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6 Microsoft® Office Business Applications for Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Microsoft Corporation

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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Office Business Applications

Rob Barker, Microsoft Corporation

Over the past two decades, companies and organizations have spent billions of dollars buying, installing, deploying, and maintaining line-of-business (LOB) systems to manage customer data, inventory, billings, product life cycles, and many other types of business information and processes. Modern businesses would not be competitive and thus would be unable to survive without these applications. LOB systems, however, are often accessible only to a few elite power users who require expensive training in these applications’ proprietary—and sometimes arcane—user interfaces. Making information from LOB systems available to people who need it requires the ...

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