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What can you do with SharePoint? SharePoint 2013 is a product that represents a new way to work together with people at the center of the SharePoint experience. Microsoft has taken the question, “What can you do with SharePoint?” and used it to define SharePoint 2013. That definition is summarized in these 5 key principles.

SHARE. SharePoint is the place to share ideas, content and the vision of your company.

Share ideas - As organizations look at becoming more social it’s crucial to think beyond a set of features, and start to understand how social can help them achieve some of their key business needs; such as keeping employees up-to-date, breaking down silos, increasing reuse of information, documenting tacit knowledge, finding who knows what, making collaborative decisions and putting social to work. An array of new social features in SharePoint let you share what you’re working on, ask questions and keep track of what your colleagues are doing with contextual updates delivered to your activity feed.

Share Content - Common tasks like document sharing, editing lists inline and create sites in a few simple clicks are easier than ever but still keeping you firmly in control of your content.

Share the Vision - SharePoint gives you a central place to share your organization’s vision and update employees on important news and information.

ORGANIZE. It’s scalable enough to organize and manage all your information assets but it’s also designed to organize and store documents to enable personal productivity, keep teams’ in sync, and projects on track.

Organize teams - Every SharePoint release pushes to redefine the boundaries of collaboration. A big part of this comes from helping teams organize their content so that they can work together effectively. But what makes SharePoint truly unique, is that it’s scalable enough to organize and manage all your information assets so you can access everything you need from one place.

Organize projects - With the latest version of SharePoint and Project you can organize everything from personal tasks, lightweight group or team projects, or organization wide change projects.

Organize information - Through improvements in search, it is easy to discover and manage enterprise content across the organization. SharePoint content can be classified as an in-place record from any document library and records managers can set policies and retention schedules for content types (and libraries/folders) to ensure compliance with corporate and regulatory governance requirements. Everything can be centrally managed from the SharePoint records center and in-built reporting will help managers and administrators organize their information assets.

DISCOVER. It’s where you go to discover experts, share knowledge and uncover connections to information and people.

Discover experts - When it comes to staying connected, you need more than just isolated social features based on consumer technologies. You still need to author documents, go to meetings, run projects, and respond to email. SharePoint’s core capabilities like social, search and business intelligence provide a fabric that binds these experiences so people can discover experts, answers, and connections to people and information.

Discover Answers -Social and Search are the cornerstone of helping people discover answers, and when you combine that with the power of rich BI tools such as Excel and Power View you can move beyond insights and get answers.

Discover Connections - In SharePoint 2013 there is an entirely new feature called “community sites”. You can think about it like a discussion forum, where you can discover connections, ask questions and discover new content and identify people across the organization who can provide instant feedback on documents or project tasks you’re working on.

BUILD. It’s a hub for developers to build and deploy modern apps and for designers to build eye-catching websites.

Build Apps - The new app model is designed to work in the cloud and takes advantage of widely adopted web technologies like JavaScript and HTML5, and .NET.

Build Sites – It’s easier than ever to create great looking intranet and internet sites that are multi-lingual and work across a multitude of devices. With SharePoint, your designers can build dynamic sites and do all their work using design tools like Dreamweaver. The Snippet Gallery lets you customize controls like site navigation and catalog integration. With simple taxonomy-based navigation controls you can specify custom search refiners, and create targeted search experiences that drive action, all without ever having to write a single line of code.

MANAGE. Because it’s built in the cloud IT Pros can manage cost, and meet the demands of compliance to manage risk.

Manage Costs - SharePoint 2013 has been designed to work in the cloud but even if you decide to run SharePoint on premises you can still take advantage of the performance and scalability benefits. It’s important that IT professionals manage information not infrastructure. IT professionals will be able to reduce their infrastructure costs and extend the boundaries of sharing without sacrificing control. 

Manage Risk – SharePoint makes it easier for you to meet the demands of compliance and help you manage risk. Within SharePoint you can define retention policies, for sites and mailboxes and preserve content in real-time helping to ensure the integrity of the information you store in SharePoint, Lync and Exchange. SharePoint is designed to support E-discovery and with new site closure and disposition capabilities you can ensure the safe and predictable handling of all your information assets.

Manage Your Time - To help save you time, IT Professionals can control and manage SharePoint in new ways, from ensuring compliance, improved analytics based on search, and new license reporting and tracking providing visibility into who’s using SharePoint and how they’re using it.  Finally, SharePoint 2013 has been built to handle almost anything our customers can throw at it so IT Pros can spend more time managing information, delivering innovation and manage their time effectively.