SharePoint & Office 2010 – Business Productivity at Its Best
Microsoft Office has always been about automating tasks and providing people with choices for how they get things done at work, at school, and at home. When Microsoft Office products were first introduced, they helped people move beyond manual processes and tools to automated processes on computers.
Over time, Microsoft Office has evolved and is now the primary vehicle by which people experience Business Productivity Infrastructure capabilities, such as collaboration and content management. Microsoft Office helps enhance business productivity by offering rich server capabilities that are tightly integrated into its user experience. Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are designed to provide people with a set of capabilities that span across Client and Server, often without the users even realizing that both are involved.
Many analysts support the notion of an integrated productivity environment for information workers. Gartner Group‟s “Smart Enterprise,”1 Forrester‟s “Information Workplace,”2 and Yankee Group‟s “Extended Enterprise”3 frameworks all combine these capabilities to create the next-generation workplace for information workers. The introduction of Microsoft Office 2007 was the first time a solution of client, server, and service products, with tight design interoperability, could deliver the functionality that would have previously required anywhere from six to ten “best-in-class” products for a full BPI platform.
The 2010 release of these products takes this interoperability to the next level by providing more flexibility in delivery and new capabilities to help save the business time and money.
The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the specific capabilities enabled through Microsoft Office and SharePoint working together as key components of the BPI stack in the 2010 release.
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