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Do You Agree with Windows IT Pro Editors’ Best Award Winners in the SharePoint Category?

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Every year Windows IT Pro Magazine’s Editors validate products and services worthy of their Editors’ Best and, based on their readers votes, Community Choice awards. For the Community Choice awards the editorial team asks the community to nominate their favorite products and then release a voting survey to let everyone participate in the final voting phase.  Fair enough. Certainly, we trust the professional opinion of Windows IT Pro Editors, but here is your chance to share your opinion with the SharePoint Reviews readers as well.

There are 29 award categories, and below are the winners in the SharePoint category.  Sometimes editors and readers agree on favorite products, but most of the time they don’t.  Regardless of whether the winners were chosen by editors or readers, all these products are worth serious consideration to help you manage and improve your SharePoint deployment.

Do you agree with Windows IT Pro Editors? Would you nominate anyone else?…

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PSIGEN Continues Technical Leadership in SharePoint Scanning and Capture with Enhanced Feature Release

IRVINE, Calif., June 2, 2011 – PSIGEN Software, Inc., the technical leader in SharePoint scanning and capture, announced the release of an Enhanced Feature Set for SharePoint. The new release provides unmatched “out of the box” features, with a focus on automated document routing and Managed Metadata. PSI:Capture now provides a capture solution that allows dynamic routing to SharePoint sites, libraries and folders, as well as setting content type and file naming based on document characteristics. Along with routing enhancements, the product allows the ability to automatically populate the SharePoint Term Store based on information extracted from documents.

“We found that our SharePoint partners and customers were looking for the next level in automation and integration, and wanted to fully leverage the SharePoint feature set.” said Steve Boals, V.P. of Sales for PSIGEN. “Our product now provides enhanced document routing and integration with SharePoint Managed Metadata that is unmatched in the market.”

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Project 2010 SP1 and more

A lot of exciting things happening in the world of Microsoft Project! It’s been a year since we launched and we’re seeing great customer and partner momentum with Microsoft Project 2010! I thought I would share just a few of the recent exciting news for Project 2010:

SP1 for Project desktop and Project Server will release at the end of June 2011. You can find more detailed information on the team blog. Beyond fixes, we’re shipping enhancements that include:

  • Multi-Browser Support for time entry in Project Web App
  • Improved synchronization of Project tasks to a SharePoint task list on-premises or in Office 365
  • Time-phased support for manually scheduled tasks
  • Improvements to project scheduling in Project Web App

eWeek Microsoft Project 2010 Top 10 Features. This is great to see as it highlights features across Project 2010 desktop and Project Server 2010! You can check it out at http://bit.ly/lpQVIY.

New Project 2010 Podcast on PMI. There is a great new podcast on the Project Management Institute’s Knowledge Center site. Margaret Loosemore, a Senior Product Manager on my team, gives an overview of all the great new features in Project 2010. I highly recommend checking it out here.

Microsoft Project for the Masses. A must-read whitepaper written by Innovative-e that outlines how project management can be effectively implemented without the need for complex configuration and/or processes for specific scenarios. It includes a great whitepaper and other great artifacts like videos, templates, etc. You can download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=53cd717f-939d-4f41-921a-feb3aa9353aa&displaylang=en.

Microsoft Project Conference 2012 on March 19-22, 2012. If there’s one event you have to go to, it’s next year’s Project Conference 2012! The entire team is looking forward to this event where you’ll have an opportunity to meet the team in Redmond, the greater Project customer and partner community and share best practices. Phoenix in March is also a nice touch… nice, warm weather! While registration is not open just yet (it will be soon), you can get on the mailing list at http://www.msprojectconference.com. If you’re a partner looking for sponsorship activities, shoot me a note.


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Resetting SharePoint 2010 Themes

UPDATE 8/20/2011: I’ve reworked this script and included it as part of my SharePoint 2010 cmdlet downloads. See “Resetting SharePoint 2010 Themes – Part 2, the Reset-SPTheme cmdlet” for details. One of my current clients is a local school district here in Denver and we (Aptillon) have recently helped them release a new public facing [...]
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SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010

Author: Christophe Fiessinger , Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

I am excited to announce the release of SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides a vast number of capabilities that empower both business users and IT to create solutions quickly. For this reason, many organizations consider implementing SharePoint as a central platform to address a wide array of business solutions. For those organizations, it is likely that they will need a good way to track, manage, and prioritize those business requests. The SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010 provides a framework and guidance for managing SharePoint business requests and includes two white papers and a sample dataset.

This no-code solution includes:

  • Business Decision Maker/Technical Decision Maker white paper containing a business evaluation of how Microsoft Project Server 2010 can be employed to help manage your SharePoint Lifecycle through enhancement requests and project proposals.
  • Technical white paper contains step-by-step instructions on how to install and customize the SharePoint Lifecycle Management solution, along with basic instructions on how to use it.
  • Project Server 2010 sample databases and templates that can be used to illustrate concepts. The sample dataset requires a farm that has a working installation of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with Project Server 2010 fully configured (please refer to Project Server 2010 Tech Center); and the Dynamic Workflow and Workflow Visualization web part solutions from Microsoft Project 2010 Solution Starters.
For an overview of the solution produced by Jornata, please watch this recent recording from Tech.Ed last week: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/OSP202

BDM white paper Table of Content
Why Customers Choose SharePoint
SharePoint as a Central Service
SharePoint Lifecycle Management
Introducing the SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010
    Managing SharePoint Requests
    Discovery and Further Definition
    SharePoint Project Selection
    Project Planning and Management
    Evaluating SharePoint Project Success
SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010: Key Benefits
About the Solution
    Solution Artifacts
Conclusion

Last but not least do not forget to check out other existing white papers on Microsoft Project Portfolio Management offering on our Project site at http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/articles-white-papers.aspx.
 

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Happy Birthday SharePoint!

Author: Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President; Sharepoint

This week is the 10th anniversary of the first release of SharePoint Portal and Team Services. As I was digging through my closet to find the first SharePoint T-Shirt to wear to work, I reflected on how timely it was to both look back at the progress as well as look forward to the next chapter where SharePoint Online will help even more people and organizations as part of the upcoming release of Office 365.

The team and I feel incredibly fortunate to have reached so many customers and partners around the world – in fact we have been adding nearly 20,000 new SharePoint users a day for the last five years. Still, the most fun part of our jobs is to hear the amazing variety of stories of how SharePoint helps organizations of all sizes and types be more productive. When we started the group, some thought we were bold if not crazy. But we saw a tremendous opportunity to help our customers break down silos between people and technologies. The notion that we could deliver users an experience that transcended the web and Microsoft Office combining traditional collaboration, document management, search and portals capabilities with an architecture spanning personal, team, intranet and internet sites challenged many assumptions in the industry about what was possible. Today, SharePoint is the industry leading collaboration platform used by tens of thousands of organizations and supported by a wide range of partner solutions innovating in a multi-billion dollar ecosystem. While we continue to provide the simplest team collaboration solution, we have added deep capabilities ranging from powerful FAST Search to advanced Excel and PowerPivot Business Intelligence to line-of-business integration including Microsoft Dynamics and SAP via Duet. One fun fact is when I last looked, there were over 1,000 SharePoint books on Amazon. 
 
The engine that has always pushed us forward is the passionate feedback of the SharePoint community. We saw that in full force at the SharePoint Conference where we unveiled SharePoint 2010 and have been amazed by your response. Thank you to those who attended and are planning to attend our upcoming conference this fall. The most common theme of the feedback we hear is that SharePoint succeeded because we made many things easier than before and you want us to take the unique SharePoint balance of simplicity and flexibility to the next level. While we have delivered our SharePoint Online cloud service for the last couple years, we will take a big step in simplifying access to the easiest and most powerful collaboration technologies as part of Office 365. We have a great team working hard on that as well as releases to follow that I think will surprise and delight people even more than our past releases of SharePoint. We’re excited to see what you do with it and hear what you think of it.
 
Thanks again to all our customers, partners and employees for their support of SharePoint during the past decade and the years ahead. The best is yet to come!
 
Jeff

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Just Released – Best Practices Resource Center for SharePoint Server 2010

Hi – the Best Practices articles and the Best Practices Resource Center for 2007 were some of our most popular content for that release. We’re pleased to announce that we now have a 2010 version of the Best Practices Resource Center. Like in 2007, this was a joint effort between the SharePoint Customer Engineering team and Microsoft Consulting Services team for SharePoint. They drew on real customer experiences to help us bring you a set of guidelines that lay out the best practices for success with SharePoint Server 2010. Following these practices will help you avoid some of the common deployment pitfalls and keep your SharePoint environments available and performing well. Get the details now from the Best Practices Resource Center.

More best practices articles are in the works and will appear in the coming weeks and months on the Resource Center and in the Best Practices section of the Technical Library, so keep checking back for more info.

– Samantha Robertson


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Collaborate with Colleagues Using SharePoint My Sites

This blog is post #3 in the Ten Days of Office series to celebrate the one-year anniversary since the release of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Tune in each weekday for new tips and tricks to get the most from your Office and SharePoint e experience.
 
On Wednesday, as part of the one-year anniversary celebration of Office 2010, my colleague Erik Jensen wrote a great post about one way that you can get the most out of Microsoft PowerPoint through the broadcast feature. Yesterday, Roby Kurian wrote about Outlook Social Connector, including how it can provide information from SharePoint My Sites. Today, I want to share one of the ways you can get the most out of the social capabilities in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 by promoting the use of My Sites within an organization.
 

 

There’s a lot of buzz today about social networking within an organization, and with good reason! According to Gartner, “It is no longer a question of if an enterprise should invest in social software, but when, from which provider and for what business purposes.” and by 2015, 40% of large enterprises will have a corporate "Facebook," for circulating both business and personal data.  (Gartner, Predicts 2011: When Social and Business Processes Collide, November 19, 2010) When done right, enterprise social networking can be a very valuable tool in helping employees find colleagues with the expertise they need to solve a problem or better serve customers. SharePoint has included My Sites since the 2003 version, and today in 2010 they are better than ever at helping people locate one another and the critical business information they share, enabling everyone to do their jobs more efficiently and feel more connected across the enterprise.
Now onto the good stuff! SharePoint My Sites is only as valuable as the information people contribute, which you can do easily by leveraging tools such as tagging, document and photo libraries and colleague connections. So in an already busy work environment, how do you ensure your employees understand the value of My Sites? Below are some tips for driving adoption in your organization.
  • Identify a select group of early adopters who can spread the word about My Sites among their colleagues. Showcase them through email, a newsletter or an Intranet feature story, citing personal examples of how My Sites has improved their everyday work life. Also, reach out to the avid consumer social network users in your organization to become early adopters and promoters of safe, secure social networking inside the organization.
  • Use My Sites as a marketing tool inside organizations. For example, smaller teams within a larger organization can boost their profile by making sure their My Sites are completely utilized. Each team member can list expertise, share documents, tag material and update newsfeeds, making them easier to find in an organization. In fact, simply saving your documents to your My Site will make it much easier for people to find out what you know and benefit from your work. It is much easier to find files by looking up people in SharePoint.
  • Make My Sites your own. Custom skins that live on top of SharePoint allow organizations to brand My Sites, helping drive interest and loyalty.  The theme might be for your department, role, or a corporate HR-sponsored initiative—whatever is most relevant for your business.
  • Incorporate filling out My Sites as part of an employee orientation. This helps quickly drive adoption and ensures employees know how to properly utilize the tool.  Many of your new employees will already be familiar with these tools as consumers and successful job seekers.
  • Encourage high-profile executive involvement. When your executives share, they set the tone for everyone. Using the built-in blog on a My Site is a great way for executives to share trip reports, reflections on the business, and career development tips. This knowledge is shared more visibly and persistently than in email and encourages other employees to share their experiences as well.

We use My Sites widely across Microsoft, and from personal experience, it has helped me engage colleagues more quickly, locate expertise and find the information I need to not only do my job better, but be more efficient. When I can find the right contact for a customer by doing a people search, take advantage of colleagues’ presentation by finding it on their My Sites, or stay in touch with a colleague through their personal updates, SharePoint is enabling me to benefit from the power of social computing in the enterprise.  That makes me more productive, effective and connected in today’s fast-paced world of business.

Christian Finn

 

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SharePoint 2010 – The Developer Tour (Sweden)

Author: Tobias Zimmergren http://www.zimmergren.net | http://www.tozit.com | @zimmergren Introduction We’re not too far from a release of the awesome Office and SharePoint products in the 2010-family, and as we approach this release we’re preparing some fantastic stuff for all of you developer … (More)
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