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SharePoint in Plain English

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If you've worked in a company you'll probably recognize how it feels to be Monique. She starts a new project, looks for team members, holds meetings, and the emails start flying. Pretty soon, a few important documents emerge and those documents get passed around and around. Within a couple of weeks, a few hundred emails and a couple of dozen phone calls, a few things become clear. First, people feel overwhelmed. Everyone’s inbox is filled with a slightly different version of the same document. Monique is never sure if she has the latest version. Second, it's impossible for her to see a complete snapshot of the project. Everything is spread across multiple computers and everyone on the team has different information depending on who they’ve talked to. Third, even though the project will impact other projects; there is no way to connect them. They're like islands. She spends valuable time trying to coordinate with other project leads and stakeholders. It’s better than sending snail mail but it’s not the only way. Tools like SharePoint can take away some of the pain of collaborating and easily do things that were difficult before. Imagine this scenario, Monique starts a new project and needs to form a team. This time, she creates an online home for the project by starting a new SharePoint site. To help fill out the team Monique identifies potential team members with special skills using search. Within minutes she finds two graphic designers in the company and contacts them about the project. Once the team is formed, Andrea and Dimitry learn that they have more in common thanks to SharePoint blogs. Common interests and things like mountain biking helped build relationships that create a solid team foundation. For this project, there's little worry about attachments and version control. SharePoint becomes the source for everything related to the project. All documents live in SharePoint, where there is only one version. The same is true for calendars. The teams shared calendar means no one has to guess about meeting times or due dates. Monique soon realizes that she also needs budget spreadsheets and presentations. Instead of having to reinvent the wheel, she can search SharePoint for documents from other projects that help her get started quickly. The same is true for existing databases and networks within her company, SharePoint plugs into these systems, so Monique and her team can access sales data, inventory numbers, and contact information right from SharePoint. Now she can see that instead of people, documents and company data being islands in a huge ocean, SharePoint creates a home, that not only connects these islands, but allows their company to see the big picture. Monique’s memories of those pre-SharePoint days are still fresh, but now she looks forward to her next projects, even though she is taking a break on her own island getaway. Learn more at Find more videos to educate your organization at

Video Details

Duration: 3 minutes and 4 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Views: 504
Posted by: mmahomar on May 3, 2010

This is a short video that explains in simple terms what SharePoint is, and why/how people use it.

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