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What’s New – MOSS 2007

Microsoft’s Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, provides content management, enterprise content services, and enterprise search, as well as shared business processes and business intelligence dashboarding. Like SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003, the fundamental concepts of sharing, connecting people, processes, and information are still alive and well in MOSS. That has not changed. Several new core capabilities have evolved. Some are natural extensions and others show the new directions we are going to take in future.The 2007 product takes a huge leap with the integration of Web Content Management and Publishing features, previously found only in Microsoft CMS 2002. On the back end MOSS is now closely integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server for Public Folders. On the front end MS Office Applications are connected to MOSS in a more sophisticated manner. The new SharePoint Business Data repository connects with any SQL DB or Web Services Interface.Its not just the Content Management, we are moving towards Business Intelligence.
Salient Features of MOSS 2007

The portal provides intergration for Workspaces, Tasks, Forums, Surveys, Blogs, RSS and Wikis, and a base for collaboration and knowledge management applications. The competitors will find it hard to compete due to the overwhelming adoption, customizability, and convenience of use. 

Enterprise Search
Search functionality has been broadly expanded in MOSS 2007. It opens up ACL aware search across both local and remote data stores with features that enable specialized search for people and expertise. The ability to index and search data in line-of-business apps via the Business Data Store integration is powerful and will please both business managers and developers alike. The new “Best Bets” feature adds a new depth of intelligence — pulling search hits from entitled by not included search scopes. Search is among one of the compelling features of MOSS 2007.

Content Management
Microsoft is including core document management, major and minor versioning, check-in/check-out document locking, rich descriptive metadata, workflow via Windows Workflow Foundation, content type-based policies, auditing, and role-based-access controls at the document library, folder, and individual document levels. The 2007 release builds on these capabilities delivering enhanced authoring, business document processing, Web Content Management and publishing, records management, policy management, and support for multilingual publishing. There’s a lot happening here. There are several different MS engineering groups working away at these features. No question about it, the content management functionalities in MOSS have been expanded broadly and will continue to do so. Existing MCMS customers considering a growth path will not necessarily find an easy migration story. With that said, the pathway there is evolving, MS’ CM Assessment Tool is helpful, and the partner community — migration, integration, and customization — is pitching its significant weight in.

Forms Driven Business Process
Microsoft has overhauled this aspect of SharePoint with XML driven InfoPath forms that are available on a variety of platforms including portable wireless devices. Client/Server based form maintenance has been centralized and improved for business processes for partner and customers. This area is another dynamic one that captures attention. As InfoPath gains momentum and additional integration evolves between Visual Studio, InfoPath, and SharePoint, I predict we will have a strong interest in the developer community.

Business Intelligence
Finally, BI has been improved across the board with web-based dashboards on the macro level, server-based Excel Services and Excel Web Services API’s, line of business application and data repository integration, and more sophisticated abilities to monitor key performance indicators. Despite Microsoft’s Performance Point BI server, this is one area of MOSS that we feel has the ability to shift the market. SharePoint 2003 transformed workgroup document storage and collaboration. We believe that SharePoint 2007 aims to do the same thing with BI. By enabling business users to build-out simple integration, dashboarding, and PKI monitoring MS are definitely looking for the next dimension for SharePoint growth.

  1. March 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    very interesting, learned a lot!.

  1. January 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

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