SharePoint

SharePoint 2010 – How to create a company marketplace – part 1

Introduction
A lot of our customers are interested in a company marketplace for their Intranet portals. They want to provide a site for their users where they are allowed to sell or ask for certain items. This can be “developed” with only the out-of-the-box functionalities of SharePoint. I want to show you how easy it can be to create such a cool feature, in this first post I will show you the solution and in the follow up posts I will describe how you can create this solution by yourself. This solution can be used in SharePoint 2010 Standard, Enterprise and Online.

Overview
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The users are presented with an introduction text about the marketplace and get a clear overview of all the available postings. The users can also see their own created postings. The quick launch shows an overview of the different categories, when a user clicks at Books the postings change:

SP2010CompanyMarketplaceP1_2

The only postings displayed are from the Books category. This is an easy way for users to browse through all the different postings. The detail view of a posting looks as following:

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The information about the posting is displayed and the users are able to leave a comment. The name of the contact person is connected to the My Site and Lync. This is a powerful feature because an interested user can start a Lync chat or find the contact details in the My Site.

Keep an eye out for the next two articles!

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