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# Thursday, February 04, 2010

An introduction training is available on the Office Beta web site about the new SharePoint 2010 user interface. During the course, you will go have an look at the ribbon, how to work with lists and document libraries and also how to edit and create pages and sites.

The course is free and available here : http://officebeta.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/overview-RZ101806469.aspx?lc=en-us&section=1

Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:23:28 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
SharePoint | Technical
# Sunday, January 31, 2010

For those people that want to evaluate and try Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, Microsoft released last week the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine.

It seems to be ready for Hyper-V and it encompasses in fact two virtual machines :

1.- A domain controller server with SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010 and the Office Suite 2010

2.- A joined Windows Server 2008

As everything has a price, the download weight 13.5GB :-)

Sunday, January 31, 2010 8:12:12 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Google has recently announced a new project : a new system programming language named "Go". Here is a little summary of what this language is.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:24:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Programming | Technical
# Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Title : Essential SharePoint 2007 - Delivering High-Impact Collaboration

Authors : Scott Jamison, Mauro Cardarelli, Susan Hanley

Summary :
Deploying SharePoint and leaving it to the users and not monitoring it is the best way for failure. This is known and true also for non-SharePoint projects. But what really lacks with SharePoint is how to demonstrate the management what could bring SharePoint in an organization and how to improve the SharePoint infrastructure during its life. In other words, when deploying SharePoint, governance is one of the important keys to success.
This books not only describes the SharePoint functionalities but also gives some guidance to better know your organization and how to solve its collaboration problems and is the first SharePoint book I read that is talking about "information architecture". It describes the different 2003 to 2007 migration options, what are the possible backup, restore and disaster recovery scenarios. Then it goes through Records Management, workflows, Search and finally Business Intelligence, providing plenty of step-by-step examples and screenshots

Onthe other side, I had the chance to attend the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas session of Scott and Susan that was very interesting and a source of inspiration to make a SharePoint deployment a success not only from a provider point of view, but also a success for the users.

Review :
This book is not for developer or technical people, but more for people that need to sell SharePoint as a collaboration platform. For me, it is not for end-users as well. We can feel that the book is not relying only on the functional expertise of SharePoint but also on the way information workers are working with IT and their habits. Excellent examples can be taken to put in front the business value or the benefits of the platform. Finally, I think this book is a good starter for talking about SharePoint governance.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:44:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Book Review | SharePoint
# Saturday, January 16, 2010

Title : SharePoint 2007 User's Guide: Learning Microsoft's Collaboration and Productivity Platform

Author : Seth Bates, Tony Smith

Summary :
This book described the different functionality of SharePoint 2007 from a users and power users point of view. Therefore, this book is not technical and is not showing any code.
First, the notion of sites, lists and document libraries are described with a lot of screenshots. Then, the book is going through workflows, policies and the different way of page personalization, finishing by two case studies or solutions solving document management and project collaboration in few steps.

Review :
Definitely, this book is not for techies or advanced users. Nevertheless, as the book is really user oriented, you can learn some functionalities that are less exposed or used but nevertheless very useful. It means that if people know already SharePoint or working with the product on a daily basis, it can be read quickly.
The two solutions presented at the end of the book are very good examples of how to address typical collaboration problems quickly and providing a high value without going into an expensive development project.

Saturday, January 16, 2010 4:35:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Book Review | SharePoint | Technical
# Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The next meeting of the Swiss SharePoint Club will take place in Basel. The topics will be around workflows and projects management.

For more information and registration, it is here : http://clubsps.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 6:20:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
SharePoint

Title : Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006

Author : Daniel Woolston

Summary :
BizTalk Server 2006 was until last year, the latest version of the middleware product from Microsoft. Since, the new version, BizTalk Server 2009, has been released. Despite BizTalk Server 2006 is not the first or second version of the product, it really needs documentation on how to use and develop on this platform as it is absolutely difficult or impossible to start on such product like this.
The book is structured around the different component or pieces of BizTalk : Messaging, Schemas, Maps, Ports, Orchestrations. It covers all the aspects of the product even tackling the application deployment.
It is full of useful screenshots and the explanations are clear enough even if you don't have the software at hand.

Review :
Working with BizTalk since couple of years, I found the book quite basic. Ok, the title contains "Foundations", so don't expect advanced explanation but rather take it as a first look at BizTalk. A good example is to read it before an intermediate or advanced training. At the end, it gives an excellent overview of what can be done and how can specific problems can be solved with BizTalk Server 2006. Another good point is that it is not a big pad to read and can be absorbed in a week-end :-)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 5:59:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Book Review | Programming | Technical
# Thursday, December 03, 2009

Since a bit of time now, the Azure Platform pricing has been released by Microsoft. It has the merit of being published, but sounds difficult to estimate what is needed when starting a project or the implementation of a solution. Hopefully, this will become clearer with the time and usage...

On the other side, MSDN susbcribers have some benefits we can see here.

Start date : 1st of January and available in Switzerland !

Thursday, December 03, 2009 8:18:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Technical
# Saturday, November 28, 2009

If you encounter the "Unrecognized attribute 'allowInsecureTransport..." error when you want to display the properties of a SharePoint 2010 Application Service (like the "Managed Metadata Service"), it is likely that it is a known issue of the WCF framework.

Microsoft has just published few days ago the hotfix KB976462 available on the connect site that solves the issue and enables the edition of the Application Services properties.

Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:49:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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