Welcome to the globe of SharePoint 2013. SharePoint 2013
Development edition is launched & Stay implementations are going on. Here I
would like to re-iterate the functions of SharePoint as a whole & benefits
of going with it.
What is SharePoint?
In short, SharePoint is a browser-based collaboration, content management, and extensible platform from Microsoft. The latest release of the product is SharePoint 2013.
What are the previous versions of SharePoint 2013?
The previous two versions are MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010.
What are the features of SharePoint?
Depending on the business perspective the features of SharePoint are many:
How to Install SharePoint 2013?
As SharePoint is a server side software, it requires the Windows Server operating system. You can start with a new installation or use a Virtual Machine. Once you have the Operating System ready, you can download and install SharePoint 2013 from the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx.
In this article I would like to discuss the various SharePoint Roles. SharePoint Roles and Assignment to people is an essential step towards SharePoint project analysis and implementation.
Following are the most important Roles, I could identify here:
SharePoint Power User
The role involvement is depicted below:
Now let us explore what each Role performs.
Following are the responsibilities of Architect:
Should be an expert in SharePoint, .NET, and SQL Server
Analyze requirements and gain business objectives
Collaborate with Customer
Define and implement Governance Plan
Architectural decisions on number of servers, capacity planning, taxonomy, etc.
Direct developers in building custom solutions
Direct administrator on SharePoint infrastructure usage
Configure search center, business intelligence
Decide on Hold, Retention policies
Ensure performance and monitoring mechanisms of the implementation
Following are the responsibilities of Developer:
Develop custom solutions for SharePoint involving Web Parts, Workflows, Object Model
Submit Deployment Package to administrator
Should have a good knowledge with SharePoint Out of Box features and programming in .NET
Responsible for running unit tests, memory tests involved in development
Following are the responsibilities of Designer:
Expert in HTML, CSS, XML, Master Pages with good understanding of SharePoint features
Provides customization of SharePoint Site Pages
Implementation of branding
Responsible for the non-programming customizations of SharePoint
Following are the responsibilities of Administrator:
Expert in SharePoint Out of the Box features, Active Directory, with good amount of networking skills
Setup Windows Server, SharePoint Servers, Services, Active Directory, IIS etc.
Monitor the health of Servers, implement retention policies
Performs Site Collection setup, DNS mapping, users, and Permissions setup
Assigns new users to groups and sets access to sites based on requirement
Coordinates with network administrator
Deploy new solutions, components to SharePoint server
Executes PowerShell scripts
Performs backup of content database
Following are the responsibilities of Trainer:
Expert in SharePoint from user point of view
Well knowledge with SharePoint compatible browser, Office applications
Train customers to a good amount of confidence with implementation
Train customers in creating Sites, Libraries, Lists and using Office Integration, Search
SharePoint Power User
Following are the responsibilities of Power User:
Power User is a User with a good amount of knowledge in SharePoint features
Should be guiding other users during times of difficulties
Following are the responsibilities of User:
Should be expert in business functionality and knowledgeable with SharePoint implementation.
Performs his/her activities through SharePoint.
Please note that Power User and User are scoped from the Customer side. SharePoint Administrator can be from the customer side if it is a customer maintained implementation. In specific scenarios the customer might rely on third party companies to administer SharePoint implementation, where the Administrator will be external to customer premises.
In this article we have explored an introduction to SharePoint, features, and roles involved. For those who are new to SharePoint, I believe this information should add value. I will be adding more articles on this base.