Building a ‘How To’ Intranet; Kinect for the Office?; Google in the Enterprise

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Top News Stories
5 Steps to Build a ‘How To’ Intranet (CMSWire)
A recent poll we conducted showed that employees want more how-to content on intranets. But how do you design an intranet that puts “how to” content at the center of your strategy? Having been involved in a project to implement a task-based intranet using SharePoint, I’d recommend the following five step approach:

IE9 Continues to Boost Its Windows 7 Market Share (The Next Web)
Today in a blog post, Microsoft touted the continued rise of its Internet Explorer 9 browser on the Windows 7 operating system. There are two facts that you need to keep in mind, the first of which is that worldwide, Internet Explorer 9 appears set to beat the aggregated market shares of Chrome and Firefox on Windows 7. Secondly, in the United States, it already has.

Microsoft Spills the Beans on Office 2010 (PC & Tech Authority)
Microsoft has released a technical preview of its next version of Office and revealed that web-based versions of key applications will be available at no cost to subscribers of Windows Live services. The software giant announced the availability of a technical preview release of Office 2010 for select customers and partners at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans.

Can Google Play In Enterprise Software? (Nasdaq)
Is Google, the world’s leading online advertising firm, really committed to becoming a major player in enterprise software? The answer is unclear. In this article we look at the reasons for the stalled deployment of Gmail at one of Google’s largest public sector accounts to date, the city of Los Angeles. We conclude that while Gmail is a first-rate consumer email product, Google does not presently have the right products to be a significant player in enterprise software.

Commercial Version of Kinect for Windows Development Kit Due in Early 2012 (ZDNet)
Microsoft delivered a beta of a software development kit (SDK) enabling the Kinect sensor to work with Windows PCs in mid-June 2011. But this SDK was licensed for non-commercial use only. The Softies declined to say when the commercial-use version of that SDK would be out — until today.

Which Tech Giant Will Own the Future? (TechNewsWorld)
Of all of the companies, Apple has the most difficult path. This is because it recently lost the one person in the world who had the proper skills to run that company. This is because Steve Jobs redesigned Apple around his unique skill set. To continue at its current level, it can’t just be good — it has to be outstanding, and the firms that did this consistently last decade can be counted on one hand with four fingers left over.


Around the Blogosphere
October 2011 CU for SharePoint 2010 has Been Released (Stefan Goßner)
The product group released the delayed August 2011 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. Be aware that the October Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is a Post-SP1 hotfix. That means that you should ensure that SP1 is installed before the October CU.

Be Careful When Planning to Install MOSS 2007 October 2011 CU and Service Pack 3 (Stefan Goßner)
Due to a problem in the October 2011 CU it is not possible to install October CU on top of MOSS 2007 Service Pack 3. If a fix from October CU is required right now you can use the workaround to first install October 2011 CU and Service Pack 3 afterwards. This sequence is fully supported and will avoid the issue.

Silverlight, MVVM & SharePoint – About this Series… (Andrew Connell)
Like many people who get into Silverlight, I quickly caught the bug and enjoyed this technology that allowed me to create robust business applications in the client relatively quickly. With a few months under my belt I then started looking into different development patterns and grabbed ahold of the Model-View-View Model (MVVM) design pattern… I shared my experience of how I learned MVVM here.

SharePoint was Piiiissed (Todd Klindt’s SharePoint Admin Blog)
Tonight’s episode covers a couple of SharePoint battles I’ve been fighting the last couple of weeks, and how I triumphed over them. I cover how one of them really upset SharePoint. I also talk a little bit about warm-up scripts, and when they’re hot and when they’re not.

How to Deploy SharePoint Successfully the First Time (Perspectives on SharePoint)
Let’s take a look at what history has taught us in the IT world. We build or buy an application, we install that application and then we roll the application out to the users. Our job is now done and we move on to the next application. If we are rolling out SharePoint we follow the same pattern and this is why SharePoint deployments fail!

“SharePoint? is Pure Crap!” (EndUserSharePoint)
Some time ago I was involved in a heated conversation about SharePoint. At some point, one of the people said that SharePoint is pure crap as it is all what comes from corporate Microsoft. Definitely a “hater”. These types of comments strike me because of the similarity with what is going on in the political environment. The language we are using is divisive.

Bamboo Earns Three Microsoft Gold Competencies (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Bamboo recently renewed its membership in the Microsoft Partner Program and has earned the highest level of achievement possible in the areas of Content Management, Portals and Collaboration, and Independent Software Vendor (ISV).  Microsoft established new requirements for partners last year – making it much more difficult for partners to earn a Gold level competency.  Bamboo is extremely proud to have been able to earn three separate Gold distinctions.  Only 1% of Microsoft partners worldwide are recognized with the Gold ISV Competency, and  Bamboo was able to earn that and two additional competencies in Content Management and Portals and Collaboration.

An Event Apart is a World Apart (The Bamboo Team Blog)
This week I had the pleasure of attending a web design conference in DC called An Event Apart that encompassed content, usability, as well as design for the internet experience. The experience was the first of its kind for me, as I’ve only attended SharePoint Saturdays and conferences here and there. Over the years I’ve become familiar with the SharePoint culture and fan following, and knew immediately at AEA that I wasn’t in SharePoint Land anymore. Many attendees brought note-taking devices and it was Apple as far as the eye could see. Welcome to the other side.


SharePoint Job Listings*
Inside Sales Representative – Reston, VA
Presently, we are seeking an Inside Sales Representative. The position will become part of a sales team responsible for achieving targets for existing customer accounts and identifying new sales opportunities. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated professional who is personally oriented to building trusted and lasting relationships with prospective customers.

Technical Project Manager – Denver, Colorado
Provide project management support for the implementation of NewsGator product lines, including desktop products, Enterprise products, SharePoint solutions, web-based products, and NewsGator web services. This position is customer facing, in both a pre- and post- sale capacity, and requires some travel to / contact with NewsGator enterprise customers typically customer Project Management, Business Analyst, Business User, IT Support, and Executive Management. Candidate must have strong background managing enterprise software deployment projects.

Enterprise Support Engineer – Denver, Colorado
Provide 1st and 2nd level technical support for NewsGator product lines, including desktop products, Enterprise products, SharePoint solutions, web-based products, and NewsGator web services. This position is customer facing and requires frequent contact with NewsGator enterprise customers typically System Administrators and IT function level management. Candidate must be well versed in all aspects of customer support.

Software Engineer – SocialSites Developer – Denver, Colorado
Develop and debug NewsGator applications in C#, HTML, JavaScript, XML, and SQL on SharePoint. While the candidate may be responsible for overall system architecture/design for a particular feature or capability, the candidate should expect software coding to be the primary function of this position.


Microsoft Updates
Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Search for External Content Types (Part 1 of 2) (MSDN)
Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) enable users to easily include external data as results for the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 search capabilities. Learn to configure external content types for SharePoint Server search indexing and options for configuring SharePoint Server search results.


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