Archive for October, 2006

Office SharePoint 2007 Books Galore!!!

This is from Joel Oleson’s SharePoint Land. He lists a boat load (yes that is a technical term) of SharePoint 2007 books that will be coming out soon to support the imminent release of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.

Go check out Joel’s list at: Have you seen the new SharePoint books?

You should subscribe to Joel’s Blog – he is always a source of great SharePoint information.

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MOSS 2007 Videos & Screencasts

Here are some links to videos and screencasts for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 on MSDN that SharePoint developers will find useful:

Update: Oops – Left this off the original post: From John Holliday

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Women In Technology LunchBunch Presentation

I was invited to speak at the October Women In Technology LunchBunch and gave my presentation on “Blogs: Changing the Way Businesses Talk With Customers” yesterday.

I had a great time and met some really nice new friends. As I promised the audience I have uploaded my presentation and Bogging Resources handout I made available.

You can download the presentation here and the Blogging Resources here.

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Really On The Road Again!

It has been a while since my last post. Well, I have been a bit preoccupied. This week I will be meeting with Microsoft Product Managers during the quarterly Partner Advisory Council (PAC) meeting in Cannes, France. I know, I know. Tough assignment but somebody has to go, right?

Anyway, I am an active member of the Microsoft Collaboration and Portals Partner Advisory Council. We meeting quarterly with Microsoft Product Managers to provide feedback from our customers and from our experiences building solutions using the technologies covered by our PAC. As you may have guessed, one of the products we advise Microsoft on is SharePoint. We are also responsible for knowing and providing feedback on the other Office System products like InfoPath, Groove, the Office client applications, Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, and the other products listed here.

I find participation on my PAC very valuable and I am helping my clients better take advantage of Microsoft’s new products and technologies based on the insights and feedback from the Product Teams. By participating in the Microsoft PAC program I hope to selfishly influence future products to help ECM become better.

So, what does the picture above have to do with the Microsoft PAC meeting later this week? Well, I decided to take a few days off before the PAC meetings and spent some time in Monaco over the weekend and on Monday. As it turned out Peter White and a friend of my wife and I, Jaared, were playing in London this week so we decided to take a short detour up to London tonight and catch their show. Wow! It was fantastic. The picture was taken at Pizza Express tonight during the encore.

I have been listening to Peter since the days when he played with Al Stewart. This part of my post was a little off topic but it helps to explain why I have been a bit behind on keeping up with BetterECM. Hopefully the great music and short breather will help reinvigorate me and keep things at BetterECM fresh and interesting.

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On The Road Again…

In approximately two weeks I am hitting the road for a four day, four city tour, where I and some of our partners will be presenting our seminar entitled “Building SharePoint Business Solutions With Workflow”.

This seminar has been presented several times in the Washington, DC metro area and been well received. My presentation is called “Three Keys to Successfully Building Business Solutions With SharePoint”.

I will be posting my presentation in the next couple of weeks and we will be making an accompanying eBook available.

Here is the itinerary:

Monday, November 6, 2006
Microsoft Corporation Offices
9606 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78759
(512) 795-5300
Register Online:

San Antonio
Tuesday, November 7. 2006
Team Momentum Offices
8000 W IH 10, Suite 240, San Antonio, TX 78230
phone: (210) 268.1149
Register Online:

Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Microsoft Corp
2000 W Sam Houston Pkwy S #350, Houston, TX 77042
(832) 252-4300
Register Online:

Baton Rouge
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Team Momentum Offices
450 Laurel St. Ste. #1501, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
phone: (225) 295.4130
Register Online:

I hope to see some of my loyal readers at one of these events.

Oh yeah, you can catch my “Top Ten New Features of MOSS 2007″ which I added at the end of the “Three Keys…” presentation.

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Practicing SharePoint 2007 Series of Articles

Some of my really smart colleagues have been doing quite a bit of research and work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. We have started putting together a series of articles for our clients which provide resources and best practices guidance for leveraging some of the new capabilities in MOSS 2007.

The first of this series, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Backup and Recovery Strategies by James Joyce is now available and I will place a copy on my Reading Room page.

By the way, the PDF was created using the downloadable Office PDF add-in.

Here is the link to download the paper.

Let me know what you think.

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Alan Pelz-Sharpe over at doitbetter beat me to the punch.

I was planning to post about the “Joint Statement from AIIM and ARMA” I received via email from AIIM yesterday. I have thought for a long time that it made sense for AIIM and ARMA to join forces and work more closely together or even merge the two associations.

Alan makes the following observation:

Its difficult to know if its news or not – and if its important or not. For frankly no real waves will occur or industry changes emerge as a result, but it does give pause for thought.

Well, I think that the statement was released for a reason since it is timed two weeks before the annual ARMA International conference. I think AIIM is hoping that the ARMA membership will wake up and start asking hard questions about where ARMA is headed and how they plan to catapult the association forward and start embracing the advances in technology for managing electronic records.

Alan’s point that ARMA is member led and AIIM is more influenced by vendors is dead on. But, what I have observed over the last several years is that ARMA has not embraced the advances in ECM and RIM technologies and continues to approach records management from a more traditional paper based approach.

AIIM, on the other hand, has been very progressive in establishing their Electronic Records Management Certificate Program.  Also, at the last several AIIM conferences records management has been front and center both as an important topic and focus of training programs.

My recommendation, ARMA and AIIM should take the first step and join forces to consolidate the annual conferences. Many attendees have to choose between one or the other and this way they get the best of both conferences.

Radical idea? What do you think?

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