If your business needs to control its documents, structure its workflow, or share information over the Web, you need SharePoint. It’s simply the quickest way to fill those needs using standard tools business users already know: Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. Best of all, SharePoint is free (well, kind of); SharePoint Services are part of Windows Server 2003 so if you have Windows Server 2003 already, you can download the installation from Microsoft and install it fairly easily.
In this book, I cover the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 product editions as well as the underlying Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. I also cover how SharePoint integrates with Microsoft Office, SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and Visual Studio.
This book covers what SharePoint administrators, site owners, and SharePoint developers need to know. SharePoint administrator is an emerging job title that covers a wide range of experience. I’ve met administrative assistants, tech writers, programmers, and others who wear that hat. Basically, SharePoint administrators organize, customize, maintain, and support a SharePoint portal. Site owners are the people that create and maintain parts of the portal—usually there is one site owner for each department, and the site owner organizes the content and appearance of his department’s site. SharePoint developers extend SharePoint and integrate it with other business systems. These developers need to know more than a programming language—they also need to understand what SharePoint provides out-of-the-box so they can extend it using the simplest approach.