The great Office Server smorgasbord, part 1: Office SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft's five new Office Servers give Office 2007 users a wealth of new features and capabilities. We examine how in this four-part series, starting with SharePoint 2007Follow @infoworld
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RSS is another SharePoint favorite, and one which can take multiple forms. You can allow users access to internal or external RSS feeds from within a SharePoint team site thanks to MOSS' built-in RSS viewer, or you can open this up to Outlook and simply assign new RSS feeds to users based on SharePoint team memberships and permissions.
Concerns and considerations
We've really only touched on SharePoints capabilities thus far. We'll hit more specific information on content management, workflow design, search indexing and forms processing in our upcoming reviews of the other members in the Office Server family. Bottom line: SharePoint's feature set is huge, which brings up some concerns.
For example, I mentioned some attraction SMBs will have for SharePoint, but customers with limited hardware portfolios will need to think carefully about their MOSS implementations. Processing its own permissions, maintaining dozens, possibly hundreds, of shared document libraries, managing dynamic content, and even performing server-side end-user calculations is quite a to-do list for any server. Another consideration would be "big-time overhead." Multiply that by hundreds or thousands of users and groups and planning the hardware allocation part of your SharePoint installation quickly becomes paramount.
Another concern, especially for large enterprises, is IT support. Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make SharePoint site creation something the average executive suit can understand and complete alone. That's great for dynamic team building. But it also means that IT may well be called to support sites it doesn't even know exist. Fortunately, Microsoft has good information on managing SharePoint in its TechNet library and MOSS has good management tools, too. But administrators just beginning a MOSS build might still do well to limit their users at the outset. That includes not only the number of sites a user can create, but also the number he or she can belong to, the types of features specific types of users can place in their sites and the types of feature categories you'll allow to function with Office.