6 Pillars of SharePoint
1. Sites
  • >> Building and Managing Internal and External Websites.
  • >> It provides a full set of tools that people can use to create any kind of site, plus a single infrastructure that simplifies site management.
  • >> From a team site for colleagues, to an extranet site for partners, to an Internet site for customers, people can share and publish information using one familiar system.
  • >> You can use top-level sites and sub sites to divide site content into distinct, separately manageable sites.
  • >> The entire structure of a top-level Website and all of its sub sites is called a Web site collection.
2. Communities
  • >> Creating a Social Collaboration Environment.
  • >> Social capabilities like Facebook and Twitter are becoming normal for many of us. Now all this social media stuff is moving into the workplace.
  • >> It all boils down to providing a modern approach to working together, collaborating and sharing knowledge.
  • >> So these capabilities need to be a component of every piece of software we use.
  • >> Collaborate using Wikis, Blogs and Co-Authoring, Organize using Tags, Ratings and Bookmarks, MySites Smart Profiles and Feeds and Browse Colleagues, Experts and Org.
3. Content

1. Taxonomy, Workflow, Document Sets
2. Digital Asset Management
3. Handle Larger lists, Document Libraries
4. Content Types and Taxonomy across all the farms
5. Policy and Records Management

  • >> Managing Your Documents, Information and Records.
  • >> As part of Content functionality in SharePoint, you have direct integration with your MS Office environment, so you can work on your documents in a familiar environment.
  • >> It consist of the following:
4. Search
  • >> The Google for Your Organization´s Private Info. Search for information and people, including particular expertise. Index content and data stored outside of your SharePoint.
  • >> Refine search results based on taxonomy and metadata.
  • >> The addition of FAST Search brings enhancements, View thumbnails and previews of content within the result set.
  • >> Refine results based on user profile or audience. The ability to refine search results with filters like Site, Author, Result Type and more.
  • >> It includes a rules-based query parsing framework
  • >> Search scans and returns results only for the following tools:

1. Lists
2. Documents
3. Calendar

5. Business Intelligence
  • >> A key goal in any business is staying ahead of the competition. Increasingly, the class of software called Business Intelligence plays an important role here.
  • >> Business intelligence software is all about helping you make decisions and find problems.
  • >> The four important functionalities in BI:

1. The Report Center: The Report Center site provides a central location for business-intelligence-related information
2. Excel Services: Excel Services enables you to store an Excel workbook on a server and then publish any part of that workbook on a Web page. Users need only a browser to view and interact with the live data. The workbook is published on the Web page by using the Excel Web Access (EWA) Web Part.
3. Connections to external data sources: In addition to using external data sources in Excel workbooks, you can use data from other business applications, such as SAP and Siebel, in SharePoint lists, pages, and Web Parts.
4. Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s): A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a visual cue that communicates the amount of progress made toward a goal. KPIs are valuable for teams, managers, and businesses to evaluate quickly the progress made against measurable goals. By using SharePoint KPIs, you can easily visualize answers to the following questions:

  • >> What am I ahead or behind on?
  • >> How far ahead or behind am I?
  • >> What is the minimum I have completed?
6. Composites
  • >> Integrating Your Business Systems. Another big improvement for SharePoint relates to its ability talk to — pushing and pulling data to/ from other business systems.
  • >> Instead of having to work in multiple systems, you can create composite applications in SharePoint.
  • >> Data integrations are key for management dashboards and project management, but also for employees who may not need full access to the business application.
  • >> SharePoint can both view and update external data via its Business Connectivity Services (BCS).

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