Have you used, or know about any SharePoint Add-ons, web parts, applications, templates, services?
While writing the Newsletter for this group, we have managed to find so many awesome SharePoint add-ons, so I thought it would be a great idea to let us all know about them. If you can add details, like name, vendor, whether it's free, category, licensing model and a link to the product page that would be great. Also, we will feature a few in the Newsletter, so please let us know if you DON'T want any free advertising.
If you know of any other great sites that the group might find useful, why not add them to the discussion on LinkedIn here.
Which version of SharePoint are you currently using in Production?
If you didn't already know, LinkedIn has given us the ability to create polls as part of our discussion group. Hence, as our first poll we ask the question about which version of SharePoint you are currently using. It looks like SharePoint 2007 versions are well and truly still in use. Currently, SharePoint 2010 Enterprise is the most popular followed by MOSS 2007.
The results (at the time of writing) are displayed above. To add your vote to the poll, follow the link here.
Featured Sites and News from around the web
In this useful guide, Waldek Mastykarz explains how to block authenticated visitors from browsing your system pages by extending the idea of the ViewFormPagesLockdown Feature. It includes great step by step instructions and lots of screenshots to help you.
If your company is looking to integrate centralized document creation and management into its corporate culture and looking to simplify the social element of keeping better track of people and documents then we recommend you read this. Joel Olesons' product review of harmon.ie considers (amongst other things!) common SharePoint adoption problems and explains how harmon.ie can address them.
Microsofts' new and improved quick reference cards for step-by-step instructions on SharePoint 2010 features. Pick up some dinner ideas, trivia and more along the way!
SharePoint taxonomies are new and exciting. For the first time a widely adopted content management tool can manage and leverage taxonomies and provide for some semblance of vocabulary control.
An awesome resource for everything SharePoint! This site is full of useful articles pinpointed to either End User, Developer or IT Pro. Well worth a look if you have 5 minutes during your next coffee break!
Ensure your 'must read/ legal compliance' documents reach the relevant employees and monitor the agreement/acceptance of policies with DocRead.
DocRead seamlessly integrates with SharePoint allowing you to choose which SharePoint Groups or Audiences to target your documents to. You get to determine how long users have to view, read and confirm their acceptance of the policy and track their progress via a reporting suite. Using the notification scheduler also allows you to send email reminders when items are assigned, completed or fall overdue.
Using 'Smart Move' - DocRead efficiently manages the distribution of the policy to users by tracking when they join (or leave) an audience (or group). It's ideal for distributing risk assessments, legal compliance documents, your onboarding process and removes the headache of ensuring that employees receive the correct essential policies or compliance documents when they move departments or when their circumstances change.
Download a free 30 day trial here or watch a short overview video here.
Best of Blogs
SharePoint Code Samples
Whilst full of Christmas spirit, our very own Mark Jones decided to start a series of SharePoint code samples all written in C#. He's created 7 so far, and promised to add more as and when time permits.
If you think your blogs are worthy of a mention, please let us know!