We are going to use SharePoint for our intranet. The perception at my office is that SharePoint is too complicated for average users to learn. There are many different ways to do any given task, and we are looking to simplify the interface to boost user adoption.
For example: a document library, a web part showing the contents of a document library, and a wiki page library. They are all similar yet different, and our users get confused about where they are and why different options are available from each place.
What can be done to make SharePoint simpler for end users?
Is there a (3rd party?) solution that will "put users in a box" ie limit what or how they can do things? Is this possible and/or even advisable?
I haven't found a solution so far in my research; most people who said SharePoint was overwhelming advocated training and/or incremental release of functionality. I would appreciate any suggestions.
UPDATE: Here's a better analogy of what I'm looking for: Imagine an airplane cockpit with hundreds of buttons. Then imagine a giant piece of cardboard that covers up everything, with a few holes cut out for the most important buttons. Is there an equivalent to this in SharePoint? Something that hides almost everything?