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Learning about SharePoint

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Most of us at the U of S are new to SharePoint and one common challenge we face is learning more about this tool and how we can make best use of it.  While there are a lot of blogs and other free materials on the web, I find that it is sometimes a challenge to sift through the differences between versions 2007 and 2010.

It is also important to learn what can be done out of the box and when turning to third party or locally developed enhancements is needed.

While we attempt to provide some knowledge on this blog, since we are all still learning ourselves, there is material that we are making use of in our learning also.  One thing is certain, the best way to learn is by doing – trying out various ideas, settings, and options to see what works, and how it works.

One book that has been quite recently published that can help in learning the out of the box settings and options is “Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects” by Jennifer Mason, Christian Buckley, Brian T. Jackett, Wes Preston.

From the information about the book:

Tackle 10 common business problems with proven SharePoint solutions

  • Set up a help desk solution to track service requests
  • Build a modest project management system
  • Design a scheduling system to manage resources
  • Create a site to support geographically dispersed teams
  • Implement a course registration system
  • Build a learning center with training classes and resources
  • Design a team blog platform to review content
  • Create a process to coordinate RFP responses
  • Set up a FAQ system to help users find answers quickly
  • Implement a cost-effective contact management system

Perhaps one of the best things about this book from a U of S staff perspective is that it is available through our library on the Safari Books Online subscription.  Once logged in, you should be able to access the book at this link.

Thanks for reading.

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