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SharePoint Solutions [July/August 2012]

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A Stroll Down SharePoint Lane

SharePoint has emerged as the most successful and ubiquitous software tool ofour lifetimes. However, it still isn't everything it needs to be. A SharePoint "ecosystem" has evolved to make sure that your SharePoint deployment is as effective and productive as it can possibly be. Can SharePoint be a risk to your company? Yes. Can SharePoint also be an incredible cost-sink for your IT department? Yes. Can SharePoint also be the greatest collaboration, content management and productivity tool on the planet? . . .

Enhancing The Use and Performance of SharePoint

Right now we are experiencing an explosion of digital content previously thought unimaginable, with volumes set to grow from 1.2 zettabytes in 2012 to 35 ZB by 2020.We create and consume more content than ever before, and IT teams are expected to make that content highly available to meet business needs and keep workers as productive as possible. Microsoft SharePoint, with its ease of initial deployment, ease of use, range of features and low total cost of ownership. . . .

Activity Streams vs. Discussion Forums

Social technology is changing how people communicate and share information both on the consumer Web and within the enterprise. In particular, activity streams (a.k.a. newsfeeds) are becoming a central focal point for users to engage in conversation and discussions. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all include activity streams and have quickly challenged traditional Internet discussion forums such as Yahoo Message Boards or Google Groups in the consumer space. . . .

The Role of Collaboration Tools for SharePoint

Improving productivity is, on its own, one of the top business objectives shared by companies of all sizes, industries and geographies. Its direct correlation to a company's ability to increase profitability has a compounding effect on its importance. One of the most cost-effective ways to drive productivity improvement initiatives is to increase collaboration across the enterprise, both internally among employees as well as between employees, partners and customers. . . .

External SharePoint Collaboration-Without Compromise

According to an article on ZDNet about SharePoint, more than 7.3 million new SharePoint users are added every year, making it a multi-billion dollar business for Microsoft. But can a business collaborate with external partners outside the firewall while ensuring complete security of its content? What viable solutions are out there? Mike Hugos, CIO and author of books about the topics of IT best practices and cloud computing, and Mike Lees of IntraLinks give us their insights. . . .

SharePoint Information Governance That Works

Every organization is unique in its requirements and approach to information governance. These variations increase as SharePoint becomes prolific in organizations of all sizes. Despite the rapid adoption of SharePoint, it has traditionally been used to solve collaboration, content and records management challenges at the departmental level, outside the view and control of a corporate IT function. While this gives departments control of their content. . . .

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