Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

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About Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

I work as a SharePoint Product Manager, and I work with ISVs that provide solutions that integrate with SharePoint. 

I can’t wait to see where SharePoint will pop up next, and which partner solutions will be instrumental in the next months and years in helping to carry SharePoint in new and interesting directions.  I hope to comment and bring you stories about this next journey.

Please feel fee to contact me at any time using the Email link on the sidebar of this blog.

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    Deep in the forest of the Internet…

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    I can’t believe that I’m writing two blog entries in the same day for the same company… Usually, I’d wait at least another day to do that…  :-) But Steve at Bamboo Solutions has managed to get the worst jingle ever built, and I can’t stop listening...
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    Telligent and Community-Based Analytics

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    When you have a community that is functioning, and you’d like to improve it, or keep the fires stoked, you need to know what parts to encourage and what portions aren’t functioning well.  it’d also be useful to know which are your most effective...
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    NewsGator and Batelle – Online Communities with SharePoint

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    Online communities are a great idea, but after the launch party has concluded, how do we drive our employees to actually use the new communities? NewsGator is hosting a SharePoint Customer webinar on August 27, 2009, to answer this question.  The...
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    Bamboo Web Parts – Best Sellers for 2009

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    Bamboo Solutions has posted an interesting article describing their observations about their Top Ten purchased web parts. http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2009/08/13/top-selling-products-at-bamboo-what-are-other-people...
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    The Demo Showcase Suite

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    Are you aware of the Demo Showcase Suite? This is a Microsoft Partner Network website where partners can host click-through demos of their products and solutions. This website launched at the Worldwide Partner Conference last month, and now it’s time...
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    CorasWorks Webcast – Cool Topics Series

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      Corasworks is a SharePoint partner that builds solutions for SharePoint.  They supply an application layer on top of SharePoint that can be very useful for enterprises that are looking for this type of application architecture to design, build...
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    SharePoint Conference Site Design Winner!

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    The SharePoint Conference 2009 has announced it’s first award winner! Robert Chrestensen , of Salient6 , has submitted the winning design for the SharePoint Conference design competition. I like Robert’s idea (at least the one that my feeble mind is able...
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    The MatterSpace® ELM Road Show

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    MatterSpace has an e-Discovery product that they’ve built on top of SharePoint Server.  I’d recommend registering for this roadshow – even if it’s just to learn about e-Discovery approaches to SharePoint.  Perhaps this product will fill a need...
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    Brightwork and Partner Opportunities

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    I received this invitation in the email this morning.  I would like to attend, but I’ll be in an airplane at this time.  Perhaps it will be recorded?  I’m registered, but I’ll be one of those no-shows, unfortunately. The thing that intrigues...
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    Worldwide Partner Conference 2009

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    The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 is coming up quickly – July 13th – July 16th, in New Orleans! This is going to be a great event.  We are expecting more than 5,000 Partner Attendees!  What a great opportunity to hand out business...
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    Andy Dale’s SharePoint Awards 2009

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    I’m a fan of the web site SharePointReviews.com .  It’s a great site to point anyone who is looking for SharePoint add-ons and third-party applications to add to their SharePoint farm.  While catching up with the site the other day, I saw Andy...
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    BlueThread StoragePoint

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    BlueThread has recently announced version 2 of StoragePoint.  This product supports external storage in SharePoint, and BlueThread is talking about how StoragePoint can significantly reduce the SQL Server storage required for your SharePoint storage...
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    SharePoint and the BlackBerry

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    I’ve been receiving a number of inquiries lately about SharePoint and BlackBerry integration.  I must admit that I don’t know a lot about these solutions yet.  It looks like here is an area that I should investigate some more.  If you have...
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    SharePoint dot Microsoft dot COM

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    http://sharepoint.microsoft.com Wow!  What an exciting day!  The SharePoint marketing team has launched their new web site and it is leveraging SharePoint!  While some people might complain about it being about 2 1/2 years late, this is...
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    geekSpeak webcast – Dan Attis and SharePoint as a DataStore

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    J. Dan Attis is delivering a “geekSpeak” presentation tomorrow (May-20, 3PM EDT/Noon PDT) about using SharePoint as a datastore.  Dan says that he’s going to talk about how SharePoint wraps your need for a datastore with CRUD forms, security, workflow...
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    Social Product Development – PTC and SharePoint

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    PTC ( www.ptc.com ) is a leader in the (physical) product development industry.  PTC provides CAD tools and a number of other manufacturing-related tools to help the entire lifecycle of product design and development.  In January of 2009, PTC...
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    SharePoint Training – Blaming a Lack on The Economy

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    I loved to see the blog entry today on EndUserSharePoint.com , calling out an observation that companies are not investing in training due to the “Bad Economy”. While each SharePoint owner has their own reason for investing in training or not, I’ve got...
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    Virtual PC 7 for Win 7

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    Virtual PC 7 is available now for download and inclusion with your copy of Win 7 RC. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx It’s working like a champ.  I’ve got it running on my Lenovo T61p laptop, and a virtual Win 7 machine running...
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    Visual Fusion 4.0

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    There are a number of great mapping solutions available these days, but I wanted to take a minute to highlight the SharePoint integration capabilities of VisualFusion 4.0 from IDV Solutions . IDV Solutions has been building solutions on top of Virtual...
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    Shade Foundation Poster Contest

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    A friend of my daughter is the Washington State winner for the Shade Foundation poster contest.  Now, she needs online votes.  So, here’s my shameless plug to ask you for your vote.  Angie is the artist behind poster #34, “Don’t Be Caught...
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    Erica Toelle webcast

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    Erica Toelle , a SharePoint consultant, specializes in the people and the interactive services side of SharePoint.  Erica was interviewed by the good folks at CSTechcast.com , in their 72nd episode: “How to Find SharePoint Implementation Success...
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    Puget Sound SharePoint User Group – new Website

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    It’s always interesting when a website goes through a re-branding exercise, or a new launch.  You get to know a website by it’s look and feel, right?  I mean – the personality of a web site starts to come out with the look and feel, and then...
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    FERRARI.COM

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    WOW!  Check out the new Ferrari.com web site – powered by SharePoint Server 2007! Lots of great information – plenty of images and videos and a great way to follow your favorite driver and team. I’ve heard that there was a great team that contributed...
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    SharePint at AIIM

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    SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night! In the grand tradition of SharePint events around the world, the AIIM Expo ‘09 edition will be held at the following time and place. McGillin’s Olde Ale House 1310 Drury Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215...
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    Blogging Frequency vs. Work…

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    I was in one of those states the other day where I was coming down after a relatively long day of meeting with SharePoint partners, and I was enjoying the time before dinner with one of them, a friend from PTC (by the way, watch these guys – they are...
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