Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Content management at SPTechCon

Content management is a huge concern at organizations of all types. How do you keep track of records, invoices, billing statements, e-mails, internal documents and more, and know where it's stored and how to retrieve it?
We've added a session to SPTechCon in January to address this important issue. Titled "SharePoint: The Ultimate Information Library", faculty presenter Bud Porter-Roth will discuss how to use SharePoint to create libraries and organize information based on a user's needs. Porter-Roth has been in the electronic document management industry for more than 20 years, and we're delighted to add his session to the conference.

Friday, December 19, 2008

One-on-one with Bjorn Furuknap

There's an excellent interview with Bjorn Furuknap (one of our faculty for the SharePoint Technology Conference) in the recent issue of the online SharePoint Magazine. Bjorn talks about understanding the SharePoint architecture and using that knowledge to create custom user experiences. That's also what he'll be talking about at SPTechCon next month. Follow us on twitter!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dazzling SharePoint With Silverlight

With software moving to the cloud as services, rich Internet clients are sure to follow. Microsoft released version 2 of its rich Internet application platform, Silverlight, in October with hope that wide uptake would soon follow. So we've added a course to the SharePoint Technology Conference program entitled "Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight," to be presented by "MOSSLover" Beckky Isserman. Becky will show attendees how to create Silverlight Controls in Expression Blend 2.0 (Microsoft's user interface design tool for Web applications) to enhance the SharePoint experience.

Also, you should note that Friday, Dec. 19, is the last day to register for SPTechCon and still be eligible for the early-bird rate, which is a savings of $300 off the regular conference rate.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Microsoft classes set

We've finalized the lineup of sessions to be led by Microsoft's SharePoint team at our January conference. It is as follows:

106: SharePoint Planning and Governance, will be led by AJ Mirwani, and is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 9:30 AM

107: Working With SharePoint APIs, will be led by Dave Pae, same date and time.

206: Office and SharePoint: Better Together, will be led by Tom Rizzo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11 AM

207: Working with SharePoint Designer: Dave Pae again, Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 11 AM

306: Social Networking and User Profiles for Business: Jie Li, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 PM

307: Scaling With SharePoint, AJ Mirwani again, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 PM

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SharePoint for Project Management

That's the name of the new book from Dux Raymond Sy, published by O'Reilly, and it's excellent. In his preface, Dux assumes the readers has project management experience, is new to SharePoint, and is NOT interested in the nitty-gritty technical details of the software. It has nine chapters, but each is broken up into subsections, and there are plenty of diagrams and screenshots to help readers along. Interspersed throughout the text are "Dux Quax," which are little asides about the subject they follow. For instance, in the section on "Customizing Permissions," Dux writes, "With great power comes great responsibility. Being able to customize various levels of access permissions in SharePoint is quite powerful. However, it can be challenging to keep it current and to maintain it if you have many stakeholders. Be warned: never, ever get overly excited about tweaking permissions for every single person and for every single scenario."
There are many step-by-step explanations of how to implement something in SharePoint, with those diagrams to walk business people through tasks.
Dux will be speaking at SPTechCon next month. If you're a project manager, make sure you block out some time to attend his sessions.
-- David