On deployment to Afghanistan he replaced the outdated system being used in Helmand with SharePoint.
In a military theatre situation such as Afghanistan information must be disseminated in many different formats and often the problem is information overload. Leishman recognised that getting the right information, in the right format, to the right people at the right time was mission critical. Ultimately, the deployment of the SharePoint service in Afghanistan significantly improved the ability of the Helmand HQ to process and disseminate information.
Leishman said: “One of the key benefits of SharePoint is that it creates a virtual office environment for disparate groups to communicate and collaborate, which is particularly important in military theatre where activity is high tempo and in an ever changing environment. Passing information and orders to people at the right time is critical in the military just as it is in business.
“Following the deployment of the SharePoint service in Helmand HQ in Afghanistan momentum grew far quicker than I ever expected as users instantly embraced the technology because they saw an immediate benefit. There is no doubt that being able to get the right information to the right people, on time and in the right format can make a significant difference to any business just as it did in a military situation.
Not your usual SharePoint success story...