The Application of Sharepoint to Common Business Problems

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Executive Summary

The need for decentralization of working resources has a necessity with intensifying globalization. Industries have flexible working practices whereby they have gone out of the office to work in different parts of the world. This was possible due to the advent of technologies. A necessary condition for smooth operations of such businesses is an effective and efficient resource sharing and communication system. As a result of this virtual shrinking of the world, industries across all sectors are facing common challenges in managing their data and communication system effectively. The management of unstructured data and documentation becomes a necessity in such a scenario. This paper seeks to highlight the use of SharePoint, and in particular Microsoft Office SharePoint (MOSS) Server 2007 that can resolve these problems. The paper talks in detail about the flexibility with which MOSS and SharePoint can be used across industries to solve the various problems faced by the business houses. The important features such as - the document management system of MOSS 2007 using meta-data, document control features, enterprise search, SharePoint functionality, designing of a new SharePoint applications, and a successful implementation of SharePoint have been discussed in this study. The use of these applications effectively reduces the business issues which causes not only a loss in productivity but also has long term severe damages on the business.

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