SharePoint’s Managed Metadata Service (MMS) is often either ignored by users, or misunderstood. But, as Chris McNulty notes in an article written by Caroline Marwitz, titled Who’s Afraid of SharePoint’s Managed Metadata Service?, which was published back in April of 2013, on the SharePoint Pro website, “[MMS] allows you to classify with precision”. When what you’re classifying amounts to hundreds of gigabytes (and, often enough, terabytes) of data, this capability can deliver substantial savings. So enterprise businesses and comparably sized organizations in the not-for-profit and public sectors should study the service before making a decision on whether it fits a SharePoint implementation plan, or not.
Microsoft offers a lot of technical documentation on MMS. Managed navigation in SharePoint 2013, which is published on the MSDN Office Dev Center may be worth review by both business stakeholders as well as SharePoint developers. The “managed navigation” concept, at least on paper, shows a lot of promise as a method of reducing some of the periodic upkeep cost for SharePoint, so stakeholders should be aware of its availability.
A Brief Introduction to Enterprise Metadata Management for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Developers is an article any developer new to MMS will want to read. The article presents enterprise MMS within the context of an implementation of SharePoint 2010 within an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) scenario.
These two articles are only two of over 21K results served up with the Bing Search tool for “managed metadata services” as the keyword, and microsoft.com as the exclusive domain. Anyone with an interest in either our own training set on the topic (led by Chris McNulty), which is titled SharePoint 2013: Managed Metadata and Content Management should sample some of this rich set of supporting content, as well.
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