About Microsoft SharePoint

SharePoint Technologies provide a logical framework, based off web part technology, to easily create sites by non-programmers and developers to share critical business information easily and quickly. Microsoft's SharePoint Technologies are comprised of two different flavors: Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.  Both solutions bring its users the following benefits:

 

Team Collaboration

SharePoint is an easy to use medium to build collaborative sites based on web parts to share data, files, and information.  Since everything is accessed and done through your web browser and other productivity tools like Microsoft Office , work is made easier and familiar.

 

Alerts

Users can automatically mark documents, libraries, list items, or entire lists provide real-time alerts to send updates via email when content is added, deleted, or updated.

 

Audience Targeting

Both SharePoint technologies works with your existing Windows-based security schema and provides the ability to target specific pages, libraries, lists and web parts to a filtered audience.

 

Search

The SharePoint technologies search capabilities provide users with the ability to look for the information they request and find it quickly.  This intuitive search mechanism checks for filenames, page content, external content sources, and even content within uploaded documents and files! 

 

Web Part Framework

A web part is a Microsoft ASP.NET server control that serves a particular purpose, such as displaying data from a spreadsheet or streaming stock quotations from an online Web service. Web parts are inserted in web part zones within web part pages. Web part zones are containers for web parts that group and organize web parts and provide a set of properties that configure the web parts in that zone. Web part pages consolidate data and web content through web part zones to create dynamic information portals.

 

While custom web parts can be created, powerful existing web parts come out of the box including: 

§ Document Libraries 
§ Picture Libraries 
§ Lists 
§ Calendar 
§ Wikis 
§ Blogs 
§ Surveys 
§ Discussion Threads 

Why Use SharePoint ?

?The capabilities of SharePoint work together to help your company quickly respond to changing business needs. Using SharePoint , your people can share ideas and expertise, create custom solutions for specific needs, and find the right business information to make better decisions. For IT, SharePoint helps you cut training and maintenance costs, save time and effort, and focus on higher business priorities.

Benefits

Deliver the Best Productivity Experience
SharePoint helps your people be more productive. It offers a familiar Microsoft Office experience so that people can quickly and easily access the business information they need to get their jobs done.

Cut Costs with a Unified Infrastructure
?SharePoint helps you reduce costs by consolidating intranet, extranet, and Internet sites on a single platform—on-premises or in the cloud.

Rapidly Respond to Business Needs
?SharePoint gives you the best of both worlds: out-of-the-box applications and a platform for customized solutions. You can use the features of SharePoint just as they are or quickly create secure and easy-to-use solutions for specific business needs.

 
Related Links
SharePoint Technologies | WSS 3.0 Product InformationMicrosoft Office SharePoint Server System Requirements | MOSS Product Information | SharePoint Upgrade