Does SharePoint 2010 Deliver?; Is Microsoft Still Relevant?; Bamboo Products & SharePoint 2010

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SharePoint Wish List: Does SharePoint 2010 Deliver? (Windows IT Pro)
Last week, at the SharePoint Conference, 7000-plus SharePoint professionals descended on Las Vegas and enjoyed one of the most exciting IT events I’ve ever experienced. The energy and excitement around SharePoint 2010 was palpable. Microsoft has done a truly stupendous job of enhancing SharePoint in the short 3 years since v3/2007 was released. There will be a lot to share with you between now and “the first half of 2010” when the product is released. Today, I’d like to share with you what you contributed to this newsletter over five months ago!

The Top 4 Things Developers Can Do to Prepare for SharePoint 2010 (SharePoint Pro Connections)
SharePoint 2010 will be one of the most exciting products that Microsoft has ever released. There are many new features, a small number of which have been announced on the SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peek site. Here are the top four things developers can do today to prepare for SharePoint 2010.

MS Office 2010: What are Your Options? (Computer Weekly)
Microsoft Office 2010 is due out in the first half of next year, leading organisations to ask, once again, whether they should stay with the familiar Office suite or opt for an alternative. With Google, IBM, Sun, OpenOffice.org and innumerable Web 2.0 companies offering strong alternatives to Office, now could be the time to switch platforms.

Windows 7 is a Winner, Mostly (PC Magazine)
Microsoft got things right for the most part this time out, but Windows 7 is far from perfect. Here’s the good and bad of the new OS—and the ways in which Microsoft will wind up mucking it all up in the end.

Collaboration Suite Targets Possible Windows 7 Customers (Computerworld)
Apple isn’t the only company hijacking Microsoft’s Windows 7 launch. IBM and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, also announced this week a cloud- and Linux-based collaboration package that they say is cheaper than Microsoft-based alternatives.

Elop Grilled on Microsoft’s Relevance (Redmondmag.com)
The president of Microsoft’s Business Division got the hot seat at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo event last week. Stephen Elop faced tough questions from Gartner Vice Presidents Neal MacDonald and Brian Gammage, who suggested that Microsoft had reached a crossroads, accompanied by declining profits. They wanted to know what Elop had to say about what they called the company’s “big bang monolithic approach” to current market disruptions.

Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer? (InformationWeek)
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says “the cloud” is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he’s almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it’s big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.

Around the Blogosphere
The 12 factors to Turn ASP.NET Developers to SharePoint 2010 (Made 4 the .NET)
I’ve already posted a webcast and created a wiki page that has caused a lot of discussion on the wiki on “How ASP.NET developers can leverage the SharePoint 2007 Platform”. This post will reflect on the SharePoint 2010 conference last week and to nominate 12 factors that will hopefully be the tipping point for ASP.NET developers to start leveraging the SharePoint 2010 platform.

Visualizing Information in SharePoint (End User SharePoint)
From a SharePoint End User’s perspective, it’s hard trying to figure out the best ways to expose information through graphics in SharePoint. SharePoint lists don’t offer color coding and other visualization effects. Sure, you can use Excel Services and KPIs if you’ve spent the big bucks for the Enterprise version to do a little graphic enhancement, but what about those of us who still need more complex visualization capabilities?

Life After SharePoint Conference 2009 (Matthew McDermott)
Wow, anyone in attendance at the 2009 SharePoint Conference will tell you, there was a LOT going on. I don’t want to rub your nose in it, it is a simple fact, being at the conference, experiencing the nerdy goodness of ITF collaboration and sharing, seeing the SharePoint Fairy (#SPFairy) granting geeky wishes and stealing the attention from the conference floor, or rubbing elbows with the folks who write (or manage the folks who write) one of Steve Balmer’s “favorite products”, cannot be duplicated on-line. You have to be there to participate.

Bloggers to Experience Olympic Games Live from Vancouver (Microsoft 2010 Engineering)
On February 11, all eyes will be on Vancouver, British Columbia as we watch top athletes compete for the gold in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. To show what people can do with Office 2010, Microsoft is launching a new contest that will give two ‘blogathletes’ the ability to showcase their blogging talents and highlight power of Office to help you get your work done no matter where you are. The contest will showcase how Office 2010 technology lets you easily connect, share and collaborate across the PC, phone and browser.  You can learn about some of these cool new features by checking out these blog posts:

Video: What Goes Into Putting on a SharePoint Conference? (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Now that I’m back in the office and things are returning to (what passes for) normalcy after the adrenaline rush of having spent the last week at the SPC in Las Vegas, I was cruising through the SPC09-tagged YouTube videos a few minutes ago and happily discovered that the very cool video with which the keynote kicked off had been uploaded for all to enjoy:

SharePoint Job Listings**
SharePoint/ C# Developer – Sealy, TX
Robert Half Technology is looking for a SharePoint/ C# Developer for a Contract to Hire opportunity. This SharePoint/ C# Developer will be responsible for the development and maintenance of MOSS 2007 in addition to core development within C#. The ideal individual must be able to multitask and have a full understanding of the entire SDLC.

SharePoint Administrators – Bethesda, MD
The system administrator will provide day to day support of Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 environments at customer site. This position requires the ability to effectively design, plan, implement, and maintain complex MOSS and Windows 2003 server environments including implementation and support of web front end servers, database servers, and application and search servers.  The Systems Administrator will play an active role in the support of the all components of the SharePoint environment including typical system administrative activities such as site creation, user training, backup, restore, performance analysis, and issue resolution. The administrator will also assist in the design, architecture, availability, reliability, and security of future SharePoint environments and work with customers to document administrative tasks and verify SLA requirements are being met.  The Systems Administrator will work closely with development staff to provide advice and support to properly implement development efforts into staging and then production.  The System Administrator will also work with other technical staff to train them on proper SharePoint Administration and troubleshooting techniques as well as outline standard processes and procedures for administration and development. ​ The administrator must be able to work with minimal supervision in a highly charged and fast paced environment.

Microsoft Updates
Description of SharePoint Server 2007 ASPX page source code access (Microsoft Support)
This article describes the behavior of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 when a user tries to view the source code of an ASPX page.

Bamboo Partner Events*
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management – DataLan
October 29, Charlotte, North Carolina, How to Effectively Utilize Microsoft Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 – StreamLogic

November 3, Online, How to Effectively Utilize Microsoft Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 – Innovative-e
November 4, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, and Biotech – DataLan
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions – DataLan
November 12, New York, New York, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites – DataLan
November 18, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint – Business Process Automation and Workflow Design – DataLan
November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms – DataLan
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint – Key Features – Kiefer Consulting Inc.

December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009 – DataLan
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management – DataLan
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites – DataLan

SharePoint Events**
October 27, Online, Getting ready for SharePoint 2010 – Enhancements, Value and Strategy
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
October 29, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
October 29, Online, ‘What’s New from Bamboo?’ Webinar
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
October 29, Online, Silverlight and SharePoint – Bring Out the Magic
October 29, Charlotte, North Carolina, How to Effectively Utilize Microsoft Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010
October 31, Cape Town, South Africa, SharePoint Saturday

November 3, Online, How to Effectively Utilize Microsoft Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010
November 3, Online, Cloud Computing and SharePoint 2010
November 4, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, and Biotech
November 5, Online, Go Green with SharePoint
November 7, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, SharePoint Saturday
November 7, Raleigh, North Carolina, SharePoint Saturday
November 7, Redmond, Washington, SharePoint Saturday
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions
November 10, Online, SharePoint for Life Science
November 12, New York, New York, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites
November 14, Cleveland, Ohio, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Melbourne, Australia, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, San Antonio, Texas, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Tampa, Florida, SharePoint Saturday
November 16-17, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum 2009
November 18, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint – Business Process Automation and Workflow Design
November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint – Key Features
November 21, Birmingham, Alabama, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Phoenix, Arizona, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Richmond, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday

December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites
December 12, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday

January 9, Virginia Beach, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday

* If you are a Bamboo Partner please contact Janet Goda (janet.goda@bamboosolutions.com) to have your event included in the Bamboo Partner Events.

** Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event  or job listing in SharePoint Daily.

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