In a previous post, I talked about must know software for the administrative assistant. Today, I have another piece of software that career minded administrative assistants should learn.
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services is a versatile software that can help businesses and teams maintain communication and easily collaborate on documents. And with it’s out-of-the-box functionality, pretty much anyone can build an easily used intranet that can scale from a single team or office to the needs of the entire company.
Many businesses have started using SharePoint on their networks to provide an easily updated intranet service as well as file server capabilities. The creation and maintenance of a SharePoint site is so easy, that many task their administrative assistants with managing the site. Hence this post.
The beauty of using a SharePoint site is the ease with which you can customize the site for your group’s individual needs. Sites can include:
In addition to all the wonderful functionality of a SharePoint site, the drag and drop ease of building the site is one of its biggest selling points. With very little technical knowledge, anyone can quickly learn how to set up and manage a SharePoint site. If you have FrontPage 2003, you can customize your site even more.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft SharePoint Services, Microsoft has a nice downloadable tutorial. It does not require SharePoint to run it, however, it is quite a large file, so it might take a while to download. You can get the tutorial here.
With so many companies using SharePoint Services, it’s a software that career minded administrative assistants should know.
How many of you out there have used SharePoint Services, and what’s your experience with it?