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Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance, and Planning (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series) [Paperback]

by Scott Jamison, Susan Hanley, Mauro Cardarelli
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Book Description

August 22, 2010 0321700759 978-0321700759 1

“This book will become a mainstay in your SharePoint library. You will find yourself reaching for it whenever you run into a difficult situation or need extra guidance on how to use the new SharePoint product set.”

– From the Foreword by Thomas Rizzo, Senior Director, SharePoint Product Management, Microsoft

The Only Book That’s Completely Focused on Maximizing the Business Value of SharePoint 2010 Solutions


Essential SharePoint® 2010 approaches Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 from a strict business value perspective, explaining exactly how to plan and implement SharePoint solutions to achieve superior business results.


The authors are leading enterprise SharePoint consultants and draw on their unsurpassed experience to focus on the SharePoint features that offer the most real-world value. You’ll find practical advice about how to succeed with knowledge management, business intelligence, and process improvement, and how to derive value from new innovations such as social tagging and mashups.


The book includes comprehensive, “in the trenches” guidance on planning, architecture, governance, training, and other key issues most SharePoint books ignore. The authors identify success factors, intangibles, and “gotchas,” helping you systematically reduce project risk and time-to-value ratio. Learn how to

  • Customize your best portal or collaboration strategy
  • Sustain a portal for continual, measurable value
  • Leverage the new community and social features in SharePoint 2010
  • Succeed with enterprise content management
  • Streamline business processes with Workflow and Forms
  • Choose the right roles for Web collaboration, search, and Microsoft Office
  • Plan for secure external collaboration
  • Migrate smoothly from SharePoint 2007
  • Train and communicate for a successful launch

Whether you’re a business leader, IT manager, architect, analyst, developer, or consultant, this book will help you tightly align SharePoint projects with business strategy to deliver outstanding results.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Scott Jamison is managing partner and CEO of Jornata, a leading SharePoint and Microsoft Online Services consulting and training firm. He was previously director of enterprise architecture at Microsoft and led Microsoft-focused consulting teams at Dell.


Susan Hanley, president of Susan Hanley LLC, is an expert in designing, developing, and implementing successful portal solutions, specializing in information architecture, user adoption, governance, and metrics. Her clients include many of the world’s largest global SharePoint deployments.


Mauro Cardarelli is a SharePoint evangelist who has been active in the SharePoint community since 2001. He has twenty years’ experience designing and building technology solutions.

Product Details

  • Series: Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321700759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321700759
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Governance Guidance May 16, 2011
So I had all the technical how to books, and some of them covered some governance and planning, but I was left wanting more. I hoped this book would fill in the gaps and it did.

The biggest problem I have run into with SharePoint is that there is not enough planning and governance surrounding the use of it. I have been in a lot of environments that started their SharePoint initiatives with a plan that was no more that "Hey why don't we throw SharePoint up and see what it can do". Suddenly those curious individuals are using it to share documents. The word slowly spreads that it is available and more users start using it.

Then one of the more curious power users (by the way, most of the time in my experience `power user' = `dangerous user') start adding more features and they begin to start using more of the web parts and services available.

Next someone realizes you can integrate SharePoint with Reporting Services and they start down the BI road. Before you know it they have a monster on their hands and start looking for someone to clean it up and help manage it, but the cowboys who kicked it all off have moved on!!!!

That story has been the same story for every single SharePoint environment I have come across, and I have come across a lot of them.

I could have summed all that up with the statement "READ THIS BOOK BEFORE IMPLEMENTING A SHAREPOINT ENVIRONMENT", but I wanted to give some context to the importance of understanding how planning and governance can impact your SharePoint environment. It is a beast, especially SharePoint 2010.

The book is broken down into 3 sections. They are Planning, Optimizing, and Migrating. Some of the topics I found really useful where Why Is Governance Planning So Important?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for implementation strategy September 21, 2010
By vaibhav
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This book provides a good insight on governance and planning for 2010 but lacks on the overview. If you are looking for anything in depth on sharepoint features then this is not the book but if you'r looking for strategy and planning then its a great resource.

A good book to have going for client meetings and implementation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starting Point for SharePoint 2010 October 27, 2010
Essential SharePoint 2010 provides a well written overview of what you need to know for standing up SP2010. While other books may delve into the nitty gritty of SharePoint particulars, this book provides a solid background for the functions that the SharePoint platform provides.

In addition to the easy to read screenshots (not all books make the screenshots easy to read!), I found many of the tables helpful and organized in a way that I could use them for our implementation. The Key Points at the end of the chapter reminded me of sections that I may have "glazed over" while reading.

I'm not an IT guy or a SharePoint guru, but I will be doing a lot of end-user training. This book provided me a very strong basis to start from and I'm sure it will be a useful resource going forward.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Starting point for your SharePoint journey December 15, 2010
The authors have done a good job here of providing the right level of information to get you going with SharePoint 2010. Don't expect to find details on reading the event logs, troubleshooting the server, or details of the command line tools. It's not that kind of book. But you will find explainations of the terminology, the features, and examples of how to use the functionality, all layed out in a logical easy to follow structure.

I've worked with SharePoint from the early days, I've got a number of publications on the subject, one usually being a Admin companion from MS Press. For the SharePoint 2010 version, I've got this book too.

If you are looking for something that is not developer focused, or deep admin focused, but will enable you to get going with SharePoint quickly, then I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for. June 5, 2012
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I'm not a developer but I am tasked with planning out the SP implementation for my division. We have an admin team to do the heavy lifting on the back end but they are pretty hands off when it comes to planning and roll out. It was difficult to find a book that takes the approach of a planner and gives practical advice and examples of how to go about this process. There are so many things to consider and decisions to make. This book is well organized and makes it easy to map out a plan piece by piece. Each chapter focuses on a different part of the process and the important stuff is reiterated across chapters which I find helpful - particularly because I am not reading it cover to cover but jumping to the pertinent chapters. I also like that the authors do not use a lot of jargon, and if they do, they explain the concepts behind it. Planning out a company-wide SP site is a daunting task for an end user like me and this book has proven to be my best friend through the process. It has been incredibly valuable.
Keep one thing in mind, though. This book is all about PLANNING, not as much DOING. There is not a lot of click here to do this and click there to do that kind of instruction. That part I can figure out. Although the use of screenshots in the book is appropriate.
The first and most important thing to keep in mind about building a SP site is to plan it out thoroughly first!! You really don't want to go in and start building things without a VERY detailed plan. Trust me. Been there! It's all about the plan is this book is a great guide!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have if your using SP 2010
Good book to have if your using SP 2010
You can't have enough books when learning a new product.
Great price.
Published 1 month ago by Pname
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
all about sharepoint. very nice to read and explains things wonderfully if you want to understand sharepoint administrations and how to setup your environment
Published 12 months ago by C. Brodeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning book for SharePoint novices and 100/200 level starter
Book is intelligently written, but not over my head, and I am not the most technical person in the room...
Published 16 months ago by Lance Stovall
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of every aspect of SharePoint
There are a lot of books on SharePoint and I certainly would not want to buy a collection just to view the range of SharePoint solutions. This book is perfect. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Engage brain before typing
Too many software books merely describe screens, functions, and how to enter information / click buttons. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Susanne Wrage
4.0 out of 5 stars Work Aid
I bought this book for work purposes and it has proven to be a good asset thus far for me.
Published 21 months ago by Haneef
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Practical SharePoint Planning and Governance Guide
This is one of those rare books balancing best practice techniques with what is practical. I have been working with SharePoint since 2001 and this book has helped to reaffirm a lot... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Malcolm Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Puts an emphasis on Information Architecture
I like this book because it puts emphasis on Information Architecture. I've been installing SharePoint for years. I'm pretty good at designing farms and installing services. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Moffitar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good SP 2010 starting point.
I highly recommend starting your SharePoint 2010 education with this book. Essential SharePoint 2010 covers a full range of topics and is a clear guide to planning and optimizing... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by MS-2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Solutions for Real Business Problems
This book was clearly written by practioners that have faced and solved real business issues.

In particular I found the sections on governance and rollout relevent to my... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Laurel Worm
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