SharePoint Products are becoming increasing popular, especially with the seamless integration of functionality with the Microsoft Stack such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. With the addition of Term Stores, easy-to-use Ribbon Menus and the rich media support in MOSS 2010, SharePoint is becoming an even more attractive option for enterprise companies looking to manage their digital haystack.
However, with updates to advance functionality and enterprise features, SharePoint has become even more of a challenge for Administrators to control. There are more types of objects, more options to create custom functionality and more flexibility to leverage the value of the content. SharePoint Administrators are having to not only keep current but devise increasingly time-consuming strategies to manage their content management world.
One of the most important pieces of information for SharePoint Administrators to understand is what they have and where it is. This isn't just content, it also (and more importantly) applies to the configuration and architecture that Administrators are responsible for. Being able to quickly and easily view, change or modify the SharePoint configuration is of unmeasurable benefit to Administrators looking to be effective and efficient.
The Term Store feature has addressed the weak taxonomy features with MOSS 2007 by allowing users to control their content with hierarchical metadata and facilites sharing of controlled vocabularies across site collections. Onece more, however, visibility and control over these features is a tedious task in native SharePoint without a repeatable, instantly executable solution.
Because content, especially the quality of that content, is essential to an efficient and productive business the teams managing SharePoint are becoming increasingly more complex. With multiple Administrators trying to coordinate changes, collaboration is also essential.