SharePoint 2010 Standard vs. SharePoint 2010 Enterprise

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 LogoThe major differences between SharePoint 2010 Standard and SharePoint 2010 Enterprise were highlighted some time ago in our monthly newsletter.

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Ok, well as we stated in that newsletter, we asked that you stay tuned to our blog for a more in depth look into the differences between Standard and Enterprise. This blog is essentially just meant to provide you with a high level overview of some of the more popular features that drive our customers toward the Enterprise edition of SharePoint 2010.

We mentioned that both Standard and Enterprise utilize the same installation media. In order to fully take advantage of the Enterprise features, all you really need is an Enterprise CAL. Already have Standard installed on your environment? No worries – you quickly enter the Enterprise product key using Central Administration. This will allow you to active the Enterprise features. So without further ado, here are the

SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Features that you can’t get with Standard:

Access Services

Access Services allows you to easily publish Microsoft Access 2010 databases to your existing SharePoint site. Now you have a site that hosts all of your Access databases and stores all database objects in a list within that site.

Excel Services

Using Excel Services allows you to create and publish Excel workbooks directly from the browser. You can also create interactive reports and dashboards that can be displayed directly from your browser, using SharePoint. Not only can you view Excel workbooks in the browser, but you can also create and modify them with no need for the client to be installed on your workstation.

PerformancePoint Services

PerformancePoint Services is BI’s best friend. This lets you utilize KPI’s to create reports and dashboards, allowing you to effectively monitor all aspects of your business. If business analysis is essential to your company, you’ll want to use PerformancePoint Services.

InfoPath Forms Services

InfoPath Forms is a great tool for creating forms and uploading them to your SharePoint site. For example, are you tired of manually filling out expense reports and faxing them to your Human Resource department? Creating an InfoPath form will allow your employees to simply fill out an expense report directly from your SharePoint site and submit them to HR immediately. In other words, any paper form can easily be converted to an electronic form using InfoPath services.

Enhanced Search Capabilities

If you are using SharePoint 2010 Enterprise edition, you have the ability to provision FAST Search. FAST Search turns your SharePoint search results into Google-esque (err…Bing-esque) search results.  Below are features (provided by Microsoft) that primarily only come with FAST Search:

  1. Advanced Content Processing
  2. Advanced Sorting
  3. Contextual Search
  4. Deep Refinement
  5. Extensible Search Platform
  6. Extreme Scale Search
  7. Rich Web Indexing
  8. Similar Results
  9. Thumbnails and Previews
  10. Visual Best Bets
  11. Learn more about FAST Search for SharePoint 2010.

Fpweb.net’s SharePoint Cloud provides you with the ability to use all of these features on your hosted SharePoint site. By providing our customers with their own dedicated server(s), they have complete control over their environment – giving them the freedom not typically offered by hosting providers. It’s your server, so take control of it!

Contact Fpweb.net today to learn how your business can benefit from SharePoint 2010 Server Enterprise.

You may also view a full feature comparison by Microsoft.

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