Migrating On-premises Apps to SharePoint Online; Thriving with SharePoint Governance; Microsoft Owns Netscape IP

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Migrating SharePoint 2010 On-Premise Apps to SharePoint 2010 Online (ComputerWeekly)
This is the final segment of a four-part guest blog post by Jeremy Thake, enterprise architect and Microsoft SharePoint MVP at Avepoint — previous blogs are all live linked. As discussed in the previous article, the promotion of SharePoint solutions from one environment to another can prove complex. To add to this complexity, when organisations decide to move from SharePoint 2010 on-premise to SharePoint 2010 online, any full trust solution packages used in the advanced tier cannot be deployed into the multi-tenant environment.

The Importance of Context (AIIM)
If I told you that when my daughter was very young, I once let her drink from a glass that had been contaminated with a grainy black particulate matter, you might think I was nuts. If I added that it was a glass of milk, and the particulate matter was OREO Cookie crumbs, you would understand. The additional information that proved so important in that sentence seems to be something that people are so willing to ignore as we move into an era characterized by communication at the speed of light. The information (context) that we forget to include is costing us followers, customers, and generally diminishes the value of the content that we choose to save for the next generation. For example, I remember watching a YouTube video that a friend sent me, of a group of men performing English Morris dancing to a concertina. According to the title, they are performing at Union Station, but there is no clue as to which Union Station (there are many). Yes, I could post a comment and ask the question, but the burden should be on the information provider, not the consumer, to handle that task. It is often the same with photographs; I would bet that one of the most frequently added comments on Flickr is some form of: “oooh, nice shot, where is that?”

Thriving in a State of SharePoint Governance (CMSWire)
According to the initial results of a Microsoft SharePoint governance survey commissioned by Axceler, more than two-thirds of the respondents consider SharePoint governance to be extremely or very important to their organizations. Yet nearly half of those same respondents confirmed that SharePoint governance policies do not exist or are undefined.

How to Choose a Cloud Hosting Service (PCWorld)
Not sure what cloud computing is, or how it can benefit your business? In this article, I’ll introduce you to the cloud, help you interpret the buzzwords, and explain how your business might save time and money using a cloud hosting service such as Windows Azure, Amazon EC2, or Rackspace. Discovering the Cloud and Cloud Computing: People use “cloud” as a buzzword when describing either the Internet or an intranet in association with some type of service or application offering. When you hear the term “public cloud,” think of the Internet; when you hear “private cloud,” think of your company’s intranet. Usually, “cloud” by itself refers to the public cloud.

Microsoft to have Begun Internal Windows Phone Apollo Testing? (WinBeta)
It seems Microsoft is beginning to internally test their next version of their Metro phone software. Windows Phone Apollo is currently being tested at Redmond, according to a Windows Phone app that counts all Windows Phone OS builds. The test comes from an emulator, which suggests Microsoft is testing the software in its early days.

AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP (TechDirt)
Just a few weeks ago, we had mentioned reports that AOL was looking to sell its patents. Sometimes, those kinds of things take a while, and may even involve auctions and whatnot. However, it looks like AOL got the deal done quickly, selling over 800 patents to Microsoft for just over $1 billion. The “good news” here is that the patents don’t end up in the hands of a pure patent troll, who will do nothing but sue over them. The bad news, of course, is that Microsoft is quite aggressive in suing others for patent infringement anyway, and you can expect some of these patents to start showing up in wasteful, innovation-hindering lawsuits before too long. And, of course, there’s the natural dead-weight loss of a ton of money going into buying patents, rather than directly into actual innovation.

Around the Blogosphere
How to Solve 2 Business Process Automation Pitfalls (ShareFEST Blog)
The life sciences industry is constantly seeking to streamline processes for clinical trials and drive down costs, all without sacrificing compliance. One of the most effective ways to do that is automation, which is why we are constantly transforming manual processes for our customers at HighPoint Solutions.

Unlock Your Customer’s Value by Integrating SharePoint with Your CRM System (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
SharePoint customers are finding new ways to leverage the power of SharePoint in combination with other Microsoft products to achieve their goals. Two customers that have taken advantage of the great integration between SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites and Dynamics CRM are Copenhagen Airports (CPH) and Boys and Girls Club of Canada (BGCC). By combining SharePoint with Dynamics CRM they have improved their customer experience and relationships while increasing site traffic and revenue goals.

InfoPath 2010 Creating Reusable Content (SP365)
If you’re reading this you most probably create InfoPath forms, this can quickly turn in to creating a lot of InfoPath forms. In any type of development it’s a great idea to create re-usable content and InfoPath is no different. Therefore today I am going to take you through InfoPath Template Parts. I saw a great presentation on this at #AUSPC by Patrick Halstead and I am now starting to build up some template parts of my own.

Dependencies, Microsoft Project, and Baking Cakes (The Bottom-Line PM)
OK, so one of the reasons Microsoft Project makes me nervous is that it seems like such A Thing. Like, this big unwieldy monster that is too complex for mere mortals like me to understand. Project is, for me, like wanting a little light reading to kill some time, and all I can find on the bookcase is a textbook about quantum physics. But Tim, Innovative-e’s resident Project Portfolio Management guru, insists that it’s not scary or difficult, and that the big-time processes that make Project seem so complex and foreign all happen in the background where you don’t even see them. Kind of like a car is powerful and fast, but when you drive it, you don’t worry about what’s happening under the hood. You’re concerned with where the car takes you rather than what’s going on with the engine. Project is the vehicle that helps you get your project to where you want it to be; stop thinking about what the engine is doing, and suddenly Project seems like just this everyday thing that helps you do what you want to get done.


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SharePoint Architect Job – McLean, VA
Provide SharePoint development support by analyzing specifications, designing logic, writing code, customizing products, and testing, debugging, and documenting software for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) portal implementations on cyber and related projects. Collaborate with the client CIO, APPS, and other mission groups to develop sites and create new functionality for SharePoint portal sites. Identify and resolve technical problems during portal implementation and rollout. Architect, implement, and manage a SharePoint server environment on multiple networks.

Sr. SharePoint Developer – Herndon, Virginia
The SharePoint Developer will be responsible for the O&M of existing SharePoint sites and the conversation of Lotus Notes/Domino databases to creation of new SharePoint sites in the support of the customer conversion initiatives. The SharePoint Developer will also provide basic application software support for SharePoint applications/sites including but not limited to adding and removing Site Collection Administrators (SCA); creating, managing, and deleting SharePoint lists and web parts; and providing guidance to customers. Provides advanced application development and technical support for customer websites.


Microsoft Updates
Importing SharePoint 2010 Site Definitions in Visual Studio 2010 (MSDN)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 provides a project type that enables you to import a site definition and add code. You can then deploy this site definition to the SharePoint Solutions Gallery and create new sites based on the site definition


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