Best Practices Conference Updates; Snow Leopard a Pale Imitation of Windows 7; PowerPoint 2010 Teaser

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Largely Unplanned SharePoint Growth Causing Enterprise Problems (CMS Wire)
There's a lot of anticipation about the upcoming SharePoint 2010 release. But back on Earth, the reality is that SharePoint 2007 has already become a key component of enterprise infrastructure. In fact, according to a recent IDG survey, 62% of CIOs said that SharePoint was a critical component of their technology portfolio. And these organizations have big plans for expanding SharePoint use in the next year.

Microsoft Posts PowerPoint 2010 Slideshow Teaser (Neowin)
Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 suite packs some excellent new improvements; each of the various applications has had significant improvements, and now we've been shown a teaser of the presentations capable in the new PowerPoint, from Microsoft itself. Specifically, the video shows off the DirectX integration within the application, which helps with creating much more impressive presentations.

Microsoft Beefs Up Anti-Piracy Protection in Office (PC Magazine)
Microsoft on Tuesday updated its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) notifications, expanding to 13 additional countries and bringing the total number of serviced countries to 41. OGA is part of an effort by Microsoft to curb the proliferation of counterfeit software, which the company claims will protect customers and partners from the risks associated with pirated software.

The Allure of Azure (Redmond Channel Partner)
Microsoft's channel program is in flux on several fronts. The highest-profile set of changes has to do with the change of the Microsoft Partner Program to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). For more on this transition, see "From the MSPP to the MPN." While those changes will affect partners in many ways, they mostly change the labels that partners use to distinguish themselves and should have impacts around the edges of partner businesses.

Why Macs Can't Beat PCs with Windows 7 (PC World)
I regularly use both Windows and Mac PCs, so any comments that I've never used a Mac are bunk. I've been using Windows 7 since before its public beta release at the first of this year. I use my Mac for video editing, iPhone development, etc. I love all of my computers equally -- my Windows PC, my Mac and my Linux servers. They all do what I ask them to do very well, and I have things about each that I like and things I don't.

Free Software Foundation Trashes Windows 7 (CNET)
And that's exactly what the Free Software Foundation plans to do on Wednesday, staging a demonstration in Boston where it will encourage businesses to throw away Microsoft Windows in favor of free alternatives. In addition to the public display, the foundation is sending letters to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, warning that Windows is a threat to their businesses' privacy, security, and freedom.

Snow Leopard Is a Pale Imitation of Windows 7 (PC World)
"Where's the beef?" That's the idiom that jumps to mind as I work my way through Galen Gruman's "The 7 best features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard." I knew the features list would be lean -- Apple has deliberately undersold Snow Leopard by pitching it as a relatively minor release -- but please! Gruman's article reads like a laundry list of borrowed features and derivative works. It's as if someone at Apple grabbed a copy of the Windows 7 beta and simply Xeroxed the release notes.

Internet Explorer 8 Arrives Today via Windows Server Update Services (GCN)
Internet Explorer 8 will arrive as an "update roll-up" via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Aug. 25, according to  Microsoft. IT pros who use WSUS and have turned on automatic updates for roll-ups via the update service will get the IE 8 update starting on that date. However, if that proves problematic because some desktops should not get the upgrade, Microsoft described a workaround: Simply turn off the auto-approve option for update roll-ups before Aug. 25.

You Won't See Microsoft's Newest Virtualization Tool at VWworld (InfoWorld)
Microsoft on Monday put the last bit of polish on the newest edition of its System Center Virtual Machine Manager, but said Tuesday users won't see it next week in the software giant's booth at VMworld. "Next week at VMworld 2009 we can't show SCVMM [System Center Virtual Machine Manager] 2008 R2, or any other products, in our booth. … In short, it's their show, it's not an industry show, and they set the rules. So we'll make the best of it; always lots of Microsoft customers and partners on the floor. Stop by the booth to meet some of the best/brightest minds at Microsoft," Microsoft's Patrick O'Rourke wrote Tuesday on the company's Virtualization Team Blog. "Ordinarily it'd be great news that we RTM'd System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ahead of schedule, so close to the RTM of WS08 [Windows Server 2008] R2 Hyper-V and one week before VMworld conference. You can't beat the timing of it all."

Five Lessons from Microsoft on Cloud Security (CIO)
While Google, Amazon and Salesforce have gotten the most attention as cloud service providers, Microsoft—with its 300 products and services delivered from its data centers—has a large cloud bank all its own.

 

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint and the Access Database (Andy Dale SharePoint Blog)
So the England (and Wales with a hint of South African) cricket team have regained the Ashes from Australia and all is right again in the world. Well, it will be if the Villa can finally score their first goal of the season. Although, hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have found the net a few times hopefully against Liverpool.

SharePoint – What’s It Good For? A Health Care Mini Case Study (Paul Galvin's SharePoint space)
One of my company’s more unusual clients is a New York City doctor who is a leader in his particular field of medicine (eye care).  Like many doctors, he has a strong interest in research.  He wanted to do some research on a rare eye disorder that affects a relatively small number of people in the U.S. and Canada.  I don’t know the number, but it’s really too small for a large pharmaceutical company to invest its own private funds with an eye toward eventual commercial success.  I’m sure large pharma’s do some amount of research into rare diseases, but I believe that the U.S. government is probably the largest source of funding.  Like anything, resources are scarce.  Many doctors across the country want to perform research and trials.  As a result, there’s more than a little competition for that government funding.  This is where my company and SharePoint enter the picture.

Searching SharePoint with Windows 7 Search Connectors (Eric Kraus' SharePoint/.NET Blog)
Windows 7 allows you to create custom search connectors to various OpenSearch standard search engines, e.g. Bing and you guessed it:  SharePoint!  Creating a search connector is super easy!

Volume Activation (Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering)
Hi, I’m Ted Way, a Program Manager on the Licensing team.  Ever enter a 25-character key when you installed Office?  That’s us.  I’m looking forward to sharing how we’re helping administrators worry less about key management and seamlessly integrate Windows and Office activation in the enterprise. Starting in Office 2010, all volume editions of Office client software will require activation.  What’s great for administrators is that Office has adopted the Windows Software Protection Platform (SPP), which means that most of what you have learned (or will learn) about Volume Activation for Windows applies to Office as well.  For example, the same Key Management Service (KMS) host can be configured to activate Office 2010 clients as well as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Also, there is no reduction in functionality in volume editions of Office 2010.  Even if Office is not activated, your users will still be able to open, save, edit, and print Office files, though users will see notifications reminding them to activate.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
BPC: Ruven Gotz on 'Content Types & Site Columns - Working with Stakeholders to Build the Taxonomy' - The Bamboo Team Blog
I closed out day two of the Best Practices Conference with Ruven Gotz's instructive session on "Content Types and Site Columns-Working with Stakeholders to Build the Taxonomy."  Ruven suggests beginning your discussion with stakeholders with a metaphor to help explain the concept of metadata.  Ruven's own metaphor of choice is the grocery store (content is grouped by area, signs point to different areas of interest, individual items feature labels, etc.), but fully recognizes that the base metaphor we all use every day is that of files and file folders.  Ruven suggests that since we've all been using this metaphor for so long, we think it's natural, but in actuality, it's not.

BPC: David Mann Evangelizes "Supporting Users - How Technologists Can Help 'Mere Mortals' Get the Most Out of SharePoint" - The Bamboo Team Blog
I kicked off the afternoon of day two at the Best Practices Conference with David Mann's session, "Supporting Users - How Technologists Can Help 'Mere Mortals' Get the Most Out of SharePoint."  David, the acknowledged expert on workflows, took a break from his workflow specialty to spend an hour evangelizing the importance of end user adoption.  The primary goal of the session was to answer the question, "what can we do, as technical resources, to make people willing to use the SharePoint implementations that we've rolled out?"

BPC: Paul Culmsee & Peter Serzo Channel 'Zoolander' to Present 'SharePoint and SQL Reporting Services for the Really, Really, Really Good Looking' - The Bamboo Team Blog
With this offering of the Best Practices Conference, the show has expanded beyond its purely SharePoint focus of past instances and now includes SQL Server content as well.  This morning's session by Paul Culmsee and Peter Serzo titled, "SharePoint and SQL Reporting Services for the Really, Really, Really Good Looking," in addition to being a highly entertaining Zoolander homage, served as a perfect marriage of SharePoint and SQL content.

Must See Events at the 2009 Best Practices Conference - The Bamboo Team Blog
We love participating in SharePoint conferences which provides us with the opportunity to meet and speak with potential and existing customers.  Hearing what you have to say about how you're using SharePoint, some of the roadblocks you've encountered, and how our software has helped ease your pain is always rewarding.

 

SharePoint Job Listings**
Senior SharePoint Consultant (Architect and Developer) - Bellevue, Washington
A Senior  MOSS 2007 (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) Architect/Developer with 3-5+ years of SharePoint Portal and Office development experience. Must have a solid understanding of the disciplines as they apply to the MOSS 2007 platform; users and permissions, layout and master pages, site definitions and templates, content types, custom web parts, workflows, policies, document and records management, dash-boarding and business intelligence, and social networking.

SharePoint Architect - Chicago, Illinois
• Implement and integrate SharePoint within enterprise • Develop SharePoint solutions using the appropriate tools (ASP.net, C#, WCF, SOA, etc.) • Participate in the design, development, customization and integration efforts of enterprise solutions involving Collaboration, Portals, Enterprise Search, Enterprise Content Management, and Business Process and Forms • Facilitate design sessions • Work with end users to gather, define and prioritize functional system requirements and acceptance criteria based on business needs • Develop use case-based models to capture functional system requirements and corresponding test cases • Work with end users to document workflows and business processes • Act as liaison to stakeholders to communicate and validate system requirements and identify and resolve issues • Ensure the quality of deliverables by following established QA processes for internally developed software and participate in the development of any associated documentation

 

Microsoft Updates
Edit a wiki (Help and How-to)
In many cases, wikis are designed for the collective ownership of a community of users. Therefore, wikis are often edited by multiple people over time and are considered a work in progress.

 

Bamboo Partner Events*
August 24-26, Washington, DC, Best Practices Conference - Mindsharp

September 16, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Managing Look and Feel Webinar - DataLan
September 17, New York, New York, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
September 24, Online, SharePoint for Project Management Webinar - DataLan
September 30, Online, InnovaOPN - SharePoint-based Innovation Management Software Webinar - DataLan

October 1, Malvern, Pennsylvania, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 8, New York, New York, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management - DataLan
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 21, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Basic Business Intelligence and Reporting Webinar - DataLan
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management - DataLan

 

SharePoint Events**
August 24-26, Washington, DC, Best Practices Conference
August 26, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
August 26, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
August 26, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
August 26, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
August 27, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
August 27, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar

September 1, Boston, Massachusetts, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 1, Boston, Massachusetts, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 2, Victoria, BC, Canada, Victoria SharePoint Users Group
September 12, New York, New York, SharePoint Saturday
September 16, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Managing Look and Feel Webinar
September 17, New York, New York, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
September 21-25, Chicago, Illinois, SharePoint Branding Bootcamp
September 21-24, Germany, ShareConnect
September 22, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 22, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 23, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 23, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 24, Online, SharePoint for Project Management Webinar
September 30, Online, InnovaOPN - SharePoint-based Innovation Management Software Webinar

October 1, Malvern, Pennsylvania, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 2, Sydney, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 6, Melbourne, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 8, New York, New York, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
October 14, Canberra, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Conference 2009
October 21, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Basic Business Intelligence and Reporting Webinar
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management

November 14, San Antonio, Texas, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Tampa, Florida, SharePoint Saturday

* If you are a Bamboo Partner please contact Janet Goda (janet.goda@bamboosolutions.com) to have your event included in the Bamboo Partner Events.

** Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event  or job listing in SharePoint Daily.

 

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Posted Aug 26 2009, 07:11 AM by SharePoint Daily

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