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Aug 28 2013   5:49PM GMT

Book excerpt: Essential SharePoint 2013

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

“This excerpt is from the book, Essential SharePoint 2013: Practical Guidance for Meaningful Business Results, 3rd Edition by Scott Jamison, Susan Hanley and Chris Bortlik, published by Addison-Wesley Professional, August 2013, ISBN-13 978-0-321-88411-6. For more info please visit the publisher site:

Your Reading Journey

SharePoint 2013 is the next version of Microsoft’s popular content -management and collaboration platform. With this version of the product, Microsoft has made the platform more Web-friendly, more mobile-friendly, and more social. They’ve also added a major deployment option: the cloud. A fast-moving, ever-changing platform like SharePoint deserves careful planning and guidance. Consider this book your guide.

What does it take to be successful with SharePoint? A quality SharePoint 2013 rollout relies not only on the structured design provided by an architect, but also on the collective content contributions of the user community. Through key activities like providing original content, ranking content that they like, collaboratively creating documents, and tagging content with their own taxonomy, users have the opportunity to improve an organization’s ability to deliver and share knowledge and best practices. Successfully getting users to contribute content effectively should be one of your key goals.

Some features in SharePoint 2013 will be new to users of past versions of SharePoint. That said, many users will feel right at home with the platform because of its similarities to most Internet sites, which encourage users to actively participate rather than simply read static content. SharePoint 2013 recognizes the global nature of information and enterprises, making it easier to support multiple languages, on multiple browsers, and on multiple platforms, such as handheld devices. This book is designed to help you navigate this new world of SharePoint.

If you have read Essential SharePoint 2007 and/or Essential SharePoint 2010, you will find a significant amount of new information in this book—not just about SharePoint’s latest features, but also about key topics we’ve developed further by working with hundreds of clients who use SharePoint every day to solve real business problems. For example, since Essential SharePoint 2010 was published, we’ve learned a great deal about effectively creating and deploying governance plans, operating and managing SharePoint from an IT perspective, and which SharePoint metrics really measure business value.

What Is This Book About?

Most books are designed to address the “how” behind SharePoint, from either an administrative perspective or a programming perspective. This book complements the typical SharePoint book with some of the “what” and “why” of SharePoint, provides insight into targeting business needs with collaboration technologies, and helps you understand how those needs might be addressed by using SharePoint.

This book addresses the multitude of decisions that must be made about topics within SharePoint in a way that speaks in simple language and bridges the gap between business and technical topics. Navigating the various client and server offerings from Microsoft can be confusing and daunting; this book will help you navigate these waters, providing direction and understanding. Specifically, this is a book about Microsoft’s SharePoint offering, with a particular focus on four commonly requested topics: a business-focused overview, guidance for setting a proper strategy, governance and user deployment, and a business-focused discussion on how to apply SharePoint’s key features. This book was written because collaboration, information management (knowledge and content), and Web accessibility are three of the most sought-after features in a corporate software solution — and addressing those needs in a successful way is often no small feat. If you want to deploy SharePoint in your enterprise or upgrade from previous versions, or if you need a concise yet comprehensive introduction to collaboration solutions with SharePoint, you’re starting in the right place. This book provides a great user-level guide to Microsoft’s latest version of SharePoint, along with usage strategies and some insight into the technologies involved. This book is intended to be a tutorial as well as a handy reference.

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  • AndreaF
    I especially appreciated the chapter on planning an adoption strategy, including incentives and rewards for users. This is something we are planning to incorporate into our roll out, and it was great to get some additional input for ideas!
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