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Sunday, October 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 1st SharePoint Saturday in the UK was held on the 2nd October and I went along to listen to other SharePoint Professionals giving sessions on SharePoint. The venue itself was A* being held at the Hilton Metropole at the NEC in Birmingham and I was glad that the northerners hadn’t been overlooked with the event being held in the midlands, taking just over an hour to get there on the train was ideal. There were certainly a lot of people there and I was suitably impressed by the number of guest speakers that had flown in from around the world to give sessions on everything from using JQuery with SharePoint, through to SharePoint roles in a project. ... [More]

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Let's face it there is a cost associated with SharePoint, it is certainly not free, there are cheaper products, some even free, so how do you convince the budget holder that it is worth the money and will give a return on investment? ... [More]

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Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

When competing against out of the box Intranet products we often get asked if features of these products are in SharePoint. With WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 there were 40 site templates that could be used to provide some of these features, out of the box. Some kind (and dedicated) SharePoint company have converted the templates to SharePoint Server 2010. Its unofficial but well worth a look.... [More]

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Friday, August 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

SharePoint 2010 has a way of having quite a few niffy features, I am not sure if 2007 had this feature but SharePoint 2010 definitely sold it to me without me realising. I created an alert in SharePoint to alert me when any new articles appeared on the discussion board. When the alert came through a handy little icon at the top left of the email read "Connect to Discussion Board" Doing this created a folder in Outlook where all messages from the discussion board were held. At the moment the discussion board isn't used that much but I can see this being a really useful feature as it means I can post replies straight from Outlook, even offline using the ribbon for discussion boards.... [More]

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

SharePoint is a great product, by installing SharePoint you can open up endless possibilities for business improvement. One of the problems that many customers have is controlling its use and ensuring that it is properly supported. ... [More]

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tenders are the often a means of purchasing a SharePoint Solution, especially for public sector organisations that have to go through this process by law if the solution is over a certain value. The Invitation To Tender (ITT) is often the first detail the supplier will have about what functionality needs to be delivered in the solution if they haven't been lucky enough to have been dealing with the organisation already. It is essential that this document contains the right level of detail to enable the supplier to accurately bid on the work and also for the awarding body to ensure that it is clear what they want.... [More]

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Monday, August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Surprising I know but I have come across a few instances of companies having a Live SharePoint server install on just on the one server, that is to say that SQL Server is installed on the same server as MOSS. This sometimes isn’t the fault of the company but can be the result of bad advice. In one instance 800 users were using the server and the content replication was always failing. ... [More]

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Monday, July 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

With the official release of SharePoint 2010 comes the introduction of Office Web Apps. The question everyone is asking is whether or not Microsoft's version of Cloud computing will take off as much as Google apps have. Google have a had quite a head start on Microsoft starting to develop Google apps in August 2006 and releasing to the public in February 2007. Microsoft Web Apps are available to use using the freely available SkyDrive and are also part of the SharePoint 2010 installation. ... [More]