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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    SharePoint 2010 Demo Virtual Machine

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    The SharePoint 2010 virtual machine image is now available for customers and partners to download here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9728417 This virtual machine image also include some demo content! There are also handy bundled Akamai links for speedy...
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    SharePoint 2010 Solution Gallery

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    Many SharePoint Partners have been working with SharePoint 2010 for over a year and many of those have started to announce which solutions they will have ready at the time of launch or soon after the launch of SharePoint 2010.   Announcing ...
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    Eli's SharePoint Resources

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    Eli's SharePoint Resources - If you are working with SharePoint, you should take note of Eli's page of links, etc. It is great to see so many resources for SharePoint. http://weblogs.asp.net/erobillard/archive/2004/06/17/158311.aspx
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    Microsoft PacWest SharePoint Server Newsletter – July 2006

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    Microsoft PacWest SharePoint Server Newsletter – July 2006   Update on Download Availability of MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Just a bit of a heads up… Microsoft is going to begin to charge $1.50 per download of the Beta 2 applications, perhaps as early as the...
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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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    Steak and Potatoes

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    Lately I’ve been working with a couple of customers that are working on web site redefinitions incorporating segmented advertisements, marketing messages, and targeted product information, all based on Commerce Server 2007 campaigns and promotions, alongside...
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    Office 2007 Delay? Actually, No.

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    There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista. This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the...
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    MS Office 2007 Beta 1 Technical Refresh

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    As usual, I've been too busy rfeading other blog posts about the recent announcements, sleeping, or traveling to visit customers to be one of the first to talk to you about the new "Refresh"-ed version of Beta 1. PC Magazine has a story about the...
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    Team Hanselman Diabetes Walk

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    Way to go, Scott . On May 6th, Scott is going to be walking to fight diabetes with Team Hanselman . The goal is to raise $10,000 for the cause. If you want to learn more, or learn how you might help, see Scott's post: Team Hanselman and Diabetes Walk...
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    The Blog is Moving

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    The Blog is moving. This scares me in a way. I'm the kind of guy who has never (willingly) let an email address die. I've tried to make it very easy for people to stay in contact with me, and it frightens me to have to leave a URL such as this blog...
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    Blogging from Word

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    Blogging from Word? Say it ain’t so! Wow. Word 2007 now has the ability to upload blog entries direct to my blog provider – check out Joe’s entry here and his update here . Configured and uploaded. If you are reading this, it was posted by Word 2007…...
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    Scenarios for BizTalk and SOA

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    Paul of SolidSoft has a good introduction to BizTalk and the uber-term "SOA". He describes how BizTalk offers value within a SOA environment when it fills one or more roles of these 3 patterns: Service Broker, Service Aggregator, and Integration Enabler...
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    BizTalk ODBC Adapter

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    A colleague of mine, Todd Van Nurden , has written an ODBC adapter for BizTalk Server 2004. Download it from the GotDotNet workspace . The ODBC adapter addresses some of the limitations of the SQL Adapter. For example, it supports stored procedures that...
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    SharePoint Community Center

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    Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to hit the local Parks and Rec room to shoot some stick pool and play ping pong and... configure (your choice) SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2. Beta 2 will release to the public...
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    File Send Handler Macros

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    Jan Tielen, a .Net Guru from Belgium, has a great blog that has touched a lot on BizTalk Server lately. He posted an entry last month about macros that you can use in the File Send Handler with BizTalk . I wanted to update his list, and to remind you...
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    Installing BizTalk on a Production Server without VS.Net

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    One interesting learning today... I was building a BizTalk Server machine that was designed to be a production server (production defined to mean no locally installed Visual Studio.Net, no local SQL Server, etc...) and ran into a problem where BizTalk...
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    Happy New Year

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    July of every year is a significant time for me. Many of you are rolling your eyes and saying, yeah - we know that Microsoft's fiscal year starts in July..., but that's not the primary reason. (I'd be silly to say that doesn't have any impact on it, though...
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    Updated BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorial

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    Download the BizTalk Server 2004 Tutorials . Before beginning these lessons you should understand the fundamental concepts surrounding BizTalk Server 2004, and the tools and processes that are required to start building solutions with BizTalk Server 2004...
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    Catchup of some blog posts

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    It's been a while since I've posted, and my streak of consecutive months is gone, but for the 6 of you that are still with me, I'm going to put up some of hte old information that I've been storing up. Most recently, I've now got a Vista build dual...
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    Content Editor web part and HTML goodness

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    Jason Mauer has posted an article about using the Content Editor web part within SharePoint to give you a customizable palette to work on within your page. This is a good explanation of a very powerful technique for quick HTML customizations. Keep the...
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    WinXP SP2, .NET FW 1.1, and BizTalk Server 2004

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    The Windows XP Service Pack 2 update includes two fixes (breaking fixes?) that will tend to slow down development of BizTalk Server 2004 after SP2 is deployed. (Windows XP SP2 is available for download now and will be pushed through WindowsUpdate in late...
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    SP Conference

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    I've been attending the MS SharePoint Conference (Bellevue, WA) this week and having a good time. it's great to re-connect with peers from around the world and I have a number of customers attending so it's good to speak SharePoint with them, of course...
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    David Chappell's Indigo Whitepaper

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    If you often find yourself looking for the right way to describe technology to business leaders, you may be familiar with David Chappell . He does a great job of presenting content in a way that is understandable. His latest is a white paper about Indigo...
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    What is an SOA Architect?

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    Jason Bloomberg has an older article (published March 2003) that is worth mentioning again. He introduces a set of SOA principles that relate to his description of a new job role, the SOA Architect. The full article is here , and a hat tip to Owen Cutajar...
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    Expression Web Designer

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    The Community Tech Preview (CTP) for Expression Web Designer was released last week. ...Installed!
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