Microsoft SharePoint Server – Part I

Microsoft SharePoint Server – Part I

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With growing business needs, it is difficult for an organization to set up a result-oriented team. A team should be able to communicate among themselves as well as share the files and documents that are related to the same project they are working upon. However, it is difficult to set up an email communication especially if the same document is to be contributed by many people quite often. In such scenario email communication would not provide the desired outcome. Microsoft has devised a strategic solution for this in the form of SharePoint. The main goal of Microsoft SharePoint Server is to create a team collaboration product.

Microsoft SharePoint Server comes up with a number of new features that is built around the concept of team collaboration such as personalized portal business intelligence, content management, and work flow integration capabilities using Windows Workflow Foundation.

However, SharePoint did not evolve just as a collaboration tool but also as a portal server targeting the needs of a small team, project, and an organization. Actually, SharePoint Portal is built upon the Windows SharePoint Services (WSS). Thus merging together the collaboration and development tool, the SharePoint can now be termed SharePoint Products and Technologies. The product part of it is SharePoint Portal Server and the technology part is governed by Windows SharePoint Services (WSS). We can develop web-based business applications on WSS platform and host the applications on our portal server. The ease of collaborating the development effort is taken care by SharePoint Portal Server. We can maintain the task list by sharing the document and other types of information using SharePoint even though the developers are working at different locations and thus can work towards accomplishing the common goal.

While WSS is mainly concerned with collaboration, Microsoft SharePoint Server is for site administration, customization, etc.

It is impossible for us to limit the scope and advantages of the Microsoft SharePoint Server with just this blog article and what we have made is an attempt towards exploring the features one by one in series of articles. The following are some among those features that we are covering in this blog article:

1. Site Creation/Administration: SharePoint helps us to overcome the difficulty of creating and maintaining sites by allowing anyone to create the sites for use within their organization (company’s intranet) that could be of any types such as document libraries, discussion boards, or meeting sites.

2. Content Management:SharePoint provides an excellent content management capabilities by allowing users to create and submit the content for approval and new document library templates have been provided to manage multilingual content. The template actually works on maintaining the relationship between the original content and the translated contents.

3. Information Tracking: The tracking information that is in the form of documents and its location is now made easy with SharePoint by enabling centralized storage point. We can even make wide searches to locate the documents and access them with ease. With this in mind, let us all stay tune for the upcoming blog articles that would provide us much insight into the new features of SharePoint that are left undiscussed in this blog article. Contact us for Sharepoint Development Services

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