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SharePoint® Server 2010 Enterprise Content Management by Russ Houberg, Brett Grego, Chris Caplinger, Todd Kitta

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Chapter 5

Collaboration

What's in this chapter?

  • Understanding the role of collaboration in enterprise content management
  • Exploring Microsoft SharePoint's powerful feature set for collaboration
  • Administering and using Microsoft SharePoint's collaborative features
  • Interacting with collaborative features through Microsoft SharePoint APIs

Collaboration is the act of working together to achieve a common goal. Business does not happen without collaboration. Whether it is collaboration between individuals, between individuals and an organization, or between organizations, business goals are achieved through the interaction of these entities. Organizations are well aware that collaboration is critical to their operations, and this has spurred these companies to employ collaborative software that promotes better structure, coordinated interactions, and improved management of the resulting output of collaborative efforts.

Throughout recent years, the world has seen the power of collaborative software at work. With online companies such as Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, Twitter, Yammer, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, Stack Exchange, YouTube, and countless others, the result of people collaborating together to create a world of interaction and knowledge is unprecedented. Organizations are attempting to harness the same types of tools that these online companies are leveraging to better manage and promote team collaboration both internally and externally. Through the use of weblogs, micro-blogs, social ...

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