October 2, 2023


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SharePoint version comparison to enhance workability and productivity

Every time we imagine a real estate solution regarding its documentation and workability, we are assailed by the question of which version of SharePoint will be necessary to implement it. On the one hand, we have the version that we usually call “free” (before WSS3.0 or now the Foundation), but which is really paid for, included in the server license and the CALs of client users, and a SQL Server will also be necessary. 

The truth is that there are a lot of good things that can be done with this basic platform, but as soon as we begin to stretch it to scale functionally and within the different uses in an organization, it will be necessary to go up to the portal version (the standard and the enterprise).

A suggestion from a SharePoint consulting firm

As a Microsoft consulting firm, We usually explain that the Foundation (previously WSS 3.0) are like bricks full of utilities and technology that can solve a problem in a department, but when we want to design a transversal platform for productivity and collaboration in an organization, then we need to build a wall around it. the base of those bricks and leave it well painted.

As an example, we say that a list or combination of lists on a site can resolve any entity, but if we want to make use of that entity on other sites, search for a term from that list on all portal sites, or that there is a process with that list that crosses various sites of the portal, then the isolated bricks are not worth it.

Also, versions of SharePoint standard and enterprise add not only a transversal portal structure to the real estate solutions, but also incorporate more functionalities and tools that we will miss as soon as we start to enjoy SharePoint Foundation.

In general, our recommendation is to bet with conviction on a comprehensive productivity project for the organization based on the SharePoint portal and Office.

However, a pilot project on SharePoint Foundation to solve a specific issue in an area or department of the company and after its success, extend it to the entire organization in a true productivity platform project, is also a viable approach with a guaranteed ROI.

Now let’s compare the versions of SharePoint that can be used for a joyful data management experience.

SharePoint Foundation 2010

 SharePoint Foundation is intended for small businesses or departments that need a cost-effective, entry-level solution to collaborate securely on the Web. It provides the necessary infrastructure for teamwork and a foundation for developing web applications.

SharePoint Foundation versions can be used for the following purposes:

  • To coordinate programs, 
  • Organize documents, and 
  • Participate in discussions through the workspaces, blogs, wikis, and team document libraries on the platform, which is the infrastructure that SharePoint Server is built on.

It is free to download and companies using SharePoint Foundation must also be properly licensed for Windows Server and SQL Server. The SharePoint consulting firms prefer to work on a licensed version of SharePoint to have more security.

SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition

 SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition is intended for organizations that want to implement an enterprise collaboration platform for all of their content types.

Use the essential capabilities of SharePoint to manage content and business processes, find and share data and knowledge, or simplify the way people collaborate across the business. All the features available in SharePoint Foundation 2010 are also available in SharePoint Server 2010.

It provides a single, integrated platform from which users can collaborate effectively with team members, locate organizational resources, find experts, and find corporate data. , manage content and workflows, and use the insights it provides about your business to make better decisions. Core capabilities:

  • Sites
  • Communities
  • Content
  • Search (except FAST)
  • Composite (partial) Functionality of Standard edition versus Enterprise edition with SharePoint Server 2010 client access license.

SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition 

SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition extends the Standard edition, offering advanced information and data management capabilities, such as web forms and real-time Business Intelligence solutions, through Excel and PerformancePoint services. It has all the features of the Standard Edition with some of the additional ones given below:

  • Fast Search
  • Knowledge (for example, Excel Services, PerformancePoint Services, Visio Services, Business Data Web Parts, Graphical Web Parts, Filter Framework)
  • Composite (for example, Access Services, Office client integration via Business Connectivity Services) Standard edition functionality vs. Enterprise edition with SharePoint Server 2010 Client Access License.

FAST Search functionality requires an additional purchase of FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint for each running instance of the specific search software.

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Document management is one of the most important and fundamental things when it comes to ease and smoothness of work in any organization, especially the companies with a huge amount of documentation like real estate agencies.

SharePoint consulting firms have made it very easy and smooth to use SharePoint features for the best productivity and secure data management for online storage. SharePoint also provides secure ways of communication internally and externally, with employees and clients.

Al Rafay Consulting is an experienced SharePoint consulting firm with the best developers to work with your organization to enhance work productivity in less time, hence saving time and money and providing you with a smooth working environment. For professional assistance and advice please contact us and have the best experience of any version of Microsoft SharePoint.