Increase Collaboration Software Adoption; Cloud Computing is Environmentally Friendly; Office 365 More Enterprise-ready than Google Apps

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6 Ways to Increase Collaboration Software Adoption (Sys-Con Media)
The Prelude – grand talk of the strategic potential of a new IT technology, the manifold ROI, the sky rocketing productivity, the competitive advantage. The Act – 5% of the employees use the software after 3 months of implementation. It goes without saying. The bare minimum necessary condition for a software initiative to succeed is for end users to use the software. According to a 2008 study by the Sand Hill Group and Neochange, the most critical factor for software success is effective user adoption.

Microsoft Argues Cloud Boosts Green Computing (Redmond Channel Partner)
Providing compute and storage on demand and reducing costs are not the only benefits of cloud computing. Moving to the cloud can also can also reduce the carbon footprint of an enterprise, according to a report released by Microsoft today. By shifting computing operations to the cloud, organizations can reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent, according to a study that is the basis of the report. Commissioned by Microsoft, the study was performed by IT outsourcing firm Accenture and WSP Environment & Energy, an environmental consulting organization.

Microsoft: We're More Enterprise-ready than Google Apps (InfoWorld)
Microsoft is bolstering its cloud presence with its Office 365 cloud application suite and believes it has more to offer enterprises than Google has with its own online applications, a Microsoft executive said on Thursday.

W3C: HTML5 Tests Showing IE9's Lead Are Misleading (Softpedia)
IE9 leading in HTML5 compliance, in a test by the W3C standards body no less, makes for a compelling story, especially after Microsoft's IE6 has been the bane of web developers for close to a decade now. Unfortunately, it's simply not true, or, at least, that's not what the W3C is saying. In fact, after all the attention the story got, the organization wanted to make it clear that its tests are far, far from complete and in no case should be used for any practical comparison.

Windows Phone 7 to Rival iPad for Developer Attention in 2011 (Ars Technica)
Developers say they are most interested in Android, Windows Phone 7, and the iPad as platforms for their mobile apps in 2011, according to a report titled "State of the Apps Industry Snapshot" released today by Millennial Media. The firm, known for its mobile ad network, worked together with technology analysis site Digiday and Wall Street analyst Jordan Rohan from Stifel Nicolaus to procure the data. The team surveyed app developers, publishers, and advertisers in the most recent quarter to learn their plans for next year.

Free Windows Azure Offering Extended Through March 31, 2011 (Softpedia)
For the next five months customers will be able to test Microsoft’s Cloud platform without playing a single cent to the company. This because the Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special has been extended until March 31, 2011.

U.S. Cyber Command Opens Doors (InformationWeek Government)
A month later than expected, the military command in charge of the U.S. effort against cyber warfare has achieved full operational capability, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. Cyber Command, led by Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, is meant to protect DoD networks against cyber-attacks and is in charge of all federal cyber-warfare activities. It's based in Ft. Meade, Md., where the National Security Agency (NSA) -- which Alexander also directs -- is also headquartered.

 

Around the Blogosphere
Microsoft Consumer Innovation (Arpan Shah's Blog)
I recently came across an article on CNN Money titled “Microsoft is a dying consumer brand”. There are people out there that aren’t fans of Microsoft but what’s interesting about this article is that it was written days before Kinect and Windows Phone 7 general availability. And yes, of course I’m a little biased, but I personally think that Microsoft has never been more consumer focused and is releasing some exciting technology! I thought I’d share my top five products that highlight Microsoft’s commitment to consumers:

Customizing SharePoint 2010 Global Navigation with CSS and jQuery (Me & My SharePoint Designer)
The global navigation in SharePoint is an important factor for the SharePoint site, this navigation are there to help orient users so they easily can move around the site. So when it comes to branding and customizing a SharePoint site it´s one of the key factors. When you branding the global navigation don´t forget to think simple but attractive, users may use the site navigation more than they use the search to find information.

Editing The SharePoint List Item Menu (Part 1: Using Elements) (SharePoint News, Views and "How To's")
While copying my rapidly lengthening scribbled to do list into a SharePoint Tasks list, my unconscious habit of middle-clicking items to come back to was being constantly foiled. Instead of opening a new tab the modal box kept popping up in the middle of my screen (new to 2010 I hear). The drop-down menu options did exactly the same, leaving no alternative but to right-click the item, copy the link, manually open a new tab, paste it in, and switch back; much too much like hard work. So I decided to add an option to open the item in a new window… in retrospect probably harder work than just putting up with it.

Rename the SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Database to Remove the GUID (The SharePoint Farmer's Almanac)
When I build a farm with the intention of not having any GUIDs I use the Central Administration page Manage Service Applications to create most of my service applications. And for most of the service application that have databases the GUI gives me the chance to name the database, which means I can avoid having those gosh darns GUIDs. There are two service apps that don't play nice with this strategy Search and PerformancePoint Services (PPS). I covered how to do the Search rename so now it is time to get rid of the PPS database GUID.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Customization Best Practices for SharePoint Project Management Central R2.0 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
SharePoint Project Management Central R2.0 is packed with great new features. Of these new features, the PM Central team is especially excited to announce the ability for users to customize PM Central. New customization features enable users to change logos or colors, and to retain those changes when upgrading to a PM Central version newer than R2.0 in the future.

Announcing the Launch of the Bamboo Technical Library Program (The Bamboo Team Blog)
For years now, SharePoint IT Pros and developers have leveraged Bamboo products to build better SharePoint solutions at significant cost-savings and with faster turnaround times.  They now have one more tool at their disposal.  Well, to be more accurate, it’s actually one really big collection of over sixty five tools.  Bamboo is launching a brand new program called the Bamboo Technical Library.  The Bamboo TechLib is a software subscription program that gives anyone building SharePoint solutions access to the full portfolio of Bamboo products.  This includes all of Bamboo’s Web Parts, Solution Accelerators, Applications, and Tools.  The Bamboo TechLib will also provide program members with access to Bamboo Labs, online resources, utilities, early access to product updates, and solution building support.

Bamboo Solutions & Cadac Organice Deliver Microsoft SharePoint-based CAD Drawing Management Solution for Social Security Administration (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Bamboo Solutions, the leading provider of technologies that enhance Microsoft SharePoint, and Cadac Organice Americas the leader in Engineering Solutions on SharePoint announced today the readiness of a Microsoft SharePoint-based CAD drawing management solution for the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). The combined Microsoft, Bamboo Solutions, and Cadac Organice solution provides a robust, self-serve environment which empowers SSA employees to track and audit building changes for ongoing modification, renovation, and construction of their facilities across the United States.

 

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SharePoint Development Engineer - Tampa , FL
Consultis of Tampa is currently seeking a SharePoint Development Engineer for one of our valued clients located in Tampa, FL. In this role, you will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing complex business needs of assigned customers. You will be defining requirements, analyzing, designing, testing and implementing system solutions. You will work as part of a project team as well as lead individual development projects. Providing technical and analytical leadership to newer team members. This is a 6 month Right-to-Hire position with pay in the $40-45/hr. range.

SharePoint Developer - New York City, NY
We are currently looking for a SharePoint/.Net Developer to join our team in our New York City Office. In this position, the developer will be responsible for developing & maintaining existing SharePoint/InfoPath applications while converting business requirements into applications. Tasks include working with Visual Studio 2005/2008 Web Parts, Workflows, Event Handlers, Master Pages, Layouts, Content Types and solutions development and deployment. The primary role of the developer is to develop SharePoint solutions using Visual Studio, C#, SharePoint Object Model & Web services, XSL(-T), CSS, JavaScript,  HTML and ASP.NET.

 

Microsoft Updates
Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (coreserver-x-none.msp): October 26, 2010 (Microsoft Support)
Cumulative update packages for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 contain hotfixes for the Office SharePoint Server 2007 issues that were fixed since the release of Office SharePoint Server 2007. Note This is build 12.0.6548.5000 of the cumulative update package. We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security updates that were included with the previous Office SharePoint Server 2007 update package releases.

 

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