By now, millions of people have been using Microsoft SharePoint 2013 for long enough that they realize that it is the most powerful and useful version of SharePoint that has ever been released. In addition, millions of people have been using Exchange 2013, although many who do not work in the IT department probably don’t even realize it. They just know that their contacts, their schedules and their emails are always readily available, easy to use and intuitive regardless of whether they are on their laptops or they are using hand-held devices.
There are times in the technology world when two leading products tend to come together, and sometimes those combinations are almost accidental in nature. However, IT managers around the world are either beginning to learn or continuing to tell people about the raw technological power that can be harnessed and channeled when the capabilities of SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 are used in concert. This combination is not an accident. The ultimate collaboration tool and the ultimate communication tool together are now as seamless as they have ever been. A good summary of that power was recently laid out in an article published on InfoWorld.com.
For instance, IT managers can configure outgoing email messages through the existing SharePoint settings so that users can take advantage of different alerts and track various documents and libraries. As a result, users no longer have to log onto the SharePoint server to find the updates and to make the appropriate notations. That can all be done within the Exchange environment.
Outlook also now has the capability to allow its users to post comments and information directly to the SharePoint server without having to log onto it separately. The email will basically be sent to the SharePoint interface and the information will appear automatically. Once again, users will be able to avoid multiple logins and they will not have to worry about any information being missed.
Finally, people using these pieces of technology together can provide updated versions of Word and several other apps to other users with basically the push of a button. Therefore, people will not need to worry about strange formatting or other visual problems that can occur sometimes if people are using different versions of certain applications.
Overall, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 have drawn rave reviews separately. Unfortunately, not everyone is taking advantage of all of the power that they possess when they are put to work together. People are simply not as productive as they would be with both of these products working for them, and IT managers need to take steps to make everyone’s job easier by making use of these capabilities.
If you have been using these products and you’re not sure if you have been taking full advantage of them, all you need to do is seek the input of SharePoint 2013 consultants who have helped countless businesses maximize their capabilities. Contact CaldiaTech today to have your questions answered.