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When I started to work in SharePoint 2007, it was hard to find a step by step series to help those new to SharePoint. As I gained expertise in SharePoint, I realized how many Microsoft professionals, developers, designers, administrators, etc. know nothing about SharePoint. Now that I’m using SharePoint 2013, I decided to write a beginner series on using this tool.
I won’t say this series will cover everything about SharePoint 2013, but it will be very helpful for those Microsoft professionals who are just starting out.
What is SharePoint?
When I first heard about SharePoint, I just didn’t get it. When I started to work on it, all I knew was that it was a Microsoft product, and it could do a great deal of things.
Microsoft officially said SharePoint is a “business collaboration platform for the enterprise and web”. So if an organization implements SharePoint, it can fulfill its needs in terms of:
Collaboration: Use SharePoint collaboration sites for project management
Social Networking: Large Organization can use SharePoint as social network to organize its employees, partners, vendors and client into dynamic social network to increase productivity
Web Content Management: Using web content management feature different kinds of intranet or extranet portal can be created, which can be easily maintained by business user.
Enterprise Content Management: SharePoint provide excellent ECM capabilities in terms of document management, including extensive support for metadata and customize search capabilities
Business Intelligence: It is an ideal platform for providing access into organization’s business analysis assists.
SharePoint building blocks
We know that SharePoint is a web based platform, but a number of technologies are required. It is safe to say SharePoint is a stack of different technologies. The stack begins with computer hardware with 64bit 4 core processor, minimum 8GB RAM and 80GB hard disk (SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013 with minimum recommended service for development environment). On top of it, there is a windows server operating system and some additional resources like Microsoft SQL server, and Microsoft Internet Information Service.
This is very basic information about SharePoint, I will dive deeper into this topic in other posts. Next in this series, I will talk about SharePoint functionality and discuss why we need SharePoint.