Building on the successful concept of Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services, we are announcing a set of Role-Based Templates for SharePoint My Sites. The first two templates, planned to be available in the end of this month (January), will showcase dashboard examples for Sales Account Managers and Controllers / Financial Analysts. The result of extensive research about these roles' functions and information needs, the sample templates for My Sites utilize existing out-of-the-box web parts in Office SharePoint Server 2007 to display relevant information from data sources such as LOB systems, desktop tools, and other portals. While the templates contain only sample data, they have been designed to be extensible for actual implementations through the configuration of audience targeting, KPIs, workflows, Excel Services, Business Data Catalog, and other capabilities in SharePoint Server.
“It’s quite common to hear about portals dedicated to serve departments, teams, process workgroups and even organizations,” said Venky Veeraraghavan, Sr. Program Manager for SharePoint My Sites. “My Sites and these Role-Based Templates provide the unique pivot on displaying the information that is important for the individual -- for people in their respective job functions."
Subsequent templates for My Sites are planned to address Administrative Assistant functions and manager roles in HR, IT, Marketing, and Customer Service, which brings the total of seven Roles-Based Templates. Inside Microsoft, the templates are already gaining fame as the "Splendid 7". Also coming soon is a whitepaper describing the design patterns and how to extend these templates.
We expect customer interest to growth very quickly for these role-based and other composite solutions built on the SharePoint application platform, and we also expect a multitude of Microsoft partners to offer implementation services for deploying and extending these templates as well as creating additional templates for industry and customer specific scenarios.
Channel 9 recently interviewed the team leading the design and distribution for both sets of templates for SharePoint: the "Spendid 7" Role-Based Templates for My Sites and the “Fantastic 40” Application Templates for WSS 3.0. You can get a sneak peak at demos and hear the inside stories about the projects in this video interview.
Here's an overview of the two Role-Based Templates that will be released at the end of this month.
For more information on the Role-Based Templates, go to the product page.
Bob Sutton, Senior Product ManagerSharePoint Products and Technologies