OK, I admit it — For years, I really didn’t like SharePoint. I thought it was silly — SharePoint sites were things that people started on a whim (like those “blog whatchamacallits”) and then quickly abandoned. Collaboration? Yeah, whatever — just attach the workbook/document to email and shut up already…I was a SharePoint curmudgeon.
Well, over the past week, I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the next version of SharePoint – Microsoft Office 2007 SharePoint Server (MOSS). And just like I hated to admit that blogs are actually worthwhile and that that the internets aren’t just a bunch of tubes, I gotta say, MOSS is cool as hell.
Using MOSS, I’m able to:
- Create and store Excel Reports – Excel Services ROCK!
- Store and render SQL Reporting Services Reports
- Create and display KPIs from Excel, Analysis Services and SharePoint list
- Implement a BI dashboard in about 5 minutes
…and this is coming from a guy who knew nothing about SPS and didn’t WANT to know anything about it.
All of the sudden, SPS has changed from this thing I sort of snickered about into a tool I don’t think anyone in their right mind should live without. Jeesh, I feel like a complete marketing weasel here, but MOSS is very, very cool.