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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training Days

    I will be running two SharePoint training sessions for partners during March on the 18th and the 30th at the UK campus in Reading. These will be introductory and overview sessions intended to cover the whole of the SharePoint platform and give a good understanding of SharePoint's capabilities and value...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - introduction

    SharePoint is part of the Microsoft product stack. This doesn’t mean that it’s just another item on a Microsoft price list. What it means is that it’s designed to work with the other products Microsoft produces. In other posts, I’ve talked about using InfoPath and SharePoint together, but that’s not...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Forms and Languages! Oh my!

    I had a conversation with a partner who wanted to implement forms in SharePoint (actually, he was wondering about using SharePoint’s survey features but came to the conclusion that Forms Services was better suited to the task). The difficulty was that the SharePoint solution in question would be deployed...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Metadata

    What is metadata? The simple definition is that it’s data about data. In the case of SharePoint, it’s information about files and documents stored within SharePoint. There are some bits of metadata that are included as standard, such as who created a document, who last edited it, where in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - versioning

    This is the second part in my series of posts about the benefits of combining SharePoint with Office. I’m going to talk about versioning. Versioning is one of the major benefits a document management system has over a file share. A common scenario is for people to have a document stored in a shared...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training

    I'm running more SharePoint training days for partners. The purpose of the day is to give a high-level overview of the capabilities and value of SharePoint solutions. The training is not at all technical but should give business persons an understanding of what could be done with SharePoint and sales...
  • Blog Post: Live Partner Training

    We're putting on some readiness training in the upcoming months. These events are free and open to all Microsoft partners. Processes and Forms in SharePoint – Reading 22 nd September A look at InfoPath Forms Services and workflows within SharePoint deployments. An introduction to the capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Data Connection Libraries

    Previously in this series, I’ve talked about general Office documents, which might be Word files, PowerPoint slide decks and so on. In this post, I’m going to go a bit more specific. I’m going to talk about data connection libraries and how they are they can accessed using Excel 2007. A data connection...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 SP2 Bug Fix

    About a month ago, I posted about a bug in Sevice Pack 2 for SharePoint. This bug sets an expiration date on the MOSS features so that after 180 days, users receive an error message. Thankfully, the problem has now been fixed. The SharePoint Team Blog has links to the appropriate downloads for the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Hosting Webcasts

    In June, I'm going to be running a series of three webcasts for hosting partners. They will particularly be aimed at sales people. Each session will go through the features enabled by a licensing level of SharePoint, as well as the potential value of those features to end customers. At the end of the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Collaboration

    This is the second in my series of videos showing how SharePoint can be used as a solution to a range of business problems. This demo shows some of the features that are designed to help SharePoint function as a collaboration solution, such as discussion boards, wiki pages, project task lists and more...
  • Blog Post: Improving Form Performance

    When you load up InfoPath forms in a browser, do you see this message? Probably. The important question is, for how long? Does the form open in a couple of seconds, or are you sitting waiting for minutes? There are various reasons why a form might be slow in loading up. In this blog post, I...
  • Blog Post: What do I get?

    SharePoint is a very big product. I’d even go so far as to say huge. It has a wide range of capabilities in a variety of areas. This is a very good thing in terms of what you get for your money. It’s a very bad thing when you’re trying to get your head around the product for the first time. It probably...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training

    The SharePoint partner team in the UK have been planning training and readiness for the next year and we've got a series of web seminars lined up. These seminars are sales training focussed around different aspects of SharePoint and how to sell WSS or MOSS as a solution to a particular type of business...
  • Blog Post: Get Going Now

    With the SharePoint Conference this week, Microsoft has begun lifting the shroud of secrecy around the next version of SharePoint, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, due out in the first half of next year. In light of this release of information, I’m expecting to get asked more and more, “Why should...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Slide Libraries

    I’m going to finish off this series of Better with Office posts, but there’s more that could be said. If I’ve peaked your interest, I’d suggest reading the Fair, Good, Better, Best whitepaper which goes into more technical information about the integration between SharePoint and Office products. In...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Portals

    This video is the first of a new series showing how the capabilities of SharePoint fit various business solutions. SharePoint can be used in a wide range of different scenarios to solve a huge number of different business problems. In this series, I will discuss some of the most common ways SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint is the answer!

    SharePoint is a huge product that can do such a wide range of things. Often, the hardest thing about SharePoint is knowing where to start when explaining what it does. So here's a bit of humour born of the idea that SharePoint is the answer to a wide range of business problems.
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Search

    This is the third in my series of videos showing how SharePoint can be used as a solution to a range of business problems. This demo shows some of the features that are designed to help SharePoint function as a search solution, such as basic and advanced search, people search and business data search...
  • Blog Post: The Housing Analogy

    I’d like to share an analogy for SharePoint. Just imagine you’ve bought a new house. That house is SharePoint. The chances are, you will have had some help in the process from the likes of solicitors, estate agents, removals companies and so on. Those guys are the SharePoint partners. Their job is...
  • Blog Post: Scenario: Budget Request

    Another scenario where InfoPath and SharePoint can aid business processes. In this demo, an employee fills out a budget request form, which is ammended by a manager and the results tracked using key performance indicators.
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 SP2 Bug

    It turns out there’s a bug in the recently released Service Pack for MOSS 2007. I first became aware of this bug last Friday as I was preparing to do some SharePoint demos using Microsoft’s internal MOSS deployment and I kept getting an error message. It seems that when SP2 is installed, it incorrectly...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Document Management

    Continuing my series of videos showing the capabilities of SharePoint as a solution for various business problems. This video shows some of the features relating to document management.
  • Blog Post: Scenario: Holiday Requests

    This is a short demo showing a potential scenario for InfoPath and SharePoint workflows improving common processes. In this demo, an employee requests holiday, their manager reviews and approves the request, and then the holiday is added to a SharePoint team calendar.
  • Blog Post: InfoPath Introduction Part 6

    Continuing my introduction series, this demo shows InfoPath working with SharePoint workflows. Data entered