A portal is a Web site that gathers information from a variety of sources and displays them in a single location. In addition, portals typically provide simple Web publishing and search capabilities to end-users. Portals can be used by entire corporations, such as Microsoft or by departments, such as Marketing, Human Resources, or Sales. Portals, in the form of personalized digital dashboards, can also be used by individuals.
Currently, corporations rely on a set of diverse tools to meet their needs for a corporate portal, a document management system, and an aggregate search solution. SharePoint Portal Server is a flexible portal solution for knowledge workers to easily find, share, and publish information. For Microsoft Windows® and Microsoft® Office users, SharePoint Portal Server delivers a dramatic new value—bringing mainstream corporate portals, document management, content searching, and an easy-to-deploy application to your business.
A portal needs to be easy to set up, and for maximum benefit needs to be tailored to an organization's specific needs. With SharePoint Portal Server, you can deploy an out-of-the-box total portal solution that facilitates finding, creating, and sharing your mission-critical data from a Web browser. Because the dashboard site is comprised of Web Parts, you can customize it for your business needs. Web Parts are reusable Web components that contain any kind of Web-based information. Using Digital Dashboard technology, you can also customize the dashboard site, managing common resources, such as your contacts, calendars, and messages.
Customers can also extend SharePoint Portal Server and add additional Web application functionality. SharePoint Portal Server is designed around industry and Internet standards, such as OLE DB, Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO), Extensible Markup Language (XML), and Microsoft Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV). Due to this support of standards, the use of tools like Microsoft® Visual Studio® Professional for Windows® allows you to integrate Active Server Pages (ASP) functionality to the dashboard site.
When used with Office XP, SharePoint Portal Server makes Office Web publishing and content creation simple and powerful. Office XP becomes a great content development tool that takes advantage of the enterprise-wide search engine, powerful document management and easy portal customizability features of SharePoint Portal Server, to make information available throughout an enterprise.
Using Office XP, customers can share and publish information in a corporate portal through Web Parts. These Web Parts and Web applications can be created in Office XP. Using Office XP, you can publish Microsoft Excel 2000 PivotTables®, Microsoft Word documents, or Microsoft PowerPoint® demonstrations as Web Parts in your corporate portal by saving to the dashboard directly from the Office applications. Using SharePoint Portal Server, you can take existing reports and other data from Office or existing Web pages and customize the out-of-box portal to share critical, timely information. With the use of other tools, such as Visual Studio, you can further extend your corporate portal to encompass other content.
SharePoint Portal Server provides key portal features using Digital Dashboard technology. Office XP provides a method for customizing the default portal to suit the needs of your organization. You can build custom Web Parts to further customize your corporate portal.
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