If your work environment needs collaboration and sharing tools that can be used a across a wide variety of projects, then Microsoft’s SharePoint may be just what the doctor ordered. The software is very handy and is a big time saver, though initially there will be some SharePoint training involved.
Though there is a lot about SharePoint that will be intuitive to users, learning how to use it is still necessary. In order to share and collaborate on documents, you must first know how to load them onto the program. Then you must learn how to give access to either everyone across a company or only to certain people.
The software also allows you to build up a database of information that can be accessed by other employees. This is particularly relevant to larger businesses, who may have large amounts of information that need to be organized to make them more accessible. It is similar to how old card catalogs in libraries were eventually put onto computers. It’s the same information but more organized and easier to get to.
In order for the software to be installed in the work environment and for end users to know how to use it, there are special SharePoint related classes that are involved. It begins with the Information Technology (IT) department, who must learn how the program works so that if it malfunctions it can be fixed.
After the IT department has learned their part, it is time for proper classes for the end users. This means anyone who will be using the program on a daily basis. They should learn from a certified trainer who has proper Microsoft-approved SharePoint training. These certifications are officially from Microsoft and are sought out by training departments and schools all over the industry.
Should you decide to go for SharePoint training certifications, you should know that the job is generally well paying. There are many different classes that you can be certified in. Some examples are end user training, designers, power user classes, configuration, application (app) development, administration, implementation, troubleshooting and more.
These classes vary in length but most last at least three days, with several taking at least a week to fully complete. Though some companies may balk at this huge investment of man hours, when they see how much time is saved using SharePoint, they may see the value. If time is money, then time saved is money saved as well.