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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A few more sleeps and the book goes on sale

Expert SharePoint 2010 Practices
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Expert SharePoint 2010 Practices is a valuable compendium of best practices, tips, and secrets straight from the most knowledgeable SharePoint gurus in the industry.
Learn from the experts as you dive into topics like multitenancy, solution deployment, business intelligence, and administration. Our team of carefully chosen contributors, most with Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) designation bestowed upon them, shares with you the secrets and practices that have brought them success in a wide variety of SharePoint scenarios.

Each contributor is passionate about the power of SharePoint and wants to help you leverage the capabilities of the platform in your business—but in the proper way. Go beyond procedures and manuals, and benefit from hundreds of years of combined experience, which the authors of Expert SharePoint 2010 Practices provide in these pages.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Workflow for SharePoint using Visio - How to overcome validation issues

Today, I'd like to make a bit of a point about the technical content on Office.Microsoft.Com

I was looking for some info on how to circumvent some issues with Workflow design for SharePoint using Visio 2010 and found this article Very useful information from the Office team. Amongst other things presenting a good workaround for using Custom Actions and Conditions.

Here's the copied intro:

"When exporting a SharePoint Workflow from Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 to Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010, the diagram must first be validated. If the workflow diagram is not valid, an Issues window appears which includes a list of issues that must be repaired before the workflow can be exported. For more information about creating and exporting SharePoint workflows in Visio, see Create, import, and export SharePoint workflows in Visio
This topic includes a description, example, and suggested action for each of the workflow validation issues that you can receive in Visio Premium 2010. If you receive notice of an issue during validation, find the issue name in the list below, use the example to help identify where the problem is, and then follow the suggested action to resolve it."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PLease join me for the MBUG Learning Session 26th Oct

Your Invitation to our Second MBUG Learning Session
and share in the power of business users discussing Microsoft Office SharePoint as a Business Strategy. Our Lunch Presentation 2.0 will be held at Pitcher Partner's Theatrette, 15 William Street Melbourne Wednesday 26th October.
You are invited to join us for our second learning session with a 20 minute challenge to our speakers
Knowledge Management and Collaboration @Telstra
Sharon Brennan, Manager Collaboration & Knowledge Telstra Enterprise & Government will be discussing the Our Knowledge enterprise collaboration portal. The presentation will focus on the way the knowledge collaboration portal was developed and the learning's along the way.

Delivering an Integrated Intranet and Internet Service using SharePoint
Brett Coster will present a client case-study. Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE used SharePoint 2010 as an opportunity to dramatically improve their online presence and deliver a new integrated intranet. A simpler streamlined approach to content management was achieved as well as:
Prospective students to see multimedia examples and student testimonials of the experience of students who have studied with Bendigo TAFE.
An online course application form which is processed internally by Bendigo TAFE staff using a specific Student Journey Management System using SharePoint 2010 on their intranet.
Building Mobile SharePoint applications
With so much talk about the cloud, how can you leverage it  to build real world applications, Joshua Haebets will present a live demonstration and show how you can utilise the cloud capabilities of Nintex Live and Nintex Forms to build applications in SharePoint available anywhere and on any device.
Q&A Networking Lunch
including plenty of chat about SharePoint for Business Intelligence, Business Process and Collaboration.
11 am start followed by Networking Lunch
About MBUG
All business is looking for efficiency - ways of ensuring continuous improvement and innovation in information management for both employees and customers. Today SharePoint and Office fulfil many of our productivity and innovation needs and provide a platform for collaboration and knowledge management.
The new user group with a focus on business issues of SharePoint projects specifically for content publishers, content owners and content creators. MBug will engage with SharePoint power users in organisations, ie knowledge managers, intranet managers, community managers etc..

WHEN 11am- 1pm Oct 26th 2011 & Networking Lunch
WHERE Pitcher Partner's Theatrette, Level 19, 15 William Street Melbourne
Twitter: @melbbug

Presenting at SharePoint Saturday Melbourne

Most of the Melbourne crowd would have noticed, but if you haven't. Mossig has been dismantled and split up in two new user groups.
One for a technical audience, MSPUG and the second for a Business Oriented approach is called MBUG. Please have a look and sign up at both groups so we can keep in touch with you.
This month, the regular Wednesday night meeting for MSPUG is being skipped (would normally have been on 26th Oct). Sorry ‘bout that – you can have the night off !Instead, we’re having a FULL DAY of top-quality presentations, both for a technical as well as a business oriented audience. I'll be doing an introduction to Visio 2010 and Visio Services.
This coming Saturday (Oct 22nd) is “SharePoint Saturday Melbourne”.SharePoint Saturday has become an institution around the globe, with the community very strong and active – and always a meeting happened somewhere.In fact – there are meetings this Saturday in far-off places, not just Melbourne – Manila, Belarus (near Russia), and Minnesota.Instead of the normal 1-2 sessions at MSPUG – SharePoint Saturday Melbourne has 15 sessions – and the best bit, is that it’s FREE to attend (including lunch !)
There are 15 sessions – across BUSINESS, DEVELOPMENT and IT PRO tracks – as well as an ASK-THE-EXPERTS panel – and then a prize draw (and THEN SharePint !)Here’s the schedule (PDF) – make sure to have a look and ‘plan your day’.
Many thanks to Brian Farnhill (Canberra) – and our own Elaine van Bergen for organising the speakers, venue, sponsors, catering – and all the other bits that will make it a great day.It’s looking like it will be a great day – so make sure you RSVP – don’t miss out.
There are only a few tickets remaining – so click here to register.
See you there Ed

Monday, January 17, 2011

Get ready for the Australia SharePoint Conference

This great conference will be even better and bigger this year.

Energise your whole SharePoint Team by attending the Australian SharePoint conference. With great content, great speakers, great exhibitions, and great networking, everyone is sure to go away with something worthwhile from the SharePoint event of 2011.

Gain insightful knowledge from SharePoint experts, including SharePoint MVPs, well known and respected local and international SharePoint community representatives, Microsoft attendees and many others. Have your SharePoint questions answered by the best to help maximise your own SharePoint experience.

You will find greatly improved structure around how to find the right sessions for you. All sessions fall into four main tracks, as listed below. They are also categorised by Specialty Area, Audience and Level. Click on the relevant link below to see the related sessions and special activities, or view the full agenda.