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Professional SharePoint® 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions by Paul Stubbs, Girish Raja, Donovan Follette, Steve Fox

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Chapter 9

Creating a Training Application in SharePoint Online

What's In This Chapter?

  • Building a simple video-based training application in the cloud
  • Using the Windows Azure Blob storage service to complement SharePoint Online's storage
  • Using JavaScript and jQuery to make AJAX calls to SharePoint web services

We live in an era in which online videos represent the biggest percentage of traffic across the entire Internet. Cisco predicts that videos will account for more than 50% of Internet traffic by the end of 2012. This is due in part not only because of the number of videos, but also the quality of the videos, as there has been a recent explosion of high definition (HD) video content online.

Fueling the fire is the “consumerization of IT” — that is, people expect the convenient technology they use at home to be available at the workplace, too, and vice versa. Watching YouTube videos and live HD streaming of sporting events using Silverlight have become de facto video standards established by users.

This trend has provided businesses, which are always looking for ways to cut costs, with an opportunity. Organizations often slash training costs before other costs, as in-person training programs are expensive, and often require travel and time away from office. However, information workers still need the new knowledge they gain from these programs and seminars to improve their skills and productivity in a rapidly evolving workplace. Moreover, many companies have mandatory training ...

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