SharePoint Daily for September 30, 2008

Top News Stories
SMC implements MOSS 2007 in Middle East (ITWeb)
SMC Enterprise has successfully completed the first of its offshore projects in the Middle East, an implementation of Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 for one of the largest upstream oil producers in the world.

Microsoft SharePoint Gets Search, File Sharing Features (NetworkWorld)
Data capture vendor Captaris and security software developer Epok had developed add-ons to Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2007 that let users search on document images and securely extend file creation and sharing across corporate boundaries. Captaris, best known for its RightFax software for distributing faxes, recently introduced the TIFF iFilter for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

CIOs Not Taking a Shine to Chrome (CNET)
Despite the hype, it seems few IT teams are testing Google's recently launched Web browser Chrome--yet. In's latest exclusive CIO Jury poll, the respondents revealed that they were still steering clear of the application, with 10 out of 12 saying their IT teams are not testing it.

What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You? (InformationWeek)
Content management reports and analysis are always interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on Enterprise Content Management is complete, it's certain to have a equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.

Connecting the Dots: Why Geocoding is Critical for Businesses (Directions Magazine)
Many companies have found geo-location or geo-targeting technology to be of value in Internet advertising. Pay-per-click search engines like Google and Yahoo offer the ability for advertisers to deliver targeted advertising banners based on the location of the website visitor's IP address.

Cloud Computing Is for Stupid People - Richard Stallman (Enterprise OpenSource Magazine)
In an interview published by The Guardian on Monday, Richard Stallman says "The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity. Cloud Computing - where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon are pushing forward their plans to deliver information and software over the net But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time. It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign."

Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government (Washington Post)
The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture. Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.

What Oracle didn't say at OpenWorld (CNET)
Is Oracle losing its touch? Or has it already conquered the enterprise software world and now lacks a compelling story to tell?

Cloud Computing and the Financial Crisis (On-demand Enterprise)
A somewhat neglected aspect of the current financial crisis is the huge spike in trading volumes in recent days. In some cases, they have raised to more than double the average of the months (and years) that preceded the crisis. Systems, of course, don't care if stocks are going up or down; they just need to handle the transactions. And for the most part, the IT systems of Wall Street, both at the banks and the exchanges, handled these unexpected "black swan" peaks.


Around the Blogosphere
International SharePoint Professional Association (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
It's good to see such a solid organization coming together without big brother pushing it along.  I'm referring to the grand rollout of the world wide professional SharePoint association known as ISPA (International SharePoint Professional Association at  The cool part... it stands on it's own as an organization and has a founding body of serious and committed people like Bob Fox, Darrin Bishop, Chris Regan, and Spence.  I still need to get to know Natalya, but you probably know her cool SharePoint for Squirrels blog.

What are the Phases of SharePoint Deployment? (Essential SharePoint)
This question came up Friday, I just happened to have them handy from the AppDev course I created last February. I thought I would repeat them here. There are six in all:

Announcing August Cumulative Update for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
The Microsoft Office team has changed the way that it delivers hotfixes for reported problems. This change comes in the form of cumulative updates and critical on-demand hotfixes. The objective is to deliver high-quality fixes in an acceptable time and on a predictable schedule. Cumulative updates are scheduled for every two months, so customers can be better prepared to test and apply new updates. Those who need an emergency fix can request critical on-demand (COD) fix. For information, please refer to

Declarative Workflows and User Context (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
My name is Darren and I’m one of the workflow testers for SharePoint Designer.  One of the ways that SharePoint Designer workflows operate that seems to be a point of confusion that I keep hearing about is that certain actions don’t always work when someone expects them too.  There are a number of reasons that this can happen, but the main one I would like to blog about is user context the workflow runs under.

Our New Website is Powered by MOSS! (SharePoint Solutions Blog)
We've been working hard for several months on a completely new public website for SharePoint Solutions. And, since MOSS 2007 now does such an admirable job of providing the tools needed to create highly-polished, publishing-oriented sites, it was just natural for us to make the new site powered by MOSS!

A Tour of the Microsoft Home (Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows)
Microsoft describes its home of the future like so: Located on Microsoft Corp.'s Redmond, Wash. campus, the Microsoft Home is a concept facility that models technology that might enhance life at home five to 10 years from now. Microsoft uses the facility to research and test future consumer technology concepts and explore how people use technology in the home.


Around Bamboo Nation
Did You Know? (We Take More Than Just the Dollar) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
If you haven't noticed from the questions that I've previously posted, people from around the world buy our products.  In recognition of the fact that we get questions from Singapore, purchase orders from Mexico, calls from the UK, and emails from Israel, we're branching out to be friendly to SharePoint users around the globe.

Customizing SharePoint with Web Parts: Modify a Shared Web Part (SharePoint Blank)
I've talked about adding Web Parts a time or two in the past, and on Friday I addressed closing and restoring Web Parts, but what if you just need to make a change to an existing Web Part?  Sit back and relax because, as you're about to see, modifying a Web Part is a snap.

Meet Jeff Webb, SharePoint Rock Star! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
The latest offering in our ongoing series Spotlighting the Rock Stars of SharePoint went live over the weekend, and it's a freewheeling conversation with Jeff Webb, the man whose very name is synonymous with Essential SharePoint.

Bamboo Solution's Partner Advantage Program Congratulates SharePoint Sense on One Year Anniversary! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Congratulations to SharePoint Sense on completing one year as a Partner Advantage Program member.  SharePoint Sense is based in central London and provides complete end to end solutions, training and recruitment for those utilizing Microsoft SharePoint and related technologies.  We look forward to our continued partnership in enabling our joint customers to recognize the value of Bamboo products.

Free Advertising for Bamboo Partners on Bamboo Nation (The Bamboo Team Blog)
We launched Bamboo Nation, the online community about SharePoint, back on April 26th, 2008.  We were cautiously optimistic that there was an audience for SharePoint content out there on the Web, but honestly nobody knew for sure.

How do I Troubleshoot SharePoint? So Many Logs! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
It's true there are likely more logs in SharePoint than any other Microsoft application (if you don't count the apps built on top of it) :)

Announcing the In/Out Schedule Board Solution Accelerator -- Now it Doesn't Matter That I Don't Know Where Anyone Is : (The Bamboo Team Blog)
The Bamboo Solutions Galactic Headquarters, here in Reston, aren't gigantic, but they're big enough to lose someone in. And every once in a while, I have an instant message conversation that looks something like this : (screen names have been changed, to protect the innocent)


SharePoint Events
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 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User 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, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 22, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
October 22, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
October 22, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
October 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
October 23, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
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
Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: August 26, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issues that are fixed in the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package that is dated August 26, 2008.

Next step, a roadmap to BI (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
A little follow up on Stian’s post about “Where did the good stuff go?”.


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