Let us admit, SharePoint 2007 was a starting attempt at enabling building of enterprise collaboration but was not the best of its kind. In spite of that, many businesses were first to move into SharePoint 2007 to build portals which squeezed as much value as SharePoint 2007 offered. World moved on since that day and today when Microsoft released it SharePoint 2010, it created news. Not because it is just another attempt of Microsoft at building an enterprise level portal creation software, but because this version of SharePoint actually has it in itself to redefine the way online collaboration and organization works.
Whats New in SharePoint 2010?
Previously, the world and more specifically the cream of the company wanted to have a portal of the company be it for any reason. Hundreds of millions of dollars were pumped into building portals. SharePoint 2007 was an effective tool those days. Most of these web portals, enterprise portals were loved then they were born, but gradually lacked luster and more often than not went on to become feebly used and not used at all by employees. Companies and organizations then realized the ROI on portals had just been insignificant. It was then that the need of a collaborative platform in an enterprise was felt. And SharePoint 2010 is just the exact answer which Microsoft gave for filling in this need.
Comprising of Lego blocks, SharePoint 2010 is an incredible fun box which has native support for rating online artifacts, “Facebook Sytle” webparts and many more of these. This is a big pluggable enterprise level integration platform which integrates extremely well in the tools used daily for work: Outlook desktop email client, Office Live Communication, Exchange email server, Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Mr. Lee Provost of HS mentioned, “SharePoint 2010 acts as the interesting social glue that brings everything nicely together that you are used to work with, and steps it up a few notches. You can use the blog for communication, but the articles can be published from within Word. You can have discussions in the forum, but you can do that from inside your Outlook.”
Catering to the varied needs of Enterprises � SharePoint 2010
Any organization can make the mistake of assuming that one enterprise level collaboration platform would be suitable for all the needs of its people. Organizations should know that because the nature of the projects vary within a company, different IBUs (Independent Business Units) might have different needs and hence their level of acceptance to one common collaboration org-wide platform would vary. If one project has a focus on usability reporting, the might have on document collaboration and still others would have different specific needs.
That’s why SharePoint 2010 is an unfinished product. It allows you to meticulously observe your needs and then assess what customizations are needed in the product more to make it more acceptable in your company. And this process is the most painstaking of all activities. You might be already hosting your portal in SharePoint or you may not have used SharePoint at all, if you want to take advantage of what SharePoint 2010 can offer to your business, one thing you must invest on � understanding the needs of your business. As your business evolves, your needs evolve too. Capturing all those needs and transforming them into reality is what SharePoint 2010 promises.
Whats in store for me?
We are currently working on a few SharePoint 2010 projects which include SharePoint Migration and SharePoint development. Migrating from other technologies & older versions of SharePoint to SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 is our major strength at Mindfire Solutions. If you are looking to build a collaborative Enterprise 2.0, we can assist you in achieving your goal. Mindfire is a Microsoft Gold Certified company with its SharePoint professionals certified in Microsoft technologies. Please feel free to contact us now for your SharePoint needs.