SharePoint Daily for December 17, 2008

Top News Stories
New White Paper for CFOs Offers Advice for Improving Finance Operations in 2009 with Microsoft SharePoint (MarketWatch)
Systems Alliance, Inc., a regional systems integrator providing high-value IT and business consulting services, today announced the availability of a new white paper for finance and IT executives, titled, "Meeting CFO Objectives in 2009: Five Ways Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) Can Help. In plain English, the paper explains how finance execs can benefit from SharePoint, gaining control over time-consuming, complex and costly business activities, saving money, while improving compliance, collaboration and operational efficiency.

Elements of a Successful SharePoint Search (Legal Technology)
The ability of law firms to differentiate themselves by controlling access to legal information has been significantly diminished by the Internet. At the same time, the pressure to use that information in conjunction with legal expertise to deliver increased value to clients has intensified.

Microsoft Releases Free Office-ODF Interoperability Guides (Computerworld)
Microsoft Corp. will publish technical documents on Tuesday describing how it built support for the rival Open Document Format (ODF) within Office 2007. In addition, Microsoft will also give away notes on how it supported its own format, Office Open XML (OOXML).

Everything Goes to the Cloud: Q&A With HP Exec Marc Olesen (E-Commerce Times)
HP wants every component of its portfolio to have a cloud counterpart, VP of SaaS Marc Olesen told the E-Commerce Times. There are several reasons for this strategy, which the company embarked upon years ago, but the viability of SaaS during difficult economic times is far from the least of them.

'Illegal, Unethical, Untrustworthy' Clouds (Information Week)
When word got out that medical researchers were contemplating ways to employ cloud computing, privacy rights watchdog Deborah Peel sounded an alarm. Is Peel right to be worried? Or does this potential storm cloud have a HIPPA-compliant lining?

Windows Azure Services Platform gives wings to .Net (TechWorld)
Microsoft intends its new Windows Azure Services Platform to be a serious cloud computing platform for a broad range of developers and scenarios, from lone developers starting up a new Web-based company on a shoestring to large teams of enterprise developers looking for high-performance, highly available, and scalable Web sites, computing, and storage. A few years out, Microsoft wants Azure to be seen as the preferred location for enterprise data, not as a business risk. It's off to a good start.

Microsoft: Emergency Patch for IE Flaw Coming Wednesday (Washington Post)
Microsoft is signaling that it plans to ship an emergency software update on Wednesday to fix a dangerous security hole in its Internet Explorer Web browser that thousands of compromised Web sites have been using to install malicious software.

Sorting Through the Latest Windows 7 Benchmark Results (InfoWorld)
Windows 7 is not faster than Windows Vista. Yes, it is! No it's not! Is too! Looking at all of the benchmarks now surfacing for the "pre-beta" Windows 7 releases is enough to make your head spin. It brings to mind the age-old adage "there are lies, damned lies, and statistics." Or in this case, benchmarks.

Windows Azure Services Platform (Reseller News)
Microsoft intends its new Windows Azure Services Platform to be a serious cloud computing platform for a broad range of developers and scenarios, from lone developers starting up a new Web-based company on a shoestring to large teams of enterprise developers looking for high-performance, highly available, and scalable Web sites, computing, and storage. A few years out, Microsoft wants Azure to be seen as the preferred location for enterprise data, not as a business risk. It's off to a good start.

 

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Magazine Chats with Paul Culmsee (SharePoint Magazine)
Tell us about your career history. My first IT job was part-time in 1989 assembling IBM XT PC’s so I am officially old. I remember seeing a 30MB hard disk (about the size of a brick) and thinking, wow how will you fill that’!  I also knew life before this world of Windows that we now live in.

Windows 2008 not Playing Nice with Central Admin (The SharePoint Farmer's Almanac)
This is one for your "that is odd" file. Just finished installing MOSS 2007 on a fresh w2k8 server with SQL 2008. All 64 bit. I am hoping to build a dedicated production server for http://www.sharepoint911.com instead of the current prod, test, dev, try crazy stuff server we have. After I finished installing I ran configuration wizard and created a new farm successfully. When config wizard finished it automatically launched Central Admin and all was well. I started bouncing around starting services and such. The home page of central admin looked something like:

Documenting Your SharePoint Application Design-Part 1 (Rob Foster's House of Southern-Fried SharePoint)
In my role, I am lucky enough to get to design lots of very cool software to solve (sometimes difficult) business problems.  Many times, these applications involve design solutions that leverage SharePoint technologies.  In this series, I will be discussing some of the design patterns and documentation patterns that I have encountered in my applications.

SharePoint Workflow Forms Development with ASP.NET 2.0 Pages... Without the Pain! (Andrew Connell)
One of the biggest value add propositions of SharePoint's integration of Windows Workflow Foundation is the introduction of a human element. The biggest piece of this is likely the forms. Developers are given two options: ASP.NET pages (for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007) or InfoPath forms (as long as you have a MOSS 2007 license). I usually prefer InfoPath forms because you can build and deploy a fully functioning form with zero or no code pretty quick. However, you're limited to just MOSS deployments...

New Whitepaper Describing Automated Setup of MOSS 2007 Has Been Released (Stefan Goßner)
This white paper provides information and guidelines for building scripts that can automate the installation of Office SharePoint Server 2007, the configuration of servers, and the creation and joining of farms. Code samples that you can copy and customize to match your farm and configuration are included.

Free, Downloadable eBook: The Calculated Column, Session Two - Text and Data (EndUser SharePoint)
Dessie has completed his second installment of the Taming the Elusive Calculated Column series. We have wrapped it up as a downloadable eBook that will be made available through the Weekly Newsletter sent out this evening, Tuesday.

100 SharePoint People to Follow on Twitter (SharePoint Joel)
I’ve been wanting to compile a list of 100 SharePoint People to follow on Twitter and was hoping to have a statistical way of providing you the best or most influential SharePoint twitter people.  Instead,  I’ll give you my list and tell you that I think this represents a good 80% of the core stuff, while there is likely a bunch I’m missing I hope to extend the list and even have a scientific method of compiling a list in the future.  Note I did purposely leave off people who have left SharePoint (sorry LLiu), and those who haven’t tweeted in months or only tweeted a couple of times (with the exception of a couple of Asian SharePoint MVPs at the bottom of the list as Asia isn’t well represented).  I also gave preferential treatment to those who actually had pictures.  I think this list is a good mix of community, strong SharePoint Twitter people, and MVPs who have tried to contribute to SharePoint on Twitter.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
How to Apply a New Layout Template to an Existing SharePoint Web Part Page (SharePoint Blank)
I was beginning to feel like I was going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole in my quest to learn how to modify the layout template of an existing Web Part page, so I figured it would be in everyone's best interests for me to raise a hand for help.  Five minutes spent with Jeff Kozloff from our Solutions team set me straight on several scores, and put me squarely on the path to enlightenment.

Mindsharp's Power End User Training: Priceless (The Bamboo Team Blog)
No matter what company they work for, anyone in sales or marketing will agree with me when I say that the last month of your company's fiscal year is absolutely the worst time to be out of the office for any reason.  To give you some idea, my boss at a previous employer threatened a long and painful death when I announced that I had planned my wedding for the last week of their fiscal year.  I'm happy to report that my boss here at Bamboo encouraged me to take four days off last week for Mindsharp's Power End User training for SharePoint (and being out of the office to attend this training worked out much better for me than my marriage did).  Before I go on, I want to give a big thank you to all of my clients who waited patiently for my after hour's responses to their phone calls and emails, especially to the ones who were online at 11 p.m. on a weeknight chatting with me!

Introducing the Bamboo SharePoint Video Library (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Bamboo Video Library is the latest addition to Bamboo Labs, our incubator for new products in development at Bamboo.   This is a new SharePoint solution designed to make uploading, managing and sharing videos in SharePoint simple and easy. You could use a standard SharePoint Document Library to store video files.  However, Document Libraries lack some features that help make video content more discoverable and easier to manage, such as: the ability to capture metadata specific to video files (e.g. file type, duration, resolution etc.), video thumbnails and embedded preview player.

Mindsharp's SharePoint Training - Find the Time! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
The last few weeks have been pretty hectic here at Bamboo. We've been working hard to churn out some great new products before people here start taking off for the holidays. Given the new products and updates we still hope to get out before the year is over, I really questioned my decision to take 4 days off last week to attend a Mindsharp training class. I'd heard co-workers talk about what a great experience it was when they attended, but the thought of being out of the office for that long at such an important time definitely gave me pause. In retrospect, I'm really happy I decided to bite the bullet and go anyway.

 

Microsoft Updates
MS08-077: Description of the security update for SharePoint Server: December 9, 2008 (Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - KBAlertz)
Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-077. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

MSDN Architecture Center (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
The unified knowledge base and latest news on Architecture (MS and non MS sources) is at http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture  Learn about MS’ Gen-4 Datacenter Vision, the call for papers for the Arc track of TechEd 2009 NA (you still have time to submit but it goes quickly!), the recently launched v3 of the Threat Modeling tool, the latest ARCasts, blog posts, forum threads and much, much more.

Unit testing MOSS part 2 (of 2) (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
In the 1. article on Unit testing MOSS I described some of the findings and experience on unit testing SharePoint applications using the TypeMock Isolator framework. In this 2. article I will provide some examples of unit tests.

 

SharePoint Events
December 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
December 17, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 17, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 18, Online, What's New from Bamboo
December 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
December 18, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
December 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
December 30, Online, What's New from Bamboo

January 7, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
January 7, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
January 10, Virginia Beach, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday
January 14, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
January 14, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
January 15, Online, What's New from Bamboo
January 21, New York, New York, 2009 IMAGINE Event -- SharePoint in the Real World
January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
February 7, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday

* Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our listing.

 

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Posted Dec 17 2008, 08:08 AM by Chris Dooley

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As Marketing Manager for Bamboo Solutions, Chris Dooley is responsible for overseeing all marketing efforts made towards identifying, creating, and evaluating strategies to promote the services and products offered by the company. He brings more than eight years of marketing experience to his position, with a strong focus on social media marketing stemming from his time of employment with America Online prior to Bamboo Solutions. During his time with AOL as a Senior Program Manager, Chris was responsible for creating the advertising processes for AOL Messaging and Social Media and co- founded AOL’s ComicsAlliance. In his role as Marketing Manager for Bamboo Solutions, he continues to carry out his extensive knowledge of social media marketing by establishing the need for the company’s products and services worldwide through emphasizing and initiating global marketing efforts. Chris studied Programming at Georgia Perimeter College.

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