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“sharepoint” October 3, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Definition.

(SHAIR poynt)

In the beginning, there was the bulletin board. You posted for-sale items and notes about Girl Scout cookies, and your co-workers saw it, and it was good.

Then came e-mail, and you sent messages to all_employees@corporatespeak.com, complete with Outlook stationery backgrounds and creative fonts, and people deleted your e-mails but at least you got your message out and felt like people read it.

But your co-workers and supervisors said “hey, that’s not cool, don’t waste our e-mail space with this crap!” Some of you are still dealing with this issue; some of your co-workers send e-mails about cars for sale, or Rosetta Stone language learning, or toner cartridges.

Everyone else is expected to use a sharepoint.

Sharepoint, created by Microsoft, is supposed to be a web-based collaboration platform for documents and messaging. What it really turns out to be is something no one looks at. Here’s why:

  1. You need to be on the VPN or input a password.
  2. It doesn’t run like any website you’re used to.
  3. No one else is using it.
  4. No one — including the person who built it — knows how to use it properly.

In theory, Sharepoint is a great thing. But most companies can’t figure out how to do it right or how to make it work for them. If you hear that your company is getting a sharepoint or requiring you to use one, you should be very, very wary.

But on the bright side, if you learn how to become a Sharepoint developer, you will be in reasonably-high demand.

Note: “Sharepoint” and “sharepoint” are not interchangeable. “Sharepoint” refers to the official technology and a site used properly. “sharepoint” refers to what most companies have.

Note 2: You think having just one sharepoint for your company is bad? Wait until you have to have a sharepoint for each of the projects you’re on. They’ll all be designed differently and have different passwords.



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