SharePoint can be defined as a Web-based solution from email hosting provider Microsoft (News - Alert) that streamlines the overall management and access to data. Going by this definition, it is likely that your organization is using SharePoint to streamline its business processes. However, this premier collaboration platform is more powerful than you think.
In fact, SharePoint 2010 is touted as a powerful collaboration engine that you can familiarize yourself with without any associated complexity. If you can’t figure it out though, here is a cheat sheet to guide you through the process.
For starters, a page in SharePoint contains text, embeddable images, links and other Web elements you generally find on websites. You can create document libraries on SharePoint to help you edit files with revision histories and activity logs. Sites in SharePoint can also be used to aggregate content from meetings, blogs, documents and teams. Users can even create content using specified templates.
In addition, the SharePoint 2010 Library Tools Ribbon allows you to manage and further interact with your saved documents in many different ways.
Of course, the real value of SharePoint is its document sharing functionality. Acting as a document repository, team members can put documents and files in one place and make them accessible to everyone regardless of their physical location.
Moreover, your business calendars are important and SharePoint 2010 does a good job of ensuring that you can easily create, view and edit team calendars to help you track due dates, events and project meetings.
To benefit from SharePoint 2010, you need to combine the services of SharePoint with an email hosting service like SherWeb. An email hosting platform that supports Microsoft Exchange would work well with SharePoint by ensuring that all your cloud and collaboration tools are compatible and reliable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Only then can SharePoint 2010 collaboration take your business to the next level.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein