Future Proofing SharePoint Customizations

I had a question come in from a customer who is currently on SharePoint 2010 running on-premises.  Their question was “how can we future-proof the customizations we make in SharePoint today?”  I thought this question was worth a post. So the answer is of course, you can never completely future proof your customizations but here…

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SharePoint Conference 2011–It’s a Wrap!

It’s hard to get a grasp of just how far reaching and impactful SharePoint is these days, but an event like SharePoint Conference helps those of us who use and work with the product every day to visualize how absolutely HUGE SharePoint really is.  During the keynote it was announced that if SharePoint were it’s…

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Windows Phone 7–Getting Started and Key Apps

I thought with the recent availability of Windows Phone 7 on Verizon and with all four major carriers in the US offering a Windows Phone 7 device I’m sure to get more than a few family, friends, and colleagues that want to know the best way to setup and use Windows Phones. No, I am…

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Microsoft SharePoint Successes Featured in Automotive News

I was in a customer meeting yesterday and a common question came up: “what other companies are using SharePoint in my industry?” Given that it was an auto customer it reminded  me of an article in the Automotive News a few months ago and I thought it was worth highlighting here. Frankly, I’m surprised I…

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SharePoint 2010 Governance Resources

Technorati Tags: I’ve had several customers ask me recently for SharePoint 2010 governance information. I consider this a very good sign. The message is finally getting out that a governance plan is absolutely essential to any SharePoint deployment. Especially as SharePoint has grown significantly in capabilities over the past two releases. This wasn’t always emphasized…

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Microsoft Productivity Hub 2010 – Coming Soon to a download center near you

  One of the common questions I heard as a consultant when SharePoint 2007 launched was “how can we train our users?”  Companies want a simple, inexpensive way to provide basic training, feedback, and build momentum with their launch of SharePoint or Office deployment. Companies realized that this would help drive adoption of both Office…

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Pictures, Pictures Everywhere

As I’ve been demo’ing SharePoint 2010, Outlook 2010, and Exchange 2010 a few recurring questions have come up related to pictures and the new social aspects of Outlook and SharePoint. The first is how do the pictures in SharePoint and Outlooktie together? The second is where are these pictures stored? And the third is how…

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SharePoint 2007 and Office 2010

I received an interesting question this week from a customer, and something that seems like a fairly common scenario. My customer just finished an upgrade/consolidation from WSS 2.0 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. They aren’t anticipating a quick upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010 at this point – they own it but they have other…

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SharePoint 2010 People Search – Missing Content Mystery Solved

A quick post on an issue I hit today with the SharePoint 2010 beta – updates to user profile data were not showing up when doing a people search. There were missing users, missing info, etc. After a few hours or so of digging the root cause was found. And it ended up being an…

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SharePoint 2010 Training

One question that I’m hearing more and more often from customers and partners is “how can I get ramped up on SharePoint 2010?” And they want to go a little deeper now, more than just a teaser site. So to that end – the post below is dedicated to resources and options as of today,…

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