SharePoint Daily for October 9, 2008

Top News Stories
Why Security Pros Hate SharePoint, and What to do About it (NetworkWorld)
Microsoft SharePoint has many fans these days, but Andre Koot isn't among them. Koot, information security manager at the Unive Verzekeringen insurance company in the Netherlands, says implementing it is a lot like getting a tooth pulled. "The concept of SharePoint is okay, but every implementation is hard and miserable," he says. "SharePoint is the contrary of a Ferrari - great to own, bad to use."

Open Text: No More Multiples on SharePoint (CMSWire)
The Open Text — SharePoint saga continues, as the Enterprise CMS vendor announces new Open Text Storage Services for SharePoint. This new service lets customers store Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 content in external storage devices, reducing wasted space by automatically detecting multiple instances of the same content.

Microsoft's (Un)Secret Weapon for Winning the BI Battle (InfoWorld)
SQL Server may be one of the most popular databases today, but Microsoft nevertheless remains a laggard in the business intelligence market. It ranked just fifth among BI vendors last year, according to research firm IDC. But as Microsoft gets serious about BI, it has an ace that turns out to have been hiding in plain sight all along.

IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce Crowd The Cloud (InformationWeek)
The scramble is on among major IT vendors to establish their place -- and their brands -- in the cloud. IBM on Oct. 6 announced a handful of Web services as part of its push into cloud computing. Microsoft will reveal new details about its cloud strategy later this month. And is about to redouble its push into platforms as a service.

Does Windows Cloud equal Windows Strata? (CNET)
Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about "Windows Cloud"--the company's long-rumored cloud operating system. At the time, though, he noted that the Windows Cloud name was not necessarily the final name. On Wednesday, an eagle-eyed blogger noticed that the Web site for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference was listing several cloud computing sessions under the subject heading "Windows Strata." Microsoft has since taken down the Windows Strata references, but not before a number of blogs noted the listing.

The iPhone - A Great Cloud Computing Device (Sys-Con)
The iPhone is a great example of cloud computing – or more accurately Software plus Service. I’ve said this at a few recent conferences and it always gets a raised eyebrow when I put an iPhone in my presentation but it gets the message across. The combination of Internet connected devices and Internet delivered services is the direction the industry is headed.

Opera Releases 9.6 Browser (Daily Tech)
Opera made waves earlier this year, releasing its 9.5 "Kestrel" version of its desktop browser.  The Norwegian company has grown a small but loyal contingent of users over the years and continues to provide a solid alternative to an Internet Explorer versus Firefox world.


Around the Blogosphere
A SharePoint Adventure in "Publish Links to Office" (edhild's WebLog)
So I had a need to do a little thing such as get a link to a MOSS site to show up in the "My SharePoint Sites" Save-As dialog in Office. First, this wasn't a site that I was indexing so, I couldn't rely on it picking up the fact that I was a member and automatically putting it into My SharePoint Sites list on my My Site. So let the adventure begin...

Silverlight in SharePoint Web Parts (Method ~ of ~ failed)
Are you using SharePoint and want to know how to leverage Silverlight?  Have you seen the Blueprints project on Codeplex?  But what if those particular implementations don’t meet your needs and you want to create your own contained web part with your Silverlight 2 application?

SharePoint Integration With WebTrends (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
So it is funny how things work out. The other day I got a question on my Blog Network on Facebook (click here to join and take part in the conversation) where someone was looking for information on how to integrate WebTrends with SharePoint. This morning I had a meeting with a client who was looking for better reporting than SharePoint offered out of the box. Since the client already owns WebTrends we discussed that along with other options including the offering by Nintex called Nintex Reporting 2008. I promised to follow-up with how Microsoft’s own MSIT has integrated WebTrends and since I am sure others here have the same question thought I would pass along what I have been able to find out. A big thanks goes out to Ketan here at Microsoft for getting me some info asap…. Thanks Ketan!!

Unit Testing SharePoint Code (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
In some projects lately I've been faced with the question about how to unit-test SharePoint code. I've been experimenting with unit testing in Visual Studio 2008 and particularly testing SharePoint code. What do I mean by "SharePoint code" ? I mean server-side .NET code written against the SharePoint API (WSS 3.0 or MOSS assemblies, most notable the Microsoft.Sharepoint.dll).

Microsoft Appears in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology (Mohamed Zaki's Blog)
In Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology Microsoft appeared in the Leaders Quadrant; This report is all about: "This Magic Quadrant assesses vendors with capabilities that go beyond enterprise search to encompass a range of technologies. Their capabilities include search; federated search, content classification, categorization and clustering; fact and entity extraction; taxonomy creation and management; information presentation (for example, visualization) to support analysis and understanding; and desktop search to address user-controlled repositories in order to locate and "invoke" documents, data, e-mail and intelligence.

Publish Web Parts to the Web Part Gallery (Asif's Blog)
I have posted a new screencast out on the site showing how you can take a web part and upload it to the web part gallery to make it available through the Add Web Parts dialog box as shown below


Around Bamboo Nation
Site-wide Alerts in SharePoint? (SharePoint Blank)
I received a question yesterday via a comment on my Creating & Managing Alerts in SharePoint post from early September that I wanted to address on a wider scale rather than simply as a reply in the comments on that old blog entry.  The question, which came in from Ramesh, asked whether it's possible to set up an alert for a SharePoint site as a whole.

Accessibility & Compliance for SharePoint Solutions (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Regular readers will remember that before joining the team here at Bamboo Solutions, I spent most of the last decade developing consumer software products at America Online.  Accessibility was a critical concern at AOL, dating back to a major lawsuit filed against AOL by the National Federation for the Blind.  Confronted with the issue in court, AOL fully embraced the challenge of building accessibility into all of it's software and Web properties.

How to Display Only Search In All Columns with List Search Simple Web Part (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Isn't it funny sometimes how resolutions to problems just randomly hit you days later?  That happened to me yesterday.  Bamboo Solutions has a powerful search product called List Search Simple Web Part (also note it has a sister Web Part called List Search Advanced Web Part) where unlike the complex search capabilities of MOSS 2007, or even the search capabilities of WSS v3, you can easily define a specific list and set of columns to search on.


SharePoint Events
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 15, San Diego, California, Southern California 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, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
October 16, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
October 16, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
October 21, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
October 21, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group
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 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

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


Microsoft Updates
A Preview of Office SharePoint Server Site Templates (Get the Point)
My name is Tom, and I write for Office Online. I'm a new guest blogger on Get the Point, and today I'd like to discuss the default site templates included in Office SharePoint Server 2007. When you create a new Office SharePoint Server site, you can start by using a site template, which you can later customize. There are four categories of site templates from which you can choose: Collaboration, Meetings, Enterprise, and Publishing. In each category, there are several site templates provided.

Use a “Flat” View to Avoid Fishing for Files in Folders (Get the Point)
Are your files submerged in a deep folder structure in your libraries? Are you always fishing for files in folders? Are you over your frustration limit? By using a flat view, you can surface files from folders into a single view. Whenever you need to see all the files together, you can switch to the newly created custom view.

Create a Custom Site Theme and Make it Available to Others (Get the Point)
A theme in Office SharePoint Server is a set of fonts, colors, graphics, and other decorative elements that provide a consistent appearance to your site. A site comes with a set of themes that enable you to quickly change the appearance, based on your organization's needs. (For more information, see the article Change the site colors or theme on Office Online.)


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