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  • Blog Post: Save the Date – Best of SharePoint Conference Returning to Boston!

    The Best of SharePoint Conference will be returning to the Microsoft office in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. More details will be shared soon on the call for sponsors and speaker selection process. Please join our Microsoft Northeast SharePoint Community Yammer network to keep up to date...
  • Blog Post: My First Prediction for the New Year: Why Access Services Will Be a Big Hit in 2010

    As we prepare to close out 2009 it is normal for people to start looking forward and make predictions about things in 2010. Here at Microsoft, 2010 will be another huge release year for us with new versions of SharePoint, Office, Visio and Project scheduled to be released in the first half of 2010. ...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010? Consider Starting with SharePoint Online …

    First, I’d like to start by apologizing for not posting to this blog recently. My wife and I had twin girls about 6 weeks ago and I have been out of the office thanks to Microsoft’s VERY generous Infant Care Leave (ICL) policy that allowed me to stay home and help the family get settled in. I’ve also...
  • Blog Post: See you at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas!

    It’s hard to believe, but the SharePoint Conference is less than 7 weeks away! The conference is being held in Las Vegas from October 19-22. This will be THE place to hear and see all about SharePoint 2010. I will be attending the SharePoint Conference and will be involved in a few things, including...
  • Blog Post: Presenting on SharePoint, Office and Visual Studio 2010 Development in Boston on April 29th

    Cross posting the event details that Jim O’Neil recently announced on his blog. The Boston launch event for Visual Studio, SharePoint and Office 2010 will take place on Thursday, April 29th, at the Westin Copley Place , with two tracks.  One, focused on developers, will cover application lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Integration Road Show

    One of the topics that I speak frequently about is using SharePoint as an application development platform. Often building solutions on top of SharePoint requires integration with external systems, people, data and processes. Microsoft is running a series of events targeted at Enterprise Architects and...
  • Blog Post: How Office 2007 Helps Protect Your Information

    One of the primary business concerns that I hear from my customers is: “How do we keep our information and documents safe?” Since so much of what we all do is collaborating and sharing information with others via Microsoft Office, today’s post summarizes some of the top ways that the Office 2007 system...
  • Blog Post: Essential SharePoint 2013 Book Published!

    Scott Jamison , Sue Hanley , and I are very excited that our “ Essential SharePoint 2013 ” book is now available and we will be having a special book signing event tomorrow (Tuesday, August 13, 2013) evening at SPTechCon Boston . This edition of the book is packed with nearly 800 pages of SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Office, SharePoint, Visio and Project 2010 News …

    Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, major announcements were made regarding Office, SharePoint, Project and Visio 2010. Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone...
  • Blog Post: Excel 2007 – Your Business Intelligence Client Solution

    Many of my customers are evaluating business intelligence (BI) solutions. There are often many business drivers behind this trend including the need for analysis, reporting, planning and forecasting. Prior to the release of Excel 2007 many customers would purchase a variety of different BI tools each...
  • Blog Post: Love OneNote? Prove it!

    Many of my customers and partners comment about how much they love OneNote . OneNote is a great tool for organizing notes; brainstorming; collaborating; and (most importantly) finding information. For those of you that simply cannot live without OneNote (such as me!) you’ll be glad to know that we recently...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 Released

    Office 2007 service pack 2 has been released today and is available for download . Some of the features being incorporated into SP2 are integrated support for saving to PDF, XPS and ODF file formats - all of which previously required separate free downloads. There are also some bug fixes and performance...
  • Blog Post: Customizing SharePoint–Most Times the Quickest Way is Not Always the Best Way

    With many customers and partners migrating to SharePoint 2010, one of the topics I get asked about regularly is making “safe” customizations to SharePoint and thinking about upgrades and migrations – both now and in the future. While the answer is often “it depends” there are some general guidelines...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming SharePoint 2010 Events in December for Microsoft Northeast Enterprise Customers

    Over the next 2+ weeks I will be involved with sessions on SharePoint 2010 at numerous events in the Northeast area: Wednesday, December 2 at the Gilbane Conference Boston event : Helping out the SharePoint product team in the “The SharePoint 2010 Experience” hands on labs. Tuesday, December 8 at the...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: Why and How to Get It Done–SharePoint Saturday Boston Recap and Slides

    This past Saturday, we had our 4th SharePoint Saturday Boston . Over 250 people attended this event and there were 35 sessions delivered . It was once again an amazing event and we are grateful for all of our event sponsors that make this event possible and free of charge for attendees. ThirdM and Grace...
  • Blog Post: Public Beta Released for SharePoint, Office, Visio and Project 2010

    Today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced the release of the public beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and Office Web Apps for business customers.  You can now download the beta at www.microsoft.com/2010 More details on what is...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast Tour Coming to Boston April 25-27

    I’ll be presenting at the SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast tour in Boston April 25-27. Get your team up to speed for developing, deploying and administering SharePoint 2010 sites and get on the path to success. Enter "SP100" and get $100 off registration ! BONUS: The first 100 people to...
  • Blog Post: The (Hidden) Power of SharePoint Content Types

    During my 4+ years working at Microsoft I have had the privilege to work with many of the largest SharePoint enterprise customers based in the Northeast. One of the consistent topics that we end up discussing is SharePoint content types . One of the interesting observations is that so many customers...
  • Blog Post: Northeast SharePoint Saturday and User Group Updates

    Building upon the tremendously successful SharePoint Saturday Boston and MA SharePoint user groups, we continue to work with our Partners and the Northeast Developer & Platform Evangelists ( Chris Bowen , Jim O’Neil and Dan Stolts ) to provide more SharePoint related community events. Below...
  • Blog Post: Slides from Rochester SharePoint User Group Meeting Last Week

    Thanks again to everyone that came out last week for the 1st SharePoint user group meeting in Rochester, NY. We had a great turnout and I really enjoyed the discussion and interaction – as well as the SharePint after! As requested, I’ve posted my “SharePoint 2010 Overview” slides on SkyDrive. You can...
  • Blog Post: Happy 1 Year Anniversary to the Microsoft Northeast SharePoint Community on Yammer!

    It has been 1 year since we launched the Microsoft Northeast SharePoint Community on Yammer . This is a private Yammer network that has been established with these primary goals: Provide a forum for Microsoft SharePoint customers and partners (based primarily in the Northeast region of the United States...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Announcements at the SharePoint Conference Today

    What a day here in Las Vegas! Earlier today we publicly unveiled SharePoint 2010 at the SharePoint Conference (SPC). There is such a positive energy, buzz and excitement from the 7,000+ customer and partner attendees. Today’s events included the announcement that both SharePoint and Office 2010 will...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint 2010 Content for Business Users!

    Getting your users excited and ready for SharePoint 2010 doesn’t have to be challenging! Visit www.iusesharepoint.com to help you get started. Content for Users: 10 Humorous Webisodes 10 Corresponding How-To Videos 45 Quick Reference Cards 25 Tips and Tricks Real User Stories Content to Drive Adoption...
  • Blog Post: Making the Business Case for Social Computing

    One of the topics that I frequently discuss with customers and partners is social computing. Many companies recognize the need for social computing technologies within the enterprise but often struggle with mapping various technology options back to business needs. What follows below are some of the...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010

    <May 2010 - Updating with SharePoint RTM links.> Since the beta for SharePoint 2010 was publicly released in November 2009 there has been a lot of interest and activity by our customers and partners testing and planning for SharePoint 2010. About 90% of my activities these days is directly related...