SharePoint Daily for July 30, 2008

Top News Stories
Demystifying Cloud Computing (Web Wereld)
noun 1. a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground.
verb 2. figurative [trans.] make (a matter or mental process) unclear or uncertain; confuse."
This is how the New Oxford American Dictionary defines the term cloud'. The first meaning of the term cloud is pretty straightforward. However, when you add 'computing' to it, you get an approximation of the second definition: something unclear and nebulous.

Collaboration Takes Center Stage as Market Embraces SharePoint (IT Business Net)
There is movement afoot -- a groundswell of office workers are now sharing, collaborating and streamlining everyday business interactions. Their platform of choice is Microsoft SharePoint, which today has logged in over 17,000 user companies and exceeded $1 billion in sales. Put another way, more than 100 million users are tapping the benefits of a collaborative work environment.

SharePoint Licensing Confusion Abounds (intelligent enterprise)
Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to speak to various customers about SharePoint licensing. The common theme is that most don't understand Microsoft licensing in general and SharePoint licensing specifically. In fact, most customers are pretty confused by the dizzying array of options, choices, and requirements Microsoft has constructed.

Microsoft Zooms Into Data Quality (Ovum)
Microsoft has expanded the data management capabilities of its SQL Server platform by acquiring Israeli data quality start-up Zoomix for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition is intended to strengthen Microsoft's SQL Server platform, with Zoomix's software being included in future releases of its database system.

Traditional CRM vendor fights back by integrating SharePoint, Outlook (NetworkWorld)
Microsoft may be engaged in a price war with, but traditional server-based CRM vendors have hardly rolled over and cried uncle. Today, CDC Software announced that it is taking on the cloud vendors by one-upping Microsoft and tightly integrating with Microsoft's back office apps including SharePoint.

Bamboo Solution's Bundles Extend SharePoint Functionality (Information Week)
Bamboo Solutions is probably a familiar name to the IT staffs at enterprises running SharePoint. The company made headlines in couple of months ago when it released information on how to run SharePoint on a Vista box, but it's also one of the best known and most successful vendors of plug-in modules intended to enhance SharePoint's base functionality.


Around the Blogosphere
Free SharePoint Webinar - Findability and Your Intranet (Mastering SharePoint)
Starting this Thursday morning from 9am to 10am (PST), I will be delivering the first in a series of free webinars on the topic of SharePoint Findability.  Along with each of these free webinars, I will be writing an article that will be downloadable, in PDF format, right here on my blog; see the post I made this last weekend here.

A Better Way to Search (SharePoint Blogs)
Anyone who has implemented Search knows all about the fun of setting up your Document Library content types as searchable meta-data. That step alone can be mind numbing, and once you have it done it always seems like one or two columns never show up for the mapping to be made until a few days later. No matter how many times you run full and incremental scans. It's like it has a mind of it own.

Wow, SharePoint as True App Platform with K2 and BlueThread (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
I only have a few minutes then I have to get moving and head back to the Microsoft Offices here in Tampa for day 2 of meetings (we have a 7:15 start time). However I did want to quickly point out something that I saw/listened to yesterday that has me incredibly jazzed. SharePoint being, now try and say this 5 times fast ;-) , the most prolific portal product on the planet, has a very large partner ecosystem.

Moving Documents in SharePoint, and Metadata Corruption (Real SharePoint)
I speak to a lot of SharePoint administrators who get very frustrated at SharePoint’s handling of metadata when they use the “Send To” option on documents or when they use “Open with Windows Explorer” from the Actions menu. To help sort out what these two native content management tools do to metadata, I decided to spend some quality time with my test server and map it all out. Here’s the result, my guide to SharePoint’s built-in content management tools.


Press Releases
BizCom Launches Hosted Microsoft OCS 2007 Services (Business Wire)
BizCom Web Services, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class Internet hosting solutions, today introduced its Hosted Microsoft® Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 service. Offered as an add-on to BizCom’s Hosted Exchange Service, this winning combination of advanced communications functionality and outsourced management gives small- to medium-sized businesses the ability to implement a fully unified, enterprise-class communications platform for minimal cost.


SharePoint Events
August 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group August Meetup
August 6, New York, NY, NYC Sharepoint User Group
August 7, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
August 7, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
August 7, Arlington, VA, The SharePoint Users Group
August 13, Jordan, Jordan SharePoint User Group
August 14, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
August 19, Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 20, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
August 21, Columbus, Ohio, COSPUG Meeting
August 21, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
August 21, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore SharePoint Users Group
August 25-29, Sydney, Australia, SharePoint August Training Summit
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
August 27, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
August 27, Melbourne, Australia, MOSSIG

September 4, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10

October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference

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Microsoft Knowledge Base
You receive alerts for every file that is uploaded to a document library in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in SharePoint Server 2007, although you set up alerts by using a filter for the custom view (KBAlertz)
Although you set up alerts by using a filter for the custom view on a SharePoint document library in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you receive alerts for every file that is uploaded to the document library. You expect to receive alerts for only the files that match the filter criteria.

You cannot change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout in SharePoint Designer 2007 (KBAlertz)
In Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, you try to change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout. To do this, you try to click Master Page on the Format menu. However, the commands on the Format menu are unavailable. Therefore, you cannot change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout.


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