A Useful Microsoft SharePoint Overview for Beginners by David Severn
In “Getting Started with SharePoint: It’s Not Just a Product,” David Severn addresses issues of most concern for newbies to the SharePoint platform. He explains SharePoint can help you, but it is also up to you to setup these helpful features. Severn explains,
It is massive and complex but SharePoint isn’t simply a product that you install and start using. SharePoint is an impressive framework upon which is built many components. Some of which can be used pretty much out of the box such as basic team site with lists and libraries to get you started through to Business Intelligence services which can display incredibly meaningful dashboards.
To get the best out of SharePoint, you will need to make some investments into study time and training resources. Severn also provides some simple steps to get started, such as synchronizing a SharePoint calendar with Outlook and creating a simple to-do list. A complex SharePoint system isn’t born overnight, and Severn’s article is a good place to start your journey.
We know that some out-of-the-box features in SharePoint are lacking, but to get ahead on the learning curve, consider adding a third party solution, like Smartlogic. The experts at Smartlogic have used semantic technology to develop the Semaphore Content Intelligence Search Platform. Semaphore is a powerful and user-friendly solution that integrates seamlessly with your SharePoint system.
Ken Toth, April 4, 2012