Microsoft’s SharePoint is a web platform that is used to manage content and documents on the internet. Since its first launch in 2001, it has gained tremendous reception and today it serves as a multi-purpose set of web tools that many enterprises and organizations use to manage their daily business routine.
SharePoint development can facilitate enterprises with several tools and solutions such as internet portals, extranet, business intelligence tool, corporate websites, document and file management system, corporate search, and social networks. In addition to this, SharePoint development can also facilitate the enterprise or organization with process integration, system integration, and workflow automation.
SharePoint can integrate itself with certain enterprise class applications such as ERP (enterprise resource planning) or CRM (customer relationship management) applications. Being a web-based model, SharePoint developed applications provides central governance, security and management controls to the administrator. Let us look as some practical features that SharePoint development has to offer to enterprises and organizations.
Files and documents serve as a vital component of any enterprise or organization. With Microsoft’s SharePoint, it enables the employees of the organization to share easily the documents and files with each other. Even if the business is located across the physical boundaries, with SharePoint document sharing, important or confidential documents and files can be shared easily and securely among employees of the organization. Documents can be downloaded or stored and even modified and uploaded by the employee using SharePoint application. This enables smooth flow and access of the information to the employees working on the same project.
Integration with Microsoft Products
One of the most notable features of Microsoft’s SharePoint is that it can integrate with several other Microsoft’s products. This will create uniformity of editing, reviewing, or modifying the documents and files shared by the employees. For example, if an employee working on a Microsoft Excel document needs to get it reviewed, he or she can simply upload it on the SharePoint server, and since Microsoft Office is the widely used software, the reviewer can go through it without any trouble. The same thing can work with PowerPoint, Word, One note, Access, and other documents created using Microsoft’s products.
Usually corporations or organizations have 100s and 1000s of employees working on numerous files and documents. Searching for the particular employee and his or her work can be tedious and time-consuming. However, the search feature of Microsoft SharePoint will enable all employees to look for relevant documents, files, employee, group of employees, and much more in a more refined and systematic manner.
Enterprises and organizations dealing with several projects usually need to create separate sites for each of their project. When using Microsoft’s SharePoint application, the site creation task becomes much easier. Even the employee with no technical knowledge can create a site for his or her own project.