- Why Would an Organization Want to Use SharePoint?
- Sharing, Managing, and Finding Documents Made Easier
- Finding Relevant Information
- Providing Efficiencies for Meetings
- Adding Value by Using Alerts
- Engaging in Online Discussions
- Getting Information from Users
- Informing Users with Announcements and News Items
- Creating Sites to Meet the Needs of the User Community
- Expanding SharePoint by Integrating with Microsoft Office 2003 and Other Applications
- Replacing Corporate Intranets
- Hosting SharePoint Sites on the Internet
- Communicating with Partners and Customers Through a SharePoint Extranet
- Best Practices
Hosting SharePoint Sites on the Internet
Internet service providers (ISPs) can take advantage of the scalability and management features of SharePoint 2003 to provide hosting services. Server farms can be configured to load balance indexing and search processing services, and quotas can be set to control the size of the sites. Quotas can also be used to establish billing rates, charging higher rates for larger quotas. Security can be put into place to control what goes onsite and who has access for managing the sites. User accounts can be added automatically based on the email addresses using SharePoint 2003's Active Directory account creation mode (see Chapter 7, "Installing SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services," for information about configuring Active Directory account creation mode). Fees can be charged for additional services such as providing site backup and site statistics.