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SharePoint Services 3.0 Primer

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SharePoint Services 3.0 Primer

TechBro
I have been using SharePoint VERY lightly for the last few months, but would really like to get into it. Can anyone recommend a good book or two that start at the beginning? I'm looking for something that describes how to do the business process analysis to determine how you should implement SharePoint and possibly how it can be integrated with your other Office apps and general workflow proceeses.

Ideas?
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sushantak

I am also looking for same. I did n't get any good book except the online resources.

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Steffi28

Everyday in work since August and I've found that the best way to learn about it is by using it, there are also alot of very good blogs out there that have been so useful to me.

A few of them being:

http://www.sharepointblogs.com/

http://weblog.vb-tech.com/nick/

and the microsoft website
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905503.aspx

basically in short the books are useful but hands on experience is much better, and if you have any questions regarding SharePoint feel free to pm me if I dont know the answer I can always point you in the right direction

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onbliss

What kind of penetration (market share) has SharePoint achieved?

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TechBro

That's a good question. I am seeing it make steady inroads in the SMB market, but that just may be anecdotal. The fact that it integrates pretty easily with Office 2003/2007 seems to be a big selling point.

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onbliss

Some one mentioned to me that I should learn SharePoint as it was gaining momentum. But, I am yet to see a company using it - in my personal experience. Nor heard people talking about it much.

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Steffi28

That Micro$oft will begin pushing it more and more in the coming years, its a very useful tool and enables companies to use it without having to have a web designer, or and html, asp, etc knowledge, unless of course you want it to do more. The company im currently working for doesnt use it as a main site but more as a departmental intranet, each department has its own SharePoint site that my department has made for them, we have also created several intranets for our customers using this, its a very useful tool, once you know how to use it.

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JamesRL

For a project documentation respository, some teams add discussions and polls, but its most valuable use is the ability to store and version control docs.

James

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Cactus Pete

I think we've had it for over 2 years now. It grew from being a few servers just for extranets with our clients (per case - we're a law firm) to having a farm set up for the intranet and handling our recent merger.

It's a collaboration server that's easy to set up and maintain.

I've heard of several other companies get even more use out of it, but I declined to work there...

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JamesRL

Or an IT manager.

I had a staff member install the OS on the server, turn on Sharepoint and set me up as the first user and admin.

I created all the subsequent users, set up databases, played with templates, modified templates etc.

I had one developer who ran projects got crazy with extensions, but most of our needs can be filled by one of the templates available - MS created some new ones that are free on the web that add interesting functionality.

James

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onbliss

So is this the primary version controlling software for all your documentation?

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JamesRL

We use it to store documents as they go through the project lifecycle.

Once they are finished, they are published in a number of formats - CD, online library accessable by webrowser (not yet converted to sharepoint but probably will be).

We don't need anything really fancy, we don't do parrallel development in docs. Just check in, check out, lock, increment the version. In sharepoint its either on or off.

James

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onbliss

...simple, useful and interesting.

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Selena Frye Editor

I thought you might also want to browse this list of SharePoint Services articles/downloads on TechRepublic, in case you missed them.

http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/microsoft+sharepoint.html?&c=1&s=0&m=20&o=1&i=0&t=11

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TechBro

Excellent resource! Thanks for the link.

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onbliss

...resources. Thanks a bunch!!!

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shurtadoa

I was having a trouble installing over a previous Sps version

With these resources I was able to successfully install and setup SharePoint services 3.0