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  • Blog Post: Just finished my first major deliverable!

    I just sent out an internal e-mail announcement to several hundred technical sales people re: the completion of my first major deliverable -- the Microsoft Office “12” SharePoint Servers and Windows SharePoint Services “v3” Technology Briefing slidedeck, which contains a technical overview of the feature...
  • Blog Post: Don't wait for Office "12" -- deploy SharePoint now!

    I had another EBC session today during which I presented and discussed the investment areas in the Office “12” versions of SharePoint products and technologies. The customer was extremely excited about the new features and improvements but was disappointed in having to wait about a year for the new versions...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 - Web-based and free!

    Looks like every enterprise server product group at Microsoft is trying to provide self-paced, hands-on labs via the TechNet Virtual Lab . Now, the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Virtual Lab is finally available, and -- quoting from its home page -- "it will teach you how to set up the portal, organize...
  • Blog Post: Office "12" Beta 1 is done!

    Well, the Office “12” Beta 1 Technology Preview Program has officially started , and 10,000 lucky customers and partners are in the process of downloading the bits from our BetaPlace site. Already, the early press coverage has been very positive: PC Magazine: Microsoft Office 12 Beta 1: Extreme...
  • Blog Post: My first “all-hands” meeting

    Yesterday’s all-hands meeting of the IWPMG (that’s Information Worker Product Management Group) was my first, and I was particularly impressed by Chris Capossela , who heads our organization. Chris reviewed our FY06 business objectives and Q1 scorecard in a very succinct and straightforward way (i.e...
  • Blog Post: Concise yet informative whitepaper on Service Pack 2 of WSS2 and SPS2003

    This white paper describes features that are included in Windows SharePoint Services SP2 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 SP2 . It also provides best practices and guidance about how you can architect your solutions considering the current and future versions of SharePoint Products and Technologies...
  • Blog Post: Office "12" curriculum may be overwhelming

    I spent the past day and a half participating in an Office “12” Curriculum Design Summit, during which about 20 of our “Insiders” (Technology Specialists and Consultants) from the field reviewed our current Technical Readiness plans and provided invaluable feedback on content types and depth, priorities...
  • Blog Post: My first EBC presentation

    My buddy, Munish Agarwal, asked me to sit in on an EBC (that’s Executive Briefing Center ) session this past Tuesday, October 4th, for which the topic was “Office System Futures.” I’ve organized and attended numerous EBC customer briefings over the years, but this was the very first time that I would...
  • Blog Post: Does Microsoft matter?

    Today, I had a 2 hour meeting with a customer to review the agenda for a 3 day onsite briefing with their "technology evaluation team" next week. We're competing against IBM and another vendor for the privilege of being chosen as the company's technology standard for extranet portal infrastructure ....
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site goes live!

    Yesterday, the 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site went live at http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview . It’s so gratifying for me to see the deliverables that I had spent a few months working on finally being published on the Web and available for potentially millions of people to leverage. I...
  • Blog Post: Attention all SharePoint Developers!

    If you are (or want to be) developing solutions for SharePoint, don't pass go, don't collect $200, and immediately read Mike Fitzmaurice 's blog . Better yet, subscribe to it in your favorite RSS aggregator by right-clicking here . Mike is Microsoft's self-professed Developer Evangelist for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 video of the SharePoint GPMs .. and me

    The C9 video of the SharePoint Group Program Managers that I mentioned in my previous post is now online at http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=196522 . Although I’m sure that you’d enjoy the entire 55 minute video, here are some timestops for you to jump around within the video in case you...
  • Blog Post: Finally transferring to “Corporate”

    Wow, it’s been almost 5 months since my last post here, and how quickly the time has gone by! In May, as I was trying to focus on closing a couple of large deals, I also started to pursue career opportunities in Redmond . While working in the “field” (consulting and technical sales) at Microsoft for...
  • Blog Post: Gadgets on SharePoint - for real!

    There are still nearly 90 minutes left (in PDT) until April Fool’s Day, but several people have already alerted me to a screenshot at the DashboardSpy, which appears to be a mocked up SharePoint site with some very cool (and useful) looking Gadgets for monitoring Scoble ’s KPIs. I found this very ironic...
  • Blog Post: LL's "Top 10" favorite features of SharePoint "v.Next"

    I see that Arpan has just listed his Top 10. Well, here are mine: A "Global" Template that is applied/provisioned before any other template, and a Feature Framework that provides modularity for “additive” templates OOB document review/approval workflow with support for digital signatures...
  • Blog Post: Calling all SharePoint developers .. again!

    Building SharePoint Web Parts? Then this post (excerpted below) from Dino Esposito is a must read: WebParts: From SharePoint to ASP.NET 2.0 In the Windows world, SharePoint products and technologies simplify and support various forms of collaboration between partners within a company or an organization...