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Getting Started with Sharepoint


SharePoint is a browser-based platform used to organize, store, share and access information within an organization.

Microsoft created SharePoint and users can access it from any device.

SharePoint helps organizations create websites and offers a wealth of impressive features and software to benefit the users.

SharePoint Foundation

The primary center for communication, collaboration and sharing.

SharePoint Server

Think of SharePoint Server as an “industrial” grade level of Foundation. It facilitates content management and comes in an Enterprise and Standard addition, accessible via Internet or Intranet sites.

Excel Services

This feature allows users to embed Excel sheets into their SharePoint site.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Integration

This feature integrates an SSRS server into the SharePoint site, rather than operating as a standalone system

Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

A quick, accessible way to visualize business performance and view key metrics. KPI data is formatted into a list, which users can easily embed into a SharePoint site.


SharePoint manages sites, so they are compatible with content-management features. SharePoint sites benefit from utilizing many of SharePoint’s key applications, including Document Libraries, Lists, Wikis, Blog and Discussion Boards.

Document Libraries

An area for storing content on SharePoint. Document Libraries boast a wealth of functions to facilitate strong security, collaboration and workflow. One such function is document “check-in” and “check-out.”


Data management in columns and rows. The foundation of many SharePoint features is grounded in Lists. For example, Calendar is actually just a sophisticated list.


A differentiated sort of website where users can communicate and update content rapidly.


An online journal or log of information. SharePoint makes creating a business blog simple within a matter of a few easy steps. Blogs are highly beneficial, as they allow community members to initiate comments and discussions based on the blog content.

Discussion Boards

Similar to a chat room, discussion boards are a center for communication and discussion. Users can pose questions, submit replies, discuss projects, problems, etc. Anyone in the organization can view and have access to Discussion Boards.

Report Builder

This feature is an end user tool to build Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports.


This tool offers a sheer wealth of information and data! Scorecard enables data via graphs, charts, numbers and visualizations. The goal is to present data, as a means of measuring progress towards a specific target or goal. Users can apply scorecard toward sales goals, employee performance and so on.


This feature parses down the information on Scorecard to a handful of key metrics. It may not summarize progress on an overall goal, but rather shows benchmark data for a day, week, month, year, etc. Dashboard is useful for gaining a snapshot in time.

SharePoint is a highly modern, intuitive user experience. At the same time, it doesn’t come without its struggles.

Check out our video on SharePoint 2016, or if this is all sounding like Greek to you, get in touch with our team of experts.

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