First off, what is a Power User? Why do I identify myself as a ‘Power User’? Power Users, when I say it, refer to those people who are making the most of SharePoint with what they got. The environment in which I’ve been working in has required me to become a Power User. My boss says, “Can we do this?” And I say, “Of course, it’ll just take some time but we can get there”. So I start tinkering/learning. And I get it done.
It’s one of the great things about SharePoint is how Site Owners/Admins can really take charge of their SharePoint Site. It’s one of my favorite things about it. I don’t have to go to IT and request access for this, request them add a feature to that, I can just do it myself and any End User or Information Worker with the right permissions can do the same as well. It allows us to be our own developers, gate keepers, and even possibly our own worst enemy.
Someone can go to a really basic level, create a list, and start using it at the default level. That’s great! But my question would be… why stop there? There is SOOOOO much more you can do besides use a basic list in SharePoint to store some data/files.
For example, do you have a bunch of images? Yeah, you can simply put them in a library and use the slide show, but why not use jQuery and make something fun and interactive images automatically change on your front page?
If you’re using a plain old list, have you considered trying to show your data through an edited list web part (using XSL) or better yet, not using that web part at all?
If you Google power user, you find a bunch of things that don’t exactly apply to SharePoint. So, to me, I guess it’s what you want to define it. I define it as taking your basic knowledge a step further. Not simply relying on just the basic’s SharePoint has to offer, but making it sleeker, sexier, and just more fun!