SharePoint Daily for August 11, 2008

Top News Stories
Does Oracle UCM Standup to SharePoint? (CMS Wire)
Gilbane recently produced a research paper entitled: Information Workplace Platforms: Oracle vs SharePoint which has some interesting findings on which of these two ECM platforms is the best choice for an organizations information lifecycle.

Will Cisco Take on Google and Microsoft? (BusinessWeek)
Cisco Systems reported its fiscal fourth-quarter 2008 financials last week, but while the San Jose (Calif.)-based networking giant beat Wall Street estimates, thanks to the hurdle posed by the law of large numbers, it forecast more modest growth going forward. "The market is clearly in transition, and we will use this time as an opportunity to expand our share of customer spend and to aggressively move into market adjacencies," CEO John Chambers said in a statement.

N Software Betas SharePoint Workflow Extensions (SD Times)
Eyeing Microsoft SharePoint as a platform for composite applications, a component maker has introduced workflow activity extensions for SharePoint that add communications and file transfer capabilities. On Aug. 1, N Software introduced seven beta workflow extensions for SharePoint. They provide for e-mail, FTP, RSS, SSH, SMS, SNPP (alphanumeric paging) and XPMM (Jabber instant messaging) activities.

The New Employee Connection: Social Networking Behind the Firewall (Computerworld)
Microsoft calls it TownSquare. Deloitte hosts D Street. IBM has its Beehive, and Best Buy its BlueShirt Nation. No, it's not a real estate explosion. In industries from retail to high tech, banking and manufacturing, companies are increasingly building networks behind the firewall where employees can create profiles and connect with one another in ways first demonstrated by LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace.


Around the Blogosphere
How To: Run A Workflow When a Specific Field Changes (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi all, Kesha here once again with a tip using Workflow. Stephen Howard posted a very helpful video showing how to design a Workflow which runs when a specific field changes, you can find it on Microsoft Office Online. In short, the video demonstrates how to create a mirror field to store the old value of a column, then how to use the conditions to ensure the Workflow runs only when the Document Owner field changes. In addition, the video shows how the conditions prevent “infinite loop”.

Video: Add Any Embed (Flash, Silverlight, iFrames, etc.) To the SharePoint Rich Text Editor (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
I am sooooooooo excited about this one folks. No more copy this and paste this snippet in to this snippet now re-paste, blah blah blah. Boris has again come to the rescue and this post was done using what I show in here. This is a must watch video for those who have wanted to use embed of any kind, not just in SharePoint blog posts, but anywhere that uses the rich text editor control.

Personalize a SharePoint Site (Get the Point)
I use a lot of SharePoint sites in my job, it can be hard to find the information I need. I use personal views to help with this. This is an example of a shared view of a page, one everyone can see.

"Ain’t it cool?" - Integrating SharePoint and Real-time Performance Data - Part 1 (CleverWorkarounds)
This is one of those nerdy posts in the category of "look at me! look at me! look at what I did, isn’t it cool?". Normally application developers write posts like this, demonstrating some cool bit of code they are really proud of. Being only a part-time developer and more of a security/governance/compliance kind of guy, my "aint it cool" post is a little different.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Available (Mastering SharePoint)
I received a notification today that Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is available for download.  It looks promising!  A couple of the new features I particularly like are Activities and WebSlices.

Registrations are Strong for the Best Practices Conference (Bill English Blog)
In my effort to keep the SharePoint Community informed about the SharePoint Best Practices Conference, I write a weekly blog post about the conference and what we worked on in the previous week. This past week, our Conference team spent focused time on trying to enlarge the use of the space that we have because our registration rate is so strong. With all of our speakers, staff and attendees, we'll have maxed out the space that we contracted for at the hotel.


Press Releases
Armedia Launches SharePoint Practice, Solutions (Forbes)
Armedia LLC, a leading provider of content management software and services, announced today a formal, full-service SharePoint Services Practice.

X1 Technologies Offers Unified Microsoft Sharepoint 2007 Search (Business Wire)
X1 Technologies, Inc., the innovator in enterprise search solutions, today announced its strategy for customers who require a unified enterprise search solution that encompasses Microsoft SharePoint 2007. The strategy consists of two new X1 Content Connectors for Microsoft SharePoint 2007, one server based and one that connects directly to the X1 Professional Client.


SharePoint Events
August 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
August 13, Jordan, Jordan SharePoint User Group
August 13, Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane SharePoint Users Group
August 13, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
August 14, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
August 14, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
August 19, Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
August 19, Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 19, Tallahassee, Florida, Tallahassee SPEED
August 20, Houston, Texas, Houston’s SharePoint User Group
August 20, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
August 20, Indianapolis, Indiana, SharePoint Users of Indiana
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 21, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
August 25-29, Sydney, Australia, SharePoint August Training Summit
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
August 26, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
August 26, Sydney Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
August 27, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
August 27, Melbourne, Australia, MOSSIG
August 28, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Pros
August 28, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland SharePoint User Group

September 1-3, Auckland City, New Zealand, TechEd New Zealand
September 2, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
September 3-5, San Francisco, California, Office2.0 Conference
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

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.


Microsoft Knowledge Base
Error message when you try to access the search settings page in SharePoint Server 2007: "The search service is currently offline" (KBAlertz)
When you try to access the search settings page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you receive an error message that resembles the following: The search service is currently offline. Visit the Services on Server page in SharePoint Central Administration to verify whether the service is enabled. This might also be because an indexer move is in progress.

Description of the Excel Services in SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: July 11, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issue that is fixed in the Excel Services in SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package that is dated July 11, 2008.

You may experience poor performance when you use many SetCell calls in Excel Services (KBAlertz)
When you use many SetCell calls in Excel Services, you may experience poor performance.


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