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What is SharePoint and Why Should I Use It?

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 | Category: Microsoft SharePoint

Why SharePoint?

I’ve been asked many times, Deb, why do you like SharePoint so much and what’s so great about it? To break this answer down, in this post I’ll go over ‘Why SharePoint’ and provide a high-level definition of ‘What is SharePoint.’ In a future post, I will delve into some notable SharePoint capabilities

Well let me start off by saying that what’s really great about SharePoint is its ability to be customized.  There are no two SharePoint sites alike.  Why, because that wouldn’t make sense.  A great SharePoint site is one that is designed to meet your needs and solve your problems.  How is that accomplished?  First, have a good understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in your current environment.  Next, familiarize yourself with what SharePoint is and what it can do for you.  Finally, have or gain the expertise to make it happen.

One of the biggest mistakes made when working with SharePoint, is not having a full understanding of SharePoint, its full potential, and how to properly use it.  For example, one common error I routinely see is when users add folders and files into SharePoint without understanding the importance of setting up libraries correctly and utilizing SharePoint features, such as metadata and content types.

Ok, so now, you may be asking yourself, how does SharePoint work and how do I get the most out of it?  Well let’s begin with, what exactly is SharePoint?

What is SharePoint?

A classic definition of SharePoint is not easy to describe because SharePoint isn’t just one thing…it’s a multitude of things. For example, SharePoint is a Web application platform, in the Microsoft Office server suite, that is used to make websites.  It’s a collection of many different products and technologies.  There are so many different things that you can do with this platform and with every new version of SharePoint, Microsoft continues to add more and more to it.  Once you learn what it can do, you are able to pick and choose what works best for you.

Please check back in the near future for a list that details some of the key features of the SharePoint platform.

Deborah Lerew

Deborah Lerew

Deborah Lerew is a Microsoft SharePoint Consultant with Weidenhammer. She specializes in providing out-of-the box solutions and enjoys designing and customizing sites to meet her clients’ needs. Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the Information technology Industry and has been working as a consultant since 2000, specifically with SharePoint since 2007. She has held a wide-variety of positions, including: SharePoint Consultant, Database Designer, Programmer, Senior Business Analyst, Program Director, Program Operator/ Scheduler and Technical Writer.