Extending SharePoint for Real-time Collaboration: Five Business Use Cases and Enhancement Opportunities
Microsoft SharePoint makes it easier for people to work together, share information, manage document repositories and publish reports that help people make better decisions. More recently, Microsoft Office 365 has also been launched to satisfy a demand for cloud-enabled collaboration solution that improves the efficiency of multi-party collaboration inside and outside of the corporate firewall. Microsoft Office 365 is a packaged solution delivered and accessed over the internet that includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications in addition to Microsoft’s hosted server products.
However, neither SharePoint nor Microsoft Office offers sufficient support for people seeking to improve the efficiency of the collaborative process, particularly those looking for document-centric collaboration (working together inside of documents). There is a requirement for a more efficient process for sharing, reviewing and giving feedback, and collaborating on document creation with both internal and external parties.
This white paper examines five common and important business use cases that require collaborative functionality that is not available or impractical to execute in SharePoint or Office 365 alone, but is easily supported with the addition of Workshare tools.
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