2 Great Use Cases for my Kindle

I love my Kindle, but still have a place in my heart for physical books. I continue to buy both ebooks and physical books. But my two uses for my Kindle that physical books just can’t compete with are reading multiple books at the same time, and reading while working out. I have both a…

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Implementing Social Solutions to Improve Collaboration

Over the last 12 months, I’ve been working with a lot of companies thinking, strategizing, piloting and deploying social media tools with the hope to improve their collaboration effectiveness. Yes social media is collaboration, because it requires user participation and/or user generated content. Consumer-focused social media tools include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Google+ and…

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Taxonomy Management and Autoclassification

There is growing interest in using metadata, not just talking about it, or wanting to see a demo, but actually implementing the capability. One of the key challenges is how do you get users to actually utilize this capability. Of course you can configure the list or library to require certain fields be populated but…

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SharePoint BI on the iPad

Good news for iPad users that want to view SharePoint BI content. The product group has recently released the December 2011 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 and an overview is given here. With this update, you can now view PerformancePoint reports and scorecards, Excel Services reports, and Reporting Services reports on iPad devices running the…

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Sharing Content Outside Your Organization with O365

Sharing content (documents, PowerPoint decks, etc) outside the organization is a frequent request and it’s much harder than it should be. Most IT organizations are not licensed or willing in enable SharePoint to share information outside the firewall. Ideally you’d provision an extranet, license the appropriate folks, establish authentication and authorize these external users for…

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SP2010 SP1 Productivity Hub and SPC2011 Videos

Some new info I just saw posted over the holiday break that will be useful for a number of folks. First, for those that did not attend the SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA, 193 of the conference presentations can be accessed on YouTube so go check them out. Second, I continue to get requests…

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So what ya waiting for, start using PowerShell for SharePoint Admin

PowerShell is an awesome tool. Granted there is a learning curve but once you get going you will love it. I continue to be surprised at the number of SharePoint admins that still have never used PS. A recent SP pilot offered a good opportunity, so I thought this would be a good time to…

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Host Header Named Site Collections in SP2010

Working with a customer yesterday, they were perplexed because they couldn’t figure out how to create HH named site collections in SP2010. They had done this routinely in SP2007. They were somewhat relieved when I told them that it is still possible to do but that they had to use PowerShell to do it and…

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Why should you be interested in SharePoint 2010

I presented “Why should you be interested in SharePoint 2010” to the Association of IT Professionals this week and it went great. What a great group. Plus, they paid for my dinner so it was even better. I delivered this same talk at several SP user groups but this time it was extremely interactive which…

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Silverlight 4 Training

This is an excellent intro for those wanting to get up to speed. You need to spend some time with the HOLs if you haven’t done much SL before, but it will be worth your time. From the description: “The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features,…

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