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What is Sharepoint, and should I care?
Jul 13 '07 #1
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On Jul 13, 10:35 am, "Neil" <nos...@nospam. netwrote:
What is Sharepoint, and should I care?
It's a web delivered collaboration tool with forum, blogs, wiki, etc
functionalities .

Jul 13 '07 #2
"Max Vit" <mv**@safe-mail.netwrote
<nos...@nospam. netwrote:
>What is Sharepoint, and should I care?

It's a web delivered collaboration tool with
forum, blogs, wiki, etc functionalities .
And, the answer to the second question is "Probably not, unless you are a
moderately-large or greater-sized organization."

One problem SharePoint has faced is that most such organizations already had
adopted standards for collaboration tools. It's much more an uphill battle
if you have to replace entrenched software than just sell the client on the
need for a new function.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP
Jul 13 '07 #3
Thanks to both of you for your replies. The reason I ask is because whenever
I read about A07, it's like, "Sharepoint this," "Sharepoint that." I'm
waiting for a client to say, "We want to integrate this with Sharepoint,"
and I'd be, like, "What the F is Sharepoint?"

So, should I worry about this from a career perspective?

Thx.
"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localh ost.notwrote in message
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"Max Vit" <mv**@safe-mail.netwrote
<nos...@nospam. netwrote:
What is Sharepoint, and should I care?
It's a web delivered collaboration tool with
forum, blogs, wiki, etc functionalities .

And, the answer to the second question is "Probably not, unless you are a
moderately-large or greater-sized organization."

One problem SharePoint has faced is that most such organizations already
had adopted standards for collaboration tools. It's much more an uphill
battle if you have to replace entrenched software than just sell the
client on the need for a new function.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP

Jul 13 '07 #4
"Neil" <no****@nospam. netwrote in
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So, should I worry about this from a career perspective?
I'm not worrying about it myself.

But I didn't worry about ADO either.

Er, uh, well, that worked out, how, exactly?

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Jul 13 '07 #5
"Neil" <no****@nospam. netwrote
Thanks to both of you for your replies. The reason I ask is because
whenever
I read about A07, it's like, "Sharepoint this," "Sharepoint that." I'm
waiting for a client to say, "We want to integrate this with Sharepoint,"
and I'd be, like, "What the F is Sharepoint?"
It is true that, in the newly-current release, Microsoft has enhanced
Sharepoint, and is promoting using its collaboration features with Microsoft
Office. So, you will definitely keep hearing about it, particularly from
Microsoft.
So, should I worry about this from a career perspective?
That would depend on who your career is with... if you work for, or contract
to, an organization that depends heavily on Microsoft Office, and has
implemented Sharepoint, then, yes, it is important. If you work for, or
contract to, an organization that doesn't so heavily depend oon Microsoft
Office, and has not implemented Sharepoint, especially if they have a
history with other collaboration tools, it's only important that you know
what it is and can discuss it intelligently (all of which you can get from
reading about it).

If the possibility is clear, and the probability more than "low" that you
_will_ work for or contract to, an organization that will want Sharepoint,
then it's worth investing some time and effort. You will need a Server... or
will need to run virtual PC software that runs concurrently with your
workstation OS, if you are to get actual experince with it.

It's of interest to me, not because I have clients who've implemented it,
but because I may get the call you describe. Fortunately, my user group has
implemented Sharepoint for some functions (not exactly the ones Microsoft
had in mind) and are about to upgrade to the most recent versions, so, by
volunteering, I'll be able to get at least enough experience to do more than
talk about Sharepoing.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP


Jul 13 '07 #6

"David W. Fenton" <XX*******@dfen ton.com.invalid wrote in message
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"Neil" <no****@nospam. netwrote in
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>So, should I worry about this from a career perspective?

I'm not worrying about it myself.

But I didn't worry about ADO either.

Er, uh, well, that worked out, how, exactly?
That was a good call. I didn't go with ADO for a different reason: I tend to
put off new technologies until they mature, if at all possible. With ADO,
that just never happened. (Uh oh! Here come the ADO defenders!!)

Neil
>
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usenet at dfenton dot com http://www.dfenton.com/DFA/

Jul 13 '07 #7
Thanks, Larry. Since, as you note, it just depends on the client, and it
doesn't look like the world is going to Sharepoint, I won't worry about it
just yet. If I do, then I guess I'll swing by your user group. :-)

Neil
"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localh ost.notwrote in message
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"Neil" <no****@nospam. netwrote
Thanks to both of you for your replies. The reason I ask is because
whenever
I read about A07, it's like, "Sharepoint this," "Sharepoint that." I'm
waiting for a client to say, "We want to integrate this with
Sharepoint,"
and I'd be, like, "What the F is Sharepoint?"

It is true that, in the newly-current release, Microsoft has enhanced
Sharepoint, and is promoting using its collaboration features with
Microsoft Office. So, you will definitely keep hearing about it,
particularly from Microsoft.
>So, should I worry about this from a career perspective?

That would depend on who your career is with... if you work for, or
contract to, an organization that depends heavily on Microsoft Office, and
has implemented Sharepoint, then, yes, it is important. If you work for,
or contract to, an organization that doesn't so heavily depend oon
Microsoft Office, and has not implemented Sharepoint, especially if they
have a history with other collaboration tools, it's only important that
you know what it is and can discuss it intelligently (all of which you can
get from reading about it).

If the possibility is clear, and the probability more than "low" that you
_will_ work for or contract to, an organization that will want Sharepoint,
then it's worth investing some time and effort. You will need a Server...
or will need to run virtual PC software that runs concurrently with your
workstation OS, if you are to get actual experince with it.

It's of interest to me, not because I have clients who've implemented it,
but because I may get the call you describe. Fortunately, my user group
has implemented Sharepoint for some functions (not exactly the ones
Microsoft had in mind) and are about to upgrade to the most recent
versions, so, by volunteering, I'll be able to get at least enough
experience to do more than talk about Sharepoing.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP


Jul 13 '07 #8
On Jul 13, 6:31 pm, "Larry Linson" <boun...@localh ost.notwrote:
volunteering, I'll be able to get at least enough experience to do more than
talk about Sharepoing.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP
I'll call it "shar-pei" if it dogs :-).

James A. Fortune
CD********@Fort uneJames.com
Jul 13 '07 #9
Neil wrote:
What is Sharepoint, and should I care?
Perhaps of interest is the related Microsoft Groove (fwiw). Here's more
info if interested:

http://www.microsoft.com/midsizebusi...ue/groove.mspx

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