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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook

By : Adrian Colquhoun
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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook

By: Adrian Colquhoun

Overview of this book

The power of Microsoft SharePoint as the Enterprise collaboration platform is ever-growing; due to the wide range of capabilities it offers, SharePoint 2010 can help transform your business so you can quickly respond to the changes and challenges that you face. For End Users, SharePoint helps you and your team work "better, faster, and smarter". This book will take your SharePoint knowledge further, showing you how to use your skills to solve real business problems. While many other titles might be characterized as "SharePoint Explained", this cookbook contains advanced content that goes beyond that found in other SharePoint End User offerings: it is "SharePoint Applied". It provides recipes walking Power Users through a range of collaboration, data integration, business intelligence, electronic form, and workflow scenarios, as well as offering three invaluable business scenarios for building composite applications. The cookbook begins by providing a comprehensive treatment of SharePoint essentials, while quickly moving forward to topics like Data Integration, Business Intelligence, and automating business processes. At the end of the book, the information presented in the earlier recipes is combined to create three example SharePoint 2010 "composite applications" for Human Resources (HR), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Project Management. Composite applications are the "unique selling point" of SharePoint 2010 and understanding how to create them is the key to unlocking the business value of the product.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Understanding composite applications

A composite application is a quick, simple, "no code" SharePoint application intended to provide a solution to a particular business problem. It is constructed by a SharePoint Power User possessing an intimate knowledge of the problem to be solved. A composite application draws upon any or all of the SharePoint features explored in this book, melding them together until a satisfactory solution is produced. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Composite applications are normally developed through "trial and error"—prototyping and evaluating the application until something useful is produced.

The best types of composite applications to create on SharePoint are those which require collaboration, the sharing of documents, tasks, electronic forms, and simple workflows. SharePoint provides extensive out of the box tools and functionality to do this.

Powerful as composite applications are, it is also important to appreciate what they are not and to know where to draw the line between an informal Power User development and a formal software engineering project, with all the project management, governance, rigorous process, costs, and resource, which that entails.

Please don't read this chapter thinking that you can construct a new banking system, sophisticated payroll, or accounting solution as a composite application. You can't. You may be able to build solutions to those problems on SharePoint, but you will need a formal project, team-based development, designs, test plans, and lots of resources to be successful. You will definitely need to write code and will more than likely need to involve a whole range of other technologies as well. SharePoint may well make building those applications easier too, but that is not what this book is about.