SharePoint 2010 Productivity Hub Available


 

Microsoft have updated the SharePoint 2007 Productivity Hub to work with SharePoint 2010 and have added a bunch of new features.

Microsoft has developed the Productivity Hub to help support your ongoing end user training efforts.
The Hub is a SharePoint Server site collection for 2007 and 2010 that serves as a learning community and is fully customizable. It provides a central place for your training efforts, and includes training content from Microsoft’s core products. Microsoft also provides ongoing and updated content packs.
The Hub uses SharePoint Server’s social networking capabilities, such as blogs and discussion groups. In addition, it offers the Coach program, a change management feature to help you train end users to self-help, reducing the burden on your training and IT staff. The Coach program impacts productivity in a collaborative and positive way.
The 2010 version of the Productivity Hub includes a quiz feature, a section called ‘Get it Done’ that offers training for tasks such as email management and collaboration, and also features Silverlight. There will be a non-Silverlight version of the 2010 Hub delivered in late June.
The 2007 Hub contains 2007 content only (v2) with 2010 content added in v3 (to be released in June 2010). You can also add 2010 content packages to your current Hub. Watch for more document on migration from your 2007 Hub to your 2010 Hub.

What the Productivity Hub is:

  • Format: Pre-loaded SharePoint site collection, optimized for Web 2.0 functionality and easily deployed within SharePoint Server 2007 or SharePoint 2010 environment, depending on version
  • Content: Convenient end user productivity training in a variety of formats (documents, videos, podcasts, etc.). Receive free quarterly updates of content that you will learn about through the Productivity blog.
  • Blog: The Productivity blog offers tips and tricks for end user productivity. Use it as is, or your training staff can use the posts as their own to help them get started in running an internal blog.
  • Train the trainer: Includes IT/Manager section to aid with deployment of the site collection, and guidance to develop the Coach program
  • Products: Office 2007 and Office 2010 (including SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint 2010), Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8, Project, Visio, Live Meeting, and Communicator”

Download it now from Microsoft

Comments (3)

  1. kellybriefworld says:

    SharePoint is something that is constantly at risk of being harmed by the viruses that come along with the use of social media and it should be a priority for SharePoint to be secure. Palo Alto Networks created a software that ensures the safety of SharePoint by blocking harmful social media applications. Here’s a link to a whitepaper they have created about managing and securing your company’s SharePoint: http://bit.ly/dtsQb4

  2. Training is one thing....what about support? says:

    Training is one thing but end user support with top-common issues and helpdesk support for more detailed error and issue resolution is another thing. The productivity hub should include another facet that explicitly focuses on Top-Common End-user issues and Help Desk issue/error resolution. Too much of the information that we find and utilize to fix issues is lost through Help desk agent and regular employee attrition. Why not address this gap by coming full circle with something of this nature. The inability to re-use prior knowledge gained in SharePoint is like having to relearn how to spell every time you would like to write again.

    In a consulting meeting with Micahel Dishno (kdishno@microsoft.com), I recently expressed this need. SharePoint Productivity Hub is s step in the right direction however fails to address the much needed gap of sustainable infrastructure support. With SharePoint being a backbone to collaboration with one business goal to add value, ultimately saving corporations coin, the lack of an infrastructure support solution baked into the overall offering is not synonymous with the overall concept of SharePoint.

    My recommendation above should be intuitive from the description. If Microsoft seeks to add tremendous value giving SharePoint more self-contained support capabilities, implement something as I mentioned above with hooks into Microsoft error/issue resolution and end-user top common issue databases. (by the way this is not a rant against anyone, just an idea to further add value)

    Regards,

    Mark Marquis

    Varian Medical Systems

    (former HP SharePoint consultant)

  3. Dawn Jordan says:

    "The Hub is a SharePoint Server site collection for 2007 and 2010 that serves as a learning community and is fully customizable."  

    How  is it fully customizable?  I can't enable publishing to apply the master page that we've used throughout the rest of our web application, because if I force it, it seems to break all the content…  

    Anyone have any suggestions?