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About the Author

Scott Jamison is an expert on information worker technologies, collaborative applications, and software + services. He has more than 15 years of experience helping customers solve business problems through technology solutions, currently at Microsoft as Director of Enterprise Architecture. Scott has worked with SharePoint since 2001, recently participating as an architect on Microsoft’s developer advisory council helping design features for SharePoint Server 2007. Scott is a recognized thought leader and published author with several books, including Essential SharePoint 2007.  Scott holds degrees in business and computer science. 


Mauro Cardarelli is a recognized technology expert in Knowledge

Management and Business Intelligence-based solutions. He has over 18

years of experience in the IT industry, half of which have been spent working

as a Microsoft-focused technology consultant. He has worked with a

number of Fortune 500 companies, and his solutions have been mentioned

in multiple Microsoft case studies. In 2006, he founded Jornata

(, a business and technology services provider that helps

companies achieve exceptional performance through the effective use of

Microsoft technologies. His primary responsibilities at Jornata include

application architecture and development as well as client-focused

technology evangelism. Mauro is a frequent speaker and author on

Microsoft-related technologies. He received a bachelor of science degree

in electrical engineering from Tufts University.


Susan Hanley is an independent consultant and president of her own

firm, Susan Hanley LLC (, where she specializes

in the design and development of portal solutions and knowledge management

consulting. Sue has more than 25 years of experience as a technology

consultant, holding leadership positions at Dell, Plural, and American

Management Systems, Inc. (AMS). Sue served as a member of

Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Council for Portals and Collaboration for

more than four years. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of

building communities of practice and measuring the value of knowledge

management. In September 1997, she was recognized by Consultants

News as one of the key “knowledge leaders” at major consulting firms. Sue

has given top-rated presentations at many conferences in the United States

and Europe. Her byline articles have appeared in Knowledge

Management Review, Management Consultant International, DM Review,

Information Week, and The Cutter IT Journal. Sue is also a featured

author in several books on knowledge management. Sue has an MBA

from the University of Maryland at College Park and a BA in psychology

from Johns Hopkins University.

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Collaboration. Portals. Knowledge Management. Search. Document Management. These are terms that are thrown around when talking about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). But what do they really mean?

Most books are designed to address the "how" behind SharePoint, either from an administrative perspective or a programming perspective. This book complements the typical SharePoint book with some of the "what" and "why" of MOSS, provides insight into targeting needs with portal and collaboration technologies, and helps you understand how those needs might be addressed using MOSS.

What Is This Book About?

The Information Worker is central to Microsoft's strategy to bring productive computing to the enterprise and beyond. Navigating the various client and server products can be confusing and daunting. This book will help you navigate these waters, providing direction and understanding.

Specifically, this is a book about Microsoft's SharePoint platform, with a particular focus on three commonly requested topics: end-user features, proper collaboration strategy, and a business-focused discussion on how to apply SharePoint's key features. This book was written because collaboration, knowledge and content management, and Web accessibility are three of the most sought-after features in a corporate software solution. The key product that is the basis for most Microsoft-based solutions in this area is Office SharePoint Server. Because of this functionality, SharePoint is perhaps one of the most important server products that runs on Windows Server. If you want to deploy SharePoint in your enterprise, upgrade from previous versions, or need a concise introduction regarding collaboration solutions with SharePoint, you're starting in the right place. This book provides a great user-level guide to Microsoft's latest version of SharePoint, along with usage strategies and some insight regarding the technologies involved. This book is intended to be a tutorial as well as a handy reference.

This book does not cover methodology or process, nor does it provide a one-size-fits-all approach to building applications. A central thrust of this book is a handy introduction to the feature set, deployment, and customization approaches that are available for SharePoint. But we also get into the why of using SharePointmdwhat is the business need and does it get addressed? Because SharePoint supports a number of approaches and techniques, you'll want to get familiar with the choices (for example, "Do I go with a teamsite, a blog, or a wiki?") before making a decision on an approach that fits your specific needs. This book helps you do just that.

What You Will Learn From This Book

To implement a collaborative system effectively, you'll likely need to consider a number of key questions:

  • Do I need a portal or collaboration strategy? If so, how do I create one?

  • How do users perform the top activities that they'll need to do?

  • What do I need to consider when I upgrade from previous versions of SharePoint?

  • Where are documents stored currently? Where should documents live?

  • How do users collaborate today?

  • What kind of hardware do I need? How do I deploy the product properly?

  • How does the Web fit into my collaboration needs? What about Office and smart client applications? How about Groove, InfoPath, and Access?

  • Will I share information outside of my organization? Should I?

Who Should Read This Book

If you're a developer, you probably already own a SharePoint programming book or MOSS API guide (or are looking for one). This is not a book about SharePoint programming. However, developers will find this book useful when building solutions (in conjunction with an API guide) because there are important business considerations that are critically important to every MOSS-based solution.

If you're a project manager, consultant, or business analyst, you'll find that this book helps with all of the intangibles of a MOSS rollout. For example, "What roles should exist to support MOSS?" or "What should my offline/search/business data strategy be for MOSS?" This book also introduces you to some key technical concepts and provides simple walkthroughs of the key features that many businesses need to leverage.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized into four key sections:

  • The first section, chapters 1 and 2, helps you determine what kinds of business needs are addressed by portals, collaboration solutions, and knowledge management systems and how you should think about SharePoint-based solutions within your organization.

  • The second section, chapters 3 and 4, are a great introduction to the MOSS feature set and architecture.

  • The third section, chapters 5–7, helps you evaluate and plan your information architecture, upgrade strategy, and disaster discovery needs.

  • The forth section, chapters 8–13, provides great information on specific MOSS feature sets along with guidance, recommendations, and examples.

Appendix A provides a list of the top SharePoint user tasks, while Appedix B provides a summary of how SharePoint behaves with various operating system,browser, and Office versions.

Key Points

At each chapter's conclusion is a section called Key Points, which summarizes the key facts, best practices, and other items that were covered within the chapter.

Thank You

Thank you for reading this book. Our goal was to write the most concise yet useful business-centric guide to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Enjoy!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321421744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321421746
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pritam Dahake on June 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Being a SharePoint architect, I always get asked by clients and end users for resources/books to learn SharePoint functionality. The users don't want to know the gritty programming details, but want to know the functionality at a high level so that they can use the portal to its potential. I have always had a tough time recommending to clients a good book....but now with this book, I feel comfortable as well as confident that clients would feel at home reading this book.
The book talks about what collaboration is and how to implement a successful portal. From an end-user perspective it goes through all the out of the box functionality which is available and which can be implemented without writing a single line of code. The search functionality of MOSS has been very well explained. End users can very easily implement out-of-the-box workflows. The publishing features are very clearly explained.
Overall, I am very pleased with the book. Bear in mind the audience for this book is not a developer. Its mainly for the business/end-user community.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John R. Naylor on October 18, 2007
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Unlike most SP books out there at the moment, isn't all about how to install, set-up, administer, and write custom code for a SP deployment. It's much more aimed at end users, and people who need to plan a collaboration strategy around a shared knowledge base.

While a lot of it is management-theoretical in the first few chapters, it's sensible advice that gets one to think about things that are necessary to address, but wouldn't automatically have come to mind. The central message of "the 4 Cs" communication, collaboration, consolidation, and consistency help one to both recognize what's good, and also how to get there.

I think that chapters 1-3 are required reading for anyone in a human management role who will be involved with rolling out SharePoint as a collaboration tool.

Chapters 4-7 are more aimed at admins, so I skipped them.

Chapter 8 is great for individual site planning with "how to" and, more importantly "why to" and "when not to" advice on blogs, wikis, team sites, and their coherent integration.

The fastest payback for a reader comes in Appendix A which documents 24 things that a SP user needs to know how to do, from adding a files to a document library, to targeting information visibility by audience type.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William A. Miller on August 1, 2007
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I have done a number of sharepoint implementation as a consultant, and I would say that this book offers the same type of strategy I've known for the last few years. When tackling a sharepoint implementation a number of questions are needing to be answered. Most people do not know what to ask and what to take into consideration. I would say if you read this book, you'll at least have the basic questions ready and an understanding on how to match the portal capabilities to the needs of the organization. Chapters 1 - 7 offer a good insight on how to plan out the portal. Governance alone is a great topic, most companies don't even consider it. Most companies think that you turn it on and it runs, this book looks at how to keep the portal relevant in the business.

One area that is not covered is IRM, although this is a big topic, and worthy of a book in itself, it should at least had a section or a chapter dedicated to it. I didn't see one.

I recommend this book as a great resource for planning a portal implementation, its high level, but gets the point across and gives plenty to consider.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BEC on July 24, 2007
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The Amazon page for this book contains a bundle with another book, SharePoint 2007 Unleashed. I have both books, and the bundle makes sense.

The other book in the bundle, SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, is for the SharePoint administrator and those involved in the nitty gritty features of MOSS2007. It contains almost everything you need to know to install and configure a MOSS2007 server in several scenarios. Very thorough. Very technical. It's not for everyone.

The current volume, Essential SharePoint 2007 is a much less intimidating way to get started. First of all it's much shorter and lighter. Second, the book is much more accessible to the less technically minded without stinting on facts.

We've found though that the biggest advantage of the book is in bringing the stakeholders along in the planning of a MOSS implementation. Essential SharePoint 2007 provides our very technically savvy group with an understanding of SharePoint's capabilities and the implications of making different configuration choices. If getting buy-in on features from your stakeholders is a problem, sharing this book can help a great deal.

The book is also good support for those folks in your organization whom you've given the right to create their own sites. There's plenty of detail on the ways sites are created, configured, customized and managed, without wasting time on details not yet needed.

As the title says; it's the essentials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brendon on September 3, 2007
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Essential SharePoint 2007 provides amazing guidance on how to architect your site. This book starts with high level concepts that any team implementing a collaboration solution should know. Although there is not a lot of detail on how to customize SharePoint with the object model or through code, this a great book for Business Analysts and Architects looking to improve their skills as well as junior developers wanting to understand how to build a system correctly. If you design and build SharePoint sites and have not read this book, I would recommend reading it. Keep in mind this book is not about developing on SharePoint, as the book points out - this book discusses higher level topics and shows how to interact with SharePoint through the user interface.
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