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Microsoft has released 30 new site templates for Windows SharePoint Services.

These application templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The applications are the first out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint Services platform, though they also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper Windows SharePoint Services solutions.

Some of my favorites are:

Absence Request and Vacation Schedule Management

The Employee Absence Cover application for Windows SharePoint Services provides a central place for managers and employees to see when team members will be out of office, make vacation requests, and find links to individual job sites so a co-worker can easily cover for someone while they are out.

Change Management

This application for Windows SharePoint Services provides a platform for managing the Change Order process related to a particular professional services project and serves as a mechanism for tracking past changes along with their reasons and impacts.

Employee Timesheet and Scheduling Management

Managers of businesses with hourly employees use this application for Windows SharePoint Services for reviewing and approving timesheets, posting shift and schedule information, making announcements, storing key documents, and surveying their team for feedback on various issues. Employees use this site for submitting their timecard, viewing their assigned shifts, getting updates on job-related information, and requesting schedule changes using discussions to which other employees may reply.

Expense Reimbursement Request

This application for Windows SharePoint Services is designed to manage the expense report process. It allows the ability to submit new expense reports, post and find expense guidelines and helpful links, and view expense reports according to department, person, type, date, and status.

Help Desk Dashboard

This application for Windows SharePoint Services features several tools to assist a help desk or customer service team in managing requests from customers and in improving team communication. It features an issue tracker, document library for posting helpful materials such as telephone scripts, technical how-to-guides, and knowledge base articles, and provides a forum for discussions between help desk staff.

IT Developer Team Site

The IT Developer Team Site application for Windows SharePoint Services provides a central place for developers to access code snippets, track assignments and key dates, manage issues, store contact information, maintain a knowledge base, and communicate via discussions, surveys and announcements. The IT manager can easily adapt the document libraries, lists, issue tracker, and calendar to manage their own essential developer team information.

Project Team Site

The Project Team Site application for Windows SharePoint Services provides a central location for the project manager and team to collaborate during all phases of the project lifecycle from initiation to close-out. It is designed to help the project manager easily track the status of tasks, issues, key dates, deadlines, costs, and best practices through the use of customized lists, document libraries, surveys and discussions.

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:30 AM Software | Back to top


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