>Having an understanding of the vision of the SharePoint site within your organization is critical before getting started.
To fully understand the scope of SharePoint 2010, the below guide is an excellent tool to assist you with your overall plan for SharePoint design.
The following links take you to documents prepared by Microsoft that you can download in the format of your choice, (i.e., PDF, XPS) that can initiate conversations to help you determine the scope of SharePoint 2010 in addition to recommended best practices.
The following link is for The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 IT Professional Evaluation Guide. This evaluation guide is designed to give the IT professional an introduction and overview of the SharePoint Server 2010 features that are most pertinent to installing, managing, and configuring the SharePoint farm.
The following link is for the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Walkthrough Guide. This walkthrough guide is designed to provide a step-by-step overview of Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010.
Once your SharePoint Design is in place LRS Education Services offers the following classes to help with your SharePoint implementation and Development.
MS10174 Configuring and Managing Microsoft SharePoint 2010
MS10231 Designing and Deploying Microsoft SharePoint 2010
MS10175 Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
MS10232 Designing and Developing SharePoint 2010 Applications
Please let me know if you would like additional information or if you would like to enroll!