Solved

how to create a sharepoint human resource site

Posted on 2012-04-12
10
628 Views
Last Modified: 2012-04-18
using an online site to create a Human Resource sharepoint site for proof of concept for purchasing the 2010 version. So were using the HR department and their documentation as a way to track the progress of hiring & terminating employees down to what devices were checked out to them. This particular "work Flow" would touch all departments
*HR
*Finance
*IT
So at different legs of the work-flow or approval process different supervisors will be entering or approving data related to thei department. We have this all worked out but it seems that we will create a universal employee record in access or thru the portal and somehow segment the data? Im almost sure if there is already a template for this, but I want to approach this in the most effiecient time tested methodology.
0
Comment
Question by:ID10Tz
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 4
10 Comments
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Ted Bouskill
ID: 37847537
Well what you are asking for is possible, however a full explanation is far more comprehensive than you realize.

SharePoint has a mechanism to synchronize employee profiles with Active Directory.  Active Directory itself is a hierarchy database.  So, as employees join/leave the company for one I recommend that you do NOT delete them from AD and instead disable their account.  I work in computer security and we argue with IT in our company that deleting accounts removes key audit trails we sometimes need to research issues even after employees leave.

Lists in SharePoint are highly customizable and depending on the number of items you want to track you could use a list or you can connect list columns using custom data types to an external database.

The key is that you've actually set a very high bar for a "Proof of concept"  Even an experienced SharePoint developer will take a few weeks to tackle this.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ID10Tz
ID: 37848386
i had to reinstall sharepoint 2004 locally so that we can have the opporunity to connect AD rather than the one weve been using online SAS sine they wont allow us to use LDAP to connect. do you have any recommendations ( i agree about disabling accounts)?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ID10Tz
ID: 37848475
_alias99: thank you
0
Salesforce Made Easy to Use

On-screen guidance at the moment of need enables you & your employees to focus on the core, you can now boost your adoption rates swiftly and simply with one easy tool.

 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Ted Bouskill
ID: 37848644
OK, there is no such thing as SharePoint 2004 so I'm assuming it's a typo because you originally said SharePoint 2010 in the question.

Office 365 can be configured to sync with a local domain controller but it's very complex to do.

My key recommendation is spend time learning the product.  In order for the features to work properly you have to design the who, what, when, where and why of SharePoint before you can start customizing it and you haven't even started that process.

In my last big configuration of SharePoint each department had it's own web application:

http://hr.sharepoint.com/
http://it.sharepoint.com/
http://finance.sharepoint.com/
...

Those were the public (not general public, corporate public) sites for each department.  Then each department had the following sub-site collections using managed paths:
http://department.sharepoint.com/private/ - Literally 100% private to the department
http://department.sharepoint.com/secure/ - For the department so share information by permission with other departments
http://department.sharepoint.com/sandbox/ - For each department to play with and learn SharePoint

I think linked SharePoint groups per department to a Active Directory security group that was email enabled so the departments could then self-administrate or delegate administration of the AD group to email appropriate parties or control their access to SharePoint indirectly outside SharePoint.

For example, the SharePoint Owners group for each department had the AD Department Managers group as a member so department managers had full control of their SharePoint web application.

There is far more to this configuration than I can describe here.  Even as a very experienced SharePoint expert it would take me a couple of weeks to get the configuration ready for a prototype.

What I'm trying to make you realize is that although I 100% agree that SharePoint is the right tool for this job, that your lack of experience means that unless you have set aside months for this project to learn SharePoint you've taken on a huge challenge.  I'm sure you are fully capable of doing it, however, I want to manage your expectations so you realize this is a major project even for a basic prototype.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ID10Tz
ID: 37848866
Can I upload a access/excel document containing users data that could I use as a master list w/multiple views, work flows, and alerts?
0
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Ted Bouskill
ID: 37848935
Not really, know.  In order to have information span multiple locations it needs to be part of the core SharePoint profiles and/or a SQL database.

Basically you could hack something together but then you may as well not even bother to use SharePoint.  If you want something crude like that for your datasource then SharePoint isn't the right choice.  Views, workflows and alerts are all built to work on SharePoint data sources (lists) and not a single master list.  You would be guilty of anti-pattern called the "Inner-platform effect" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner-platform_effect.

You'd have to simulate all of the service features that are available in the entire SharePoint platform in one site that held the Excel spreadsheet with your core data.  Hence an inner-platform.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ID10Tz
ID: 37856734
definately understand and agree but as were developing our site were in need to have a process no matter how simple to allow us to have a work flow to track the progress.
0
 
LVL 51

Accepted Solution

by:
Ted Bouskill earned 500 total points
ID: 37859126
Workflows are managed three different ways:

1) In the web UI of SharePoint using very simple pre-made workflows
2) Using SharePoint designer
3) Using custom solutions in code such as C#

I'd suggest you start working with the existing pre-made workflows in lists to start understanding their basic behaviours, as well as strengths and weaknesses.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:ID10Tz
ID: 37861716
straight to the point (a lil rude)
0

Featured Post

What is SQL Server and how does it work?

The purpose of this paper is to provide you background on SQL Server. It’s your self-study guide for learning fundamentals. It includes both the history of SQL and its technical basics. Concepts and definitions will form the solid foundation of your future DBA expertise.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
New IP's needed ASAP 6 83
Powershell script to list number of users in an OU 6 27
Password not expiry users and if they're enabled 7 24
How do I buy BitCoin? 4 27
This article was originally published on Monitis Blog, you can check it here . Today it’s fairly well known that high-performing websites and applications bring in more visitors, higher SEO, and ultimately more sales. By the same token, downtime…
Australian government abolished Visa 457 earlier this April and this article describes how this decision might affect Australian IT scene and IT experts.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles from a Windows Server 2008 domain controller to a Windows Server 2012 domain controlle…
The viewer will learn how to create and use a small PHP class to apply a watermark to an image. This video shows the viewer the setup for the PHP watermark as well as important coding language. Continue to Part 2 to learn the core code used in creat…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question