21 April 2016

SharePoint Online From Scratch Paperback Released On Amazon

SharePoint Online from Scratch coverIn March I wrote about the SharePoint Online from Scratch e-book, and today I am happy to announce that the paperback is out too.

SharePoint in the cloud
SharePoint Online is the SharePoint version that comes with Office 365. It has become very popular, as it is less difficult to administer compared to the on-premise versions. Still, you cannot claim that it is easy. If you are new to SharePoint, you will need some kind of assistance to get started.

Multimedia tutorials
Microsoft has a lot of SharePoint instructions online, but they have no real course or manual with a progression. You have to know what you are searching for to use their tutorials, and how can you search for something when you don't even know that it exists?

Before you can start browsing among Microsoft's articles you need to know the basics of SharePoint, and you can learn that in a course or by a book. Video demonstrations are great, but to be optimal they need to be studied in a context. SharePoint Online from Scratch gives links to Tips articles with demos, and I believe this combination of textbook and video is a good way to explain things.

I have already heard from one teacher who intends to use SharePoint Online from Scratch together with the Tips articles in a training-course, and I am sure he will have followers. Book + demos + teacher explanations sounds like a perfect combination to me.

Practical use
SharePoint Online from Scratch focuses on no-code, hands-on instructions and explanations on how to practically make use of a SharePoint tenant for collaboration within an organization. The book also gives examples on how to use SharePoint for management of common business processes.

Even if I have this practical approach, I also want SharePoint Online from Scratch to give a real understanding of why things are done the way they are. If you have that understanding, it will be easy to figure out how new SharePoint versions work.

E-book or paperback?
If you are interested in SharePoint Online from Scratch, I recommend you to read the blog post about the e-book for more information. The actual content of the two editions is the same, but if you buy the digital copy, you will have all images in color and clickable links to the Tips articles.

The paperback of SharePoint Online from Scratch has 356 pages, so I decided to not use color, to be able to sell it at a reasonable price. In a hard copy you can give a better layout than in an e-book that has to fit many formats, so in my opinion the paperback still looks better!

The best option is of course to buy both editions! If you buy the hard copy from first, you will be offered to buy the digital copy at a very low cost via the Amazon Kindle Matchbook offer.

By Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions