Theory and Thoughts

Jornata – Bringing Humanity Back to Business

Welcome to the first of the series “Bringing Humanity Back into Business”.  I will be interviewing Jornata LLC. today.  The goal of this series is to draw connections from the SharePoint community and how these companies, individuals, etc., are targeting to put people first in what they do, with the understanding bottom line will still benefit in the long run. Scott Jamison has graciously allowed me to interview him to see how Jornata LLC is working toward bringing humanity back in business. When you see “Human Impact:” this is my take on the how Jornata LLc is bringing humanity back to business.  Lets gets started shall we?

Interview with Scott Jamison (Chief Architect & CEO)

Q: Is your company a part of the Microsoft Business Critical SharePoint program?
A: Yes

Q: If Yes, how has this program assisted you in bringing the best possible solutions to your clients, and more specifically, their end users?
A: It raises the awareness level on both Jornata’s and the client side, that SharePoint has evolved.  SharePoint has gone from a nice to have to must have tool.  Critical document management, Business Intelligence, etc. the bar has been raised to getting the right solution in place.  Microsoft has raised the game and awareness.  It recognizes the fact old style SharePoint consultants were to install SharePoint.  The new SharePoint consultant is for creating solutions focusing on the end user.  The business solution has come to the forefront.

Human Impact: In a world of technology, software is nothing more than a tool. just like a hammer and drill are tools for a carpenter.  A carpenter with hard work, sweat and a passion for what he does, can make something of beauty that would be admired by people who witness it.  Family homes, hospitals, places of worship, and furniture are just some examples of what wonderful things that can be created with the right tools.  Technology, software, and SharePoint specifically in this case is a tool when used correctly could be of great help and value to the humans who use that tool.  Taking it further, when used properly, it could impact the lives who work with, are assisted by or are indirectly impacted by a company using SharePoint.  Just like the carpenter, buying a hammer does not make him a carpenter, but the skill he has to wield that hammer.  Having the ability to install software does not have the same effect as someone who is a master of that tool to bring out its full potential.

Q: Do you have a story of how the service/product you provided helped the men and women who worked for your client?
A: We worked with a global charity to help design O365 deployment.  This company manages healthcare globally.  This solution will save human lives.  They currently don’t have critical IT infrastructure that will allow them to get medical attention to the appropriate people.  To have a global network of healthcare personnel, timeliness and accuracy is a must.  These people need to get better information to allow them to do their jobs better.  When they are able to do their jobs better, more lives will be saved.

Human Impact:  An old cliché, “Knowledge is power” comes to mind.  When it comes to healthcare, this is about as deep rooted in humanity as it gets.  Countless resources are spent in  time, money and lives to gain knowledge to improve healthcare to assist fellow humans.

Q: Is your company active in the SharePoint community, SharePoint user groups, speakers at SharePoint conferences, blogs, etc.?
A: Yes.

Q: If yes, do you have any stories of how reaching out into the community has created an atmosphere where people felt like they were important/valued?
A: As organizers of BSPUG, co-organizers of SPS Boston, and charter founders of O365 User group.  We participate in local and national speaking events, such as  SharePoint Conference 2014 and SPTechCon.  Our philosophy: we want to raise the game as a community, effecting the quality of service overall, through us or others.  Creating personal relationships.  Meet with other companies to come up with new concepts. “A rising tide lifts all boats”.  The more we work in the community the more it benefits.

Q: What are you doing to bring humanity back to Jornata?
A: We believe in keeping a high bar and holding people to the high bar is important.  Let everyone excel and rise to their full potential vs. meandering along.  When we promise something, we trust what they have promised.  Keeping your promises.  Creates a honest and open environment, and better quality of service to our clients


Product(s) Offered

  • Jornata CoPilot(TM) for SharePoint
  • Jornata Intranet Pack(TM)
  • Jornata AutoTag(TM)
  • Jornata Media Pack(TM)
  • Jornata Site Directory(TM)
  • Mimeo(TM)
  • Folio(TM)

Service(s) Offered

  • Application Development
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Document/Records Management
  • Portals
  • Research Management
  • Search

Vision Statement

“Every Day is a Journey”

Benjamin Franklin, at 81, was the oldest and the most widely accomplished delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. His presence represented the final public service in a remarkable career as scientist, author, diplomat and statesman. His reputation in Europe, wrote John Adams from Paris, was “more universal than that of Leibnitz or Newton, Frederick or Voltaire, and his character more beloved and esteemed than any or all of them.” Although he was physically feeble — all of his speeches were read by a colleague — Franklin attended most of the sessions and was troubled by the recurring signs of opposition to the draft Constitution. In a notable address toward the close of the Convention, he gently urged dissenting delegates to put aside their legitimate criticisms — he himself had several — and recognize the version before them as the best compromise possible.

On the final day, as the last delegates were signing the document, Franklin pointed toward the sun on the back of the Convention president’s chair. Observing that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising sun from a setting sun, he went on to say: “I have often … in the course of the session … looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

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