Using SharePoint As An Intranet

One of the great things about SharePoint is the fact that it can be used as both a self-contained intranet or a web-based solution to storage and communication for companies. When used as an intranet, SharePoint can provide safe and effective solutions for companies of any size to allow users to store, share and communicate about data throughout the organization.

What Is An Intranet?

An intranet is any grouping of computers within a particular system that allows users to share data. An intranet can be hardwired throughout the building or even hooked up wirelessly across various sites. However, the defining factor that separates an intranet from other types of systems is that information is not available outside of the company’s network. Users can only access this information by logging in via an approved portal. This allows companies to keep information away from the public and protect data that may be sensitive or valuable.

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SharePoint Users Have New Choices in Communication

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When it comes to communication, SharePoint has great ways to help businesses at both the institutional and the individual level. From Yammer to cross-platform communication for both small and large groups, SharePoint makes it easy for your employees and managers to quickly and effectively get information to the people who need it.

In 2014, Microsoft’s First Release Program unveiled several new features and products that work in connection with SharePoint to improve communication across your organization. Each of these new releases combines technology and features for complete solutions that work with all Microsoft tools. Here are a few examples:

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SharePoint Analytics App Launches

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The new product launch with updates for SharePoint 2013 contains an app called SharePoint Analytics. If you have not explored this app, do so immediately! It will boost your productivity and communication tremendously when you utilize it.

Located at https://pinpoint.microsoft.com/Applications/12884978740, this app allows for simple downloads and activation straight from the Microsoft site and will integrate with SharePoint Site Collection to deliver data within an hour. This makes reporting much easier than in previous editions and increases productivity for everyone using your SharePoint system.

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SharePoint Features FAST Search

SharePoint has many wonderful features, but one of the greatest is its incredible FAST Search, incorporated in 2008 into the platform and improved continuously through SharePoint 2013. SharePoint makes it much simpler to use powerful search features across the platform, particularly when you consider the logical setup of your site and plan to use these features as an integral part of your workflow.

Here are some tips to integrate search features into your daily routine and make your SharePoint experience more productive.

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A Look Back At The Year With SharePoint

In a recent review of a year with SharePoint, CMS Wire offered the analogy of the program being like Rocky Balboa: easy to dismiss but hard to keep down. The developments in SharePoint’s technology will keep it going strong throughout 2015 for businesses of all sizes.

For the coming year, it is important to think about the various SharePoint programs and utilities that are being developed and determine how they may be able to help your business in 2015. Here is a brief look at some of the upcoming developments or questions surrounding SharePoint in the New Year:

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Using InfoPath With SharePoint

Collaborating with SharePoint is easy, but sometimes the variety of programs you find that are compatible with this platform can be confusing. One such program is InfoPath, a customized XML viewer that Microsoft has stopped working on but will continue to support until 2023. However, even when InfoPath is dropped from Microsoft support, the code generated will still be usable, so it will pay to continue to use it for some time to come.

Creating Forms With InfoPath

As a good XLM viewer, one of the things that InfoPath does well is create forms. As a benefit to any company, creating your own forms stands out among the top 10 reasons to invest time in a program. Rather than spend many hours editing existing forms, possibly to find that you still do not have an idea form that works, you can create one in minutes with InfoPath. Once you have created the form, you can publish it in SharePoint so your entire organization can use it. You can also set up a series of validation and action rules to control how your forms behave when used by your employees.

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