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Is SharePoint Trustworthy?; Most Disruptive Technology of 2013; Microsoft The Next Apple?

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Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes? (TechWeb)
I’m a SharePoint conference veteran. I’ve attended each once since they officially started in 2008, including the most recent one late last year in Las Vegas. What’s new among attendees now is a certain maturation about where SharePoint works well and where it doesn’t. Continue reading this entry »

SharePoint Specialists in Demand; Death of the Intranet; Is Microsoft Too Big to Fail?

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SharePoint Daily LogoI’m over winter already. It is dark when I go home and today it was pretty dark when I came in. Can we fast forward to Spring?  :-)  – Dooley

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Project Managers, SharePoint Specialists in Demand: Survey (ComputerWorld)
There is a dearth of skilled Share-Point staffers in New Zealand, says Tom Derbyshire, manager for IT recruiting at Robert Walters. Commenting on the firm’s third-quarter market update, released late last month, Derbyshire says many organisations requiring SharePoint talent are training staff internally in the Microsoft collaboration technology, rather than hiring, as there are so few experienced SharePoint candidates on the market. Continue reading this entry »

SharePoint Best Practices Begin with Governance; Microsoft Makes More from Android than WP7; Is the Cloud Still Safe?

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Microsoft SharePoint Best Practices Begin with Governance, Experts Say (SearchManufacturingERP)
Companies that want to implement Microsoft SharePoint collaboration should first have detailed governance and development plans in place, according to several analysts, manufacturers and integrators who have implemented the Web content management and collaboration software. They offered their Microsoft SharePoint best practices and tips. Such expertise can’t come fast enough for manufacturing IT departments, many of which face a desperate game of catch-up as demand for SharePoint rises, according to Tim Hickernell, lead analyst at Info-Tech Research Group Inc., based in London, Ontario. Continue reading this entry »

SharePoint Magazine Goes to Print; Possible Microsoft-Nokia Alliance for WP7; DRM = Cloud Security?

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Microsoft-Nokia Alliance — A Great Way to Turbocharge Windows Phone 7 Sales (ComputerWorld)
The rumor mill is working overtime, saying that Microsoft and Nokia will announce an alliance putting Windows Phone 7 on the most advanced Nokia smartphones. It would be a good move that could help the flagging fortunes of both companies in the mobile market. The rumors began when analyst Adnaan Ahmad of Berenberg Bank in Hamburg wrote an open letter suggesting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and top Nokia executive Stephen Elop (a former Microsoft exec) form a partnership. Continue reading this entry »

Social Networking in SharePoint 2010; Bing Loses More Money; The Fourth Amendment & the Cloud

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5 Ways Social Networking Has Improved in SharePoint 2010 (CMS Wire)
One of the biggest paradigm shifts in today’s computing environment is the influence of social networking, and how it affects day-to-day business activities. So how will SharePoint 2010 get with the times when it comes to social networking? Continue reading this entry »

Steve Ballmer on SharePoint Business; Upbeat Launch for Windows 7; Gartner Talks Cloud Security

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A Forrester Interview with Steve Ballmer About the SharePoint Business (ZDNet)
I had the pleasure to sit down with Steve Ballmer for an interview at the Microsoft SharePoint conference in Las Vegas this week. My research team at Forrester spends a lot of time thinking, researching, and writing about the future of information work. So getting Steve’s view on SharePoint’s decade-long evolution from a basic document sharing application to a broad platform for rapid application development, intranet and internet sites, content management, search, social computing, and composite applications, was something I couldn’t pass up. Continue reading this entry »

‘Open Internet’ Not so Open; George Moore on Windows Azure; Can Microsoft Compete in the Cloud?

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Google Apps vs. Office Web Apps: Can Microsoft Compete in the Cloud? (ZDNet)
Readers of ZDNet Education will know that I’ve been using Google Apps for some time and recently migrated my school district to Google Apps for Education (affectionately known as GAPE or Edu Apps, essentially their Premium Apps offering provided to educational institutions for free). The technology, particularly Gmail, has been remarkably well-received by staff and students, but acceptance of Google’s cloud-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software has been hampered among a sizable chunk of users by the perception that they need Microsoft Office on their desktops (no matter how small a fraction of its functionality they use). Continue reading this entry »

Early Look at SharePoint 2010; White House Unveils Apps.gov; Is Browser Speed an Irrelevant Metric?

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An Early Look at SharePoint 2010 (InfoWorld)
I avoided Microsoft SharePoint for many years. It wasn’t personal; I simply had too many other things to keep up with from Exchange, Office Communications Server, and a host of other releases. However, about a year ago I decided to begin working with SharePoint, and while I wouldn’t say I fell in love with it, I loved the features it afforded me as an IT administrator. With it, I could quickly put together a site collection that included a document library, a blog, a wiki, a forum, and so on. Simply put, SharePoint 2007 is an excellent intranet or extranet tool set. Continue reading this entry »

Best Practices Conference Updates; Snow Leopard a Pale Imitation of Windows 7; PowerPoint 2010 Teaser

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Largely Unplanned SharePoint Growth Causing Enterprise Problems (CMS Wire)
There’s a lot of anticipation about the upcoming SharePoint 2010 release. But back on Earth, the reality is that SharePoint 2007 has already become a key component of enterprise infrastructure. In fact, according to a recent IDG survey, 62% of CIOs said that SharePoint was a critical component of their technology portfolio. And these organizations have big plans for expanding SharePoint use in the next year. Continue reading this entry »

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