In this short video we explore Microsoft SharePoint and what it offers your business.
SharePoint is Microsoft’s browser-based solution for information sharing, document management and much, much more.
It’s available as a server platform for installing on your own on-premise hardware, or as a fully-managed, cloud-based solution in Office 365.
- a document management platform
- a collaboration platform
- a social networking platform
- a content management platform
- a business intelligence platform
- and a platform for custom web applications
This is a small part of a complete SharePoint 2013 Administration Training Course created by our Technical Director Joel Jeffery, who is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. The full set of SharePoint 2013 admin videos is available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/sp13videos
Most people first meet SharePoint as an intranet. In the video we take a look at the default SharePoint team site, which has document libraries where documents can be uploaded and checked in and checked out, complete with version control. As you’d expect there’s great compatibility with Microsoft Office on the desktop, which was specially designed to be used with SharePoint.
SharePoint also offers various group working features, such as calendaring, room booking and individual and group task management and project management. In addition to Office on the desktop, you can also use Office Web Access to edit documents in the browser. This allows me to make changes to Office documents in SharePoint from PCs or tablets where I don’t have Office installed.
As a Business Intelligence platform, SharePoint has things such as Excel services, PerformancePoint Services and Visio Graphics Services, which allow information workers to use the tools they already know in order to make compelling business dashboards. These can be based upon SharePoint data, external data or data within Excel workbooks.
SharePoint is also a social platform. And we can see your organization chart and link to people’s colleagues, and drill down and find people by expertise, by job title, by name and to get their contact details and more.
SharePoint sits on top of the Windows server platform and makes use of SQL server as a back-end. The web functionality is delivered via inter-information services (IIS) and much of the administration is done from a web application that comes with SharePoint called Central Admin. In the video, we see Central Admin as a way to administer things such as other Internet, Extranet, and public-facing websites.
SharePoint as a platform is huge. It’s made up from dozens of services that do much of the hard work for SharePoint. These are mainly managed from Central Admin – or PowerShell for the more advanced administrator. As an administrator or infrastructure guy, you’ll need to get to grips with what these services and Service Applications do. Some of the common ones are:
- Access Service
- Business Data Connectivity Service
- Excel Service
- Machine Translation Service
- PerformancePoint Service
- SharePoint Search Service
- Secure Store Service
- User Profile Service
- Visio Graphics Service
- Word Automation Service
- Work Management Service
But at its heart, SharePoint is a platform for sharing information.