Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SPTechReport debuts!

This week, we launched SP Tech Report, an every-other-week newsletter all about SharePoint. There's news from third party partners, links to interesting SharePoint sites and blogs, and a "Share Pointers" column that offers tips and tricks for getting things done. In this week's debut issue, we covered backup and recovery tools from Idera and Kroll Ontrack, and Vitrium's new digital rights management software for SharePoint. Our first "Share Pointers" column was penned by SharePoint 911's Randy Drisgill, who showed the newsletter readers how to do some quick branding using the Alternate CSS capabilities in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. All in all, an interesting and highly informative read. Sign up for it today.
Last thing... there's a super early bird discount for SPTechCon that ends Friday, Nov. 21. If you register for the conference before then, you'll save $500 off the full price. Now THAT'S a bargain if I ever heard one!
-- Dave

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SharePoint in the cloud

Tom Rizzo, Microsoft's director of SharePoint product management, has told me his opening-day keynote at the SharePoint Technology Conference will include more information on SharePoint Online and Microsoft's new Azure services platform for "cloud" computing, which was announced at October's Professional Developers Conference. Microsoft has said that SharePoint Services for Azure will not be the same thing as Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, but will provide developers with SharePoint capabilities they can build into their applications. Not much else has been announced about this technology; so Tom's keynote will be one of the first dives into SharePoint on Azure. He's speaking at the conference on Jan. 28 at 8:30 am. It's a keynote not to be missed!
-- David
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Microsoft joins SPTechCon faculty

We're super-excited to have Jie Li, Dave Pae and AJ Mirwani from Microsoft come aboard as presenters at our SharePoint Technology Conference. Jie Li and Dave Pae are SharePoint technical product managers working out of Redmond. Dave just joined the SharePoint team after a seven-year stint in Pittsburgh as a technical specialist working in SharePoint and Office technologies. And, he has taken over the SharePoint team blog once managed by former SharePoint director Lawrence Liu, who left Microsoft in October to join Telligent's SharePoint practice. AJ is a senior portal technology specialist at Microsoft, working in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm telling you, their sessions at SPTechCon will be "MUST SEE" events. To be able to get information about SharePoint from these Microsoft insiders is a rare opportunity indeed, and one not to be missed. More details on their course topics and schedules will follow soon.
-- David