This would be the book I'd love to see in the hands of all our employees at work... Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 By Johnathan Lightfoot and Chris Beckett. As we get ready to move from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, one of the biggest concerns we have is training people on the changes. To be honest, trying to hook up current SharePoint users with concise how-to information is also a struggle. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple overcomes that with most everything someone would need to know to get the most out of SharePoint 2010 as an end user or power user.
Contents: About This Book; What's New and Improved in SharePoint 2010?; Getting Started with SharePoint Sites; Organizing and Managing Information; List and Library Essentials; Working with Documents; Working with Media; Using Information Management Policies; Organizing People and Work; Using SharePoint with Office 2010; Collaborating with Blogs; Security Within SharePoint 2010; Using Personal Sites and Social Networking; Searching for Information; Index
This was my first exposure to the Plain & Simple series, and I can understand why they work so well. Printed in full color, they focus on the essential tasks that a person would want to accomplish with a piece of software. A brief explanation of the feature is followed by step-by-step instructions on the task. In addition, there are numerous information "bubbles" throughout, targeting tips, things to try out, references to additional information, and cautions to remember. If someone is motivated to read and try things out, then this book provides an excellent framework for those activities, making sure that all the essentials tasks and features are covered in a structured manner.
As a developer who works with SharePoint, this was also quite useful. I got a good feeling for some of the new SharePoint 2010 features, as well as pointers for existing features that have been improved. As I was reading, I was already making a mental list of enhancements to some of the projects I've built over the last year or so. I'm also going to start writing SharePoint tips for our company intranet, and the content here will give me a good framework for what content should be covered, as well as the order I should use to write about them.
I have another Plain & Simple book I'm working through as a user (OneNote 2010), and I'm finding it just as useful as the SharePoint 2010 book. All in all, I would definitely recommend Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple be available (in quantities) for your end users when you move to SharePoint 2010. The money spent will be more than paid back with increased productivity and happier users.
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Johnathan Lightfoot is the President/CEO of TechForce, Inc., a Microsoft Partner company, who has been involved with IT for over 15 years. He has worked in various roles including Help Desk, Level II and III Desktop Support, Windows and AS-400 Server Administration and Development. Companies he is fortunate to have worked for in the past include Electronic Data Systems, Hawaiian Telcom and Norwegian Cruise Line (yes he actually worked on the ships). However the best experiences he says he has had were his nine years serving in the United States Navy.
He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who specializes in MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0 and Office 2007 technologies along with providing Soft Skills training for organizations. Due to his background he is often called upon during the rollout phase of projects to provide training (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) and to assist End-Users, Power Users and Site Administrators with User Acceptance; as well as serving as the “translator” between customer’s and IT Departments. He is certified as an MCT, MCDST, MCAS 2007, and MCPS (Microsoft Online Services). He is currently preparing a package to gain MCLC certification.
He is from Miami, FL (originally) and has lived and worked literally around the world he currently lives outside of Washington, DC in Columbia, Maryland with his super terrific wife Genevievette.
Chris Beckett is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint Master, with 20 years of business solutions expertise, six years of...