Tag: SharePoint Server 2007

FREE and Public Question and Answer Session with SharePoint MVPs

If you are a SharePoint Developer, a SharePoint Administrator, or a SharePoint Fan of any type or sort, you should join the Worldwide Chat with SharePoint MVPs that is scheduled for MONDAY, MARCH 15th, at 9:00AM PDT (5:00PM GMT).

This is a chance for you to ask the hard SharePoint questions that you may have.  This is a chance to see and hear (via your chat window) the questions that other SharePoint users haven’t been able to figure out yet.  The experts that will be answering the questions include the following All-Stars of the MVP World.

This is an amazing collection of folks.  Never before have these folks shared the same chat experience.  I think that one of the Pauls will need to come up with a new handle.  We’ll see how they figure that out.  (‘Bald Paul’ and ‘Bearded Paul’, perhaps?)

These Purveyors of SharePoint Wisdom are the same folks that answer many of the questions on the MSDN SharePoint forums.  They also lead SharePoint user groups, write SharePoint books, speak at SharePoint conferences, edit SharePoint newsletters, code SharePoint demos and labs, build SharePoint applications, teach SharePoint classes, … all around the world.  I’m seeing a trend here.

Please bring your smartest sounding questions and join us on Monday.  The chat will cover everything around SharePoint, including, but not limited to, SharePoint 2007 AND SharePoint 2010.

When: March 15, 2010
Time: 9:00AM PDT   (5:00PM GMT)
Where: MSDN Chat Room

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Wow!  What an exciting day!  The SharePoint marketing team has launched their new web site and it is leveraging SharePoint!  While some people might complain about it being about 2 1/2 years late, this is actually a good and significant accomplishment!   Good stuff! 






Visual Fusion 4.0

There are a number of great mapping solutions available these days, but I wanted to take a minute to highlight the SharePoint integration capabilities of VisualFusion 4.0 from IDV Solutions.

IDV Solutions has been building solutions on top of Virtual Earth and SharePoint for a few years now.  IDV Solutions’s SpatialWiki product, from last year, was one of the first mapping solutions to be available in Silverlight, and was also one that could use a SharePoint list as the data source for an ad hoc collection of mapped items – allowing for disparate teams to construct, review, and edit a list of mapped datapoints, while also allowing for SharePoint management and business process capabilities on the data.

Today, IDV Solutions is launching version 4.0 of VisualFusion.  Not only is this a very capable mapping solution using a Silverlight interface, but it also can be deployed (among other options) as a SharePoint web part, can utilize SharePoint list data, and can leverage the SharePoint Business Data Catalog. 

You can play with a demo of VisualFusion 4.0 here.


VisualFusion is available in a number of different scenarios.  Check out the version and package that is right for your company using the VisualFusion Comparison Matrix.

Gimmal Group Seminar – ECM and RM in a SharePoint World

I met with some great folks from the Gimmal Group last month and was pleased to learn that they are targeting some of their experience at helping enterprises understand how to leverage the SharePoint platform for their Enterprise Content Management and Records Management applications. 

The Gimmal Group has years of experience in the ECM and RM space, which, of course, includes years of experience working with OpenText and EMC Documentum, and has an impressive list of customers.  I look forward to working with them to help identify (and eventually obliterating?) the perceptions of SharePoint workload boundaries in regards to ECM and RM. 

The Gimmal Group has announced two seminars in a series of seminars they are holding to provide their version of an enterprise roadmap for implementing an “Enterprise Content Records Management (ECRM) Program”

New York Seminar   Washington DC Seminar
Date: Tues, Jan 20, 2009   Date: Tues, Feb 10, 2009
Time: 9AM-4PM   Time: 9AM-4PM
Place: Hilton New York   Place: Ronald Reagan Center
Fee: None   Fee: None


Here is a Link to the Seminar Agenda.
To Register for one of the Seminars, click here.

Gimmal Seminar Series: Planning for Enterprise Content and Records Management in the SharePoint World

This seminar will provide a roadmap for successfully implementing an Enterprise Content and Records Management (ECRM) Program – one founded on a proven and successful methodology. Component elements will include: "big bucket theory", legal and RM readiness, system models, standard document lifecycles, use case templates, and reference ECRM architectures. Participants will discover how Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS 2007) are compelling potential solutions for solving two specific problems that have plagued large organizations: file shares and email. Valuable case study examples will be included.


  • Directors and above in IT, Records Management, and Legal
  • Records managers tasked with planning and deploying an enterprise records management program for paper-based and electronic records including email 
  • IT professionals seeking to conquer the RM and ECM beasts
  • Legal professionals needing to understand how all of the components come together and how ECRM solutions can dramatically lower discovery costs


  • Guidelines for implementing the big bucket approach
  • Guidelines for ECRM requirements gathering
  • Guidelines for ECRM planning and strategy projects
  • Standard enterprise information lifecycles
  • Enterprise reference architecture approaches
  • Enterprise content usage models

Here is a Link to the Seminar Agenda.
To Register for one of the Seminars, click here.

Docs feel less vulnerable with IT Systems over Paper-based system.

Doctors who were trained using capable IT systems and who later practiced within a hospital, clinic, or other organization that utilized a paper-based records system, felt more vulnerable – that they weren’t able to provide the level of care and service that they wanted to.

Thanks, Ducknetweb, for the original post.

NASHVILLE, TN – A new study has found that physicians who receive training in a technology-rich environment but go on to work in a less modern facility feel they can’t provide safe, efficient care as they could have with information technology. The study, ""Performing Without a Net: Transitioning Away From a Health Information Technology-Rich Training Environment," was conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

About 80 percent of the 328 Vanderbilt graduates who participated in the study were working in an environment with less IT. According to the study, they reported  "feeling less able to practice safe patient care, to utilize evidence at the point of care, to work efficiently, to share and communicate information and to work effectively within the local system."

See original story at HealthCareITNews.com.

link to: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

It sounds like the medical industry now has an important piece of evidence to help accelerate those IT-conversion projects.  A sprinkle of a little SharePoint and some Medical Industry – specific applications built on top of the extensive and expandable development platform that SharePoint provides could go a long way!

How the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint Helps Tackle Corporate Communications and Training

Two challenges that are consistently recognized among organizations in most industries are those of Corporate Communications and Employee Training.

SharePoint, as a collaboration tool, has the platform pieces required to address these challenges, such as user profiles, state management, managed storage, search and findability, publishing, etc. 

The Podcasting Kit for SharePoint is a solution that leverages the capabilities of SharePoint and wraps site design, administration, and process control that is appropriate to meet the challenges of Corporate Communication and Employee Training.

If you are using SharePoint, the Podcasting Kit provides another set of capabilities that will help you bring real value to your organization.

There is a webcast on Thursday, November 13, about the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint. 

For live viewing details, see Mike Gannotti’s post about the webcast

For the recorded webcast, find information on the video wiki page.

The Podcasting Kit for SharePoint is a free solution that leverages Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  Download the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint here.

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SharePoint VPC for Download

A quick heads up that the SharePoint evaluation VPC that is currently available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/vhd has an expiration date at the end of September 2008. 

An renewed version of the VPC with an extended expiration date (March 2010) will be available in a few days.

Did you know that the SharePoint VPC is the 2nd most downloadable image from the collection of VPCs on this site?  (10s of thousands of downloads)…  It provides a grace period of 30 days from first use before activation is required. 

The expiration date cannot be extended – the expiration date is not the same as an activation required-by date. 

If you have been using this demo image (even if you’ve activated it), you must migrate your modifications to the new VPC.  Please remember that this image is not an image that should be used for long term demonstrations or even production – it’s for evaluation only.  That being said – Enjoy!

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)

No, I know that the coincidence of this announcement, on Day 4 after I’ve started in the new role of working with SharePoint Partners, has many of you wondering what I could possibly have up my sleeve for the following week. 

Well, I’m not in the habit of pre-announcing announcements prior to the day when the announcement should be announced, so I can’t tell you that.  Just be scared.  Very scared.

Actually, this is a great announcement, and one that I’m thrilled about.  I’ve worked with CMS systems for about 12 years now, and I tried to believe that WSRP was going to solve all of our problems, when that beast came out, but it didn’t.  So, I’m actually a bit reserved about how to take this news. 

Let’s say, first of all, that I think it will be a while before we see a broadly replicable implementation of this.  The draft isn’t even final yet.  (Wow – deja vu).

What do I think is incredibly significant is that the IBM FileNet guys and the ECM Documentum guys and the Microsoft SharePoint guys must have spent days in the same room trying to figure this out, and probably realized that they can work together. 

I’m actually very optimistic  by nature, and I hope that we can make great things work from this more open relationship.  I’ll try hard to do my part.


EMC, IBM and Microsoft Jointly Create First Web Services Interface Specification for Greater Interoperability of Enterprise Content Management Systems

On Wednesday, September 10 (2008), Microsoft announced a jointly developed specification which used Web Services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable applications to interoperate with multiple Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories by different vendors. The companies intend to submit the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) for advancement through its rigorous standards development process. The ultimate goal of CMIS is to dramatically reduce the IT burden around multi-vendor, multi-repository content management environments.

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