- Series: Inside Out
- Paperback: 904 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735666997
- ISBN-13: 978-0735666993
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christina Wheeler, MCTS, is a SharePoint consultant and trainer. With more than 10 years of experience in the industry, Christina is a frequent speaker at SharePoint conferences and community events.
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"Document collaboration has always been at the heart of what SharePoint provides" (page 12): Chapter 11, Managing Documents is 36 pages long and the term Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is not mentioned at all. Quick Parts is mentioned once but that is in Chapter 22, and with no information at all about all the issues you run into using Quick Parts for promotion/demotion of document properties. (Yes, I promise you that you will get a lot of issues in a serious application using Quick Parts.) There is no discussion of SharePoint document ID system and its limitations. (To be fair, neither has any other book that I have read.) In summary, the book has little information about how to set up SharePoint as a formal first class document management system; this is unfortunate since there are many surprises and issues to consider when using SharePoint as an Enterprise Content Management system.
The search part of the book, Chapters 18 and 19 are well written but it is not an introduction how to use search from an users point of view. For that you have to read "SharePoint 2013 for Dummies". It is mentioned that SharePoint 2013 supports search on PDF documents; only one other SharePoint 2013 book I have read gives that little vital piece of information. Neither in this book nor in any other book I have read is mentioned why the search results don't show the title of Word documents (you will have to search on Internet about how to fix this issue). Isn't the title of the document (and author and the unique document ID) the basic information you would like to see when doing a document search in an Enterprise Content Management system?
The book has a fair description of SharePoint Designer. It is mentioned twice that workflows can be connected to Content Types; however without the clarification that only SharePoint 2010 workflows can be connected to a Content Type, not the new SharePoint 2013 workflows, which you are supposed to use now. Further, in depth discussions are missing of approve workflow requirements and where SharePoint fails to support a correct formal approve process. (To be fair, neither has any other book that I have read.)
The information about user groups and permission levels is weak, although the book has a solution of a tiny issue that I have been looking for a while that no other book I have read mentions. However, neither in this book or any other book I have read is mentioned the issue that you can't rename a document when you use Contribute - without delete permission levels, the permission level to be used in a regulated ECM system.
The book has comparatively few practical examples how to solve things in its 871 numbered pages. If you are buying just one book to become a SharePoint super/power user, I recommend instead Beginning SharePoint 2013 - Building Business Solutions. But this book is still worth to have and read as the second power user book.
Edit: You must have read at least "SharePoint 2013 for Dummies" before reading this book, otherwise you will be confused. I previously wrote that the XPS format is not supported but XPS is now supported since some cumulative update, unclear which one.
1) That the features exist
2) Where to access the features
3) How to effectively use the features
Comprehensive list of features and guidance on how to use them
Accessible writing style
SharePoint is huge, and there are good options on the web for specific solutions - the book may be too much information for a lot of people who may have an important role in SharePoint, but who also have a focused role. My suggestion would be to buy a copy for the team instead of individuals.
The book is not intended for SharePoint developers for SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are also power users. So the book will come in handy when you're simply using share point as an end-user.
I have listed the table of contents below to give you an idea of what is covered in the book.
1. Introducing SharePoint 2013
2. Administration for business users
3. Working with list and library apps
4. Working with collaboration sites
5. Using Office applications with SharePoint
6. Sharing information with SharePoint social networking
7. Using and creating workflows
8. Planning site content
9. Creating and formatting content pages
10. Adding, editing, connecting, and maintaining web parts
11. Managing documents
12. Designing web content management sites
13. Implementing compliance, records management, and eDiscovery
14. Planning for business intelligence and key performance indicators
15. Implementing better business intelligence with Excel Services and SQL Server 2012
16. Building powerful dashboards with PerformancePoint Services
17. Working with Visio Services
18. Discovering information with SharePoint 2013 Search
19. Creating a customized SharePoint 2013 search experience
20. Creating, managing, and designing sites
21. Creating enterprise forms
22. Working with external content
23. Introduction to custom development
One big plus with this book is that it comes with an e-book download that is free when you purchase the printed book. That makes it very good a reference also.
The authors also have some downloads available of the examples that are used in the book.
This book really surprised me. It had a lot more information in it than I expected. The authors writing styles are great, so it makes for easy read. I would think that most people will use this as a reference though, reading the chapters that address their immediate needs.
Overall this book is definitely worth the cost, especially when you factor in the free e-book. Although my role is usually an administrator of SharePoint or a developer in the SharePoint environment, end users still call me with a lot of questions that I can't answer about using the front end, so I will be keeping this book by my side.