SharePoint Daily for September 19, 2008

Top News Stories
Autonomy 'Enterprise-Proofs' Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for Large, Global Enterprise Customers (MarketWatch)
Autonomy Corporation plc, a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that its information processing technology extends Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) to meet customer requirements for scalability, connectivity and conceptual search. Autonomy's Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) software is hosted by Microsoft or deployed onsite by hundreds of large, global MOSS customers to enable SharePoint users to find and process content based on understanding the meaning of information. As an example, IDOL's highly scalable, distributed architecture is in use in one of the world's largest SharePoint retrieval projects, which consists of 400,000 users, 25,000 sites, and over one billion documents.

Enterprise 2.0 Forum: JP Rangaswami (Corante)
I’m here at Enterprise 2.0 Forum in Cologne, enjoying the conference even though a lot of it is in German and I am entirely incompetent in the language. Luckily, JP, like me, is speaking in English even though he says he can ‘listen German’ rather than ’speak German’.

How Businesses Can Get More From Social Networking (Network World)
For all the talk of businesses embracing Web 2.0 and social software tools, most companies are still at the very early stages of adoption, says Jonathan Yarmis, an analyst at AMR Research who focuses on emerging technologies. In his latest research note on companies taking their first step into social media, he says that companies must avoid the "Kumbaya Zone" - the place where social media is ultimately a time-waster and has little business value.

Microsoft Losing Grip on ECM Mid-market (vnunet)
Mid-sized organisations have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing an enterprise content management (ECM) supplier, according to new research from independent ECM analyst CMS Watch.

Mid-Market Enterprise CMS Thrives, SharePoint Suffers (CMSWire)
SharePoint suffers, as mid-market Enterprise CMS (ECM) vendors excel, a report from CMS Watch reveals. After an evaluation of 30 leaders in the ECM industry, everyone seems to be happy except the Microsoft people — which seems to be becoming a trend. Ironically enough, it is Microsoft SharePoint that is propelling the industry forward.

IBM to Offer SAAS Version of Lotus Notes (eWeek)
IBM plans to offer a hosted version of Lotus Notes, which will bring the enterprise application into the modern Web services and Web 2.0 world. However, such an offering will join myriad other SAAS messaging and collaboration suites in the market. IBM will need to offer some compelling differentiators, such as social software or 3-D tools.

Wired Whiteboards Allow ‘Truly Interactive’ Lessons (Wicked Local Stow)
Most adults, when reflecting on their academic careers, inevitably conjure up images of the dreaded chalkboard — marked-up hands and clothes, clouds of chalk-dust floating from erasers, and, worst of all, the incessant squeak and scratch of chalk on board that has been feared by students for decades.

Apple + VMware = Big Business (The Motley Fool)
If Steve Jobs doesn't want to push Apple into the enterprise computing arena, maybe VMware can do the honors.

Amazon Expands The Cloud With Content Delivery Service (InformationWeek)
The service is similar in concept to networks operated by Akamai and Limelight, which use low latency, high speed data transmission to distribute digital content.


Around the Blogosphere
Extending SharePoint Search (SharePoint Magazine)
There are more than 20,000 SharePoint licensees in North America. The number of SharePoint users is in the one million range. SharePoint is one of Microsoft’s success stories, cementing the company’s grip on the crucial enterprise content management. Exact data are not available, but one thing is clear-SharePoint is a widely used content management and collaboration system.

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...

Video: Five Pillars of Enterprise Social Computing - Introduction (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
One area of request I keep getting is to provide a good overview as to some areas of Social Computing that companies can exploit today wit little overhead while delivering maximum value. This week I received two separate requests from clients for short concise overviews of this and even received a request from an internal group. With that in mind, and with a due date of September 26, I have created an introduction video that provides an overview of the areas of coverage I will be providing.

Group Permissions,How Does it Work? (Reza Alirezaei’s Blog)
Browse to the People and groups page in site settings and click on one of the existing groups. From Settings menu, choose View Group permissions:

MOSS Column Limits and SharePoint Solution Generator (Tom Clarkson)
My current SharePoint project involves setting up lists in the browser then packaging them as features for deployment. To export the lists we are using SharePoint Solution Generator (the one good part of VSeWSS). This works well as a one time process but since some manual cleanup is needed to handle lookup fields any later changes probably need to be done by manually editing schema.xml.


Around Bamboo Nation
Warm Up Your Demo Servers (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Ok, you've got a demo to do in a few minutes and you've just booted up your demo server.  You know that your initial page loads on you MOSS/WSS demo sites are going to be slow, but man, that looks really bad in front of your customer...what to do?  Since SharePoint is an ASP.NET 2.0 application it uses just-in-time (JIT) compilation on first use causing your initial page loads to be slower.  Wouldn't it be cool if I could magically force JIT compilation before I got in front of my customer and soured their impression of my demo just because my pages were loading slowly?


SharePoint Events
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, Iselin, New Jersey, New Jersey SharePoint User Group
September 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
September 24, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Toronto, Canada, Toronto SharePoint User Group
September 25, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
September 25, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington SharePoint User 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 9, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
October 16, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
October 16, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
October 16, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
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

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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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