Tips to select a SharePoint Web Developer

SharePoint, a brain child and developed by Microsoft, is a well-built web based application that helps in managing business more efficiently and effectively in comparison to earlier times. Although a technical platform, SharePoint has been made customer friendly with the gamut of features and tools that it produces. It helps in creating a work environment that is easy to use for even the employees with non-technical background.

While considering a SharePoint web developer to create a SharePoint internet website or an extranet or intranet platform for an organisation, there are few important criteria that should be taken into account.

Any .NET or SharePoint developer should be competent enough to develop, design and implement a high quality website that is dynamic in nature along with development of internal/external web applications required by the clients for their other associated requirements.

The duties and responsibilities of a SharePoint web developer would include to design and code technical solutions. also creates and design high quality reusable applications, develop efficient databases for clients, create workflows that can followed and implemented by all employees. The platform is able to communicate and enforce the best coding standards, delivers high quality service as per pre-determined schedule and has the capability to provide all types of solutions for any business problem that the client may be having.

The SharePoint web developer should have work experience with the following:

a. Web development using ASP.Net, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
b. .NET based languages (C#, VB.Net)
c. Microsoft SharePoint versions
d. Visual Studio or any related IDE
e. CMS
f. Team Founder Server
g. Have knowledge about security standards and techniques for web applications
h. Understand and solve browser related issues
i. Design, development, implementation of user friendly software
j. Creation of third party authenticated portals for partners

The following attributes would be value add for the organisation that the web developer would be working for:

1. Creativity and attention to detail
2. Ability to work effectively on tight deadlines
3. Excellent command of communicable language
4. Excellent oral and written communication
5. Exceptional and high quality customer service skills
6. Productive team player
7. Desire to learn new skills and improve the existing skillsets

SharePoint as a working platform has manifold advantages and benefits. They have been listed below:

a. Centralised administration, the benefit of which is to control the entire platform effectively. With the help of Central Administration (CA) Console, the managers are able to access application features, system settings, upgrade or change settings, configure tools and manage security issues.

b. The advantage of customisation of a website according to requirement is a big value add. If the portal is customised as per the business requirements, it enables the employees to work with the existing tools far more effectively than the ones that are available by default.

c. Collaboration of project details at a single place or a document library helps in accessing data easily and performs at a faster pace than normal time.

There are many more such advantages of SharePoint. The key is to find web developers who can introduce ideas and solutions that help an existing business grow by leaps and bounds.

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