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SharePoint Conference 2014 – Thoughts, Predictions and Unmitigated Fun


Like clockwork, Microsoft officially announced yesterday that the next SharePoint Conference will be March 3-6 2014 in…wait for it…Vegas! I’m actually somewhat surprised, as I was expecting SPC to grace another venue during a non-release year, but the organizers decided to stick with the popular Vegas location. Judging from the outcome of previous conferences in Vegas, I highly doubt anyone will complain.

So without further ado, here’s a few of my thoughts and predictions about SPC14.


Clearly those last two predictions are completely bogus and strangely intriguing, but what do you think about the others? Add your thoughts below!

By |June 14th, 2013|Categories: Conferences, Microsoft, SharePoint|0 Comments

SharePoint Conference 2009 Session Recaps

While attending  SPC09 in Las Vegas last month, I had the pleasure of writing several session recaps for There was so much information about SharePoint 2010 to be ingested that I could barely keep up! I’ve finally had time to settle down to start pouring through some of the sessions I missed, so I hope to update the blog frequently with new information. In the meantime, please check out the three sessions that were published already.

A new post on records management in SharePoint 2010 will be posted shortly, so stay tuned!

More SharePoint 2010 Details

Early this week at TechEd in LA, Microsoft formally announced and confirmed some of the rumors pertaining to the upcoming release of SharePoint 2010. The product is slated for a H1 2010 release, and these new details are sure to increase the hype surrounding SharePoint 2010.

The compiled list below is in addition to the already confirmed features listed in this post.

  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008/2005
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will not support IE6 at all
  • The UI will include the popular Office ribbon
  • Visual Studio 2010 will allow developers to build and deploy SharePoint web parts and products natively with new tools and templates
  • Visual Studio 2010 will also be able to finally browse SharePoint sites and objects
  • Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) – A new specification that was jointly created by Microsoft, IBM, EMC, Oracle and others with the purpose of exchanging content with and between ECM systems. This specification will be utilized in some capacity with SharePoint Server 2010

This latest batch of news should cause all organizations to immediately plan for the new set of hardware requirements if SharePoint Server 2010 is on their product roadmap.

Read the official Microsoft announcement about system requirements here.

Stay tuned for additional information on SharePoint 2010.

By |May 12th, 2009|Categories: Microsoft, Office, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

SharePoint 2010: What We Know and What We Want

Since the announcing of SharePoint 2010 this month, the community has been buzzing with what we know about ’10 and what we are still speculating about ’10. There isn’t a whole lot of concrete information out there yet, but I’ve compiled a list below of what I’ve seen so far. I’ve also started listing some of the pressing things that we, the SharePoint community, would like to see in ’10.


  • So long MOSS! It seems like you’ve been renamed to just Microsoft SharePoint Server. We’ve called you so many things over the years that we’re hoping this name will actually stick.
  • PerformancePoint Monitoring & Analytics functions will be bundled into the Server license
  • Users will be able to open/edit/save/collaborate on Office documents through a web browser
  • Native support for ODF and PDF seems to be a safe confirmation as Office System SP2 will now support editing of both formats.
  • All Forms Server functions bundled with 2010 – There are clients who signed on for Forms Server standalone for WSS installs, so it would be nice if they bundled it with the next equivalent of WSS. I have an unofficial confirm from an MS employee that features will be available in 2010 but no solid details so far.
  • Standardized UI across all Office products, browsers, mobile devices
  • Open API support
  • FAST Search for Server Enterprise owners
  • Upgrades to 2010 will rely heavily on the new upgrade scanning command in STSADM – available in SharePoint 2007 SP2
  • 2010 Q1 or Q2 projected release date


  • Native SQL tables for SharePoint lists – Ever since this interview with Bill Gates, I’ve hoped that this will actually come to fruition. But as with any Microsoft product, it […]
By |April 27th, 2009|Categories: Microsoft, Office, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Office System 2007 SP2 releasing April 28th

With the much-anticipated release of Office System 2007 SP2, we now have just about all of the details of what will be included in the release. You can read the full post here.

Here are some of the more notable updates/fixes:

  • Office will now edit and save in PDF format without any additional add-ins. You’ll still need Adobe Reader to read the files.
  • Office will now edit, save and open the OpenDocument formats (.odt, .ods, .odp). We should also have the option to save to ODF files by default instead of MS Office formats.
  • Supports Vista SP2, Server 2008 SP2, Server 2003 R2, Windows 7, and IE8
  • STSADM command added to check to see if the farm can be upgraded
  • Offers better support for Firefox, which will hopefully address formatting issues when viewing SharePoint sites through other browsers.
  • Better rendering for Excel Services in all browsers including Firefox and easier to configure web parts
  • Decreased page load times for forms running on Forms Server
  • More informative and user-friendly KB article that also brings back the availability of the spreadsheet changelog that details all fixes included

Check back at the link above on the 28th to get the full scoop of what’s been included in Office System SP2.

By |April 23rd, 2009|Categories: Office, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint

In January Microsoft announced that PerformancePoint Server 2007 would be bundled in SharePoint 14, the much-anticipated next release of SharePoint. They have plans of releasing SP3 for PerformancePoint in mid-2009, but this will be the last major software update for PerformancePoint as a standalone product.

PerformancePoint is Microsoft’s BI platform that is built on the familiar SharePoint framework. It’s basically a customized version of SharePoint that is tailored for customers who need more advanced BI solutions for their organization. PPS generally has two major functions, Monitoring & Analytics and Planning. The M&A piece allows us to create dashboards with any number of analytics for scorecards and charts. The Planning portion is related to budgeting and financial forecasting. The main problem with this product is that it isn’t utilized by that many companies with MOSS 2007 licenses. The added expense for another server product is not practical for most organizations in this economic climate. To make matters worse, MOSS 2007 has a very basic set of BI tools builtin that often makes it hard to upsell on the more useful tools since they are a standalone product.

Microsoft has realized this shortcoming and has decided to combine both products in the next iteration of SharePoint. Unfortunately, this has led to the axing of the integration of the Planning portion of PPS into MOSS. You can still get support from Microsoft on this if you already have PPS standalone, but it will not be integrated into SharePoint 14.

The Bottomline:

This is a logical step for Microsoft’s BI group as PPS and MOSS seemed to have similar goals with competing platforms. If all goes as announced, the next version of MOSS will have even greater BI capabilities […]

By |March 13th, 2009|Categories: Business Intelligence, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |2 Comments