SharePoint Project Governance Best Practices; Document Collaboration Goes Social; Give Up on Windows Phone?

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SharePoint Daily LogoI have read that Windows 8 may work with Kinect. Does that change Google’s Gmail Motion to a prediction rather than a prank?  –  Dooley

Top News Stories
Evolution of SharePoint Project Governance: Best Practices for Today (CMSWire)
In yesterday’s article, “The Evolution of SharePoint Project Governance: Lessons Learned,” we explored the differences between SharePoint governance of the past and today’s holistic view of SharePoint governance as it relates to organizational goals and business needs. Today we reveal how an organization can move from the antiquated form of SharePoint governance to a modern form of SharePoint governance that provides true business value.

Five Common Migration Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (SYS-CON Media)
Migrating new versions of technologies such as Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365 and Windows enables organizations to reap important benefits, including enhanced reliability, usability, manageability and security. Yet the migration process to new application platforms and operating systems can be complex, time-consuming and arduous. Risk factors for compliance, governance, and productivity abound, especially when consolidating and moving critical applications and data across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.

Yammer Acquisition Adds Document Collaboration to Social Networking (CMSWire)
Today, Yammer announces the acquisition of UK-based OneDrum, a document collaboration and file sharing company that supports Microsoft Office. It’s become clear that Yammer is no-longer just another social network, it’s an organization’s primary productivity tool.

Microsoft And Azaleos Offer Different Cloud Perspectives On Office 365 (ITProPortal)
A couple of cloud studies have emerged recently, and both with pieces of research – one from Microsoft, the other from Azaleos – which have raised some different points, when it comes to Office 365. Microsoft’s cloud research, conducted by Edge Strategies, gathered responses from 3000 small businesses across 13 countries, and the headline news was that their usage of paid-cloud services is set to double over the next five years. Furthermore, the number of SMBs using at least one paid-cloud service will triple over the next three years.

Windows Phone’s Many Problems: Should Microsoft Give Up? (ZDNet)
Microsoft was resting much of its efforts in Windows Phone on the Nokia Lumia 900, and Nokia’s stake in the project was vital to its future smartphone building success. Described by one colleague as the “only good phone” to come out of the Microsoft–Nokia joint venture, its flagship phone was hit with a critical bug, the Windows Phone marketshare is slipping, and the Windows brand itself is waning in the wake of Apple’s success.

Microsoft Roadmap Leaks for Office 15, IE 10 and More Key Products (ZDNet)
Microsoft has provided some of its partners with a roadmap for next versions of many of its key products, including Office 15, IE 10 and Windows Phone, and parts of that document have leaked to the Web. One of the partners who received the roadmap, Maarten Visser, CEO of Meetroo — a new SharePoint and mobility startup — recently posted screen shots from it and tweeted links to them. “For who want to know: I got the roadmap from the Microsoft Partner Network, where it can be downloaded without logon,” Visser tweeted a week ago.

Around the Blogosphere
User Information within InfoPath Forms (Laura Rogers @WonderLaura)
There is a quick and easy way that information about the logged in user can be obtained from within an InfoPath form. You may have read my blog and other blogs before, with the user profile service web service instructions. In this post, I’m not going to be using the user profile service. This means that what I’m about to show you can be utilized with any version of SharePoint, whether you have a user profile service (enterprise) or not. This can be done with SharePoint 2010 Foundation, SharePoint 2010 enterprise and standard, and also WSS 3.0 and MOSS.

SharePoint in Education (Asif’s Blog)
Today, I want to focus on SharePoint in academic organizations. 1.How does SharePoint help educational institutions? 2.How do on demand educational tools align to empower them? The usual educational staff and teacher complaints stem from frustration with the time it takes to get access to needed data. More often than not, too many systems need to be utilized to get access to required data. This also subsequently requires remembering access information and passwords to all those systems.

The Clinical Trial Conundrum: 3 Major Challenges for Sponsors and How to Solve Them (ShareFEST Blog)
Anyone in the life sciences industry could tell you that Microsoft SharePoint solves a lot of problems when it comes to collaboration and proving compliance. And if they’ve been to ShareFEST, they can probably give you detailed instructions on how to boost organizational efficiency to save millions of dollars in time and resources.

April 2012 Office Update Release (TechNet)
The April 2012 Public Update release for Office is now live and available for download. This release contains 2 security bulletins and 3 non-security updates.

This Week in Bamboo (April 1st, 2012 – April 7th, 2012) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
At Bamboo this week, we resolved some bugs and released patches for the following products to the storefront: In/Out Schedule Board, List Rotator Web Part, Bamboo Visual Indicator and List Print.  More details about the patches can be found below.

Building a Schedule for SHARE: The SharePoint Conference for Business Users, Part 1 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
SHARE: The SharePoint Conference for Business Users is just under two weeks away, so I’m thinking that now is probably a good time to start building my schedule for the event.  To help make the planning process easier, conference organizers have helpfully made available to attendees an online schedule builder tool. Monday’s decisions are easy, as there are no competing events.  SHARE officially kicks off on April 23 at 3 p.m. with Dux Raymond Sy’s “jumpstart workshop,” Delivering Enterprise SharePoint Success at SHARE.  Dux’s workshop will be followed by a welcome networking reception and exhibition in the Exhibit Hall that runs until 8 p.m.  Be sure to stop by our kiosk for a chat with the Bamboo gang.


SharePoint Job Listings*
SharePoint Solutions Architect – Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada
The Microsoft Practice of CGI’s GTA division located in Toronto is responsible for providing architecture, technology consulting and support services to CGI’s customers. We have a challenging and rewarding career opportunity for a Microsoft SharePoint Solution Architect to assist with developing the SharePoint practice and leading the delivery of Microsoft SharePoint solutions across the related Microsoft technologies. As an architect you will be interviewing the executive stakeholders and designing an ECM roadmap based on SharePoint 2010 platform while deploying, documenting and training IT stakeholders on a pilot implementation using Microsoft best practices. This role understands interoperability issues and the strengths and weaknesses of platforms and products, and is able to provide a trusted voice at the decision-making table.

SharePoint Architect – Chicago, IL
Join a Premiere Microsoft partner, and work with some of the strongest Microsoft technology talent in the world. Magenic was created with the idea that it should be possible to have a consulting culture that combined bleeding edge technology and projects with a strong work-life balance. As a Magenic Consultant, you’ll be working with tier-A companies, on incredibly interesting projects – because we like to do the hard stuff. You’ll lead, architect, and develop customized SharePoint solutions in SharePoint 2010, working closely with our in-house development and UI teams, while getting to know our customers and their needs. The role requires lots of curiosity, technical acumen, and the ability to work with people.


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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