This is not a talk about sharepoint 2013
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This is not a talk about sharepoint 2013



Talk I gave at work about what I've learned investigating Sharepoint 2013

Talk I gave at work about what I've learned investigating Sharepoint 2013



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  • 1. This is Not a Talk About Sharepoint 2013 kpd
  • 2. Why • I don’t get Sharepoint • 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 • Too many pieces moving to get my head around • Former SP pieces that were spun off as separate things • Formerly non SP pieces that are well integrated now • Pieces that are named similarly to something else but aren’t those things • Pieces that consultants have brought in and associated with Sharepoint but that aren’t Sharepoint • If you are in that same place, have I got the 411 for you…
  • 3. Using the FAQ Model • Heard these multiple times • Asked them multiple times myself and got different answers from different people • These are not the right answers; I can assure you they’re probably wrong, but they may help us move in the right direction. You almost assuredly can contribute to this discussion.
  • 4. What is Sharepoint? • Collaboration tool (teamspace/wiki/lists)? • Self-service development portal (workflow, no IT involved)? • Delivery platform (replacing IIS for my apps)? YES
  • 5. How is Office 365 Related to Sharepoint? • Office 365 is a subscription plan including • Office applications • Lync Web Conferencing • Exchange Online • Can include the desktop version of Office as well • Sharepoint is available as an offering as part of an Office 365 Suite • So SP doesn’t deliver Office 365 FX103030232.aspx
  • 6. Uh, OK, How About Office Web Apps? • Office Web Apps is a separate entity from Sharepoint • Delivers access to Office documents via the web • Couple that with Mobile Iron to see the intranet, and you’ve got Office on the iPad, baby!
  • 7. What is Excel Services and How Do They Fit with Sharepoint? • Enables Excel Web access (your doc is editable in the browser) • Collaborative editing • Save and publish workbooks from desktop to Sharepoint • Can talk to Excel Calculation Services via Web Services, REST, or JSON APIs • “is all about BI, and you get it as part of SharePoint Enterprise” • Excel Web Apps is part of Office Web Apps (?) Get a reference
  • 8. What Are Access Services? • Brings Access database to any browser • Collaborative web applications • An abstraction layer over SQL Server (!) • Tables in Access are tables in SQL • Queries without parameters are views • Queries with parameters become table-valued functions • Business users can create data tracking apps • Similar to Operations’ Access application? • Access App = Sharepoint App • Infopath is deprecated because the power of Access Services is so much greater • Create and modify Access Apps directly in Sharepoint – can package and deploy too (can include the database structures and content) • “the abstraction layer on top of SQL servers for Business users to actually design and create real business applications” • Can we set this up to point at an existing SQL structure?
  • 9. What is all that Stuff at the Top of the Page That I Never Use? • Sharepoint default navigation reminds you that you are in Sharepoint • And do Sharepoint-y things, not all of which work. From different locations.
  • 10. What is all that Stuff at the Top of the Page That I Never Use? (2!) Only for editors? BROWSE – see the page as if you’re a user PAGE – edit the page as an admin All: NewsFeed – Your internal Facebook/Twitter feed SkyDrive – Your P: Drive Sites – Sites within Sharepoint that you have followed (only within Sharepoint?) Name – Profile/Sign out – like Google options Gear – Site settings and stuff you can see ? – Help – Best practices for creating and managing team sites. Do all users see this? Share – add people to site or doc (to push info) Follow – subscribe to a page or doc – changes appear in your NewsFeed Sync – copy a site to your skydrive or computer Edit – if you have edit perms – edits the page Box – “Focus on Content” – does nothing for me Note – These “out of the box” features have to be there. Often implementations are done quickly and lazily and forget to implement them properly.
  • 11. What is Sharepoint Designer? When Do I Use That Instead of Visual Studio? • The Artist Tool Formerly Known as Frontpage • Not a dev tool. More of a SP power user tool for creating SP artifacts • Devs would normally never use Designer. Power Users probably never would use Studio. • VS is needed for packaging
  • 12. What Does Skydrive Mean in the Context of Sharepoint? • SkyDrive is your P: drive • SkyDrive can be your F: drive? • It’s not connected with your home SkyDrive, if you use it there
  • 13. How Can I Learn More? • Technet videos are very good: • US/sharepoint/fp123606 ... but very lengthy • Try it yourself? • Free to evaluate • us/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx • Requirements • SQL Server 2012 (for BI stuff) • Windows Server 2012 (Std or datacenter) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 • MS.NET 4.5; • 8 GB, 4 core, 64 bit, 80 Gb for system drive
  • 14. What about Workflow? • Workflow is entirely separate in SP 2013 • Used to be integrated, now runs separately • Now called Workflow Manager 1.0 • Use Visio 2013 or Sharepoint Designer to build workflows and execute them on Workflow Manager with integration with Sharepoint
  • 15. Conclusions • I’ll get to this later. I have some ideas though.