I am horrible at remembering events. You can ask my family how many birthdays and random holidays I have completely spaced on even though I have alerts set up on my phone. They are mostly used to it by now and don’t think too much about my forgetfulness. Every now and then I miss a big event and have to try and make up for it later… While I am late, as usual, I felt I had to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICROSOFT! I’ll do you a favor and not sing but I will be over later with a cake and party hats. –Chris
Top News Stories
Three Phases of SharePoint: What Type of User Are You? (NetworkWorld)
SharePoint, Microsoft’s software program offering everything from online document management to Intranets to social networking sites, has over 100 million users and a majority of them are from Fortune 500 companies, according to Microsoft. But SharePoint is a sprawling piece of software and rarely does any business use it for all its features. Some organizations implement SharePoint for immediate needs like social networking or document management. Or it could be used as a platform to organize all your business apps and establish policies for content types and taxonomies. Some of the heavier SharePoint customers use it to plan their technology roadmaps.
Enterprise Collaboration: Drivers Wanted (CMS Wire)
If the road to Enterprise Collaboration is paved with good intentions, then project teams ought to focus less on paving and more on drivers, the employees. When drivers are only viewed occasionally through a rear view mirror, the result will likely be no different than the myriad of defunct (AKA: inactive) online communities and groups that increasingly litter the lanes along the Superhighway. User Adoption is the key to success and yet corporate systems become congested with the tools and technologies that employees abandoned – if even adopted to begin with.
What Microsoft’s IE9 Moves Mean for You (CIO)
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has created some ripples in the browser sector lately, which could have implications regardless of whether you are in the Microsoft Internet Explorer camp. Microsoft said last week it would not make Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) compatible with Windows XP. Meanwhile, the new browser’s share has surged to 3.6 percent in March, ahead of the recently released Firefox 4.02 and Chrome 11.0, which have shares of 2.80 percent and 0.43 percent, respectively, according to analytics firm Net Applications.
Will Microsoft Reshape Business Intelligence? (RedmondMag)
Data is out of control in many corporations. There’s simply too much of it. It’s common now for even small businesses to have 1TB or more of data to manage; larger firms have much more than that. Simply collecting the data, though, is the easy part. Managing and using it are far more difficult tasks. That’s where business intelligence (BI) software comes in. For more than a decade, BI tools have offered a wide range of analytic and reporting capabilities, allowing even relative computer novices — such as non-IT executives — to dive into corporate data and actually come out with something useful.
Windows Azure Changes the Way We Think About Software ROI (DevProConnections)
There are a number of elements relevant to the potential of an Azure application—elasticity being one of the most interesting. The idea that you can, on demand, scale up and down your application based on need. And you are only billed for what you use, more or less. But Azure billing is more detailed than that. You pay per hour per computing instance and per gigabyte for storage, uploads, and downloads. And that billing detail opens an interesting avenue for determining the real cost and benefit of software.
Microsoft Windows 8: 10 Reasons It Will Shatter Windows 7 (eWeek)
When it comes to operating systems, there’s no more important company than Microsoft. For years now, the software giant has been dominating the OS landscape around the world. And with nearly every release of its operating system, it has been able to improve upon its preceding launches. If nothing else, Microsoft understands the operating system space, and knows how to be successful in that market.
A Scenario Where Windows Phone 7 Could Prevail (NetworkWorld)
Microsoft has been unable to boast hot sales of smartphones running its new Windows Phone 7 operating system, prompting comparisons to the Kin debacle of 2010. But a new analysis of the initiative bodes well for WP7 and Microsoft in due time. Randall Stross, a Silicon Valley author and professor of business at San Jose (Calif.) State University, lays out the scenario on how WP7 will succeed in a column in Sunday’s New York Times.
Around the Blogosphere
I Wanna Be … A SharePoint MVP (Views from Veronique)
Seeing as the latest wave of MVP’s has just been awarded, it’s likely to be on a few people’s minds as to how to achieve this. The first thing you have to ask yourself is – how are you standing out from the crowd? What are you doing that makes you rise head and shoulders above anyone else in what you do? If you can answer that, you could be on your way to MVP.
Estimating Time to Complete a Task (The SharePoint Blog)
All of us working on SharePoint projects are asked, at one time or another, to estimate the time needed to complete a given task. This could be installing SharePoint, configuring some web parts, adding content, or simply writing up a meeting or workshop. Well as you will probably know estimating is one of the most difficult tasks you will be asked to do. It’s just plain hard.
Governance – What Does It Mean to You? (21apps)
“Huge set of documents telling you step-by-step what to do.” I’m not convinced that that is the official definition of governance! But after reading a large number of governance documents over the years, I’m beginning to think that most people/companies think the number of pages in the governance document equates to its value! “Feel the weight of my governance doc!”
Six Steps to Understanding Business Process Management: Part III – Ensuring User Adoption (EndUserSharePoint)
This is the third article in the Six Steps to Understanding Business Process Management series. If you’d like to receive the entire series as an eBook, please register to receive a free copy and we’ll email it to you as soon as it is completed. Today, we’ll discuss how to ensure user adoption of the changes – including both procedures and new systems – that come as part of a BPM project.
SharePoint Job Listings*
Microsoft SharePoint Developers – Chantilly, VA
SAIC’s ISBU is seeking top-quality software engineers and web developers to support our customers growing needs in developing and deploying SharePoint based applications and collaboration services. The SharePoint developer will work to analyze, design, and develop custom solutions based on the customer’s mission and organizational requirements. We are focused on providing our customers unique services and expertise to leverage their existing SharePoint and infrastructure to unleash the broad scope of what SharePoint can deliver to their enterprise. SAIC builds high performance teams focused on maintaining your core skills, supporting your capability to deliver superior results, and team of like-minded developers providing support as needed.
Configuration Management DataBase (CMDB) /SharePoint/Portal System Manager – MacDill AFB, FL
SAIC has a need for a CMDB/SharePoint/Portal System Manager on our CENTCOM contract location MacDill AFB Tampa, FL. The position is responsible for the effective system administration, development, and operations of the CENTCOM J6 CMDB/SharePoint/Portal on a Windows/SQL platform. This includes the design, development, testing, installation, upgrade, implementation, and support of the ITSM v7 application suite for US troops located throughout Southwest Asia.
Deploy a Client Tool for Taking SharePoint Content Offline (Video) (Microsoft TechNet)
This video shows how to deploy Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 to SharePoint client machines so that end users can efficiently synchronize offline work with SharePoint sites. In order to benefit from this video, you should have expertise in the following areas: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 administration; SharePoint site administration; Microsoft Office 2010 policy deployment.
- April 6, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- April 6, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Workflow Conductor Webinar
- April 6, Orlando, Florida – How to Effectively Plan, Execute and Control SharePoint Projects
- April 7, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- April 7-9, Oslo, Norway - Arctic SharePoint Challenge
- April 9, Boston, Massachusetts – SharePoint Saturday
- April 9, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota - SharePoint Saturday
- April 9, Perth, Australia – SharePoint Saturday
- April 11-13, London, England - Best Practices Conference
- April 12, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Essentials Webinar
- April 12, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Calendar & Scheduling Workshop
- April 13, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- April 14, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Data Visualization & Dashboarding Workshop
- April 14, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Lists Workshop
- April 17, Las Vegas, Nevada - The Experts Conference 2011
- April 20, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- April 20, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Workflow Conductor Webinar
- April 20, Online – SharePoint Administration Webinar
- April 20, Online - Leveraging External Content Types in SharePoint 2010 Webinar
- April 21, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- April 21, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Framework Solutions Webinar
- April 26, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Essentials Webinar
- April 26, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Data Visualization & Dashboarding Workshop
- April 26, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Lists Workshop
- April 27, Online - Bamboo SharePoint Essentials Webinar
- April 28, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Calendar & Scheduling Workshop
- April 28, Online – Going Social without Going Crazy, or Broke Webinar
- April 30, Copenhagen, Denmark - SharePoint Saturday
- April 30, St. Louis, Missouri – SharePoint Saturday
- May 7, Houston, Texas - SharePoint Saturday
- May 7, Atlanta, Georgia – SharePoint Saturday
- May 14, Troy, Michigan – SharePoint Saturday
- May 17, Las Vegas, Nevada - Leverage Microsoft Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 for Project Management Success @ NACSTech
- May 18, Online - Success is Spelled with U: You should get Users Involved Webinar
- May 19-20, Denver, Colorado – SharePoint Fest
- June 1-3, Boston, Massachusetts – SPTechCon
- June 8-9, Vienna, Austria – SharePoint Konferenz 2011
- June 11, Sri Lanka – SharePoint Saturday
- June 11, Tampa, Florida – SharePoint Saturday
- June 15, Online - Secure and Accessible: Records Management Done Right Webinar
- June 18, Sacramento, California - SharePoint Saturday
- June 20-21, Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, UK - Delivering SharePoint Success Exclusive Mentoring Workshop
- July 27, Chicago, Illinois – SharePoint Fest
- July 30, New York, New York - SharePoint Saturday
- August 11, Chicago, Illinois – SharePoint Fest
- September 24, Manchester, New Hampshire – SharePoint Saturday
- October 3-6, Anaheim, California - Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011
- April 5, Dallas, Texas – Applying SharePoint 2007 – MOSS Core Features – SharePoint Solutions
- April 7-8, Rosslyn, Virginia – SharePoint 2007 Power User Level I – SusQtech
- April 11-15, Washington, DC – SharePoint 2010 Core Technologies – Mindsharp
- April 12, Nashville, Tennessee – Mission: Automation – SharePoint Workflow and InfoPath – SharePoint Solutions
- April 18-20, Chicago, Illinois – SharePoint 2010 for Power Users – SusQtech
- April 18-21, Washington, DC – SharePoint 2010 Power End User – Mindsharp
- April 19, Chicago, Illinois - Introduction to SharePoint 2010 – Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 – SharePoint Solutions
- April 19, Dallas, Texas – Applying SharePoint 2007 – MOSS Advanced Features – SharePoint Solutions
- April 20-21, Online - InfoPath 2010 Power End User – Mindsharp
- April 25-29, San Francisco, California – SharePoint 2010 Core Technologies – Mindsharp
- April 25-29, Minneapolis, Minnesota – SharePoint Designer 2010 (Beta) – Mindsharp
- April 25-29, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Create Branded Solutions with SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management Beta – Mindsharp
- April 26, Dallas, Texas – Exploring SharePoint 2010 – New Features – SharePoint Solutions
- April 26, Dallas, Texas – SharePoint 2010 Upgrade and Planning – SharePoint Solutions
- May 2-13, Winchester, Virginia – SharePoint 2010 Immersion – SusQtech
- May 17, Dallas, Texas – Introduction to SharePoint 2010 – Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 – SharePoint Solutions
- May 17, Dallas, Texas – Introduction to SharePoint 2010 – Using SharePoint Server 2010 – SharePoint Solutions
- May 23-25, Winchester, Virginia – SharePoint Designer 2010 – SusQtech
- May 24, Nashville, Tennessee – Exploring SharePoint 2010 – New Features – SharePoint Solutions
- May 24, Nashville, Tennessee – SharePoint 2010 Upgrade and Planning – SharePoint Solutions
- May 26-27, Winchester, Virginia – Styling & Branding in SharePoint 2010 – SusQtech
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