Benefits of integrating Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013

21 June 2013

Microsoft certification courses for SharePoint and Exchange are becoming popular as IT professionals look to develop their skill sets so they can manage the business collaboration platforms. One of the main attractions to both software systems is that they can easily work together to provide business solutions. 

According to InfoWorld, Microsoft designed SharePoint and Exchange to work together so tech managers can establish simple IT systems that are useful for driving innovation. Although most IT professionals realize that these collaborative tools can work in tandem, there are still some best practices they should follow to maximize production. 

Email management 
Exchange is a great tool for handling emails. However, SharePoint 2013 features a built-in alert system that can be configured to notify users of changes to sites, lists or libraries. These alerts will go directly to an employee's email account on Exchange. Setting up this service eliminates the need to access a SharePoint server to find updates or changes. The source reported that similar updates can be configured to notify IT administrators of malfunctions or issues within the system. 

Post to SharePoint via Exchange
Also, the 2013 versions of both software options allow users to post on SharePoint sites through Outlook – Exchange's email interface. Workers no longer have to open SharePoint if there is a file or document in an email that they wish to publish. This can increase productivity, as it makes it easier for employees to post to SharePoint. 

Browser integration
With SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013, users are able to access both platforms on the same browser window. With past versions, workers had to switch from window to window to access the respective programs. Now, with a single integrated web-based interface, collaboration is easier than ever. Using this feature is a great way to create a shared mailbox for group projects that can also store documents and files related to particular operations. 

Microsoft training for Exchange may be necessary in the coming months, as the company plans to issue an update to the software sometime this summer, according to Redmond Channel Partner. The source reported that the new update will increase the number of databases that Exchange can support from 50 to 100. In the wake of customer feedback, Microsoft decided to increase the amount of databases the software is able to handle. In previous versions, the ability to support 100 databases was the norm. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *