In-Context, On Demand Training Content can Benefit SharePoint Administrators, Developers, Architects and Even Stakeholders

SharePoint-Videos.com offers an extensive set of video training content on specific SharePoint computing components. We also offer specialized training on popular objectives for SharePoint computing, including Business Intelligence, and charting. A full list of our specialized training content for SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and Online can be found on our SharePoint Corporate DVD Packages web page. While it may make sense to provision the same type of repeatable, training content nested within a SharePoint work environment to end users several months post SharePoint implementatiuon, it actually can make sense to add these resources for administrators, developers, designers, architects and the…
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Building Line of Business Dashboards with Business Connectivity Services

As noted on MSDN, a basis for visually presenting Line of Business (LOB) performance is to find “related or complementary information for a specific business entity” and to associate these streams of information into a composite view accessible via a web browser; for example, historical order history by sales territory. In sum, publishing LOB specific information via associated external content types in this manner may satisfy some of the demand for summary performance information required by management. We present the specific procedures required to associate two external content types in a video tutorial, “BCS Associations” authored by Raymond Mitchell. You…
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Show Users the More Informative Possibilities Presented by SharePoint 2010 Document Sets to Accelerate Transitions from Folders

Document Sets, introduced with SharePoint Server 2010, constitute a powerful method of associating much more information with documents and even groups of documents than is the case with document repository strategies built on the premise that folders will be used to contain such data. An impediment to business users grasping the capabilities presented by this new feature, not to mention the likely benefits of implementing a document repository strategy built with document sets, has been the relative opacity of descriptive information about the feature; for example the following quote from MSDN eludes a typical business user’s understanding: “This [capability of…
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Create Custom Style Sheets to Control the Visual Features of Groups of SharePoint 2010 Team Sites Web Pages

It is possible to create a custom Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), as required, for SharePoint Server 2010 Team Sites. This custom CSS can be stored to the Style Library repository of the SharePoint server. The CSS can be locally produced with as ubiquitous a tool as Windows Notepad. Once the CSS has been added to the Style Library, then, with the aid of SharePoint Designer 2010 (note: organizational approval may be required for the use of SharePoint Designer 2010. Policies vary substantially from organization to organization), the Style Sheet can be associated with specific team websites. Our set on SP…
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Brand SharePoint Team Sites to Enhance Project Management Requirements

As noted on Microsoft®‘s Technet Website, Branding SharePoint 2010 Team Sites ensures that an organization’s unique logo, themes, etc are applied, consistently across all of the organization’s websites. SharePoint 2010 Team Sites are intended to ” . . .keep teams synchronized and to manage important projects. Teams can use these sites for tasks such as storing common documents and meeting notes, tracking key milestones and schedules, establishing project delivery schedules, and enabling real-time communications between colleagues.” (quoted from the above noted Microsoft Technet web site) With the power of these team sites to contribute to the effectiveness of organizational collaboration…
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Compile Accurate Business Intelligence Metrics with SQL Reporting Services 2008 R2 and SharePoint Server 2010

As John Lauer and a team of supporting authors at Microsoft® made clear in a white paper, “How to Choose the Right Business Intelligence [BI] Technology to Suit Your Style”, “[b]usinesses, in an effort to stay one step ahead, collect large amounts of data ranging from demographics, buyer behavior, and customer loyalty to financial and operational data. Unfortunately the data is useless for decision making, its intended purpose, without a way of organizing and displaying it as meaningful information.” Whether the objective is better project portfolio management, the compilation of useful business key performance indicators (KPIs), balanced scorecards, or executive…
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Managing Taxonomies in SharePoint 2010

The relevancy of search results in SharePoint Server 2010 depends upon taxonomies and the Term Store. Effectively constructing taxonomies while populating the Term Store with a comprehensive set of terms for the various content types produced by an enterprise business or large group of users in the public sector is a worthwhile endeavor. Relevant search delivers substantial cost savings to SharePoint users: When documents can be located quickly and accurately, then the need to duplicate documents diminishes substantially. Reducing needs for document duplication results in potentially considerable time savings. Saving time equates with saving money. When documents are stored, globally…
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Business Applications for InfoPath 2010

Successful enterprise businesses that manage to capture lots of value (and almost always lower costs) through the purchase of IT software usually do so, in part, through clearly understanding the operational purpose of the software as well as its potential role in business processes. There is little point, if any, of purchasing software that neither plays a role in current business processes, nor promises to play one in future business processes. Therefore, we think it makes sense to spend a bit of time analyzing Microsoft InfoPath 2010 ® with regards to ascertaining how InfoPath can benefit business operations. If your…
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A SharePoint Designer 2010 Success Story Points to the Value of Training Staff to Use this Product with Microsoft InfoPath

In the fall of 2011, Microsoft Corporation published a case study about Trend Micro’s successful use of SharePoint Designer 2010 and Microsoft InfoPath 2010 to hasten delivery of important corporate information to any/all new hires. Trend Micro had extracted substantial value from its investment in SharePoint Server 2010 ” . . . [b]y taking advantage of the interoperability between Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010—the web and application design program for SharePoint Server 2010—and the Microsoft InfoPath 2010 information gathering program”. Reading further, we learned that Trend Micro had specifically chosen to utilize SharePoint Designer 2010 and InfoPath 2010 for the same,…
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