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  • Blog Post: Upcoming SharePoint Partner Readiness Live Meetings – Register NOW!

    The UK SharePoint partner team have worked long and hard to come up with a series of partner readiness sessions focused around SharePoint. Part of this is a series of sales readiness Live Meetings, known as the Live Series. Each meeting will be one hour long, and will focus on how to effectively sell...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Online

    Just when you thought Sharepoint could not possibly be any more fantastic, Microsoft announce the release of Sharepoint Online !   This is a hosted service, which means customers no longer need to worry about deployment, configuration and management of Sharepoint server farms, but can still make...
  • Blog Post: Internet Sites built on SharePoint Server 2007

    When they hear 'SharePoint', most people think intranet, but did you know some fantastic Internet sites are built on SharePoint Server 2007?   Below are some of my personal favourites:   Penguin Spinebreakers Great use of embedded videos, search and all of the content is updated by teenagers...
  • Blog Post: Are you using the UK SI Partner Toolkit?

      If not, why not?!   At the beginning of 2009, your intrepid team of Partner Technology Advisors worked night and day to create and collate all of the best resources for SharePoint, Enterprise Project Management, Unified Communications, Business Intelligence, Security and Management and Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Get SharePoint Specialised! - Exam 70-630: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

    I've recently gained the rather grand accreditation of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) by passing the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Configuration exam , and I encourage all technical employees of Microsoft partners who work with SharePoint (in any capacity) to do the same!...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Licensing Training Available for Partners

    Licensing for Microsoft products can be a complicated beast! To aid your understanding of SharePoint licensing, three licensing training sessions are now available – essential viewing for any SharePoint partner!   Selling’s Cool– Selling Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Solutions   Selling...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint; Better Together - Part 6: Slide Libraries

    In this series of blog posts, I will be highlighting some of the integration between Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. If this topic interests you, I highly recommend reading the Microsoft Office Programs and SharePoint Products and Technologies Integration – Fair, Good, Better, Best whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: Information and Resources for new (and established!) Partners

    We all know that there are just too many resources and too much information available from Microsoft - endless streams of websites, online and classroom training, Microsoft employees... It can be a real challenge trying to find the correct, relevant information!   To try and solve this, Jessica...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint; Better Together - Part 2: Document Check In/ Check Out

    In this series of blog posts, I will be highlighting some of the integration between Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. If this topic interests you, I highly recommend reading the Microsoft Office Programs and SharePoint Products and Technologies Integration – Fair, Good, Better, Best whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Search from Microsoft - Comparison

    Microsoft has three main offerings in the enterprise search space, from small scale search to solutions that are scalable to support extremely demanding search challenges. The table below, taken from the Microsoft Enterprise Search website , gives an overview of the three solutions.   Best-in-class...
  • Blog Post: The Magical World of Sharepoint - A Brief Overview

    Starting at Microsoft has introduced me to an amazing technology - Sharepoint . Although I'm slightly late on the uptake (Sharepoint has been around in various forms since since 2001 and has been hugely successful for Microsoft), I'm sure there are still many partners who are unaware if the benefits...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 - People and Personalisation

    In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes , a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can be used to find information about people within an organisation, including what distribution list memberships and colleagues you have in common.   Chris demonstrates MySites in SharePoint, including the My...
  • Blog Post: Partner Learning Paths

    There's an awful lot of information available from Microsoft! Too much, I'm sure some partners would say! The sheer volume of resources, training courses, exams and specialisations can be overwhelming for new Microsoft partners, or even for existing partners looking to include a new technology area in...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 - Business Processes and Forms

    In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes , a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can make use of InfoPath forms and workflow to improve and simplify business processes.   Chris first creates a Forms Library on a SharePoint site, to store completed InfoPath forms. He then highlights some of...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint; Better Together - Part 5: Workflows on Documents

    In this series of blog posts, I will be highlighting some of the integration between Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. If this topic interests you, I highly recommend reading the Microsoft Office Programs and SharePoint Products and Technologies Integration – Fair, Good, Better, Best whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training Days - London and Reading dates

    My fellow Partner Technology Specialist, Jess Meats , is hosting SharePoint training sessions for Microsoft Partners. The training sessions are intended as a broad, high-level introduction to the capabilities and value of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. At...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 - Customising the Look and Feel of Sites

    In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes , a fellow PTS, we look at how the look and feel of SharePoint Server sites can be customised using the sample master pages, available to download here . Chris shows the 4 styles, each available in different colours, and demonstrates how the layout of a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 - Collaboration

    In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes , a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can be used as a collaboration tool.   Chris creates a new SharePoint site based on the team site template, using the site creation wizard within the SharePoint interface. He then discusses document libraries...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint; Better Together - Part 1: Document Workspaces

    SharePoint is an amazing product - it acts as a collaboration, portal, search, content management and business intelligence tool. However, as with most Microsoft technologies., SharePoint's capability and functionality is significantly increased when it is integrated with other technologies in the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint is the Answer!

    Some time ago, my colleague Jess Meats recorded a parody quiz show to highlight some of the key features of SharePoint. It's well worth watching if you have 3 minutes to spare and fancy a little light relief!  
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint; Better Together - Part 4: Document Versioning

      In this series of blog posts, I will be highlighting some of the integration between Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. If this topic interests you, I highly recommend reading the Microsoft Office Programs and SharePoint Products and Technologies Integration – Fair, Good, Better, Best...