Microsoft SharePoint 2010 End User Guide: Business Performance Enhancement

SharePoint is currently Microsoft’s fastest selling product, faster than even Microsoft Office. Like its predecessor SharePoint 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2010 can be said to be the “Ginsu knife” of web platforms by providing web publishing and collaboration combined. Rich websites, portals, intranets, content management systems, search engines, workflow, wikis, blogs, and more make SharePoint the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Internet, and can all now be done out of the box. Companies can deploy SharePoint 2010 both inside the enterprise (that is, intranets) and outside of the firewall (that is, extranets, the Internet) so employees, customers, and business partners can work with the platform. SharePoint 2010 ultimately enables enhanced internal and external company communication, resulting in better decision making processes.

Just as Microsoft’s products have become the de facto standard with daily desktop tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, SharePoint is becoming the de facto standard web platform for team and company collaboration.

With this book you will be highly equipped with the confidence and professional independence to build business enhancing SharePoint solutions. This will give you and your department traction for document collaboration, Web 2.0 functionality and much more, so that you can publish content and develop communities for maximum interaction. You will gain invaluable knowledge about workflows, alerts and notifications, web parts and more.

This book bridges the gap in end user functionality to provide you with functional direction and guidance on how to truly apply SharePoint to your business processes, without the need for coding.

This hands on tutorial full of comprehensive instructions and quick tips shows you where to apply SharePoint’s technology to your job and business as a whole, for immediate traction and value. The main focus lies with explaining the core capabilities of SharePoint 2010 from an end user perspective, such as Lists, Libraries, Workflows, Blogs and Wiki, all without writing any code.

The book begins by setting out SharePoint’s core functionality which includes the different editions, Sites, Libraries, Lists, and My Sites. This basic functionality will give you the knowledge to deploy collaborative solutions for you and your department. You will be guided through how to create content and quickly tailor it for your own individual needs. You will then dive deep into Office integration with SharePoint, learning that SharePoint is not a replacement for Office, but a tool to complement it for team usage, so files and even page content can be shared within teams and departments. Along the way, you will also gain the knowledge to implement out- of-the-box SharePoint processes relevant to your own job role and the functions of your department. Finally, the book will discuss what SharePoint is not, with a view to how it should not be used by end users, the challenges that face end users, and where SharePoint’s functionality can be applied with regards to business areas such as Human Resources and the Sales Department, ultimately enabling you to properly implement SharePoint 2010 as an efficient end user.

Bursting with SharePoint shortcuts, this hands on guide lets you go far beyond your email and desktop when managing tasks to become a highly organized end user.

What you will learn from this book

  • Get to grips with business enhancing SharePoint functions based on your individual responsibilities and daily tasks.
  • Apply true document management beyond version control
  • Gain the skills to apply all the collaborative benefits of SharePoint 2010 without the need for any coding.
  • Discover how to personalize content and manage and create SharePoint Team Sites.
  • Easily set up and manage out-of-the-box SharePoint processes necessary for individual job roles and departmental functions.
  • Grasp a comprehensive understanding of fundamental SharePoint foundation essentials and how these are relevant to your day to day tasks.
  • Fully understand Office integration with SharePoint with features like the Ribbon Interface.
  • Learn how to migrate desktop information in Word and Excel to process driven content.
  • Make the most of the improved search results feature of SharePoint 2010.
  • Build content for yourself not only within a department, but across the organization.
  • Uncover the knowledge of how to be more productive by following the Golden Rules for end user SharePoint deployment.

An essential hands-on guide, this book describes functionality, ideas and terminology related to SharePoint and applies the knowledge to enhance your business. This is not a heavy technical book for the professional IT department power user, weighed down with technical jargon and techniques, but a tutorial full of great advice and short cuts to SharePoint’s functionality, where the authors remember all the tough stuff so you don’t have too. While other books will tell you what SharePoint can do from a technical standpoint and may leave you wondering if the product is appropriate for your day-to-day needs, this guide will provide you with the information and hands on tools so you can immediately apply solutions to your work environment.

Who this book is written for
If you are a SharePoint 2010 end user and you want to take back control of your workday and Inbox by applying your knowledge of SharePoint, then this book is ideal for you. By using SharePoint to complement your Office desktop tools, this book will be a tremendous aid if you are an end user willing to invest a few hours of reading to become highly productive and efficient in working with information on a day to day basis. You should be comfortable with the basic functionality of Outlook, other Office applications, and basic web page functions. No prior knowledge of SharePoint is required.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849680663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849680660
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