Microsoft SharePoint

The tricky thing about explaining what SharePoint does is that it isn’t any one software program but rather a platform for several different kinds of programs.

Developed by Microsoft, SharePoint serves as a secure, collaborative space or enterprise information portal where documents and files are stored, organised and shared. Information can be accessed from any device with a Web browser. An organisation can configure SharePoint to run an intranet portal, extranet and various websites. Think of SharePoint as a centralised and protected platform where groups can collaborate, streamline data management and improve efficiency.

SharePoint can refer to one or more SharePoint technologies, including:

SharePoint Online

SharePoint online is a cloud-based service which is hosted by Microsoft, designed for businesses of all sizes. Instead of deploying SharePoint on-premises you can subscribe to an Office 365 plan or a standalone SharePoint online service. This will allow you business to create sites and share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

SharePoint Server

This allows businesses to deploy and manage their own SharePoint server on-premise and provides the ability to create sites where you can collaborate on webpages, documents, lists, calendars and data and much more.

Onedrive for Business

This is a desktop program that you can use to synchronise documents from a team site or OneDrive for business to your computer for offline use.

Why is Microsoft SharePoint so Popular?

What makes SharePoint such a powerful tool, is that it doesn’t simply rely on all the features and functions it provides out-of-the-box. SharePoint implementations can be customised to streamline pretty much any aspect of business collaboration you can think of.

How can Microsoft SharePoint be used within your business?

Intranet

An intranet is an internal website for your business that allows members of staff to sign in and find out about news, announcements, scheduled task and access a wide variety of information. Dashboards can be customised by department and job roles and different levels of access can be granted to ensure that everyone has access to right information. With a company Intranet set up it serves as a meeting room where information can be shared seamlessly.

Documents

Microsoft SharePoint provides businesses with space to store important documents that can be accessed by anyone in the company but can also be set up for limited access as well. This ensures that all everyone has access to the documents they require without having to wait from them to be emailed. With Microsoft SharePoint you can work on the documents simyltaneously therefore avoiding having several different versions of one document.

Collaboration

With Microsoft SharePoint it is easy for everyone to stay up to date on projects and co-ordinate efforts without being in the same office. You can sign into SharePoint from any device and you can use it to have constant access to information on projects, client histories, schedules of co workers and more.

Extranet

SharePoint can be used to set up an external facing website to share with businesses you partner with. Information that partners require can shared via the site and they can also upload information you require as well.

Websites

SharePoint is also a Content Management System that allows you to build and manage public facing website.

Business intelligence

The comprehensive access SharePoint provides to your business’s data also makes it possible to find countless ways to use all that information to make better decisions.

How we can help?

As you can see from the information provided SharePoint offers a huge variety of options and therefore the planning stage of implementing Microsoft SharePoint is key. As SharePoint specialists we will take the time to really understand how your business works and can advise and implement a full Microsoft SharePoint solution that suits the needs of your business.

We can integrate data from numerous applications including your CRM or SQL, providing your business will research and reporting tools as well as time saving service applications.

As Microsoft partners we are equipped and qualified to provide you with a smooth transition to SharePoint. SharePoint is truly collaborative therefore it is key that your businesses is on board so that we can deploy a solution that really works how you want it to.

Our team of highly skilled consultants can provide expert advice and knowledge of the SharePoint platform.

The Next Step…

Our team are ready to bring your SharePoint Project to life. Contact us on 01392 824 022 for a consultation on your SharePoint to discover how it could transform your business.

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