quote from the testimonial you
can find in full on
goal was to automate the creation of SharePoint project
sites that will be used by Randek personnel as well as consultants
and customers. The project sites act as a collaborative
platform for our often long and work intensive projects."
After a workshop where we got to know Randek's situation
and heard their requests and suggestions, we offered a solution
that worked as the Randek people had intended, but with
a few enhancements.
For example, it is easier and more user-friendly to enter
information in a SharePoint list than at a script prompt,
so we suggested that a SharePoint list should be used instead
of a script. Then a script could get the parameters from
"The project became both a development project as well
as an education in SharePoint and project management."
solution we offered, auto-creates a site collection for
every new project entered in the SharePoint list.
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint is installed
in a subsite to each site collection, so that the Randek
staff can manage the tasks connected to the project in an
The configuration of these site collections is of course
also automatic and builds entirely on Randek's requests.
When the solution came into place, Randek changed some of
these requests to make the solution work better.
This is something we are used to in custom projects, because
it is difficult for a customer to take everything into consideration
from the beginning. Sometimes we can do such changes quickly,
while other changes take more time.
"The kalmstrom.com team has given progress updates on
almost a daily basis, and the collaboration has been excellent.
As the project developed some issues occurred, and the flexibility
of the kalmstrom.com team to adapt to new demands has been
perfect. The final product is all that we asked for and
systems is never easy, but we included migration services
in the offer: a manual/scripted migration of existing information
from subsites to the new structure. For Randek this was
a smooth operation, and they could quickly start working
with the new system without any disturbances for their customers.
"We can, without hesitation, recommend Peter Kalmström
and his team to anyone in need of SharePoint development,
and although there is a significant distance between our
companies we have, throughout the project, always felt as
if the kalmstrom.com team has been very close through chat-sessions,
Skype calls and emails."
The site creation application we created for Randek is automatic,
correct and easy to use, and we are all happy that the customer
is satisfied with it.