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When to Develop on a Platform (IndyTechFest 2008)

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I presented this at IndyTechFest two years ago. Found it in my archives while preparing for DevLINK 2010. I changed some of it to make it applicable to SharePoint 2010, but much of it remains as it was in 2008. It's a little corny at places, but there is useful info in it as well. Enjoy!

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When to Develop on a Platform (IndyTechFest 2008)

  1. 1. SharePoint: When to Develop on a Platform<br />Rob Wilson, MCTS SharePoint & Project 2007<br />rwilson@kellerschroeder.com<br />http://sharepointblog.kellerschroeder.com<br />twitter.com/theRobManDotNet<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Evolution of a platform<br />The SharePoint Proposition<br />When to develop on SharePoint<br />
  3. 3. Ode to Young Coder<br />There once was an eager lad coder<br />A small planet perched on his shoulders<br />No build versus buy<br />It was build every time<br />A practice that left a foul odor<br /><-Young developer<br /><-Big Head<br /><-Only his code would do<br /><-That really stunk!<br />
  4. 4. Those Were the Days<br />Watch me code!<br />
  5. 5. How They Stack Up<br />Platform<br />Business Apps<br />Much Other Stuff<br />RAD<br />Custom Code<br />MVC Framework<br />SEO Friendly<br />Business Apps<br />Business Apps<br />Standards-Based<br />Search<br />RAD<br />Separation of Roles<br />Error Handling<br />SEO Friendly<br />Uniformity<br />Standards-Based<br />Search<br />Content Management<br />Separation of Roles<br />Administration Area<br />Content Management<br />Administration Area<br />Uniformity <br />Error Handling<br />Error Handling<br />Menus<br />Menus<br />Menus (Menu Control)<br />Authorization<br />Authorization<br />Authorization<br />Authentication<br />Authentication<br />Authentication<br />
  6. 6. Toughest Jobs<br />Defining SharePoint in a single sentence<br />Comparing SharePoint tocompetitive platforms<br />
  7. 7. When the requirements call for it<br />Not a brochure site<br />Authentication and search required<br />Does not have to be a large-scale project<br />
  8. 8. When you need self-service<br />Web Parts (re-usability)<br />Alerts<br />RSS<br />Recycle Bin<br />My Site<br />Connecting with peers<br />Publishing<br />
  9. 9. When you need personalization<br />From a webmaster’s perspective<br />Targeted content<br />From a visitor’s perspective<br />Ability to customize look and feel<br />
  10. 10. When you need workflow<br />Based on Workflow Foundation<br />Additional features<br />SharePoint front-end<br />Document libraries and task lists<br />Workflow history lists<br />
  11. 11. When you want flexible development options<br />Web Parts<br />Object model<br />Web services<br />Separation of development roles<br />GUI expert, workflow developer, reports and queries, event handlers<br />Varying levels of experience on a project team<br />
  12. 12. When you want to focus on the business requirements instead of the framework<br />Do not worry about how someone will find your application or how it integrates with the security model<br />Eliminate the headache of external content repositories<br />
  13. 13. When you want consistency in your organization or client-base<br />Common user interface<br />Vocabulary<br />Standardized code base<br />
  14. 14. When you want to take advantage of the inherent features of that platform<br />Collaboration<br />Portal<br />Content Management<br />Search<br />Business Intelligence<br />Forms and Business Processes<br />
  15. 15. When you want to offset the cost of development<br />More time spent in the planning and design stages should surface more out-of-the-box features [that should save time later]<br />Out-of-the-box features should reduce the cost of custom software development<br />Developer focus should shift immediately to the business needs and extending the out-of-the-box features<br />
  16. 16. When you need SOA<br />Web services expose SharePoint content<br />SharePoint as a SOA consumer provides the user interface via XML and page viewer web parts – IntranetJournal.com, March 2006, Rob Bogue<br />
  17. 17. When you need composite applications<br />Dashboards, Mash-ups<br />Business Data Catalog<br />All levels of your organization<br />
  18. 18. When you need composite applications<br />ERP<br />Before SharePoint<br />CRM<br />Legacy Systems<br />Middleware<br />
  19. 19. When you need composite applications<br />ERP<br />SharePoint<br />CRM<br />Legacy Systems<br />
  20. 20. When you need Single Sign On<br />Multiple built-in authentication options<br />Support for third-party authentication providers<br />Built-in SSO provider<br />Manages credentials for other apps on your intranet<br />
  21. 21. When you need off-line support of your data<br />Office Integration<br />Importing/exporting lists from/to excel<br />Linked tables with Access<br />Calendar/Task List integration with Outlook<br />Groove/SharePoint Workspace<br />
  22. 22. When you need auditing and retention policies<br />Log just the events you need for what lists are of interest to you<br />Develop auditing reports using SSRS<br />Develop/customize workflows for content retention and disposal<br />
  23. 23. When you need to equip your power users<br />SharePoint Designer<br />Custom queries with Data View Web Part<br />Simple workflows<br />InfoPath<br />Simple forms – really! <br />
  24. 24. When your culture allows for it<br />User acceptance is key<br />Large implementations are going to take a team of both IT and line of business users<br />May require a paradigm shift<br />Small, quick wins where possible<br />
  25. 25. When a development community is important to you<br />Blogs and forums<br />Community video tutorials<br />User Groups<br />CodePlex<br />Commercial/Open Source Features and Web Parts<br />
  26. 26. When you are ready to stop dating around and marry the right platform<br />Up to 92% satisfaction rating in the categories of functionality, end user experience, total cost of ownership and end user acceptance<br />Up to 59% of all companies are projected to have SharePoint or an equivalent platform by the end of this year and that number is projected to increase 19% between 2009 and 2011<br />
  27. 27. When you want to build your resume<br />Dice.com: 2,800 jobs (JUL 2010)<br />Monster.com: 1,000+ jobs (JUL 2010)<br />HotJobs.com: ~500 jobs (JUL 2010)<br />
  28. 28. Alternatives<br />Free Bulletin<br />Board<br />Free Blog Host<br />JavaScript Menu Builder<br />Embedded Google Calendar<br />Spam-friendly form submission scripts<br />Coffee Cup Editor for CMS<br />
  29. 29. Ode to Wise Coder<br />There once was an eager lad coder<br />Who grew wiser as he grew older<br />The greyer his hair<br />The more he did Share<br />And now this presentation is over<br />

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