10 ways your business could be using SharePoint
12th August 2015
Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful web based application that removes the need to have separate software programs for a wide range of different tasks. While many organisations started off by using SharePoint on their internal networks, SharePoint Online – the cloud version of SharePoint – is now increasingly popular as it’s included with many Office 365 packages. So if you are already using Office 365, you may already have access to SharePoint at no extra cost! Here are ten ways your business could be benefiting from the power of SharePoint…
1. Intranet for internal communication
Facilitate communication across your organisation with a SharePoint intranet to help you organise information, people and projects. SharePoint is an ideal replacement for Access databases and Excel spreadsheets. In addition because you use SharePoint through your web browser you can access your data from PCs, Macs, tablets and even smart phones without the need for Microsoft Office. And for larger enterprises, team member profiles enable everyone in the organisation to find the person or expertise they need instantly.
Need a private place to share documents and other information with clients or remote team members? Use SharePoint to create a password protected extranet to share everything from training materials to product pictures easily and securely.
3. Store, share and find files and information
Storing documents on SharePoint means you can be confident your documents are easier to share and find, as well as being secure. SharePoint allows you to choose exactly who has access to individual files or whole folders. And when you need to find a file, SharePoint’s built-in search can help you to quickly find whatever you are looking for.
4. Project and task management
SharePoint is perfect for managing tasks and whole projects. Create individual and team task lists, then easily integrate with tools like Outlook and Project Professional.
5. Internal social network
For larger organisations SharePoint is equipped with two enterprise-level social networks to help teams stay connected and share ideas in one place. Microblog Newsfeed allows team members to share updates including videos and images, while private social network Yammer brings teams together to easily collaborate online whether your people are working from home or multiple business locations.
6. Business intelligence
When used in conjunction with Power Pivot (a free tool that integrates with Excel) SharePoint allows you to easily explore, combine, analyse and collaborate on data sources from across your business. No more
7. Event management
Planning an event? SharePoint makes it effortless. Organise and store all the related documents and tasks in Sharepoint, then spread the word on your intranet or internal social network.
8. Customer service help desk
Need to manage a large number of customer service enquiries? Use SharePoint to implement a cost-effective helpdesk solution.
9. Websites and web content management
Setting up a simple website is easy with SharePoint. Non-technical staff can design and publish internal and external responsive websites using tools built into SharePoint. Once live, multiple team members can manage your website using the in-built content management system.
10. And much more
Amazingly, this is just scratching the surface of what SharePoint is capable of. There are hundreds of SharePoint apps that can instantly extend its capabilities. And with the potential for custom development, delivered by our partners Springboard IT, we can help you to customise SharePoint and create bespoke applications just for your business.
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