On-Premise or in the Cloud
You can choose to run SharePoint wherever you would like to. Either on-premise or in the cloud via Office 365. Microsoft also provide SharePoint in many of its Office 365 licences so you may already be paying to use it. If running via Office 365, SharePoint will continue to receive updates for new versions automatically, without any additional workload being added to your IT Department.
Pluggable Architecture with Built in Features
SharePoint already includes many of the features that teams and businesses require such as:
- Workflows - enabling actions to be carried out on uploaded content
- Search and Indexing
- Microsoft Office Integration
- Retention Schedules
The above can all be configured within “Site Settings” areas of the system.
Powerful FAST Search Functionality
Initially acquired by Microsoft back in 2008, SharePoint 2013 was the first version of SharePoint to come with FAST search built directly into the product. This means that out the box, SharePoint comes with an extremely powerful and tightly integrated Search Engine. Core capabilities of this feature include the ability to search:
- Entire farms
- Rank content
- Generate preview images
- Show only show results based on user access levels
Out the box it supports all the main file formats (i.e. MS Office, PDF, txt etc) and can be extended to support even more. You’ll find that the search service is a big advantage the SharePoint platform.
OneDrive for Business
With Windows Server we had ‘Offline Files’. In the SharePoint Platform we have OneDrive for Business. This file synchronisation application is built into SharePoint 2013 and allows a user so simply click ‘Sync’ to take libraries of documents offline. This is two-way synchronisation so any files that are updated on the local machine will see their changes published to SharePoint Online.
Simultaneous Document Editing
SharePoint is all about collaboration, and with this comes it’s coupling with Microsoft Word. Two users can open the same document at the same time, and see updates that the other user makes to the document. No more ‘read only’ issues of the past!
Microsoft provide extensible interfaces for developers to integrate with SharePoint, consume services, and enhance your business processes. This includes Apps for SharePoint, which allows applications not tied directly into SharePoint to share resources via an Iframe. This allows for the development of third party applications to take place, that interface with either SharePoint Online (Office 365) or On-Premise which do not affect the underlying performance of the platform, and these applications can sit on different servers outside the SharePoint Server Farm. Developers can also access SharePoint from their own applications via it’s built in REST services.