What are the pros and cons of integrating Sharepoint with an E-commerce customer facing website?

I have been asked to integrate an existing e-commerce website with a webfarm with Sharepoint. The powers that be think this is a way to get the functionality of mysites and collaboration without doing the work onto the website. I have a really bad feeling about this but I need to explore the pros and cons of such a strategy. I would like to know the thoughts of this forum on this strategy.

thanks for your help
quatis_momAsked:
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
for one, licensing will be expensive...  you must have special licensing for internet facing sharepoint sites:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/sharepointserver/FX102176831033.aspx
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quatis_momAuthor Commented:
I need more than pricing. I have spec'd out about 4000 hours of work and my boss is viewing buying sharepoint as a savings as a savings
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
i was just giving my 2 cent input... i'm sure others will have more to say ;)
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amolghanwatCommented:
SharePoint is a good way to share documents and have a workflow mechanism set up.
The best part about Sharepoint is that it gets integrated with Almost most of the products - Infopath, Excel Services, Project Server, Biztalk, etc etc etc.

There are lots of options.

If you consider this from the e-commerce point of view, SharePoint is a application which will be available mostly for providing collaboration efforts and helping managers get an overview of the current progress within the organization. They do not need to go deep into the details. That is done automatically as an when the employees/customer feed in the data.

The planning and architecture part need to be almost perfect else you will end up having troubles using the site and user interface.

One more point to add is that,
When MOSS was released, there were lots of bugs, but it has been some time and most of the bugs are fixed now.
As the product integrates with most other application, the organization needs to have many experts for getting the thing work and maintaining the same.

Well, i would like you ask some specific question that can be answered.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
to help us answer more specifically... what specific things are they hoping to achieve with this kind of integration?

there are so many different levels of integration...  maybe clarify the main problems they would like to resolve with this plan.
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quatis_momAuthor Commented:
sharing documents (company employees with clients), facebook type user profile(everyone) and bank account type functionality(clients)
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amolghanwatCommented:
Sharing Documents:
SharePoint is good solution for sharing document.
Manager can have approver rights to that they can approve which documents are shown in the library.
The default OOB features are really enough to get the document and project progress going on.

Facebook type user
Each user can have their own sites and add collegues.
Although facebook is very casual. SharePoint is very formal interface.
It is basically concentrated on Organization needs rather than building relationships.
User can share their personal information, their latest projects...etc

Blank account type functionality:
Well, there are solutions available that will give the user the ability to register themselves on the site and have access to it.

I am being very brief on this.
If there are any doubts, please reply.
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ImInOrlandoCommented:
I seem to be in the exact position as yourself. My organization wishes to develop a 'document sharing' web based application using Sharepoint Server 2007. From what I have read, the interface is somewhat complex and since I am the lead developer, I'm still trying to figure out what the learning curve might be for the Sharepoint IDE Designer.
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quatis_momAuthor Commented:
well there really wasnt a solution to this.... I no longer work there.
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