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SharePoint 2010 Review: The New 6 Pillars of SharePoint - Page 2

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Communities are really special collaboration sites, if that helps you envision them better. They are not exactly like the communities you may be use to in solutions like Telligent, NewsGator or Jive, but the social computing capabilities are much better than 2007.

3. Content

In many ways, this pillar should really just be renamed Document and Records Management, but there's two many words to fit on the new SharePoint wheel. Maybe this is where the enhancements have really taken SharePoint from a departmental, or SMB solution to a real enterprise option.

There have been massive improvements to metadata creation and management, and taxonomy. You can set retention policies on content types, which can, by the way, be created globally. The amount of documents that can be added to SharePoint 2010 has increased significantly and the support for external data storage makes it that much better. You've got in place records management, a record management center, auditing and version control, and much more.

Important to note here that all these capabilities support not only document-based content, but web pages and social content as well.

DoD5015 certification is still not available, but likely in the works, as is support for the newly official CMIS standard.

4. Search

With the acquisition of FAST and its integration into SharePoint 2010, search has improved a great deal. Of course FAST Search for SharePoint is not the default search option. That, too, however has seen a number of improvements.

5. Insights

SQL Server 2008 R2 has added a number of self-service business intelligence capabilities, including some new functionality that works for SharePoint 2010. This is business intelligence for the information worker including dashboards, scorecards, reports and more.

You now have PowerPivot for SharePoint and Reporting Services 3.0. To take the business intelligence capabilities to the next step, Microsoft has added Performance Point Server to the SharePoint platform, renaming it PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint.


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