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SharePoint Designer 2010 brings application development for web page solutions within the reach of business users

As noted on Microsoft’s product page for SharePoint Designer 2010, “[u]sing SharePoint Designer, [communities of users] can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, all leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.”

Clearly the tools included in SharePoint Designer 2010 are intended to outfit a computing user within an organization supported by SharePoint Server 2010 with the type of development capabilities that would make someone like Gartner’s “Citizen Developer” very happy. This computing user, once educated about using SharePoint Designer 2010, will have with an ability to deliver a range of web page solutions all the way from conceptualization to working reality without recourse to potentially costly software development. Therefore, we think that SharePoint Designer 2010, when properly implemented and managed is a very useful tool that may add substantial value to SharePoint for an organization that can positively use its feature set.

Nevertheless, there are many organizations who have opted to restrict (and in some cases completely exclude) access to SharePoint Designer 2010. As noted by Microsoft’s Office web site, in an article titled Managing SharePoint Designer 2010, “[t]here are some areas of customization that can affect and potentially break other SharePoint sites. In addition, it’s possible to customize pages in a way that affect the maintenance and performance of the server running SharePoint 2010. All of this can result in more work for a SharePoint administrator, and as a result, many SharePoint administrators would like to prevent this level of customization altogether.” For the record, we entirely concur with Microsoft’s statement, meaning that we respect the facts that have lead many organizations to restrict users from utilizing this tool

For organizations where the use of SharePoint Designer 2010 is an approved option, we offer a set of video tutorial fundamentals on SharePoint Designer 2010. This collection of training content is available for individual use at a cost of $195.00. The same collection of training content can be purchased for unlimited use across an enterprise.

We think it makes lots of sense for larger organizations of SharePoint users to implement SharePoint Designer 2010 in a carefully managed manner for low cost development of web page solutions through the use of no-code features of the product. For these groups that have the capability to safely utilize SharePoint Designer 2010 a potential exists to, at one and the same time, build requested web page solutions while reducing, substantially, development costs. If your organization is seriously considering an implementation of SharePoint Designer 2010 within a larger, global plan for delivering web page solutions, then we welcome an opportunity to speak directly with you.

Please contact us at (630) 786-7026, or Contact Us to further a discussion about our video training content.

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