SharePoint Daily for September 18, 2008

Christine DawsonSince starting SharePoint Daily my Outlook inbox gets more use than ever. Sometimes people send me interesting articles to use (which I greatly appreciate) and sometimes I get a short note thanking me for putting SPD together every morning. This week at the Mindsharp Best Practices Conference I had something new happen, I met a subscriber in person. I was taking pictures of the crowds visiting the Bamboo Booth when Jeff waved for me to come over and speak with someone. After fighting my way through the crowds I was introduced to Christine Dawson of Edelman Financial Services. It was a pleasure meeting Christine and I was very happy to hear how she scans SPD every morning and bookmarks certain articles to read later, then passes the newsletter on to others in her office. Christine, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and speak for a few. Be sure to watch your mail, I think there may be something headed your way.


Top News Stories
What Employees Really Do Online (Wall Street Journal)
Businesses are increasingly turning to the Internet to run software. Workers are increasingly using the Internet to do, well, whatever they want.

Jon Honeyball Looks Deep Into Our Eees and Foretells Doom for Microsoft's Future (PC Pro)
I've recently been looking at the new wave of sub-micro laptops flooding in from various vendors, with Asus' Eee PC range the best known. With each iteration the product just seems to get better and better, but with the arrival of the Intel Atom processor the whole genre has come into a new tighter focus. These aren't quick devices, and haven't a hope of playing games - but it doesn't matter, as they're the computing reincarnation of the pad of paper. Take notes on it, browse the web, check your emails: in other words, all the things you've always been able to do so well on your desktop, but using a fraction of the power. And at a fraction of the cost.

Are Social Networking Solutions Safe for Work? (TechRepublic)
There are benefits as well as risks to using business-controlled social networking solutions. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks is a question each management team must answer, given its unique culture, industry, regulatory issues, etc.

Mainsoft Expands MOSS, Lotus Notes Integration (CMSWire)
Mainsoft likes to integrate SharePoint and IBM Products. They’ve done it with IBM’s WebSphere Portal and with Lotus Notes. Today they are announcing that the Lotus Integration is going a few steps further covering more versions of the popular email client and Lotus Sametime.

Will SharePoint Support the New CMIS Standard? (Intelligent Enterprise)
In case you didn't read the blog entry about CMIS by Kas Thomas, 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. If history is to teach us anything about Microsoft's behavior, it would seem logical that Redmond will likely release a SharePoint "accelerator" to take advantage of this new standard.

One CIO Says He Wants Apple in His Enterprise – Could This Be a Trend? (IT Business Edge)
This week I was part of the “Get to the Point” session at InformationWeek 500 (very nicely attended conference, the right people, and the right topics), where two of us were given a few minutes to quickly respond to questions posed by Alex Wolfe, our moderator. My sharp counterpart, Toby Redshaw, CIO for Aviva (a Fortune 70 insurance firm that is in good financial shape), was both intelligent and articulate. I point that out because, in response to a question on Apple in the enterprise, he said “absolutely,” which is something I wouldn’t have attributed to someone who was clearly as competent as Toby appeared to be.

How Businesses Can Get More from Social Networking: Avoid the 'Kumbaya Zone' (CIO)
AMR Research analyst Jonathan Yarmis says that social media falls short of providing business value for many companies. In order to combat this problem, companies must start small and focus on what conversations they want to have in social media forums.

In Search of a Silver Lining (WhatPC?)
The concept of cloud computing is being vociferously promoted by hardware and software companies, which stand to profit from any mass adoption of cloud-based services. But beyond the tightly focused confines of vendor marketing departments, the model does not appear to be widely understood by potential UK buyers.

SharePoint Scores With Web Developers (SD Times)
Microsoft has forecast that SharePoint will hit US$1 billion in revenue for 2008, and some analysts are predicting that it will steamroll the Web 2.0 market. SD Times interviewed several experts to discuss what is drawing enterprises to use SharePoint as a development platform and how it should evolve going forward.


Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Magazine chats to Mike Fitzmaurice about Nintex Reporting (SharePoint Magazine)
As you are well known to the SharePoint Community, why not start by giving us a brief bio and letting us know how you ended up at Nintex?

Working with Visual Studio 2008 (Jeff's Blog)
Boy, I have to say what a pleasure it is to be developing under Visual Studio 2008 again! I finished a gig  with VS 2005 (why are big companies always 3 years behind?) and now I'm back in my own office working with current tools. Ahhh!

Enterprise Search Going Federated With a Very Important SharePoint Infrastructure Update (Zlatan's Blog)
In the past month I had to do a lot of catching up due to all the work and speaking engagements, and on pretty important one that I deployed in the past two weeks is the Infrastructure update for SharePoint.

SharePoint for Developers: 2. Development Environment (Gunnar Peipman's ASP.NET blog)
Before going to deep dive let's put up development environment. In this blog entry I will tell you how to put everything up and what tools we are using for which tasks. Well, if you read further then you have something to do for couple of evenings. Let's start!

Revisiting List Scalability (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
I hear it more than anything else lately. List Scalability is there anything on it?  Yes, there are a few solid resources that I recommend...


Around Bamboo Nation
Race Condition in RunWithElevatedPrivileges When Called From Partial Trust (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Bamboo attended the Mindsharp Best Practices Conference as a Gold Sponsor and yesterday Wes Bryan and I had a session on Web Parts and Code Access Security. It was a good session; it got a bit more technical than we had planned but I think we got the message through.

Don't Toss the Grenade Over the Wall! It Will Blow Up! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
I attended a presentation at the Mindsharp Best Practices Conference titled "Understanding Change, Power, and Conflict in Your SharePoint 2007 Deployment." The presenter was Mark Schneider who has over 30 years experience specializing in strategic technology planning and governance.  He really knocked the ball out of the park on this one.  Having been a SharePoint administrator for many years previously, he really brought to light why many SharePoint deployments fail and the preventative steps you can take to avoid this from happening.


SharePoint Events
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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