PowerPivot for SharePoint; Microsoft: ‘We Can Hand Over Office 365 Data”; Social Networking in the Workplace

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Understanding SharePoint 2010 Claims Based Security (video) (Channel 9)
Learn real world tips for configuring SharePoint claims based security from Altaf Gilani and Mark Massad. In this episode, we discuss how to implement claims based security in SharePoint, including lessons learned and general guidance. Altaf and Mark also give some valuable instrumentation and debugging tips that can save you hours of time. They also discuss implementing claims augmentation to add additional custom claims.

Introducing PowerPivot for SharePoint (SQL Server Magazine)
Business intelligence (BI) is a multistep process that traditionally has been heavily dependent on IT. Microsoft PowerPivot breaks with tradition by giving end users the tools they need to own some or all of the process. IT sets up the infrastructure, and end users implement the steps. As Figure 1 shows, end users utilize two tools: Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint.

Microsoft: ‘We Can Hand Over Office 365 Data Without Your Permission’ (ZDNet)
Microsoft’s words, not mine. Hidden within a whitepaper, detailing the security features in the upcoming Office 365 suite, it reveals links to the Trust Center; a treasure trove of data protection policies and legalities of how Microsoft will handle your data in its cloud datacenters. Next week, Microsoft will announce the launch of Office 365 in both New York and London, where ZDNet will have correspondents at both events.

Office 365 Preview Shows Some Key Omissions (V3)
A preview report on Office 365 by independent analyst Directions on Microsoft has said the service will offer strong competition to Google Apps and other cloud providers, but that IT managers should be wary of lost functionality. Steve Ballmer will be hosting a special event on 28 June which is almost certain to be the launch of Office 365, which will replace Microsoft’s current Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and add some improvements, notably single sign-on (SSO) capability.

But I Want That: Social Networking in the Workplace (CMSWire)
Years ago, when I first started working with customers on the concept of Intranets and corporate portals, people looked to the World Wide Web for a definition of what they wanted. In a discovery session with a client, one of the VPs said, “You know that new thing out there….the one where you can move your stuff around…you know, MyYahoo? That’s what we want.”

For Microsoft, Is The Cloud A Threat – Or Their Secret Weapon? (Forbes)
What does the cloud mean for Microsoft? That’s a question of particular importance to Satya Nadella, who earlier this year was named president of the company’s $16 billion server and tools business. I sat down with Nadella this week to talk about that question – and he makes the case that the cloud, contrary to widespread suspicion on the Street, should be an overall boost to the software giant’s business.

Microsoft Exploits Uproar Over Firefox 4′s Retirement to Beat IE Drum (ComputerWorld)
A Microsoft executive late Thursday used the furor over Mozilla’s decision to curtail support for Firefox 4 to plead the case for Internet Explorer (IE) in the enterprise. “I think I speak for everyone on the IE team when I say we’d like the opportunity to win back your business,” said Ari Bixhorn, director of IE at Microsoft, in a post on his personal blog. “We’ve got a great solution for corporate customers with both IE8 and IE9, and believe we could help you address the challenges you’re currently facing.”

 

Around the Blogosphere
InfoPath 2010 and Repeating Tables (Laura Rogers @WonderLaura)
Another name for this post could be “The most web part connections you’ve ever seen”, or “how to go insane in 41 easy steps”. Just kidding. I thought I’d whip this up ‘real quick’ the other day, and then it turned out to be 9 pages. This post applies to the enterprise version of SharePoint 2010 and Office 365 only. The Problem: If you’ve ever worked with repeating tables in an InfoPath form, you may have noticed how extremely useful they are, but then you may have soon realized the limits that inherently exist. Repeating tables are nice when we need to have a subset of information on a form. For example, when creating an expense report, there will be some basic information about the trip, and then a repeating table can be used for the itemized list of expenses. With this type of table, we can save “real estate” on the form by letting the users add as many lines as are needed in the itemized list of expenses.

Word Wrapping SharePoint List Column Headers (SharePoint News, Views and “How To’s”)
A customer for our Highlighter product recently asked us how you could modify SharePoints List View Web Part (LVWP) to word wrap column headers. He had found that as he had replaced lengthy text with status icons he could fit a lot more columns on the page – if only he could shrink the column headers down.
To be clear – this isn’t unique to lists using our Highlighter product, this example shows a basic SharePoint list with a long title that is causing a horizontal toolbar as it won’t word warp even though the column will only ever contain Yes or No.

SharePoint 2010 RBS Documentation has Been Updated (Stefan Goßner)
The Documentation about SharePoint 2010 and RBS on TechNet has been updated recently. You can find the links to the updated articles below:

How to Schedule Crawl Start/Pause in SharePoint 2010 Search by PowerShell (Aghy Blog (English))
In case of having not strong enough hardware there’s a pretty common request for start the crawl in the evening and pause in the next morning, before the work day starts. Scheduling the start of Full/Incremental Crawl is pretty easy from the admin UI, but you have to do some trick if you want to schedule the pause too. Here is my favorite trick: use PowerShell!

Findings Related to SharePoint 2010 Experiences in the ‘Using SharePoint for ECM’ AIIM Report (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Using SharePoint for ECM, the new AIIM report released earlier this week, focuses on a number of different sectors of interest including: SharePoint Adoption and Scale, Deployment, SharePoint 2010 Experiences, Business Process and Third-Party Integration, Forward Strategies, and Governance. A sampling of the survey results in the SharePoint 2010 Experiences sector include:

 

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Senior SharePoint Developer – Grand Rapids, MI
An exciting opportunity is now available at Amway in our Global Headquarters for a Senior SharePoint Developer. This role will guide the work of developers and be the point of reference enterprise wide in regards to the capacity of SharePoint for their needs. Some Architect work will be required as well, creating large complex diagrams and documentation skills are a must. Ability to be a liaison between the SharePoint technology experts and the end user groups, therefore strong communication skills are necessary to pair with  SharePoint 2007 and 2010 knowledge and experience.

 

Microsoft Updates
Best Practices for Team Collaboration Sites (SharePoint Server 2010) (TechNet)
This article is one of a series of best practices articles for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This article describes the typical characteristics and best practices for hosting collaboration sites in a SharePoint Server 2010 environment. SharePoint Server 2010 makes team collaboration easier with features such as My Sites, blogs, wikis, and co-authoring. When you plan for team collaboration sites, remember that these sites typically exhibit the following characteristics:

 

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