Suddenly it seems that everyone is getting Sharepoint. I've been working with it for a couple of months now and have found it to be very powerful but sometimes very frustrating. Some of my frustrations might be mitigated if I was thoroughly trained rather than learning as I go.
So I've been watching for possible training opportunities and there are many to choose from. Just type "SharePoint training" into Google, and you'll find literally hundreds of companies that would love to provide you with training. But let's get real....in this economy thousands of dollars for a class and/or webinar just isn't going to happen. Though I have to admit, this one just about had me salivating.
The topic of SharePoint training came up recently on SLA's KM mailing list; the answers are listed on their KM Wiki. (Membership required.) Nina Platt recommended Sharepoint Solutions, but there's that pesky money issue. She also pointed out a webinar done by Factiva called "Taxonomy & Sharepoint: A Powerful Combination." Anything on the subject of SharePoint and taxonomies is going on my to-do list!
Microsoft offers some online training as well as webcasts and podcasts, and the price is right. (free)
I don't have to remind you that there are always tons books out there related to any major software program. Quite naturally, I'm a big fan of books, and I've been poring over a borrowed copy (thanks, Lisa!) of Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft) and it's not bad. But there's a Murphy's Law of software-related handbooks. They tend to include a lot of good information, but never have the answer to YOUR particular question. Google often does a better job on the question answering front.
The other problem with books for these kinds of topics is that many of them concentrate more on technical aspects such as server configuration, something many of us have nothing to do with, so it's important to find one that's geared towards your particular use of the product.
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