SharePoint Daily for September 17, 2008

Top News Stories
Cisco Takes Aim At Microsoft's Stronghold (bMighty)
Small and midsize businesses may soon have something new when selecting desktop applications: choice. Microsoft's hammerlock on the desktop may loosen as a couple of industry heavyweights try to wedge their way onto the desktop.

Thriving Mid-Market For Enterprise Content Management (MySolutionInfo)
Despite predictions of Microsoft dominance, mid-market Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendors have become stronger and more diverse going into 2009, according to research from CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies.

Microsoft SharePoint and the CMIS Standard (CMSWatch)
In case you didn't read the blog entry about CMIS by Kas, Microsoft, EMC, and IBM recently announce that they, along with other vendors like Open Text and Alfresco, have submitted a new content integration standard to OASIS. This new standard should enable disparate content management solutions to exchange content in a more standardized way. Presumably, this standard will enable organizations with multiple content repositories manage and present (to various applications) those repositories as a virtual content store.

SharePoint Performance Demands Finely Tuned SQL Server, Storage (SearchWinIT)
One interesting result of the swift corporate uptake of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is that SharePoint administrators are meeting SQL Server database administrators and getting a crash course in storage technology for the first time.

InformationWeek 500 Trends: Web 2.0, Globalization, Virtualization, And More (InformationWeek)
You gotta try it; everyone's doing it. That's how it feels sometimes with business technology, where the buzz around a new idea (virtualization, social networking, cloud computing) can get so loud it leaves a CIO wondering (and perhaps a CEO asking), "Are we the only ones not doing this yet?" At times like this, it's good to have 500 innovative friends to be able to ask about their strategies.

NextLabs(R) Announces Solution For Microsoft SharePoint Information Governance (MarketWatch)
NextLabs(R), Inc., the leading provider of policy-driven information risk management software for Global 5000 enterprises today announced the upcoming release of Compliant Enterprise 3.6, its extensible, XACML-based Enterprise Entitlement Management system that allows enterprises to configure, administer, enforce, review, and audit fine-grained access policies and authorizations across applications. The new release enhances the native security or Microsoft SharePoint to allow organizational or corporate policy to be centrally applied across SharePoint sites to govern the use of SharePoint, ensure compliance, and minimize information risk.

The ECM Suites Report 2009 Released Today (CMSWatch)
Today I'm proud to announce the release of the 2009 edition of The ECM Suites Report. Expanded out to over 400 pages, I believe this constitutes the most comprehensive ECM product evaluation report of its kind. In this edition we have added some new vendors, dropped some old, and revised all 30 product reviews.

Bamboo Takes MOSS Project Management to New Levels (CMSWire)
Bamboo Solutions knows a lot about SharePoint. They should. Their business is focused on delivering collaborative business solutions based on the SharePoint platform. Their latest solution to hit the pavement is the Project Management Suite for SharePoint and it looks jam packed with functionality any project manager using SharePoint would drool over.


Around the Blogosphere
Environmentally Green SharePoint – (Includes FREE gift) (Andy Dale officetalk)
It might seem to rain all day at the moment, but still we hear of the dangers of ‘Global Warming’ and the importance of being 'Green'.

Getting to Know You - Intro to SharePoint BI (Part 1 of 6) (SharePoint Magazine)
Business Intelligence (or BI as the cool kids are calling it) has been buzz word du jour for quite some time now. Gartner research lists it as the Number 1 technology priority for 2008 for CIO’s the 3rd year running. Clearly someone important cares! As SharePoint professionals, how can we deliver on these priorities? And what does SharePoint have to do with BI anyway?

My SharePoint Best Practices Presentation (edhild's WebLog)
While we are waiting for the decks to be officially postes on the sharepoint best practices portal, I've posted a copy on skydrive. It may not be the exact final copy, but it should be pretty close.

Wildcard Search Web Part Release 2 is Here! (Corey's .NET Tip of the Day)
In keeping with my commitment to continue to give back to the SharePoint community, I am pleased to announce Release 2 of the Wildcard Search Web Part for MOSS Enterprise Search.  This new version of the Wildcard Search control adds support for passing a scope to the query using the standard 'S' URL parameter.  This allows you to use the scopes dropdownlist so that you can query other content sources (i.e.: the BDC).

SharePoint Designer Constantly Crashing? (Boris Gomiunik)
On my latest project I’m working on I was having serious trouble with SharePoint Designer. As soon as I opened a certain page it hung up, crashed, collapsed and in many cases it wasn’t responding. I’ve checked the proper syntax of the code (there was some custom XSLT), CSS, etc. Even tested the code in some validators to see if I forgot to close some tags, or left something out. Nothing.


Around Bamboo Nation
SharePoint Branding for the KB Accelerator – Part III: Solutions (The Bamboo Team Blog)
This article is the third in a series of five that describe how to customize and brand a SharePoint site using several different methods.  We will demonstrate how to customize a site template that hosts Bamboo’s Knowledge Base Accelerator, and in the process review the pros and cons of each different customization method.

Best Practices Conference iPod Giveaway (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Glen Campbell of Eugene Oregon's PeaceHealth was the winner of the Bamboo Nation branded iPod at the 2008 Mindsharp Best Practices Conference. There was a huge uproar from one of the tables near the back when Glen's name was called making me believe that Glen is a pretty popular guy. Don't think for a second that Glen had it easy, winning wasn't as simple as throwing your name in a bowl. All attendees of the show were given a BINGO card and had to visit each booth and to get their card stamped.

10 Best SharePoint Practices from Thomas Rizzo (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Thomas Rizzo (Microsoft, Director of SharePoint Group) opened up the Mindsharp Best Practices Conference with a wonderful overview of where SharePoint is and some of where SharePoint is going (as much as he could without being handcuffed by the MS Police).

Frequently Asked Questions About Installing Bamboo Web Parts (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Well, it has been a while since my last blog post, so I've decided to write few articles about some of the most common support questions we hear regarding Bamboo Web Parts and SharePoint in general. In this post,  I will discuss two issues that commonly cause confusion during the installation of Bamboo Web Parts.


SharePoint Events
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 17, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
September 17, Houston, Texas, Houston Area SharePoint User Group
September 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
September 17, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
September 18, Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint Usersgroup
September 18, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
September 18, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
September 18, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
September 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
September 20-21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10
September 23, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
September 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
September 24, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
September 25, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
September 30, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group

October 2, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
October 7, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group October Meetup
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 8, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
October 8, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 9, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
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
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

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


Microsoft Updates
Use JavaScript to enable formatting of Data View UI controls (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi, Andy Lewis here again.  Today I'm here to talk about how to work around a certain type of challenge you might run into when trying to customize the user experience (UX) of a form in a SharePoint application.


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