Tips for SP2010 Deployment & Configuration; Office 365 Marketplace and Azure; Lessons on Social Business

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5 Tips for SharePoint 2010 Deployment and Configuration (InfoWorld)
"Sixty-two percent of companies we recently surveyed said that SharePoint is going to be one of their top five business applications in the next two years," says Brian Babineau, vice president of research and analyst services at Enterprise Strategy Group. As an administrator or IT decision maker, how ready are you to begin working with SharePoint within your environment? Whereas previous versions of SharePoint have focused on intranets, SharePoint 2010 is stable enough and polished enough for both intranet and Internet sites. Deploying such sites takes a bit more knowledge of a diverse set of Microsoft technologies, including Windows Server 2008 R2, .Net, IIS, SQL, and SharePoint. Here are five tips to help you get started.

Do Your Company-wide Homework Before Rolling out SharePoint (ITBusinessEdge)
About half of SharePoint shops in a recent survey said they had no real strategic plan for deploying the Microsoft collaboration platform enterprise-wide, and not surprisingly that’s turning out to be a problem. Our Ann All has a nice wrap-up of the full survey and some advice for shops that have let SharePoint get a little out of control in her blog.

Sorting Out Microsoft's Mixed-Up Enterprise Search Strategy (RedmondMag)
Choices, anyone? For corporations looking for an enterprise search solution, Microsoft offers plenty of options: Bing, SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search, Search Server Express, Search Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. The various search alternatives vary in capabilities, sophistication and price, so there should be something for just about every enterprise.

Office 365: 1.5 Days Outage per Month Means You Still Pay Half Price (ZDNet)
How much cloud downtime are you willing to put up with and still expect to have to pay the bill for the service? The Register has been talking to Microsoft about its new Office 365 service and discovered that even after an 1.5 day outage over a period of a month, Microsoft would expect you to pay 50% of the agreed monthly payment.

Office 365 Marketplace and Windows Azure: Killer Combo? (Talkin' Cloud)
When Microsoft Office 365 officially debuted June 28, Talkin’ Cloud couldn’t help but notice that Microsoft didn’t say much about the Office 365 Marketplace and the Windows Azure cloud platform. Short term all three cloud solutions remain in their infancy. But long term we suspect Microsoft is going to help partners connect the dots between Office 365, the Office 365 Marketplace and Windows Azure.

Office 365 Off-limits to Existing BPOS Customers -- For Now (InfoWorld)
Office 365 is now officially out, having been launched with great fanfare by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in New York City this week, but customers of the suite's previous version, called BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite), will have to wait at least two months to join the party. To make sure that the migration process to Office 365 runs smoothly for all BPOS customers, Microsoft is taking a conservative approach and piloting the move with a hand-selected set of customers.

Microsoft's Channel Chief Talks Cloud, the MPN Switch and More (Redmond Channel Partner)
Since Jon Roskill took over the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group (WPG) in late June 2010, he's faced a set of three interlocking challenges. On the one hand, he was tasked with delivering the message to partners that Microsoft was "all in" with the cloud and trying to accelerate the movement of the Microsoft channel toward Microsoft cloud products.

Seven Lessons Learned on Social Business (CMS Wire)
If your organization is planning to successfully transition to social business, there's much for you to learn from these key lessons I have observed over the years. Many businesses are implementing social software of some kind in their organizations these days. Typical examples include social intranets, enterprise social networks, or social collaboration applications such as wikis or social content management systems.


Around the Blogosphere
Developing a Hybrid SharePoint 2010 ERM \ ECM Platform (SPaaS) (AIIM)
In developing any Enterprise Records Management (ERM) or (ECM) Platform, the key to long-term success is your organizations ability to develop a roadmap that takes into consideration the hybrid types of business and functional requirements that the systems user base will encounter in the many months and years to follow its launch. I am focusing on SharePoint 2010, but its key to take a step back and not just focus on the technology, SharePoint, but what the true needs of the organization are and how best an implementation can not only improve the work lives of the staff but to provide Return on Investment (ROI) to the organization.

10 Best Practices and Recommendations for SharePoint 2010 SP1 and June 2011 CU (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
Yeah! Sp1 is live!  Wondering why people are excited other than the fact that there are a lot of fixes?  I posted a while back on 10 Reasons Why SharePoint SP1 will rock your world. Now that we’ve gotten over the fact that it’s live.  I have a few warnings based on experience and based on reading a few people’s experience thus far…. I don’t want this to be you… “Crappy SP1. Beware. In our environment Project Server SP1 broke the database connection string in registry and SharePoint Server SP1 stopped all application pools.”

SharePoint Governance - vs. Organizational Culture (EndUserSharePoint)
Governance has become a hot topic in the SharePoint community. This is my third installment exploring the topic. In my first installment, I talked about Why SharePoint Governance is a hot topic (basically because without governance, you will have a mess). Next, I talked about What SharePoint Governance is, or can be (more than just “Thou shalt not”!). This post covers the sticky topic of Organizational Culture – how did we get here and how do we get ourselves out?

Want to Use Office 365 for Learning? Four Ways to Use Assessments within Office 365 (SharePoint & Assessment Blog)
With Office 365 launched this week, here are four easy ways to include an assessment – quiz, test, exam or survey – within Office 365. These methods all work with SharePoint Online, the SharePoint component of Office 365.

Migrating to SharePoint 2010? Ten Things I've Learned the Hard way by Todd Klindt, SharePoint MVP (Secrets of SharePoint)
In this whitepaper, SharePoint MVP Todd Klindt covers ten of the common difficulties experienced when upgrading content to SharePoint 2010 and offers solutions where there are any. By reading this paper, you will gain a better idea of the difficult spots that await you when you migrate to SharePoint 2010.


Around Bamboo Nation
Office 365: The Butterfly Effect (The Business of SharePoint)
Ever hear of the "Butterfly Effect"? The effect has to do with Chaos Theory and the way that tiny changes in an initial condition can create huge consequences later on. Proponent and Meteorologist Edward Lorenz once gave a talk entitled Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" His math model said yes, small, even tiny changes will, in-fact, create monumental consequences later on. I know the announcement of Office 365 was not exactly "tiny." But I also know that a lot of IT organizations who have SharePoint® implemented on-premises are probably not thinking that it is particularly relevant to them at the moment. It's interesting for sure, particularly for small to mid-size businesses. But if you are reading this blog on our Bamboo Nation community, you have probably already invested in SharePoint deployments on-premises at your company. You could be thinking that people have been licensing Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and Community server from hosting providers for a long time, and Office 365 seems like just another flavor. After all, arguments about "hosted" versus "on-premises" feel like a type of religious war, and you may be asking why you should have that fight at all when, in fact, everything is working well already. Finally, Office 365 is just the way that Microsoft is warding off Google Docs and other lesser known cloud-based barbarians at their gate, right?


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This environment is user driven and the web applications need to be adapted to meet the needs of the business and the users. The technical solutions drive the business of this company. Therefore the developer needs to be well versed in working with SharePoint MOSS and have worked with publishing websites. The right person for this team and company is a team player, desires a change and is seeking the best solutions/application and understands that the business needs can change along with the marketplace. The ability to communicate with internal stakeholders along with external users brings understanding to the issues and needs of the website applications desired. This environment is a very collaborative group of talented technical folks who thrive on being creative!

CRM/.NET/SharePoint Developers - Ballston/DC
Blackstone Technology Group’s Federal Practice has immediate openings for Software Developers with specific experience using .NET, SharePoint, and/or Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the design, development, and implementation of large enterprise systems including methodology, design approaches, and architectural and engineering considerations.  The Software Developers will help build a sound CRM solution based on requirements, will support the maintenance, enhancements,  new feature design and development, configuration, and deployment for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM environment. They will be responsible for full software life development cycle (SDLC) of various software applications, including building out custom CRM and SharePoint functionality as necessary.


Microsoft Updates
Best Practices for Team Collaboration Sites (SharePoint Server 2010) (TechNet)
This article is one of a series of best practices articles for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This article describes the typical characteristics and best practices for hosting collaboration sites in a SharePoint Server 2010 environment. SharePoint Server 2010 makes team collaboration easier with features such as My Sites, blogs, wikis, and co-authoring. When you plan for team collaboration sites, remember that these sites typically exhibit the following characteristics:


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