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Anyone use MS SharePoint or a similar alternative?

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Question: My company needs a simple way to share and update documents in real time, with 5-10 clients. We would like to customize the document for each client so it includes each client’s logo. Initially, we may use one or two Excel spreadsheets for tracking projects and later add Word documents. What would be the best and most economical method to accomplish this? - Chriss Shofner


Try QuickPlace, a Lotus Notes-based application. It can also be used with non-company personnel as it goes through the internet.

You can try Google Docs and Spreadsheets. It is a free service offered by Google.

You can try Google Docs and Spreadsheets. It is a free service offered by Google.

I am a "gatekeeper" for our new SharePoint site. Every department within the company has its own page within the site with its own gatekeeper to monitor permissions. We use the document repository to track versions of documents or forms and the calendar option to display departments vacations and meetings. There are places to set up blogs/workspaces/surveys. It is a versitile and worthy program. It does take a while to understand and practice - I recommend a test site to play with - it helped our team work out some of the bugs before bringing it to the entire staff. The transition has been smooth and so far the only problems have been short outages with the network.

The search option is my favorite - no more waiting for hours as MS goes through the entire shared drive. A search in SharePoint takes about 5 seconds.

There are MANY options that I have not utilized yet and with the Office 2007 update the compatability with Outlook increases.

I just started using Sharepoint in our office. I work in Higher Education and hire students to assist in the office. This allows a secure location to keep documents that can be shared and stored.

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