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  • Blog Post: Materials from community event posted – media player web part, organogram control and sample master page

    Hi Community Friends, Sorry for the delay in posting the materials I used to present the UX on SharePoint session at the last IW community. I have uploaded the contents to the events tab on the information worker web site. It includes the following: presentation sample master page, style sheet and images...
  • Blog Post: Buy SharePoint Themes from SharePointShop.co.za

    Proudly South African SharePoint theme store http://www.sharepointshop.co.za/ has just launched with some great looking themes for your SharePoint sites. Check them out here These are delivered by local partner, bSolve. Michael
  • Blog Post: Most common issue with SharePoint installations – service account misuse

    It is frightening to see how many SharePoint installations have been installed with wrong service accounts. Either people are using the default domain administrator or local machine administrator for all service accounts, or they are creating a single service account for everything and in many cases...
  • Blog Post: MonteCasino.co.za and TsogoSun.co.za go live on MOSS 2007

    Both of these web sites (developed by local partner Intervate) have gone live using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). When you have a chance, hope on over and take a look. www.montecasino.co.za www.tsogosun.co.za Once, again these have been updated on www.informationworker.co.za/pages/showcase...
  • Blog Post: New Social Computing for the Enterprise SharePoint Site Launched

    Check out http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/social . It’s about organisations using social computing technologies inside the firewall for business benefit. Watch this space (site) as it delivers more information over time which I am sure will be of value to you. Oh, and yes, it’s built in SharePoint and...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Hands on Lab Day in Johannesburg – Community Led

    Hi All, On the 23rd of May (yes, it is a Saturday), the IW Community will be hosting a SharePoint Lab Day (SLAB). This means you can come and choose from over 30 SharePoint Hands On Labs to brush up on your SharePoint skills. You choose the lab, you work at your own pace! Yes, and this is all totally...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint “How To” Videos on TechNet – Done by “Our” very own Hilton Giesenow

    Proudly South African Hilton Giesenow has been putting together some really great “How To” SharePoint videos for TechNet . These are short videos (generally around 10mins each) which show you how to do some of the important configuration tasks required in a SharePoint environment. For example; how to...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0 and Office 2007 SP2 – Release Date and Features Announced

    Service Pack 2 for MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0 and Office 2007 will release on the 28th of April 2009. This announcements was made on the Office team blog , along with an introduction to some of the fixes / features added. My top 6 improvements are: Support ODF 1.1 in Office 2007 (read and Save As) Built in Save...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: IW Community Meeting on Wednesday, it will be the best yet!

    Hi Folks, Tomorrow (Wednesday the 15th April) will see the best South Africa Information Worker community meeting EVER! We have a large number of people registered for the ToolFest and expect it to be an absolute hoot. It is not too late to register, so hop on over to www.informationworker.co.za and...
  • Blog Post: Another GREAT MOSS Bootcamp completed

    Yesterday we completed another 2 day MOSS 2007 bootcamp (held in Fourways, Johannesburg), and the general feedback was that it was a fantastic event. Not only did the delegates love the content and labs, but they found the networking opportunities to be very valuable to. I did promise that the slides...
  • Blog Post: Insight into Visual Studio 2010’s Support for SharePoint Development

    Somasegar has posted a short (30 second read) of what to expect in Visual Studio 2010 in terms of SharePoint development tools support. Sounds very excited and should make our lives a heck of a lot easier. Read the full article here . Channel 9 has a good little video too on this subject.
  • Blog Post: ComponentOne Release 3 Web Parts for SharePoint

    “ComponentOne Web Parts leverage the power of Microsoft's Silverlight technology for superior performance, styling, animation, and interactivity. Version 1 of ComponentOne SharePoint Web Parts includes three feature-packed web parts: ComponentOne DataGrid™ for SharePoint ComponentOne Chart™ for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: FAST Search for SharePoint Announced

    Microsoft have unveiled the roadmap for FAST integration with SharePoint with the announcement of FAST Search for SharePoint. This together with FAST Search for Internet Business was announced at the FASTForward conference in Las Vegas. The details of these announcements can be found on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: PerformancePoint Scorecarding and Dashboarding capabilities now part of SharePoint Enterprise CAL

    "PerformancePoint scorecarding and dashboarding capabilities will now become part of SharePoint Enterprise CAL and available to customers who are on SharePoint SA. Microsoft is removing the barriers for customers who want to deploy a complete Business Intelligence solution, leveraging their existing...
  • Blog Post: WSRP Toolkit for SharePoint Released

    I have been asked this question numerous times. “Does SharePoint produce WSRP compliant content, so that other portal technologies can render SharePoint content such as lists and web parts?” My answer would always be “No”, SharePoint is a WSRP consumer not a producer…well now there is some GREAT NEWS...
  • Blog Post: Unisys Announce Connector to SharePoint

    Unisys have just announced the Unisys InfoImage® Connector for Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007. “Unisys InfoImage Connector is a new solution developed by Unisys in collaboration with Microsoft that enables Unisys customers to seamlessly connect Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Unisys...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Integration for Novell GroupWise

    Stumbled across this product which allows for strong integration between SharePoint and GroupWise. There are still some (not many) customers in South Africa who have this scenario, and this product from Omni looks like it might just help them to be better connected. “Riva synchronises SharePoint and...
  • Blog Post: How to build a custom site definition which has child sites (webs)

    I did this for a customer over a year ago, and have simply just not had the chance to put key to screen and document it. Perhaps someone out there has already done this, but I thought it might still be useful looking at the way in which I did it. Grab some coffee, this post is long. In MOSS you get a...
  • Blog Post: NewFunds.co.za is hosted on MOSS 2007

    Microsoft partner IQ Business Group has developed and launched www.newfunds.co.za on MOSS 2007. NewFunds is a joint initiative between Absa Capital and Vunani Capital around Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). That acronym means the same to me as TCP/IP means to the people who understand ETF's. Anyway, the...
  • Blog Post: Updates for SharePoint Released

    Yesterday, the SharePoint product team announced the release of important rollup updates for SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Project Server 2007, Search Server 2008, Search Server 2008 Express and Project Professional 2007. I strongly recommend reading their release announcements...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) Released

    The Podcasting Kit for SharePoint has been released on CodePlex. All the code is freely available, so download it and evaluate today! "If you or your organizations are interested in podcasting, have SharePoint Server 2007 deployed and about to develop your own podcasting solution then look no further...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Communication Protocol Documentation Released

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft Office communicates with SharePoint, for example how does Outlook create a meeting workspace? In the past you would need to put some type of IP tracing tool between the client and the server to see what was going on, which was pretty hard and not always that clear...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Have you thought about using Silverlight for your SharePoint site navigation, or perhaps for a custom field control. What about a cool social networking Silverlight web part. Just announced at the SharePoint Conference is a Software plus Services blueprint which covers these types of scenarios. It is...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Change Management / Internal 'Buzz' Materials Released

    Often I say to customers that Change Management is a critical component of a SharePoint Enterprise deployment. One, which if missed will severely reduce the chance of success for the deployment. New material has been released which can help with your internal marketing of SharePoint, which covers some...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint End-User Training Released

    This is a great new resource to download and either install on a user's desktop or in you SharePoint environment for all users to access. It includes videos, tutorials, articles and more. Download it now
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