Agenda Automation and Workflow Features

Benefit Description
Agenda Models

Predefined and changeable Agenda Document Models

Agenda Item Models

Predefined and changeable Agenda Item Models including:

• Attachments

• Goals

• Status

As well as allowing for user defined fields and Agenda Type definitions.

Security

Users and groups are defined in the Active Directory and .NET.

Role Based

Users are secured by a role based administration model which includes

• Readers

• Authors

• Approvers

• Coordinators

Workflow

A predefined workflow process which allows for

• Submit

• Approve

• Publish

• Rework

Publishing

Automated publishing of the Meeting Agenda in the following available formats:

• MS Word

• Adobe PDF

• HTML

SharePoint Integration

All documents are created and published to a SharePoint Document Library. Web parts are available to view status and interact with the agenda creation process

 

Administration and Deployment Features

Benefit Description
Scalability

Windows SharePoint Services scales from a single-computer deployment to server farm deployment with multiple front-end and back-end computers. New computers are easily added to a server farm and removed for upgrades.

Per-site backup and restore

Each SharePoint site can be individually backed up and restored for end-user support. This ability reduces the cost of restoring an entire database for a small subset of data.

Administrative object model and command-line utilities

With the .NET Framework-based object model and command-line access to administration functions, system administrators can create custom scripts to automate their most common functions.

Site quotas

To prevent disk space from running low, sites can be limited to a preset size. Automatic alerts can be sent to notify owners when a site approaches its quota.

Blocked file extensions

Site collection administrators can block users from uploading specified file types when adding attachments or files to document libraries.

Group Collaboration Features

Benefit Description
Microsoft Office System integration

Deep integration with Microsoft Office System programs allows teams to collaborate using the familiar tools they use every day.

Document collaboration

Document workspace sites created using Microsoft Office Word take advantage of platform features by providing a document collaboration space.

Check-in and check-out

Documents can be reserved by individual users for updating purposes.

Document versions

Document changes are tracked and assigned different version numbers for auditing and rollback.

Browser-based customization

Changes can be made in a Web browser by dragging Web Parts onto personal or public pages, and then customizing them. Themes can also be applied using a browser.

Presence integration

Users can determine the online status of site members quickly by sending e-mail or an instant message, adding the member to a contact list, and viewing current free/busy status.

Alerts

A user or site manager can add an alert to a list or list item so that they receive an e-mail notification when changes are made.

 

Platform Features

Benefit Description
.NET Framework

Sites are built on ASP.NET and can be extended easily by using the .NET Framework, also included with Windows Server.

Object model

Developers can use the object model to build custom applications on the Windows SharePoint Services platform. Most list data and site settings offer full read/write access.

Templates

Organizations can create custom site templates for distribution across teams. Lists can also be saved as templates for reuse.

Web Parts

Developers can create Web Parts to integrate existing applications, and then reuse them by adding them to the site library.

Developer support

The MSDN® site contains information for developers about customizing sites by using Web Parts and more on the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies page.