Information Workers these days have problems to make decisions based on too much information or because of insufficient information. Information is usually stored at different places, can’t be found or accessed.
The goal is to work more easily and more efficient and to securely store, manage and retrieve any information from anywhere.
Storing Information at one place is required. Microsoft offers SharePoint as part of a solution where you can store information using items, documents, lists, sites and Site Collections. You can group them into logical units to represent teams, departments, partners or projects.
Retrieving Information is also an important requirement. Even if you store information at one place you need to find them in time. SharePoint offers different functionality like search to find content or people with the needed expertise and skills. Information and data is retrieved, used or visualized by Web Parts, Controls, Event Receivers, Workflows and Timer Jobs.
Customizations are broken down into features deployed in a solution which was created with Visual Studio. Features usually contain different files deployed to the file system and / or uploaded to a SharePoint library (e.g. Web Parts Gallery).
This post is part of my SharePoint 2010 Development training: