Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010

Back in 2008, Woody Windischman, Bryan Phillips and I (Asif Rehmani) teamed up to write a book on SharePoint Designer 2007. The main reasons we wrote that book are because we really believe in SharePoint Designer and felt that there was just not enough ‘good’ information out there in the market about how to use it effectively. In fact, even till this day if you go to and read the reviews for the product, you will see that the prevailing viewpoint of reviewers is the complaint of not having a good user manual for it. In my humble opinion, I think we did a pretty good job at documenting a lot of abilities of this product in our book. My only regret is that the book came out so late in the market (it was published in Jan 2009). I truly believe that if this book was available earlier, it could have saved lots of unnecessary pain to many people who went about using SPD in a not so effective manner.

With the upcoming release of SharePoint Designer 2010, we have teamed up once again to write another book. The title of the book is Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010 by Wrox publications and the target release date is middle of 2010 – right after the product gets released. Even though we are writing under the Beginning series, rest assured that there will be a LOT of detailed information on SPD in the book. SPD 2010’s interface and functionality is so different from SPD 2007 that this book is going to be almost a complete rewrite for us. The SPD 2007 book will continue to be needed by anyone who is still using SharePoint 2007 (Reason: SharePoint Designer 2010 is not compatible with SharePoint 2007). Each of us is a SharePoint MVP, but we have different areas that we focus on within SharePoint. We have divided the book chapters between us keeping our complementary skills in mind to provide the reader with the best viewpoint we can offer about each area of functionality. In addition to the explanations we will provide on each functional area within SPD, there will be plenty of examples in each chapter to walk you through step-by-step scenarios on how to create the actual solutions. We think that these examples will be truly indispensable for readers who prefer hands on experience with the product.

We have high hopes for this book and our goal is that this book will be indispensable to any SharePoint professional whether they play a role of a server administrator, site collection administrator, site administrator, designer, developer or IT professional. Our belief is that to truly take advantage of SharePoint 2010, you need to be proficient in SharePoint Designer 2010 and our book will serve as your guide in your SharePoint adventures to make you into a SharePoint rock star!


Presentations from SharePoint Conferences

There are a bunch of SharePoint presentations that can be downloaded for free from the member’s area at Critical Path Training site. Check it out here:

The presentations currently there are from me, Andrew Connell, Ted Pattison, and Scot Hillier. More will be added after each conference. I would suggest signing up for the member’s area (did I mention it was free :-)) and taking advantage of it.


SharePoint Designer 2010 eLearning Series

I will be doing a SharePoint Designer 2010 eLearning Series which consists of three webcasts, including Q&A for each, on April 20th. This eLearning series is being produced by the folks at Windows IT Pro.

Here are the three sessions:

  • 11:00 am ET: Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010: Top 5 Great Things to Know!
  • 1:00 pm ET: Creating Workflows with SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath 2010, and Visio 2010
  • 3:00 pm ET: Creating Data Centric Composite Applications using SharePoint Designer 2010


For more information about the sessions and to sign up, navigate to: Hope to ‘see’ you there 🙂


SharePoint Pro 2010 Summit

Are you at the SharePoint Pro 2010 Summit this week? If yes, I would love to see at any of the 3 sessions that I’ll be doing tomorrow:

HDEV04: Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010: Top 5 Great Things to Know!

HDEV05: Overview: Creating Workflows with SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath and Visio

HDEV06: Generate and Publish Electronic Forms on Your Intranet Using InfoPath 2010… No Code Required!

The abstracts for each session are listed here: Hope to see you there!


Chicago SharePoint User Group Meeting on March 18

We will be holding the next Chicago SharePoint User Group meeting on March 18th from 1 to 4pm. The meeting location is the Downers Grove office of Microsoft (3025 Highland Parkway Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL). Following are the topics for the meeting:

Records Retention and Litigation Preparedness: The Legal Side

Jeff Davis


Vedder Price

Abstract: Effective records management and proactive eDiscovery practices can have an enormous impact on a company’s ability to successfully defend itself in litigation. Jeff will discuss the recent Pension Committee and other eDiscovery decisions, and will offer recommendations on how to develop legally compliant records management and legal hold programs. He also will discuss how those policies and procedures, coupled with leveraging SharePoint and Microsoft’s Connected E-Discovery Framework, can mitigate the legal risks and reduce the costs associated with eDiscovery.

Jeff Davis is a shareholder at Vedder Price. He concentrates his practice on representing corporations, financial institutions, public bodies and individuals in technology licensing, records retention, eDiscovery, electronic commerce, data privacy, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters. He has served as principal counsel for both vendors and users of information technology products and services.

Performance Tuning Must-Haves to Get your SharePoint 2007 Farm Through to SharePoint 2010

Mark Vogt

Manager/Enterprise Architect

Grant Thornton LLP

Abstract: With SharePoint 2010 RTM on the horizon, it’s likely your current SharePoint 2007 farm is now “mature”, and operating at the performance boundaries of its original design. Mark will address some of the must-have techniques for improving performance without adding more hardware or re-architecting. With these tunings in place, you should be able to run your current farm long and well enough to enable smooth transition into SharePoint 2010.

Mark Vogt has been consulting in knowledge management and portal technologies since 1995. His roles include developer, project manager, architect and manager while working with SharePoint technologies since 2000. He is a long time CSPUG member who holds a Master’s degree in Robotics and another Master’s degree in Computer Science. Mark runs blogs and YouTube videos focused on SharePoint, Consulting and “The Big Picture.”