With a multi-faceted service like BPOS, it can be challenging to know where to go for information. There a lot of resources on line but how do you get started? Beyond that, where do you go for in depth technical details? In this blog post I wanted to aggregate some key online key online references and learning materials for Business Productivity Online Suite.
This guide will walk you through how to get a trial account and take BPOS out for spin. By the end of this guided tour, you’ll have good idea how to configure and use key BPOS features.
Help and How-To
Help and how-to written specifically for BPOS has very useful information how common tasks such as how to setup a mobile device, manage SharePoint Online site collections, or lean about what workflows are supported in SharePoint Online.
The service descriptions are the best reference for official features. Read these to insure you know the what features are included in the service, where they are available, as well system limitations and capacities.
In addition, there is a helpful FAQ located on microsoft.com/online that has useful information
The mobility page on microsoft.com/online has key details on using Blackberry devices with Exchange Online as well a link to Microsoft Online Services Mobility Solutions Description whitepaper.
The Security Features in Microsoft Online Services white paper has great information how Microsoft designs security into their data center operations.
When you get ready to deploy the services, the deployment page on microsoft.com/online will be very useful. On this page, you’ll find a link to the Microsoft Online Services Deployment Guide which is the best detailed technical document available related to BPOS deployments. You can get you Geek on with this guide which will help you prepare and plan for complex deployments.
Microsoft also makes a series of Infrastructure Planning and Deployment guides that include a guide for evaluating SharePoint online and Exchange Online. These guides assist you in making an decision about selecting on-premise on online solutions.
TIP: The paper named “Guidance for Microsoft Online Services Multinational Customers” has guidelines for estimating bandwidth for the services as well as advice for measuring network latency to the Microsoft Online data center.
The SharePoint Online Developer’s Guide and Exchange Online Developer’s Guide provide details on what web services you can use to call into SharePoint Online and Exchange Online. With just a little imagination, you can create some very useful capabilities such as this one by MessageOps.com that monitors an Exchange Online mailbox and pushes the content in SharePoint Online list.
SharePoint Designer 2010 is a free tool that allows you to customize SharePoint sites and works with SharePoint Online as well!
Quickstartonlineservices.com is the one-stop-shop for all Partner information related to BPOS. In addition, Microsoft Partners can find online training galore at Microsoftlearningplans.com. A partial listing is shown below.