SharePoint Portal Server 2003 provides a powerful, unified portal solution for large organizations that need to use their existing information more effectively, help their employees collaborate efficiently, and deliver relevant content to employees, partners, and customers. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is a scalable and reliable platform that helps organizations:
- Put information to work
- Connect people and workspaces
- Target and tailor information to users or groups
Scalability and Reliability
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 provides tools that you can use to easily deploy and manage your portal solution. Administrators can use SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to connect to and manage content resources. Additionally, administrators can use the management interface in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to manage, monitor, and deploy Windows SharePoint Services sites, so your organization can work quickly and effectively.
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 can meet the demanding requirements of any size organization by scaling to meet increasing demand and providing reliable, secure portal services to the organization.
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 uses a distributed server architecture based on Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000. You can cluster servers that run SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to improve availability. If one server fails, users still have uninterrupted access to data, documents, and applications. Network Load Balancing distributes the processing load across multiple servers, which makes maintaining reliable services under peak load easier. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 uses Windows Server 2003 security to protect your documents and information from accidental or malicious harm.
Putting Information to Work
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 helps you put information to work. Most organizations have a wealth of information that is stored in multiple formats and locations including file shares, Web sites, databases, and line-of-business applications. Tying this scattered information together, making it easier to find, and integrating it into the life of the business is a critical challenge. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 provides a unified portal to your data and information wherever it is located, and it helps you use that information effectively and productively.
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 provides powerful indexing and search engines to help you easily find the information you need in a wide variety of supported content sources. Additionally, you can organize information into topics and narrow searches for easy discovery.
You can also integrate your existing line-of-business applications with SharePoint Portal Server 2003 so that you can bring the enterprise and customer relationship applications that you rely on into the portal. Single sign-on further simplifies access to these applications, enabling your employees to get more out of the information that already exists within your organization. Web Parts can provide customizable views of data as well as familiar analytical tools. By making information easy to find and putting it at your fingertips, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 gives you more time to concentrate on your work so that you can be more productive.
Connecting People and Workspaces
Nobody works in a vacuum. Finding information and best practices is a good start, but you also need to share that information and work with other people to achieve your business goals. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 helps individuals and teams connect by facilitating collaboration and communication across the organization. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 builds upon the foundation of Windows SharePoint Services by providing a Site Directory to aggregate, organize, and create SharePoint sites across your organization, enabling you to build a true collaborative portal solution for your organization. Teams are able to publish new content to the portal, helping to preserve knowledge and expertise for the future.
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 also leverages the easy-to-use document collaboration features and moderated publishing capabilities provided by Windows SharePoint Services, including the ability to quickly create document workspaces where teams can centrally edit and discuss documents and access previous versions. SharePoint Portal Server search enables users to connect with the experts in an organization by quickly locating people and teams, as well as documents and Web sites. This architecture is extensible, so you can easily create solutions that match your organization's needs.
Targeting and Tailoring Information
With the flood of information people deal with every day, identifying and delivering information that is relevant to a particular user or group is a serious challenge. Frequently, important information is overlooked or sits unused in e-mail or line-of-business applications. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 puts data, information, and knowledge into context, enabling the portal to deliver to users everything they need to do their work. With SharePoint Portal Server 2003, you can customize the portal to deliver appropriate information, news, and applications to users based on who they are and what they do.
In addition, you can personalize your SharePoint Portal Server 2003 experience with My Sites. A "My Site" is your own personal portal with news, links, documents, applications, and other lists of information that are important to you. Your My Site also has a public view, enabling you to share these personalized lists with coworkers.
Organizations can also deliver relevant information, news, and applications to "audiences," which are groups of people with similar roles or interests. Audience targeting enables you to improve the overall level of communication and awareness within your organization.