Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007


Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is one of the most exciting, and the fastest selling, Microsoft products of ALL time. Sharepoint can be used for so many things in so many ways by so many people-it’s highly functional, easy to use and extremely versatile.

My aim with this post is to show you what Sharepoint is, how it works and most importantly, how it can benefit your business.

Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 gives companies a single, integrated location where employees can collaborate with team members across the globe, locate internal resources, manage content/workflow and analyse Business Intelligence data and much more.

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.
 

One of MOSS 2007′s big advantages is it’s tight integration with the Office 2007 family. There are countless ways that the two can work together, but here are a few examples to give you an idea.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007:  Create a library of PowerPoint slides that can be shared with other users on an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site.
Microsoft Office Access 2007:  Take a SharePoint list offline and use the reporting features in Office Access 2007 to view the data and create reports while travelling. Forms and reports that use the SharePoint list are fully interactive — and Office Access 2007 can later synchronize the local list with the online list when you bring your laptop back online.
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007:  Take document libraries offline. SharePoint folders are displayed just as other Outlook folders are.
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007:  Design browser-compatible form templates, publish them to an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, and enable them for use in a Web browser.
Microsoft Office Excel 2007:  Save worksheets on a SharePoint site so that users can access them by using a browser. You can use these worksheets to maintain and efficiently share one central, up-to-date version, while helping to protect any proprietary information, such as financial models, that is embedded in the worksheet.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007:  Create and customize Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites and workflows. Create your own master pages and content pages, so that your site has a consistent look and feel, or customize sites by using the latest ASP.NET technology, established Web standards such as Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) code, and cascading style sheets.

A good introduction to MOSS 2007 and some of the things you can do can be found at:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101732171033.aspx

 There can be confusion around the differences between Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) 2007, hopefully I’ll be able to clear that up here.

WSS is included free of charge with Windows Server 2003/2008 and provides low level collaboration functionality to keep workforces together and to help them work efficiently. It is on this base that MOSS 2007 is built.

For a complete breakdown of the differences between the two products, please visit:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/d/c/1dc632e8-71e1-466f-8a2f-c940f1438e0a/SharePointProductsComparison.xls

and download the Product Comparison Chart. A quick overview of the differences can be seen below:

A brief overview of the differences between WSS & MOSS 2007

 Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Document: Transform Your Business With SharePoint Products and Technologies: Download whitepaper here.  

 You can download a trial version here or use the VHD files from my other post here.

Once you’ve tested Sharepoint and decided it’s just the ticket to help your organisation move forward, you’ll need to decide which version you need..so here’s my

Guide to MOSS 2007 Licensing: