It's official - Microsoft went ahead and bought Yammer this week! What does this mean for SharePoint ? To help answer this, Joel Oleson has written a great post entitled - "10 Reasons Why SharePoint and Yammer Really Make Sense", which is well worth a look. As usual we have also found some great tools (such as PDF Converter) for you to check out. At Collaboris, we recently scheduled 2 new webinars (10 July and 12 July) that will show how you can use DocRead and SharePoint to get those policies read and accepted!
Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint
The Muhimbi PDF Converter is a SharePoint 2007/2010 solution for converting popular file formats including MS-Word, Excel, InfoPath, PowerPoint, Visio, AutoCAD, HTML and Images to PDF using a friendly SharePoint User Interface, SharePoint Designer Workflows, Nintex Workflows or from your own code using a friendly webservice interface. In addition to converting files the solution provides real time watermarking, merging, splitting and security facilities as well as cross-conversion between document types (doc to docx, xlsx to xls, xls to doc, InfoPath to Word, Excel and HTML).
If you want to play around with the software then download it using this link. The trial is fully functional and comes with comprehensive documentation.
Todd has been a professional computer nerd for over 15 years, specializing in SharePoint for the last eight years. His love affair with SharePoint began one slow day at the office when he discovered SharePoint Team Services 1.0 on the Office XP CD that was holding up his coffee cup, and decided to install it. The rest is history. In 2006 he was honored to be awarded the MVP award from Microsoft for Windows SharePoint Services.
He has had the pleasure of working with SharePoint farms both large small. He has written several books and magazine articles on SharePoint. Todd has presented sessions on SharePoint at many major conferences both in the United States as well as Europe and Asia and does the user group circuit, SharePoint Saturday events, and the occasional children’s birthday party as well. He chronicles his SharePoint adventures on his blog, http://www.toddklindt.com/blog. His latest book, Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration published by Wrox is now available at fine booksellers everywhere. He is currently working his dream job as a SharePoint consultant at Rackspace where he spends his days fixing broken SharePoint environments and bringing new SharePoint environments into the world.- http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/default.aspx
This is currently our most popular discussion, so many thanks to Katelynn Ballinger for asking the question! Answers currently vary and include 'it depends', 'having a good spec' and 'lack of planning'. To read all answers or improve upon them, visit the discussion.
Balsamiq mockups is a really cool wireframing tool! If you are designer, Business Analyst, Usability Consultant or even a Developer - this tool is going to help you mock-up new screen designs in a snap. It also cheap and very easy to use and will take you very little time to learn.
On their own site, Balsamiq say "Using Mockups feels like drawing, but because it’s digital, you can tweak and rearrange easily. Teams can come up with a design and iterate over it in real-time in the course of a meeting."
If you want a nice SharePoint 2010 template head over to 'Material SharePoint'.
SSW - a major SharePoint consultancy from Australia provided this interview from 3 SharePoint Masters at a recent SharePoint Saturday event.
André is an experienced professional with in-depth knowledge in the fields of Planning, Control and Reporting. Andre began his career specialising in the finance sector working for consultancies such as Ernst and Young. Andre also has a strong passion for Information Technology and was fortunate to gain experience as an ICT manager whilst still maintaining a strong focus on finance. This dual role enabled him to gain a deep understanding into how IT can help solve many problems facing the finance professionals of today. Armed with this experience, Andre founded Smart SharePoint Solutions, which is a niche SharePoint development company that can now boast a suite of SharePoint business applications focused towards finance.
Michal Pisarek's new blog post comparing Document Sets and Folders in terms of the functionality offered to categorize and work within content in SharePoint 2010. He's also would love to hear if Document Sets are being used and your experiences with them! - go to the discussion on LinkedIn.
Now it's official! Microsoft bought Yammer for $1.2 billion this week. The SharePoint Don himself - Joel Oleson - has already put forward 10 good reasons why this could be a match made in heaven. Full Article.
Andreas Glaser demonstrates - in a very easy to follow article - how to develop a web part from scratch. This is a great resource for budding developers. Full Article.
As Scotty would say to Kirk, "Thee SharePoint can't give us no more Captain, she's about to blow!". This in-depth article tells you what SharePoint's limits are. Full Article
Yaroslav (from ShareMuch) takes a look at some of the most common configurations you’d want to do to a refiner in SharePoint 2010 enterprise search. Full article.
Very interesting post from SharePoint guru - Bjorn Furuknap (+ comments) on whether there really are 700,000 SharePoint developers out in the wild. Full article.
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If you are into stats such as "if SharePoint was a company, it would be top 50 in the world", or "34% of SharePoint users don't feel like they are using it to it's potential", then Rackspace have a great infographic. Full article.
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Failure to to manage and monitior compliance can result in confusion, deadlines not being met, and even fines from regulatory agencies. Making sure that documents are read, acknowledged, and acted on is critical for almost every company, but especially those required to be in regulatory compliance.
DocRead for SharePoint will not only help dramatically lower your administration cost, but also make the process of approving, distributing, and tracking very simple. Register for one of our free webinars on July 10th or July 12th to see exactly how.
Put your organization’s data to work with Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 and build valuable business solutions. Led by a team of SharePoint experts, you’ll learn how to integrate data from several systems such as sales, accounting, and inventory, and then search, display, combine, and modify the information using code and no-code SharePoint solutions. This hands-on guide is ideal for SharePoint project managers, business analysts, architects and administrators.
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