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SharePoint 2010 All-in-One For Dummies by Veli-Matti Vanamo, Kevin Laahs, Emer McKenna

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Chapter 7: User Profiles, Organization Profiles, and Audiences

In This Chapter

Stocking up the User Profile Store

Configuring User Profiles, organization profiles, and audiences

Synchronizing profiles

There are many features in SharePoint that facilitate the ability for people to work together to create, and ultimately consume, information assets. A common challenge is in identifying the best people and the best information sources to use for a collaboration to produce a specific business outcome. This challenge arises due to multiple factors; and in large organizations a primary one isn’t having knowledge of the skills that exist across the entire breadth of the company nor the linkages between people (that is the social networks) that might help you find the right skill.

SharePoint Server 2010 has a distinct focus on the social side of information sharing; it treats people as a major component of an organization’s intellectual wealth — and provides many features to help you find the right people to do the right job. These features can help turn tacit social networks (those known only inside people’s heads) into persistent information networks that the organization can use as a valuable business tool.

SharePoint social features rely on being able to find out information about the organization’s people — and this is where the Profile Store comes into play. In this chapter, we look at how you can maintain a well-stocked Profile Store that can feed your organization’s social networks. ...

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