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Choosing SharePoint: An Innovative Approach to Just About Anything (CMSWire)
I recently spoke with a client of mine on a new prospective project using SharePoint to deliver a records management solution. The solution was to replace an existing, outdated product that was in major need of a facelift. “Great!” I said. I prepared my finest consulting slides and brushed up on a few records management topics that I had become rusty on, and I was on my way to winning a new project.

Designing a SharePoint Farm: Tiers Before Bedtime (ZDNet)
The three-tier model seemed the best way forward for performance, convenience and reliability for our SharePoint farm. The first tier contains a SharePoint server doing nothing but IIS things. The second tier comprises three more SharePoint servers doing everything except the IIS things. Tier 3 is still SQL Server. In this layout, the middle tier machines can load-balance themselves and we can keep adding new servers to this layer if there are performance problems.

Collaborative Technologies: Use 'em or Lose 'em (ITWorld)
It’s easy for your collaboration efforts to “die a slow death” if the systems aren’t utilized by employees, according to Roman Coba. The CIO of McCain Foods Ltd. spoke at Cisco Systems Inc.’s Cisco Plus event in Toronto on Wednesday. Ensuring staff use collaboration technologies like Telepresence, messaging and presence, and getting buy-in from the executive suite are key to a successful initiative, Coba said in an interview with ComputerWorld Canada. Several factors drove McCain to implement its collaboration strategy.

Four Benefits Of Office 365 Web Apps (ITProPortal)
In previous articles, we've mentioned how Microsoft Office 365 Web Apps are not as feature-rich as their local counterparts, for example, the Office 365 Word Web App doesn't have multi-user change tracking, mail merge, WordArt, Table of Contents and many other features compared to Microsoft Word 2010. The Web Apps do, however, have several advantages that could save valuable time and prevent potential disaster. Here are four:

Windows 8 Tablet PC Makers: We Can’t Compete with the iPad’s Price (ExtremeTech)
If reports from Taiwan are to be believed, hardware manufacturers are struggling to create Windows 8 on ARM (Windows RT) devices that are competitively priced against Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The reason? According to Digitimes, OEMs have to pay Microsoft $90-100 for a Windows 8 license.

Steve Ballmer Called 'Worst CEO' by Forbes (ITWorld)
Forbes says Ballmer wins "Worst CEO" award. True, or did Bill Gates hand over the keys at the right time? When the capitalist diary Forbes calls Ballmer "the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today," it looks bad. Even though Cisco's John Chambers is on the same list at #5, being called the worst is a bit insulting, especially when the title of the story is "Oops! Five CEOs Who Should Have Already Been Fired (Cisco, GE, WalMart, Sears, Microsoft)."


Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint: The CodePlex Corner - Introduction (SharePointDevWWiki)
Welcome to the first of what I hope will part of a regular series of articles under the (not very creative) moniker of “The CodePlex Corner.” I´ve had the idea of a frequent feature on that focuses on the community Open Source SharePoint options for a while. Having recently checked the project count at CodePlex for anything related to our favourite Microsoft Platform, the number of projects across all iterations of SharePoint is pretty impressive. There are a few ways to set the search filters but having settled on just searching for “SharePoint” and selecting stable projects only, a search turned up 778 items. Many of which I suspect aren´t very well known to the SharePoint Community.

SharePoint and Twitter (EndUserSharePoint)
Last week I showed you how to add a YouTube video into SharePoint. This time I would like to share how you can create your own Twitter web part! Let’s get started!

Free SharePoint Office 365 Master Page & CSS – Collaboration v1.0 (SP365)
It is with great pleasure that I can release version 1.0 of my SharePoint 2010 Metro Style MasterPage and CSS. Installation instructions are simple, upload the WSP and approve and publish the files in the Style Library (working on making that automated). This works in office 365 as well as on premise team sites.


Around Bamboo Nation
Assessing One's Own Project Management Skills (The Bottom-Line PM)
The confluence of our busy season at work and a distinct lack of inspiration lately has had me floundering for topics to cover. I haven't been doing very project manager-y things at work lately, so the wellspring from which I usually draw topics has been pretty dry.


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Sr. Business Systems Analyst - SharePoint - Dallas, Texas
At CBRE, we are going through tremendous expansion in our IT group and are looking for fun and dynamic individuals to work for the largest commercial real estate company in the world. These candidates will lead multiple projects and work directly with industry executives to design, build, and deploy many of our industry leading business systems. These candidates must have significant experience with system implementations, possess strong communication skills, and have the desire to learn the complexities of the commercial real estate industry. Responsibilities for this position include:


Microsoft Updates
National Careers Service Website on Track to Meet the Needs of 20 Million Citizens (Microsoft Case Studies)
The National Careers Service for England is a United Kingdom (U.K.) government initiative. The Skills Funding Agency is responsible for developing the service, built around an interactive learning and careers website. Working with Microsoft Services and using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 communications and collaboration software, the agency is confident that its site meets government expectations and the needs of 20 million users.


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