Microsoft SharePoint was initially established as a platform for building websites and web-based applications effortlessly. SharePoint can also do a number of things, and that has effectively contributed to SharePoint’s success as a product.
Today, SharePoint is a powerful business tool. The functions of SharePoint help boost profitability, correspondence and collaboration; three key performance areas in every firm. Through SharePoint, clients can download records, communicate with employees, alter work and oversee schedules. Generally, it can be seen as a unified online location for your business and best of whatever it can be adjusted to fit accordingly to your needs.
In this article, let’s discuss how a SharePoint can help the finance team by fulfilling the duties such as accounting, forecasting, finance management, environment providing and reporting.

IT Infrastructure:

Every organization have numerous application build on different platforms, it causes typical issues such as, no integration with each other, association between applications requires custom data connectors, distinctive storage places lead to information duplication, and searching through all information stockpiles turn out to be practically impossible. The difference in the nature of UIs for every application makes it hard to switch between the applications. Administration and support of every one of those applications require an IT department and team with various skills and, consequently, enormous IT expenses.
It's not a mystery that budgets are tight these days, and IT is being asked to deliver more, yet by methods for the same or fewer resources. SharePoint gives an opportunity to unite different applications on the same platform and offers mind-blowing features such as:

• Common platform for Business-Critical Applications.
• Collaboration with data stored in different lines of business applications.
• Use workflows to control and track business forms.
• Display business intelligence information in interactive dashboards.
• Secure information in a centrally managed repository.
• Permit searching of data.

The world is becoming more and more digitized with an ever increasing number of users utilizing tablets and cell phones. SharePoint was initially designed to use with browsers, both on the desktop and on mobile platforms. In this way, the employees have access to the important information and can manage their time efficiently, which builds the productivity and competitiveness of the organization.


Generally, everyday routine operations were based (and depended) on conventional email for correspondences. A huge amount of email comes every day and chances are high that you'll miss something truly important.
SharePoint offers a client-focused dashboard at a single entry point: declarations, current tasks, assignments on day by day bases, occasions and meeting calendar, and so on. All planning and control procedures such as budget, forecast and report completion can be united and organized. You can choose to view your own assignments with all the timesheets and deadlines.

Budget Planning

Budget planning is a work process that comprises of a number of tasks be performed by the group consequently or in parallel with budget completion: purchase, sales, HR, manufacturing, lead times, project management.
The budget website offers the best practice for spending forms. Ad-hoc website offers access control, search facilities, document storage, collaboration and so on.
Teamwork is sorted out utilizing a SharePoint tasks list. This list contains set of tasks issued for the arrangement of an annual budget that is catered for allocating assignments through the group.


Forecasting is an activity that is based on knowledge built throughout the years and its quality relies upon the fullness and accuracy of data. It is very important to have full and organized data in a single place and should absorb knowledge and intelligence from the organization.
SharePoint has a compelling enterprise search engine. It not only offers to search the whole portal labels and keywords but also file shares, exchange folders, office web applications etc. The search results are shown in a very much organized order with a preview so that you can ensure that you will find all fundamental, genuine, relevant and full data.

Period closure:

This operation is performed 12-13 times each year and ought to be computerized as much as possible. This is a formal operation comprising of a number of tasks that should be done carefully.
SharePoint offers a Vision-based period closure dashboard. It visualizes the procedure workflow, duties and state of the tasks. SharePoint also delivers essential tasks such as audit trail, developments, tracing, alerts and much more.

SharePoint offers a rich set of services for reporting. SharePoint offers complete instrumentation for plain, 3D-charts and power pivot reports representation. Reports are based on-the-fly and always show real-time images.

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Author's Bio: 

I am Harvey Specter, a technical writer at Aufait. Passionate about SharePoint technology