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This is not a talk about sharepoint 2013


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

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This is not a talk about sharepoint 2013

  1. 1. This is Not a Talk About Sharepoint 2013 kpd
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Conclusions • I’ll get to this later. I have some ideas though.