With the release of SharePoint 2013 (SP2013) round the corner and many organizations contemplating a SharePoint migration to the latest version, here is a brief summary of its features and possibilities:
Business Connectivity Services (BCS)
SP2013 Business Connectivity Services provides improved ways for clients to access data that lives outside SharePoint. Examples include SharePoint apps support, external list improvements, and support for OData Business Data Connectivity connections.
SharePoint-2013 Business Intelligence offers extensive BI tools for integration across Microsoft Office and other Microsoft technologies, e.g. Excel BI, Excel Services, PerformancePoint Services, Visio Services, and Microsoft SQL Server.
The eDiscovery functionality offers enhanced methods to help protect one’s business, such as the power to perform queries across several SharePoint farms and Exchange servers, to store and export the content discovered from SP Server / Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint in-place holds allowing simultaneous preservation and changes, and provision for searching and exporting content from file shares.
SP2013 Authentication improvements facilitate the way of using claims-based authentication. Moreover, new scenarios and functionality (for Exchange, Lync, Store and App Catalog apps) are enabled through the support for server-to-server and app authentication.
SharePoint-2013 presents several new features to enhance mobile device support including Optimized mobile browser experience, Device channels, Push notifications, Geolocation, Business intelligence content, and Office Web Apps.
Records Management & Compliance
SP2013 Records Management & Compliance introduce a site-based retention feature while supporting the earlier records archive and in-place record retention.
SharePoint 2013 Search introduces numerous improvements for enterprise search including enhancements in search UI, search result relevance, crawling, detecting structure in unstructured content, search schema flexibility, query & crawl health reports, and significantly new search architecture.
SharePoint-2013 Social Computing & Collaboration present an enhanced admin / user interface and new sharing & collaboration functionality for enterprise users. Community Sites and Community Portals help knowledge and expertise flow by connecting those who have it to those who seek it through a forum experience to categorize and cultivate discussions. My Site enhancements include a better workflow for users to help enhance their profiles, store content, and keep abreast with activities of interest.
SP-2013 Upgrade comprises several new aspects including upgrade for service applications, upgrade for site collections, and a site health checker.
Web Content Management
SharePoint-2013 Web content management enhancements ease the process of designing publishing sites, and improve the company’s authoring and publishing processes. Moreover, it helps surface dynamic web content on publishing sites through enterprise search features.
The above is a brief summary highlighting SharePoint-2013 features and possibilities and is by no means comprehensive. If you are planning a migration, a whole new world of possibilities – or “the new way to work together” – awaits you. Expert SharePoint development service providers such as Mindfire Solutions, with their investments in building expertise and years of global experience with earlier SharePoint versions, can help accelerate your SharePoint 2013 migration when you need one. To know more, please call 1-248-686-1424 or email sales at mindfiresolutions.com .