Thursday, 28 February 2008

What is SharePoint 2007 ?


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is a new server program that is part of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Your organization can use Office SharePoint Server 2007 to facilitate collaboration, provide content management features, implement business processes, and supply access to information that is essential to organizational goals and processes.
You can quickly create SharePoint sites that support specific content publishing, content management, records management, or business intelligence needs. You can also conduct effective searches for people, documents, and data, participate in forms-driven business processes, and access and analyze large amounts of business data.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Capabilities
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides a single, integrated location where employees can efficiently collaborate with team members, find organizational resources, search for experts and corporate information, manage content and workflow, and leverage business insight to make better-informed decisions.

Collaboration Allow teams to work together effectively, collaborate on and publish documents, maintain task lists, implement workflows, and share information through the use of wikis and blogs.

Portals Create a personal MySite portal to share information with others and personalize the user experience and content of an enterprise Web site based on the user’s profile.

Enterprise Search Quickly and easily find people, expertise, and content in business applications.

Enterprise Content Management Create and manage documents, records, and Web content.

Business Process and Forms Create workflows and electronic forms to automate and streamline your business processes.

Business Intelligence Allow information workers to easily access critical business information, analyze and view data, and publish reports to make more informed decisions.
Integration with 2007 Microsoft Office System
Office SharePoint Server 2007 is designed to work effectively with other programs, servers, and technologies in the 2007 Office release. For example, with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can create a slide library on an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site that allows other users to pick specific slides for their own presentation and receive notifications and updated versions when the slides have been modified. Click here for more examples of how specific 2007 Office release programs work with Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies
SharePoint Products and Technologies provide enterprise-scale capabilities to meet business-critical needs like managing content and business processes, simplifying how people find and share information across boundaries, and enabling better informed decisions. Using the combined collaboration features of Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server 2007, plus the design and customization capabilities of Office SharePoint Designer 2007, organizations can enable their users to create, manage, and easily build their own SharePoint sites, and enable these sites to be discovered throughout the organization.
How are Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services related?
If you've heard about Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, you may wonder how it relates to Office SharePoint Server 2007. Windows SharePoint Services is an enabling technology that is included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. It helps teams stay connected and productive by providing easy access to the people, documents, and information that they need to make well-informed decisions and get work done. Office SharePoint Server 2007 relies on the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology to provide a consistent, familiar framework for lists and libraries, site administration, and site customization. Any features that are available in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are also available in Office SharePoint Server 2007.
However, Office SharePoint Server 2007 offers enhanced and additional features that are unavailable on a Windows SharePoint Services site. For example, both Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services include site templates for collaborating with colleagues and setting up meetings. However, Office SharePoint Server 2007 includes a number of additional site templates related to enterprise and publishing scenarios.
The chart below shows a quick overview of the capabilities available under Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard edition, and Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise edition. For a complete breakdown of the features of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, please download the product comparison chart (168 KB .xls worksheet). Visit the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 TechNet site for more information about this versatile technology.
Capabilities
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard Edition
Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition

How is Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 related to both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services?
While Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services provide the technology and platform, Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the tools to tailor SharePoint sites to meet specific business needs. With Office SharePoint Designer 2007, organizations can deliver compelling SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools without having to write or deploy code on the server. Visit the Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Office Online site for more information on this product.
Highlighted Resources
Help and How-to: Introduction to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007This Help and How-to article introduces Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and describes how you can use it to gain better control over your content, streamline your business processes, and share information with others in your organization.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 product guideThis product guide provides an overview of SharePoint Server 2007, with an emphasis on new and improved features. It also takes a close look at SharePoint Server 2007 in action, demonstrating its exciting new capabilities.
Microsoft Office and SharePoint Products and Technologies integration - Fair, good, better, bestThis white paper describes how different versions of Microsoft Office programs work together with the 2003 and 2007 versions of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies.
Transform your business with SharePoint Products and TechnologiesThis document explores how SharePoint Products and Technologies can help organizations more easily leverage their knowledge capital of enterprise data, human expertise, process knowledge, and content to operate with greater agility in a dynamic and complex world.
Office SharePoint Server edition comparison documentThis document includes a complete breakdown of the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and a comparison between the different 2007 server editions and SharePoint Portal Server 2003.
Further Information
Explore SharePoint Server 2007 Features at a Glance
Watch SharePoint Server 2007 Demos
Keep up to date with the latest SharePoint News and Reviews
Read Customer Evidence to see how other companies are using the SharePoint technologies
Find out How to Buy SharePoint Server 2007
Download a SharePoint Server 2007 Trial Version