I’m at the TechEd ITPro 2008 this week. Most of my time is being spent staffed at the Microsoft Technical Learning Center – specifically in the SharePoint Server and SharePoint Designer booth. If you are here this week, look me up at one of the SharePoint booths (The Green
Section). Come ask a SharePoint question (only easy ones please J) or just come to say Hi!
Here is me at the booth:
Also, at our booths we are carrying AC’s (Andrew Connell) new book about Web Content Management. Just ask me for a copy and I’ll get one for you.
Just getting back from the SharePoint Connections conference and I gotta say that SharePoint still is getting hotter and hotter. The more that folks find out about this product, the more they like it and the more they want to know. It’s always great to see people from other sister conferences (like ASP.NET Connections or Sql Connections) wandering into the SharePoint sessions just to see what the fuss is all about and then poking their colleagues and saying “did you see that…” when you are presenting something cool that could make their worklife easier and more productive. I did 3 sessions at this conference and I noticed wonder in at least some people’s eyes in all 3 of them. My sessions were the following:
Design Powerful Workflows with SharePoint Designer
Intelligent Dashboards Made Simple
Control and Manage the Distribution of Your Business Critical Excel Workbooks
So the main concepts that I presented were Excel Services, SharePoint Designer Workflows and Information Policy Management (part of Records Management). Even though the crowds in the sessions were not as great as the sessions I presented at SharePoint Conference (about 90 in each session as opposed to about 700 in the sessions at SPC), I still had a good time at the conference. The fact that it was at a beautiful resort in Orlando helped with the experience as well J
Fellow MVP, my friend and an all around “Great Guy” Robert Bogue has published a new book titled The SharePoint Shepherd’s guide for End Users. This book is a 116 page step-by-step on how to use SharePoint. SharePoint has grown up to be a monster of a platform and it’s very easy to get lost in it. This guide will help you navigate your way around the core tasks within SharePoint with just enough visuals (screenshots) to keep you from getting lost.
You can order the book directly from the Lulu site
If you are planning to come to the SharePoint Conference 2008 next week being held at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center, stop by to say Hi! You will find me at either:
- Presenting my two sessions at the conference as follows:
Title: Build an automated expense reimbursement process using InfoPath and SharePoint
Abstract: Have you ever had to fill out a paper form for reimbursement of expenses then mail it in? Of course, you also need to mail in the receipts as well. Then begins the wait for the approval process where your manager and then her/his manager and then (what it feels like) the entire accounting team gets to review the expenses on the paper form you have submitted before issuing a check for your reimbursement. Come to this session to see how you can automate the whole process. From designing the expense reimbursement form using Microsoft Office InfoPath to publishing it on a Forms Server. Then implementing an approval process using workflow and enabling a document library to receive the receipts directly through email. You will see it all done here. Oh, by the way.. all of this will be accomplished without using any code!
When: Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 10:30 – 11:45am
Where: Room 6E
Title: Manage the Data in your Database using Data View web part… No Code needed!
Abstract: Managing content in the enterprise is one of the most crucial needs of a business. Until now, if you wanted to edit your data in the database through a web front end, it usually meant developing a solution using some sort of programming language. Not any more! Now if you are a power users who has access to Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, you can tap into your data by implementing the Data View web part. This session will focus on how a knowledge worker can be empowered to create data management solutions using the Data View web part.
When: Thursday, March 6th, 2008 9:00 – 10:15am
Where: Room 6E
- Standing at the SharePoint Solutions Booth
Our company is planning to hold a rather large booth at the conference. It will be hard to miss, but just in case… look for the Bright Orange, and White colors J
- Wandering the halls of the conference and/or attending a session
There is a ton of great content being presented at the conference. Be sure to check out as much as you can.
See you there!
In the SharePoint 2003 world, when you wanted to add web parts to a page, you would get to pick it from an Add Web Parts Task Pane that would open up in the browser on the right hand side of the page. In the new and brave SharePoint 2007 world, however, you get a Add Web Parts dialog which is easier to work with and allows you to add multiple web parts at one time.
This is definitely an improvement over the old ways of doing things. You would in fact feel the need for the old interface for only one of two reasons:
- You need to view and access the web parts that have been Closed on the web part page.
- You miss doing things the way that you had gotten accustomed to
Whichever is your reason for wanting the old interface back, the good news is that it is still available. In fact, it’s right in front of your eyes: Literally! In the image above, there is a link at the bottom which states Advanced Web Part gallery and options. When that link is clicked, the old Add Web Parts interface comes to life. In addition, you get access to your Closed Web Parts gallery. So there you have it!
So where do you currently go to look for pointers on various SharePoint content…? There are so many sites which claim to provide links to “good” SharePoint content that it’s hard to keep count. Why not have a central place where users can recommend various content on functionality related to SharePoint Products and Technologies and then other users can recommend that content if they find it useful… Kinda like how digg.com currently does it.
Well, this concept is now a reality! SharePointPedia.com was launched a few days ago and it contains community driven content recommendations. It doesn’t have much out there yet, but it’s growing steadily. You can be a part of it as well and submit or recommend content. It’s as simple as signing up on the site. Here’s a snapshot of how it currently looks: