Many people in the U of S community require a way to store documents and share them with others. The PAWS portal has a feature called “PAWS Community Groups” that has been available for several years. ICT has recently launched a SharePoint 2010 service which also offers document sharing and collaboration features. This document compares the two services and suggests the best usage for each.
PAWS Community Groups is a communications tool. It is a basic file sharing service that ICT offers to the campus community. The PAWS Community Groups is free and available to any group on campus.
PAWS Community Groups offers the following collaboration features:
PAWS Community Groups collaboration is recommended for people who require a free service. It is adequate as a method to distribute files to a group. It is not recommended if the group is planning to actively work on the documents and need to control who is currently editing a file, or if the group wishes to keep multiple versions of a file.
SharePoint 2010 is a new document storage and collaboration service that ICT is offering to the campus community starting in fall 2011. SharePoint offers the same functionality as PAWS Groups (with the exception of the chat room feature) but has additional features for file sharing and editing.
SharePoint is not a free service; please see the following URL for details on the pricing. It is offered to departments or colleges who require a higher level of service than that offered by PAWS Groups.
SharePoint Collaboration additional features:
SharePoint 2010 is recommended for groups that require one or more of the advanced features listed above.