SharePoint 2007 Training

One of the questions I got asked frequently at the Worldwide Partner Conference is “How do I/how does my IT team get ramped up on SharePoint technology?” I’ve outlined 10 steps that you and/or your team can take to ramp up. This is relevent whether you are new to SharePoint technology, an existing SharePoint customer…


next version

I’ve received several emails asking me what’s coming in the next version of our portal technologies. I can assure you that we have a solid plan in place to deliver great technology based on customer and partner feedback. Unfortunately, I can’t share that with you at this moment. However, I would like to solicit feedback…


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

This is an original post I wrote using Office 2007 Beta 2 which explains some of the formatting. I’m working with some folks to try and get this posted as an official whitepaper. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is the next generation of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Content Management Server (CMS) 2002…


Mike Drip’s entertaining article on "SharePoint"

This blog entry has been rewritten to focus on the content of the article. I came across Mike Drip’s article recently that is published on I don’t feel the content of the article provides constructive feedback or solutions to SharePoint development. It seems like the article vents frustration than anything.  Here’s my response to the different points: 1.  With web…


Why Choose Microsoft for your Portal?

Whether you’re a business or technical decision maker, it’s important to think about what’s important to your organization when making a software decision. For most companies, software is an enabler of business. That is to say, your company is probably not in the business of making/developing software, but rather using software to run your business….


Indian Cricket – Great Expectations

Today was a sad day for one billion people. It wasn’t because of any natural disaster or terrorist crisis. It was because of something much less dramatic – a cricket game. Cricket is a sport played in many commonwealth countries including India, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and many others. For Americans who aren’t familiar with…


Microsoft CMS Futures

I did a presentation at IT Forum, at Barcelona, on the future of CMS and SPS shortly after the release of CMS SP2. I wanted to spend some time writing about the next version as well as highlighting great CMS resources for CMS developers and IT administrators. The FutureBased on feedback from you, partners and analysts,…


Microsoft Enterprise Search 101: Technology and SKU breakdown

I wrote a short article about Microsoft Enterprise Search a little while ago. Now that there have been some recent announcements, I thought I’d provide a short overview of how all the Microsoft search technologies come together. For starters, here’s the landing page for enterprise search. There’s a good whitepaper that describes the different investments…


A Personal Note

I had a very productive professional week. Angus Logan and I delivered 6 sessions in the span of 4 days in 2 different countries: New Zealand and Australia. We also met several partners and customers and did a press interview. The long flight to the region was definitely worth it from a professional perspective. Unfortunately, while…


Live vs. Google Search

Most people I talk to use Google for Internet search. Google returns relevant results fast. Over the last few years, Microsoft has made a ton of progress with Internet search ( In fact, I can now say that Live Search is at least as good as Google search. In some cases, it’s actually better! The local…