What is SharePoint?SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. Want to find out more? The sections below give details about SharePoint 2010 capabilities. Access important files securely, share documents with colleagues, manage project better and make your site look professional in a snap! Help your team to be more productive and communicative without increasing complexity. Do you have several versions of proposal templates floating around your team? Do you worry that your sales representatives don't always have the latest, updated sales brochures? Are you unable to work on a document because you left it on the office computer... and you left the office? SharePoint 2010 is the perfect antidote to these ills, enabling teams to access and share their documents from anywhere, at anytime using a web browser or mobile device browser! Finally...teamwork made easy.
SharePoint 2010 Foundation enables teams to create web sites for information sharing and document collaboration. SharePoint 2010 Foundation is a service offered by WolfSol that provides team services and sites to Microsoft Office applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other desktop programs. It also serves as a platform for application development. SharePoint makes it easy to create resource portals, team workspaces, and simple yet powerful business process applications that incorporate workflow, email and more. SharePoint 2010 Foundation enables users to locate distributed information quickly and efficiently, as well as connect to and work with others more productively.
SharePoint 2010 Foundation sites take file storage to a new level, providing workspaces for team collaboration and making it easy for users to work together on documents, tasks, contacts, events, and other information. In addition, team and site managers can coordinate site content and user activity easily. The SharePoint 2010 Foundation environment is designed for quick and flexible deployment, administration, and application development. SharePoint sites are made up of Web Parts and Windows ASP.NET-based components. Web Parts are designed to be added to pages and configured by site administrators and users, creating complete page-based applications.
SharePoint 2010 Foundation sites provide a central place to capture and share ideas, information, and for commenting on documents. The sites facilitate team participation in discussions, shared document collaboration, and surveys. Site content is accessible from both a web browser and through clients that support web services. The document collaboration features allow for easy check in, check out, and document version control.
SharePoint site members can find and communicate with key contacts and experts, both by e-mail and with instant messaging. Site content can be easily searched, and users can also receive alerts to tell them when existing documents and information have been changed, or when new information or documents have been added. Site content and layout can be personalized on a per-user basis, and Web Parts can be used to present targeted information to specific users on precise topics. Microsoft Office System programs use SharePoint site content. All of a site's collaborative content-for example, documents, lists, events, task assignments, and membership rosters-is read and edited within Microsoft Office Word 2007 and 2010, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and 2010, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. Image editing of Web-based photo libraries is also possible. Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and 2010 allow SharePoint site event calendars to be viewed side-by-side with personal calendars, and they also create meeting-specific workspaces to augment group appointments.
- IMPROVE TEAM PRODUCTIVITY WITH EASY-TO-USE COLLABORATIVE TOOLS
Connect people with the information and resources they need. Users can create team workspaces, coordinate calendars, organize documents, and receive important notifications and updates through communication features including announcements and alerts, as well as the new templates for creating blogs and wikis. While mobile, users can take advantage of convenient offline synchronization capabilities.
- EASILY MANAGE DOCUMENTS AND HELP ENSURE INTEGRITY OF CONTENT
With enhanced document management capabilities including the option to activate required document checkout before editing, the ability to view revisions to documents and restore to previous versions, and the control to set document and item-level security, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation can help ensure the integrity of documents stored on team sites.
- GET USERS UP TO SPEED QUICKLY
User interface improvements in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 include enhanced views and menus that simplify navigation within and among SharePoint sites. Integration with familiar productivity tools, including programs in the Microsoft Office system, makes it easy for users to get up to speed quickly. For example, users can create workspaces, post and edit documents, and view and update calendars on SharePoint sites, all while working within Microsoft Office system files and programs.
- DEPLOY SOLUTIONS TAILORED TO YOUR BUSINESS PROCESSES
While standard workspaces in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation are easy to implement, organizations seeking a more customized deployment can get started quickly with application templates for addressing specific business processes or sets of tasks.
- BUILD A COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT QUICKLY AND EASILY
Easy to manage and easy to scale, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation enables IT departments to deploy a collaborative environment with minimal administrative time and effort. Because deployment settings can be flexibly changed, less planning time is required and companies can get started even faster.
- REDUCE THE COMPLEXITY OF SECURING BUSINESS INFORMATION
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation provides IT with advanced administrative controls for increasing the security of information resources, while decreasing cost and complexity associated with site provisioning, site management, and support. Take advantage of better controls for site life-cycle management, site memberships and permissions, and storage limits.
- PROVIDE SOPHISTICATED CONTROLS FOR SECURING COMPANY RESOURCES
IT departments can now set permissions as deep down as the document or item level, and site managers, teams, and other work groups can initiate self-service collaborative workspaces and tasks within these preset parameters. New features enable IT to set top-down policies for better content recovery and users, groups, and team workspace site administration.
- TAKE FILE SHARING TO A NEW LEVEL WITH ROBUST STORAGE CAPABILITIES
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation supplies workspaces with document storage and retrieval features, including check-in/check-out functionality, version history, custom metadata, and customizable views. New features in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation include enhanced recycle bin functionality for easier recovery of content and improved backup and restoration.
- EASILY SCALE YOUR COLLABORATION SOLUTION TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS
Quickly and easily manage and configure Microsoft SharePoint Foundation using a Web browser or command-line utilities. Manage server farms, servers, and sites using the Microsoft .NET Framework, which enables a variety of custom and third-party administration solution offerings.
- PROVIDE A COST-EFFECTIVE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING WEB-BASED APPLICATIONS
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation exposes a common framework for document management and collaboration from which flexible and scalable Web applications and Internet sites, specific to the needs of the organization, can be built. Integration with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 expands these capabilities further to offer enterprise-wide functionality for records management, search, workflows, portals, personalized sites, and more.
Intranet portalA SharePoint intranet portal is a way to centralize access to enterprise information and applications on a corporate network. It is a tool that helps a company manage its data, applications, and information more easily. This has organizational benefits such as increased employee engagement, centralizing process management, reducing new staff on-boarding costs, and providing tacit knowledge capture.
Enterprise content and document managementSharePoint is often used to store and track electronic documents or images of paper documents. It is usually also capable of keeping track of the different versions created by different users. In addition to being a platform for digital record management systems that meet government and industry compliance standards, SharePoint also provides the benefit of a central location for storing and collaborating on documents, which can significantly reduce emails and duplicated work in an organization.
Extranet sitesSharePoint can be used to provide password-protected, web-facing access to people outside an organization. Organizations often use functionality like this to integrate third parties into supply chain or business processes, or to provide a shared collaboration environment.
Internet sitesUsing the 'Publishing' feature, SharePoint can be used to manage larger public websites.