SharePoint Daily for February 27, 2009

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Governance Needed for SharePoint Survival (Image and Data Manager)
There are three governance topics crucial to succeeding with a SharePoint rollout: organisational ownership, optimisation and solving SharePoint spread.

Microsoft in 2009: Back to Basics (Redmond Channel Partner)
"Dance with the one what brung ya." -- Old Texas saying often used by, and possibly even coined by, Darrell Royal, former football coach at the University of Texas. We hope that your editor's fellow TCU Horned Frogs out there -- we know you're reading -- will forgive a quote from an old rival, but we just couldn't think of a better quip to describe Steve Ballmer's state-of-Microsoft speech delivered on Wall Street this week.

Under the Covers: Alfresco's SharePoint Services (WSS) Killer (CMSWire)
SharePoint, dear SharePoint. We talk about this business collaboration tool — sometimes called an enterprise content management system — on almost a daily basis. You either love it, hate it, integrate with it or try to replace it. Alfresco has chosen the last option.

Microsoft's CFO Talks Strategy at Goldman Sachs Event (ENT News)
Microsoft's chief finance head on Thursday answered questions about Microsoft's business plans at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2009 event in San Francisco. Chris Liddell, Microsoft's senior vice president and chief financial officer, painted a grim picture of the global economy, and he said it's bad for everyone -- not just Microsoft.

Ballmer: Microsoft Sees Google as Desktop OS Rival (ZDNet)
Microsoft is preparing to square up to Google as a rival in the desktop operating-system market, chief executive Steve Ballmer said in an analyst call on Tuesday.

Office 14 Delay Will Affect Value of Software Assurance (Gartner)
Microsoft says it will not release Office 14 until 2010. This means some customers who renewed Software Assurance on Office in late 2006 and early 2007 will not get rights to a new version during their contract period.

Windows 7 is Coming. So What? (USA Today)
You may be aware that Microsoft is readying a new operating system. It's been dubbed Windows 7. When it is released, you can expect brass bands, dancing girls and mighty huzzahs. But why? Windows runs your machine. It's the middleman. It tells your programs and your computer how to work together. In geekese, it manages resources. Don't worry about that.

Microsoft Wants MVPs in Windows, Cloud Computing and Virtualization (ComputerWorld)
Want to become a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), one of the company's elite volunteer army of tech experts? Then now's the time to brush up on Windows Vista and Windows 7, the upcoming cloud-computing platform Windows Azure and virtualization software such as Hyper-V, according to a Microsoft executive in charge of the MVP program. And plan on sharing that knowledge as widely as possible on developer and user forums run by Microsoft and others.

Hacking Contest to Pay $10,000 in Cash for Smartphone Bugs (PC World)
A hacking contest slated for next month will award cash prizes of $10,000 to anyone who can break into the most popular smartphones, including Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry. The PWN2OWN contest, which will kick off March 18 at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, will offer a dual-track hacking challenge for the first time, said Terri Forslof, security response manager at 3Com Inc.'s TippingPoint, the contest sponsor.


Around the Blogosphere
Why Alfresco Is Just Plain Silly (SharePoint Shelter)
So if you read the totallllly not biased CMSWire publication (sarcasm, plainly it’s the most prejudiced and predisposed publication available for the CMS sector), you certainly saw the article in print yesterday, Under the Covers: Alfresco’s SharePoint Services (WSS) Killer. Obviously a rather bold statement, but hey, it’s CMSWire and in all probability the next one will be “SharePoint: How It Robs Heroic Veterans and Kills Kittens Mercilessly.”

Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint: Fast track to Feature Generation (Part 6 of 6) (SharePoint Magazine)
It’s the final part of the “Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint” series. This day we also celebrate the third day of SharePoint User Experience week here on SharePoint Magazine. One full week, focusing only on understanding SharePoint architecture from a user experience point of view. I couldn’t be more happy on drugs. The Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint series aims to explain how the user experience works, from how the interface is built down to details on how columns in lists get created.

Visio Diagram and Site Template from Office Online Workflow Videos (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hello all, Stephen here again. Awhile back I recorded a series of workflow videos that were posted on Office Online: Watch this: Design a document review workflow solution. Many of you have submitted comments asking if I could make available both the Visio diagram shown in the videos and the solution itself. I’m happy to oblige (and apologies for the delay), so please find attached to this blog post a .zip file containing the site template (.stp file) and Visio diagram (.vsd file).

SharePoint Security: An Alternative Way to Manage Workspace Users (Ton Stegeman)
In my current SharePoint project we are building a mixed knowledge sharing / collaboration solution in MOSS. Each site collection is based on the MOSS Collaboration Portal template. Collaboration is supported in a number of different types of workspaces. Each type of workspace has it’s own start site. This site contains a SharePoint list with a custom workflow associated. This workflow creates the workspaces, based on a custom template. After creating the site, the workflow also configures the security for the workspace. In this post I will describe how we have designed the security model. We have implemented a custom way to add users to user groups for these workspaces. I think the ideas behind this solution could apply to your project(s) as well, so I decided to write it down. In this post I will describe what we have built, in the next post I will describe how we did it.

Audio: Mikeys Tech Talk – Right Tools For SharePoint Dev and Config (Michael Gannotti)
In today’s audio podcast posting I have one new piece. It can be found at Mikeys Tech Talk. Episode 14: Right Tool for the Job – When building apps in SharePoint it's important to understand what the different avenues of development offer in the context of a desired result.

Is it Time to Apply February Cumulative Update? (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
You may have already read from some blogs that February Cumulative Update for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is available to download.

Microsoft Regional Directors Don’t Work for Microsoft (SharePoint Joel)
This last summer when I was in Australia I was chatting with Adam Cogan and he was saying I should be a regional director.  He started talking about giving feedback to the product team and at levels of detail that was very impressive.  I had assumed he was an FTE after his intro that he was a Microsoft Regional Director.  Twenty minutes later after hearing about his customers, and feedback sessions, and then hearing about SSW and the work he was doing I had to stop and ask.  So you work for Microsoft?  No, I work for SSW as a chief architect.  Whoa.  So what is this regional director title?  How is it different from MVP?


Around Bamboo Nation
Lights, Camera, Web Parts! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
As you probably know, we here at Bamboo love the written word - as evidenced by our extensive Application Notes, Knowledge Base, and of course, our blog.  But sometimes, after reading the latest depressing financial news, two memos about cost savings ("Why employees should reconsider the use of toilet paper") and your normal emails, the last thing you feel like doing is reading!  Besides learning about our products via the abovementioned ways and downloading our 15-day, fully functional free trials, we've also created a few really cool ways to check out our Web Parts without even having to open a PDF.


Microsoft Updates
Description of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreservermui.msp): February 24, 2009 (KBAlertz - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)
This article describes the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issues that are fixed in the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package that is dated February 24, 2009.

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver.msp): February 24, 2009  (KBAlertz - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)
This article describes the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issues that are fixed in the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package that is dated February 24, 2009.

Search for People (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
You can search for people in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 from the Search Center site. You can find people by name, or by searching on their user profile values.


SharePoint Events*
February 27, Online, Create a Master Calendar in SharePoint
February 27, Online, 7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success

March 3, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
March 4, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 4, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 6, Online, Become Your Company's SharePoint SuperStar!
March 11, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 11, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 12, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
March 14, Boston, Massachusetts, SharePoint Saturday
March 18, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 18, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 22-24, Baltimore, Maryland, SharePoint .Org Conference
March 25, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 25, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 26, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
March 28, Tulsa, Oklahoma, SharePoint Saturday

April 1, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
April 1, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
April 6-8, London, England, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
April 6-8, Montreal, Quebec, SharePoint Summit 2009
April 9, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
April 18, Atlanta, Georgia, SharePoint Saturday
April 23, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series

October 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Conference 2009

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