Friday, December 10, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Social Networking: Part 4 - Diagram

I have created a diagram that attempts to give the "big picture" of how the social computing features and processes in SharePoint Server 2010 fit together:

(Note: This is the fourth post in this series. For the first post and a table of contents, go here.)

Social Computing Processes in SharePoint Server 2010

As you can see the diagram is a mix of functional and technical. In general that is my goal for this series of blog posts as well.

I am planning to refer back to this diagram as I walk through the social computing features in the upcoming posts.  I think it is easier to explain the purpose and functioning of individual features if the bigger picture is kept in mind.

I created this diagram using the following resources:

  • What I learned from presentations Microsoft made on the subject at the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas
  • What I could find on other blog posts on the subject (a little bit, but not a lot of depth)
  • What official documentation is available on TechNet and MSDN (a little bit, but not very thorough)
  • My own analysis and testing of the software (this is where I've spent the most time)

I am positive the diagram is not 100% accurate.  I think the only way to get it 100% accurate will be for someone on the SharePoint product team to comment on it and point out where I am wrong.  I don't know if that will happen or not, but would welcome the critique if Microsoft cares to provide it.

Finally, here is a link for you to download a PDF version of the diagram if you would like to have it.

My next post will drill into "tags", which is in the upper left corner of the diagram.