SharePoint is all about sharing and collaborating at a single point. Hence the name. In our previous article on Six Pillars of SharePoint 2010, we talked about this and a lot more. But we managed to discuss only three of its key components, viz. Sites, Communities and Content. In this section, we will throw light upon its remaining three pillars, namely, Search, Insights and Composites.
4. Search: Irrespective of the size of an organization, when users need information, they need it immediately. Google has raised our standards of getting results quick and accurate. However, internal search mechanisms are not that effective because required information may be scattered in different departments throughout the organization. Therefore, a strong function is crucial for the success of any technology. SharePoint 2010 Training offers two levels to achieve this – one, its inbuilt utility for this purpose and two, FAST Search which offers additional features.
Here’s what it can do for you:
- Find particular people and specific information based on expertise
- Index data and content which may be stored outside the database
- Use the search tool in Windows desktop to find data in SP 2010
- Refine results based on metadata and taxonomy
Additionally, here’s what FAST has to offer:
- View results in a thumbnail preview of content
- Refine the result depending on the audience or user profiles
- Filter outcomes using Author, Site, Result Type etc.
5. Insights: Staying ahead of competitors is the prime focus of any organization. Business Intelligence plays a vital part in this respect. The insights feature offers a host of tools for an average enterprise user to extract and analyze data. It gives you the ability to do the following:
- Use MS Excel and other tools to extract and analyze data
- Use the native Excel Services engine in order to gather data and crunch it to create web reports.
- Merge data from different sources to represent it in SP 2010
- Build scorecards, dashboards etc so that key reports and business intelligence is widely available to power users and managers
6. Composites: Ability to create composites, that is, pushing and pulling data from different information systems to build integrated applications, gives a lot of freedom to end users who get a single location to work on. It improves efficiency and saves a lot of precious time for managers who need everything quick and fast.
That’s all about the core components or pillars of SP 2010. Other important features we can’t overlook mentioning are Business Connectivity Services, Cloud Platform and Enterprise 2.0. BCS allows people to integrate collaboration tools and productivity tools together in order to achieve more and get better output. Its cloud platform, known as BPOS or Business Productivity Online Services offers a SaaS version with various improvements including flexibility and low costs. Lastly, the Enterprise 2.0 aims to fill the gap and leverage these tools to make your company more aligned with its goals, and be prepared to respond to any information need.