IN THIS CHAPTER
Implementing the solution
This chapter combines the concepts presented in the other parts of the book to create an intranet portal for a sample company. We walk through the requirements presented for a typical intranet portal and then propose a SharePoint architecture to meet each requirement.
Our solution creates a portal on which users can collaborate within a structure that provides templates, consistent data usage, access to business data, and search so that corporate consistency is maintained. We walk through using self-service site creation, lists and libraries, custom list fields, content types, and site templates to create this collaboration infrastructure with fields and content types that will be used throughout the organization. In this chapter, we also implement a business data application, use SQL Server Reporting Services, report Web Parts and design data views to access, and connect and present business data throughout the portal.
This scenario implements an intranet portal for a medium-sized IT consulting firm with 500 employees. This firm has the following organizational units:
Consultants: The consultants are organized by competency grouping for developers, system integrators, and networking experts. They work with different team members of every project depending on project size and scope.
Sales Staff: The sales organization has ...