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The Magic of Metadata

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.

—Proverb

The single most important task of a SharePoint system is to find information. You may be looking for relevant news about your organization, the policy document that describes the process for hiring a new employee, or the proposal you wrote last year that you now desperately need to find because the customer has decided to move forward with the project. In all of these cases, quickly and easily putting your hands on the information you need so you can do your job is the key driver behind almost all the SharePoint projects I have worked on.

We have some pretty sophisticated tools for the creation of content—programs ...

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