SharePoint Daily for November 25, 2008

Top News Stories
SharePoint for Search? Sure, Say Some Companies (IT Business Edge)
Just last week, I wrote about the strengths and weaknesses of Microsoft’s SharePoint, the content management software being hailed as the company’s fastest-growing product ever. Shortly after posting, I encountered a Computerworld article describing how theater chain Cineplex Odeon uses SharePoint as an ad-hoc enterprise search solution that helps users track down data contained in e-mails, portals and other tricky areas. The article mentions that “many businesses” employ SharePoint in this way.

Energizer Says Microsoft's a Great Host (CNET)
One might think that as a CIO, it would be tough to have someone else running all of your desktops and many of your servers. Not so, says Randy Benz, CIO of Energizer. For more than three years, Energizer has handed off much of those duties to Microsoft. And he'd be fine with Microsoft running just about everything, save perhaps for the company's iconic battery-powered bunny.

Microsoft Reaches for the Clouds (RedmondMag)
Microsoft is giving customers a lot to chew on these days. At its recent Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles, attendees witnessed the first public demonstration of Windows 7, as well as Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie taking the wraps off Microsoft's long-anticipated cloud-computing platform, called Windows Azure. Unexpectedly, Microsoft also demonstrated the next version of Office, which lets workers create and edit files in the Web browser.

The Obama Effect (Forbes)
Rarely do national political agendas have a direct bearing on CIOs, but next year will be different. Frank Kelly, Deutsche Bank's (nyse: DB - news - people ) managing director and head of government affairs for the Americas, told the Semiconductor Industry Association Nov. 19 that the Obama administration will look to make swift and deep changes throughout the business world. And while Obama said this is "tech's time," he also said the emphasis will be on everything green.

Switch to SaaS For Free (ebiz)
One of the things customers like most about SaaS and cloud computing is that they don't have to pay the upfront cost of installing the infrastructure. The provider bears that cost and recoups it from the customer on a pay-as-you-go basis. This does have implications for the provider's own finances, as Omniture CEO Josh James explained in a keynote at last week's SIIA OnDemand conference, but it leaves customers smiling. Many of them are finding that they're paying less for SaaS applications than they used to spend simply maintaining the application infrastructure replaced by the SaaS alternative.

Kumo? K'mon!(The Washington Post)
Rumors are buzzing this morning that Microsoft's Live Search may be rebranded as Kumo in 2009. The sleeping giants in Redmond, Washington have apparently been busy snapping up all the variants of Kumo: com, .net, .jp, .fr, .ru and so on. Right now the only information on most of these domains is they are being held by CSC Corporate Domains. According to, watchers of all things Windows Live (hey, somebody's got to do it), CSC is Microsoft's domain registrar of choice at the moment.

Security in Windows 7: BitLocker and More (PC Magazine)
We wrap up our survey of security in Microsoft's new OS with a look at BitLocker ToGo, IE8, AppLocker, and the improved System Restore options.


Around the Blogosphere
Workflows Not Being Associated With Lists/Libraries (Chris O'Brien)
I don't often do "a funny thing happened to me on the way to configuring a SharePoint farm recently"-type posts, but I'm making an exception here - this issue not only took a bit of figuring out, it's also kind of interesting! This is partly because SharePoint doesn't do what you'd expect it to do under the circumstances, and you could probably chase your tail for a while on this one if you didn't think it through.

Cool Navigation in SharePoint 2007 using jQuery – Teaser! (Jan Tielens)
So you think GUI coolness nowadays is only related to fancy RIA stuff like Silverlight? Think again! The video above is a little project I’m working on, using jQuery plugins to show a cool way to navigate to the Lists and Document Libraries of a SharePoint site. So there are no requirements on the client, everything is done using Javascript! Nifty isn’t it? I need to polish the code a little bit and I hope to be able to release it later on this week. But i’m still thinking about a cool name .. any suggestions?

SharePoint Magazine Talks to Mike Walsh about His New Book (SharePoint Magazine)
Mike, you’ve been a SharePoint MVP for a long time. Why haven’t you written a book before? There are a couple of reasons. Firstly I never thought of it and secondly no one asked me - at least not until fairly recently. As you probably know I was one of the MVPs who combined to write a book for Wrox (Real World SharePoint 2007) but that came about because another MVP had put the idea of such a book to Wrox and he’d then asked for volunteers to write a chapter each on something they felt happy about writing about. So I wrote the introduction!

Fairy Tales in SharePoint Land: The Mean Old Project Sponsor (EndUser SharePoint)
Once upon a time, in the Land of Unrealistic Expectations, there lived a mean old Project Sponsor. This Project Sponsor was known throughout all the land as being the meanest, most pedantic project owner that ever lived….a fact made all the more difficult given that this particular Project Sponsor was the Queen of the Land.

A Paradigm Shift Toward Traffic Optimization with the Social Web (SharePoint Joel)
SEO or Search Engine Optimization has been the buzz since before Google was in its infancy.  I remember old and submitting my URLs to "hundreds" of search engines.  That method trying to submit to thousands of the search engines and adding categorizations, keywords, and titles is a thing of the past.


Around Bamboo Nation
How to View SharePoint User Alerts (SharePoint Blank)
I recently received a question in response to my how to create & manage SharePoint alerts post that touched on an area of alerts management with which I was unfamiliar.  Regular readers can probably guess what this means.  Yes, it's time for another exciting installment of what's becoming an increasing regular feature, one which I'm sorely tempted to dub SharePoint Blank Investigates.  (As an ardent admirer of hardboiled detective fiction and film noir, I ask that you please indulge me this harmless flight of fancy.)

How to Install and Configure the SharePoint Analytic Accelerator (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Having recently introduced the SharePoint Analytic Accelerator to an appreciative SharePoint nation, we thought that a step-by-step installation and configuration guide might be equally well received.  And since we aim to please...

Bamboo Welcomes Devault BV to the Partner Advantage Program (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Our newest partner, Devault BV, joins us from the Netherlands.  Devault specializes in offering complete ICT solutions to small and medium sized companies. Devault One is a unique modular concept that runs Microsoft SharePoint as a main portal and is easily customizable upon need of the customer with other market proven ICT services like Mamut Business Solutions, MS Dynamics NAV/CRM, MS Exchange (e-mail), MS Office Communication Server (OCS), MS Office, Hosted PBX (VoIP), Hosted Fax.  Welcome to the Partner Advantage Program, Devault BV!

This Week in Bamboo (Nov 16th - Nov 22nd) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Since the release of MashPoint R1.0 on November 7th, we enhanced and released Calendar Plus Web Part and Chart Plus Web Part. These enhancements allow users to bring external data in via MashPoint framework and display using Calendar Plus and Chart Plus. We continued fixing bugs for our other products. See the updates below.

Put Some Teeth in Your SharePoint Task List (The Bamboo Team Blog)
As Director of Online Operations here at Bamboo, one of the tools I use to keep my team on track and in sync with the rest of the company, is an ordinary SharePoint task list.  We review this list every Monday morning with representatives from other teams across the company.  We make updates to this list throughout the week reflecting our progress against key projects and ongoing activities.  Anyone looking for the current status of a particular project can check in and see what's going on.


Microsoft Updates
Install updates for Microsoft Office 2007 Help (Help and How-to)
If your computer is connected to the Internet while you are using the programs in the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you already see the latest Help articles. If your computer is not connected to the Internet, you see the Help articles that were included on the 2007 Microsoft Office system CDs. If you can't connect to the Internet while you are using an Office program, you can now see the latest Help articles by downloading and installing updated Help files.


SharePoint Events
November 25, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
November 25, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
November 25, Online, The Basics of Content Types in SharePoint 2007
November 26, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group

December 2, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
December 2, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
December 2, Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
December 2, San Diego, California, San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting
December 3, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 3, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 4, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
December 4, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases
December 9, Tampa, Florida, TOGA User Group Meeting
December 10, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
December 10, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
December 10, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 10, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 11, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
December 11, San Francisco, California, San Francisco SharePoint Users Group
December 11, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
December 18, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

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Posted Nov 25 2008, 08:15 AM by Chris Dooley | Edit this post


David Kitchen wrote re: SharePoint Daily for November 25, 2008
on Thu, Dec 4 2008 10:52 AM


I noticed you'd pingback'd Jans Tielens blog on using jQuery with SharePoint and thought you'd like to know about the utility that we've just open sourced.

ShUIE = SharePoint User Interface Extender

It allows you to dynamically (according to context) insert JavaScript and CSS into any SharePoint page.

The announcement is here:

And the code and documentation is here:



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