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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Inside Out 0

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[easyazon_link asin=”0735666997″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Inside Out[/easyazon_link] is the SharePoint book for the end-user that wants to become a power-user. It covers a ton of topics and it covers them in-depth.
This book is pretty thick and covers anything you would need to know about Sharepoint. It contains a lot of solutions so you can save time which is nice especially if you only know the basics of Sharepoint. The book has a lot of screenshots and if coming from a previous version of SharePoint,  you will be informed of the changes to the newer version.

The book is not intended for SharePoint developers or SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are (or should be)also power users. So the book will come in handy when you’re simply using SharePoint as an end-user.

The book is split into 23 chapters covering everything from basics of SharePoint structure and terms to setting up BDC connections, excel services and more. Depending on your IT department and your level of access in SharePoint, this book covers virtually everything you will need to know to create useful and powerful SharePoint sites.

Table of contents.

1. Introducing SharePoint 2013
2. Administration for business users
3. Working with list and library apps
4. Working with collaboration sites
5. Using Office applications with SharePoint 2013
6. Sharing information with SharePoint social networking
7. Using and creating workflows
8. Planning site content
9. Creating and formatting content pages
10. Adding, editing, connecting, and maintaining web parts
11. Managing documents
12. Designing web content management sites
13. Implementing compliance, records management, and eDiscovery
14. Planning for business intelligence and key performance indicators
15. Implementing better Business Intelligence with Excel Services and SQL Server 2012
16. Building powerful dashboards with PerformancePoint Services
17. Working with [easyazon_link asin=”B00CWKZVIM” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”no” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]Visio 2013 [/easyazon_link] 18. Discovering information with SharePoint 2013 Search
19. Creating a customized [easyazon_link asin=”1484177495″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]SharePoint 2013  Search  Guide[/easyazon_link] experience
20. Creating, managing, and designing sites
21. Creating enterprise forms
22. Working with external content
23. Introduction to custom development


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SharePoint 2013 for dummies 0

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SharePoint 2013 for Dummies

SharePoint is an essential part of the enterprise infrastructure for many businesses. Building on the success of previous versions of [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”SharePoint for Dummies” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″]SharePoint for Dummies[/easyazon_link], this new edition covers all the latest features of SharePoint 2013 and provides you with an easy-to-understand resource for making the most of all that this version has to offer. You’ll learn how to get a site up and running, branded, and populated with content, workflow, and management. In addition, this new edition includes essential need-to-know information for administrators, techsumers, and page admins who want to leverage the cloud-hosted features online, either as a standalone product or in conjunction with an existing SharePoint infrastructure.

  • Walks you through getting a SharePoint site up and running effectively and efficiently
  • Explains ongoing site management and offers plenty of advice for administrators who want to leverage SharePoint and Office 365 in various ways
  • Shows how to use SharePoint to leverage data centers and collaborate with both internal and external customers, including partners and clients
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Open the book and find:

  • The benefits of SharePoint for project management
  • How to use social networking in your company
  • What your role is as a SharePoint administrator
  • SharePoint security advice
  • Tips for using SharePoint on a mobile device
  • How to collaborate on documents in SharePoint
  • Steps for creating user profiles
  • Ten ways to become a SharePoint guru
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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple 0

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain and simple is a full-color, visual guide that makes learning [easyazon_link asin=”0735642281″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple[/easyazon_link]! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to get things done.

Here’s WHAT you’ll learn:

  • Create libraries for all kinds of media
  • Share information in one location
  • Organize people and processes
  • Connect SharePoint to Microsoft Office with no fuss
  • Find things fast with the Search Center
  • Expand your community with social networking

Here’s HOW you’ll learn it:

  • Jump in wherever you need answers
  • Follow easy STEPS and SCREENSHOTS to see exactly what to do
  • Get handy TIPS for new techniques and shortcuts
  • Use TRY THIS! exercises to apply what you learn right away

Q&A with Jonathan Lightfoot, author of “[easyazon_link asin=”0735667004″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”yes” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”yes”]Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple[/easyazon_link]”

Q. Why is your book timely– what makes it important right now?

A. The SharePoint platform is still relatively unknown to many business users. Microsoft’s new release of SharePoint 2013 is starting to gain traction with organizations around the world. As such a lot of people who were relatively unfamiliar with the platform will need to start using it. “Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple” fills the need of getting people up to speed on the platform within a short amount of time. In doing so, we feel that this book will allow for a lot more people who are currently unfamiliar with the platform to begin to use the platform to assist them with collaborating and completing their tasks. Also, the book’s layout is easy to use. Most computer books tend to be mostly text … “Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple” is mostly graphical in order to mimic the experience of using SharePoint 2013, which allows the book to more closely align with the tasks a person may be doing. So to have a book that is in the same format as what the reader is actually interacting with eases the learning process.

Q. What information do you hope that readers of your book will walk away with?

A. I hope that readers will be able to walk away with the ability to use the platform, of course but I also want them to be able to use this book to understand the moving pieces of SharePoint to imagine and develop solutions to their business challenges.

Q. What’s the most exciting/important thing happening in your space?

A. It would definitely be the merging of systems. For years we have been promised an easier life due to the computer. And there have been several breakthrough products that have done just that. But in our current evolution we have the need for these systems to connect and interact with each other. In doing so we can truly begin to see computers easing our lives. The SharePoint platform is one of the systems that, on its own, is a powerful platform. But when you connect this platform with other systems, then you are able to really unleash its true power. “[easyazon_link asin=”0735667004″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”no”]Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple[/easyazon_link]” was written in such a way as to teach people how to use the platform in its most basic sense. But at the same time one is able to look at the book and with very little thought build on that knowledge and develop solutions for business problems.

Q. Can you give us a few tips to get us started?


  1. If you are annoyed with seeing the Ribbon at the top of your page you can double-click any of the tabs and the Ribbon will be minimized. If you want to see it again simply double-click a tab to have it reappear
  2. When creating a new library of lists, make sure that you do not use spaces in the name. This will make your life a lot easier when you decide to use SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio for interacting with the list or library. After the list or library is created you can always go back into the Look and Feel settings to add a space to the name, to make it easier to read.
  3. When creating workflows, it is best to use [easyazon_link asin=”B00CWKZVIM” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”no”]Visio 2013[/easyazon_link]’s Microsoft SharePoint Workflows template to make a graphical representation of the workflow. After you finish with Visio to make a graphical version of the workflow you are able to upload the drawing into [easyazon_link asin=”1430249749″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”yes”]SharePoint Designer 2013[/easyazon_link] to fill in the details.
  4. When creating a new site, make sure that one of your first steps is to check the Regional settings for your site. By default SharePoint will use the Pacific Time zone.
  5. If you have to create several sites at once and they are going to have similar lists and libraries, prepare the initial site and then use the “Save as Template” option in Site Settings to clone the site. In doing so you are able to choose this template to stand up the rest of the sites quickly.
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How to Do Everything with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 0


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Maximize Microsoft SharePoint 2013.

Written by a former member of the SharePoint development team, [easyazon_link asin=”007180983X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”spbk-20″ add_to_cart=”no” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]How to Do Everything Microsoft SharePoint 2013[/easyazon_link]shows you how to get the most out of the latest release of this dynamic business collaboration platform. This is a book for End users and Power users and every chapter has its real-world scenario.
You’ll learn to set up SharePoint sites and use document management, wikis, taxonomy, blogs, social features, and more to organize, manage, and share content. Real-world examples help you accomplish tasks quickly and easily. Basic information on SharePoint development and administration is also included in this practical guide.

  • Work with sites, apps, lists, libraries, and items
  • Upload documents, manage files with document libraries, and use document versioning and content approval features
  • Collaborate via discussion boards, blogs, wikis, events, surveys, calendars, and newsfeeds
  • Use social tagging, enable a folksonomy, and use enterprise keywords
  • Create a taxonomy hierarchy using enterprise managed metadata
  • Build publishing sites, personal sites, and websites
  • Display data on pages using web and app parts
  • Customize apps, lists, forms, and navigation
  • Use SharePoint with client applications, including Microsoft Office, Outlook,
  • InfoPath, SharePoint Designer, and third-party applications
  • Learn the basics of SharePoint administration and development
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Free SharePoint book: Best practices for using fine-grained permissions. 0

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This is a free SharePoint book that describes best practices for fine-grained permissions (FGP) and how to use them within your organization when using SharePoint® Products and Technologies or Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Products.

This book describes the use of fine-grained permissions (FGP) for SharePoint ® 2010 Products (Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 and Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010) and SharePoint® Products and Technologies (Office SharePoint® Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint® Services version 3.0); performance issues related to FGP; and best practices for configuring solutions that include FGP.

Note: We recommend that you use FGP for only those business cases for which it is required. FGP can be expensive in terms of both operational oversight and performance.


  • Overview of using fine-grained permissions
  • SharePoint permission system overview
    • Permission levels
    • SharePoint groups
    • Scope
    • Securable object
    • Inheritance
    • Limited access
    • Binary ACL
  • Best practices for avoiding common FGP limit issues
    • Too many scopes within a list
    • Too many members within a scope 
    • Very deep scope hierarchy
  • Recommended solutions for common FGP performance issues
    • Solution 1: Remove FGP and use security enforcement only at Web level
      • Environmental security cleanup
      • Environmental security architecture redesign
    • Solution 2: Use fine-grained permissions by hierarchical structure changes
      • Environment hierarchy redesign
    • Solution 3: Use fine-grained permissions by scope structure changes (2010 only)
      • Dynamic security changing code redesign
  • Environment architecture example
    • Environment overview
    • Workflow design
    • Fine-grained permission issues
    • Resolution of FGP issues
  • Summary

You can download this free SharePoint book at Microsoft download (docx format)


Beginning SharePoint 2013: Building Business Solutions 0

Beginning SharePoint 2013: Learn to build business solutions with SharePoint 2013

Beginning SharePoint 2013

Now in its third edition, this perennial bestseller features a complete overhaul for the latest version of SharePoint. One of the must have books when you are beginning with SharePoint 2013. Building business solutions in SharePoint, real-world scenarios, address critical information management problems and detailed descriptions explain how to efficiently and successfully handle these challenges. Plus, best practices for configuration and customization round out the coverage of getting started with SharePoint 2013 so that you can confidently make this platform work for your business today.

  • Examines product functionality alongside realistic scenarios to provide you with contextual relevance
  • Addresses managing permissions, reporting in SharePoint, and working with access services
  • Offers updated content on working with lists, libraries, workflow, content types, and web parts
  • Reviews social features, forms management, business connectivity services, and more

Beginning SharePoint 2013 is an ideal introduction to the latest iteration of this popular content management provider.


SharePoint 2013 First Look for Power Users 0

First look for PowerUsers SharePoint books

This SharePoint book is designed to be a practical guide to jump start your learning about the specifics of SharePoint 2013. In  SharePoint 2013 First look for Power Users, the focus is on Team Sites and MySite – not Publishing Sites – and specifically the visual elements of the sites.

Topics covered are:

  • Overview of SharePoint 2013 Team Site
  • Security access management
  • Branding sites using Themes
  • Understanding SharePoint Apps
  • Managing documents in Team Sites and MySite
  • List management
  • Searching within site collection
  • Social features of SharePoint 2013

This book’s target audience is the Power User of SharePoint. End users, developers and IT professionals can also greatly benefit from the knowledge in this book to prepare themselves for the next version of SharePoint. Purchase of this book entitles the purchaser to 1 free month of access to all of the SharePoint video tutorials at the SharePoint-Videos.com site.


Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture 0

A book on SharePoint Information architecture

Practical SharePoint Information architecture books

Practical Information Architecture

That are not many books written specifically on SharePoint Information Architecture. This is actually the first one. Ruven Gotz (author) focuses, as the title describes on practical side then the theory and this is one of the SharePoint books that is very well written and easy to understand. It might also give you new knowledge and tools to implement your SharePoint successful.

This book stands out in its approach, which is largely aimed at helping SharePoint professionals orient their thinking toward the bigger picture in information architecture and away from common pitfalls. The author’s writing is crisp and relevant, the content is excellent even if you’ve been at this for some time. And if you have been at this for some time, you’ll immediately recognize the value here, given just how many people in the SharePoint world inevitably hit the same walls before coming to the author’s points well on their own, if ever. Many bail out, others just muck up systems

Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture is not just for people whose job title is information architect. It is also for business analysts, project managers, IT managers, or business managers who have been tasked with delivering a SharePoint 2010 solution. Taking the lead on a SharePoint 2010 project can be very difficult because it is such a large platform, and there is so much conflicting information available. This book is for people who need a guide that has an end-to-end approach that will carry them through the entire planning and design process.

Table of Contents

  1. Preparing for Successful Outcomes
  2. Introduction to Mind Mapping
  3. The Magic of Metadata
  4. Site Navigation and Structure
  5. Wireframing for SharePoint
  6. Complexity, Wickedness and Dialogue Mapping
  7. Business Process Mapping
  8. The Art of Creating Business Process Solutions
  9. Success with Search
  10. Governance, Adoption and Training
  11. Building Environments for Testing/Prototyping in the Cloud
  12. Conclusion: putting it all together


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Ruven Gotz



Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed 0

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SharePoint 2010 Unleashed

Using Microsoft SharePoint 2010 technologies, organizations can bring together, utilize, and collaborate with information from virtually any source. This book, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed is the most complete, practical resource for all administrators, managers, architects, users, and power users who want to make the most of this powerful platform.

Drawing on their experience implementing SharePoint solutions in hundreds of organizations, Michael Noel and Colin Spence cover all facets of succeeding with SharePoint: planning, deployment, migration, scalability, administration, security, Microsoft Office integration, workflow and dashboard development, and more.

In this book the authors illuminate the newest SharePoint innovations, from new social networking features to improved search, helping you make the most of both SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2010. Using easy-to-understand, step-by-step examples, the authors help you streamline administration, optimize performance, control cost, and implement high-value solutions for collaboration, document management, and business intelligence.

This book is broken down into 6 parts:

  1. Planning for and Deploying SharePoint Server 2010
  2. Administering and Maintaining SharePoint Server 2010
  3. Securing, Protecting, and Optimizing SharePoint Architecture
  4. Using SharePoint 2010 Technologies for Collaboration and Document Management
  5. Leveraging Office Applications with SharePoint
  6. Extending the SharePoint Environment

and covers these topics:

  • Architect and implement SharePoint 2010, and migrate from legacy SharePoint servers
  • Perform advanced installations that maximize scalability
  • Monitor, back up, and restore SharePoint environments
  • Maintain the SQL Server databases on which SharePoint 2010 relies
  • Systematically improve edge, transport, and content security
  • Deploy SharePoint in extranets and alternative authentication scenarios
  • Create highly efficient virtualized SharePoint 2010 farms
  • Customize and manage libraries and lists for your specific requirements
  • Design and manage pages and sites for knowledge workers
  • Effectively manage metadata and content types
  • Integrate content using Office Web Apps and Excel, Access, and Visio Graphics Services
  • Create both out-of-the-box and customized SharePoint workflows
  • Develop custom solutions with SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010
  • Create BI solutions with PerformancePoint and Business Connectivity Services
  • Govern your SharePoint ecosystem for maximum value

Colin Spence

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Michael Noel


Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Step by Step 0

Step by Step SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a 512 pages SharePoint book that will help you go get started with SharePoint Foundation 2010. Teach yourself how to use Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 to enable effective team collaboration. With this Step By Step book, you set the pace-building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

  • Build your own SharePoint site with easy-to-use templates
  • Create lists and libraries to store information
  • Add discussion boards, wikis, and blogs
  • Set up Document and Meeting Workspaces for easy collaboration
  • Share calendars, contacts, and data from Microsoft Office programs
  • Customize your pages with Web Parts

The book has chapters and almost every chapter has it’s practical exercises.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Chapter 2: Navigating a SharePoint site
  • Chapter 3: Creating and managing sites
  • Chapter 4: working with Lists
  • Chapter 5: working with Libraries
  • Chapter 6: Working with Web Pages
  • Chapter 7: Working with List Settings
  • Chapter 8: Working with Library Settings
  • Chapter 9: Working with List and Library Views
  • Chapter 10: Working with Surveys and Discussions
  • Chapter 11: Working with Workflows
  • Chapter 12: Working with Workspaces and Blogs
  • Chapter 13: Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 with Outlook 2010
  • Chapter 14: Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 with Excel 2010 and Access 2010
  • Chapter 15: Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 with InfoPath 2010
  • Chapter 16: Finding Information on the SharePoint Site


Exercises walk the user through each component in a straightforward manner; sample files can be downloaded for the hands-on segments, a value-add in any case where the text is unclear. This is a learn-by-example text, where even the literal text fields are scripted, e.g., “in the name box, type ‘FurniturePrice'”. Users who are computer-challenged may appreciate this approach, and it certainly imparts the required techniques to achieve a stated goal. Advanced users would probably find the sidebars and detailed instructions distracting.




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The Heretic’s Guide To Best Practices: The Reality of Managing Complex Problems in Organisations. 0


This is not one of the usual SharePoint books. This is a book about the potential business value you can deliver with SharePoint and about how to get to that point.
The Heretic’s Guide To Best Practices is written in a very insightful and entertaining way, and I consider this an eye opener and thus an important book. Taking no prisoners they instantly take you on a journey through the superficial corporate world of fuzzy “platitudes” and so-called “best practices”, reassuringly challenging the traditional brainwashed, if not genetically programmed, approaches to “wicked” problem solving.
The developed arguments for Dialogue Based Mapping are extremely persuasive if not addictive. The examples used are very recognizable and practical. Above all the book makes you re-think and sanity check your upbringing with regards projects and change.

While both Paul and Kailash work in information technology fields, this book is not about technology, or IT. This book is about how to create shared understanding so that people can come to decisions while understanding how those decisions will affect other stakeholders.

Paul and Kailash have done a good job of bringing dense academic studies and methods of capturing knowledge, and presenting them in a understandable way. They bring life to the concepts and ideas through the use of stories from their own experiences that allowed me to see how the different approaches play out in real life.

When it comes to solving complex problems, we often perform elaborate rituals in the guise of best practices that promise a world of order, certainty, and control. But reality paints a far different picture, which practitioners are often reluctant to discuss. In this, one of the not typical SharePoint books, The Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices, authors Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati provide a plethora of practical techniques to help convert colleagues or managers who are firm believers in best practices. Through applicable anecdotes, references to pop culture, and examples from case studies, Paul and Kailash offer practical advice that benefits everyone in the organisation-from front-line employees to senior executives. A witty yet rigorous journey through the seedy underbelly of organisational problem solving, The Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices pinpoints the reasons why best practices don’t work as advertised and what can be done about it. Learn why conventional wisdom is not always wise and discover how the promise of best practices can be delivered for you and your organisation.