Sharepoint seems to be getting plenty of attention, and I expect that to increase as O14 info appears, but still people ask me ‘What is Sharepoint?’
In classic MS fashion they seem unable to describe their product in terms familiar to their target audience.
So here is my attempt.
Sharepoint is an intranet site.
It has a browser front end (even though it needs a proper UI), It runs off SQL Server and it allows you to create intranet sites for a variety of purposes.
Its a bit like the app wizards in Access that let you create a range of application types, they set up the DB structure and the basic switchboard/UI, and then you can go in and tidy things up.
Yes its got more than that, and in some ways I can see it being the Excel of the collaboration age. As in you can do a wide range of things with it, and it will eventually bite you if you do it in a haphazard way.
And my new hobby (Excel services) sits on top of Sharepoint. I feel an inextricable draw to the bark side!
I’m not going to bother to go into the minutiae of Sharepoint, a, because I don’t know it, and b, because I have other things I’d rather focus on. But if you want to take a shot a summarizing what Sharepoint means to you, please do)