Post written by Lawis Taylor about SharePoint plateform and strategies…

Nowadays, the job market could not keep up with the overwhelming demand for SharePoint solutions. That is why; there are more SharePoint developers and SharePoint experts needed more than ever. Both large and medium-sized organizations have been flocking to SharePoint. Microsoft has reported that over 20,000 workers became new users of the platform daily for the past five years. As SharePoint is going online being part of Office 365, small businesses are starting to move in this direction.

The Role of SharePoint Development

The demand for SharePoint and the services of SharePoint experts are driven by the obvious success that a lot of companies worldwide have had with it. Furthermore, the fact that most businesses now use SharePoint is barely leveraging the full potential of the platform for the main reason that they could simply not find a qualified and experienced professionals to do the solutions that they require.

SharePoint has indeed taken the market by storm. However, the embrace of the technology has gone ahead of the business. SharePoint developers and SharePoint experts enjoy great demand in the market today and for many years to come. The position of the SharePoint expert plays key development and architectural roles when it comes to growing and launching a SharePoint 2010 business intelligence platform. This position works with different business sectors, technical groups and client teams in developing, designing and implementing business intelligence reporting, visualization and workflow solutions.

Developers and experts of the SharePoint platform job responsibilities include the following:

1. Work with analysts and business users in designing SharePoint apps

2. Integrate or implement testing processes to make certain of data performance and quality

3. Develop custom apps pages, SharePoint features, web services, web parts and workflows

4. Work with end uses and support teams to make the best use of custom and out-of-the-box features

Experts or developers of the platform should have experience in developing solutions of the platform, must possess robust .NET and C# framework skills, sturdy knowledge of SharePoint API and object model, web development skills, sturdy T-SQL skills, knowledge of Excel, SharePoint reporting services and a whole lot more that are vital in the platform as a whole. Microsoft SharePoint is a centerpiece of a lot of enterprise’s content and collaboration strategies. Moreover, the platform has reached a mature status as being an enterprise collaboration and content management tool which is primarily used by organizations to corral documents dispersed among email inboxes, file servers and other content management systems.

Today, the job market could not quite keep up with the remarkable demand for SharePoint solutions. In this regard, there is more need for SharePoint developers and experts to provide effective solutions.The 2007 and 2010 versions of the platform are used by companies of all sizes and all industries to manage and build intranets, manage content and provide collaboration. Any  developer wanting to acquire a Microsoft SharePoint certificate must pass a couple of certification exams, which is the MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist or Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Application Development and the Microsoft 70-576 or Microsoft PRO: Developing and Designing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications. To pass these two examinations, one must have hands-on experience of the platform. Moreover, after passing these exams, successful candidates should obtain MCPD or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer or SharePoint Developer 2010. IT professionals who are interested must pass the exams and in this sense, must take up four courses and attend the required training. The training is rigorous and accomplished in five days. What is great about the training is that the candidate not only enhances knowledge but also hands-on experience.

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With all the interest in SharePoint, it is no wonder that a lot of people who are into software development want to become a SharePoint expert. SharePoint is a Microsoft technology and is an integrated suite of server capabilities that helps in improving company effectiveness through facilitating information-sharing across boundaries. The future is bright for the SharePoint platform and an expert with it is someone who is knowledgeable about the technologies, layers and tiers that make for an effective development of SharePoint solutions.

For those interested, the platform is not just another layer in the stack or another tool in the toolbox. Being a SharePoint expert is about knowing what is available and how to make use of it. To become an expert, you need to have a good control on ASP.NET. Nevertheless, you should also understand that SharePoint is an application that has a lot to offer. You must become familiar with the capabilities and features of the SharePoint platform in order to understand its strengths and weaknesses.

As a SharePoint expert, you will be responsible for the following items:

1. Systems designs

2. Custom development

3. Gathering of requirements

4. System testing

5. Implementation of new apps to increase custom development

The core responsibilities also include program development, system analysis, system designs, project support and project management.

To become an expert, you need to have these skills and experience:

 1. Expert knowledge in .NET development with the use of Team Foundation Serve and Visual Studio that includes the MVC framework or Model-View Controller.

 2. Working knowledge of all the phases of systems development lifecycle. This includes development, requirements and testing.

 3. Expert knowledge of SQL and the capability to develop against the Microsoft SQL server database.

 4.  Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any related field

 5. Working knowledge of SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 configuration, administration, solution development and web part.

The future certainly looks good for SharePoint experts. This is because all businesses regardless of the size could benefit from using this platform. SharePoint makes it easy to store company documents and organize websites. Moreover, it allows businesses to be categorized around how the business is logically structured. The use of SharePoint to handle and manage corporate documents is another solution to the traditional file sharing. The platform further makes it easy to find and manage corporate business data. Unlike a standard file sharing system, the SharePoint platform has the advantage of being able to look for document for keywords.

 Becoming an expert means investing in a lot of hard work. Moreover, you should also have the passion and dedication and the willingness to devote your personal time to learning the platform. There are also several training courses that could teach and train you all the things that you need to become SharePoint expert. These knowledge and skills should be put to use through hands-on activities.  Constant exposure of SharePoint Expert, you will soon get better. You will discover that as you go along, you will earn more certifications that will confirm your expertise in the platform.