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Be Wary of Self-Described SharePoint Killers

9/8/2009
As any product gains in popularity, especially if it's seen as dominant, you tend to see more and more news about alternatives that inevitably get dubbed "killers." We can see this clearly with the iPhone and, as Seth Gottlieb points out, "who isn't working on a SharePoint killer?" But in many cases, these "killers" are only hopefuls with virtually no evidence they could harm a fly.

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SharePoint 2010 Has New Pillars

8/7/2009
As many blog posts have noted, Microsoft has released the "technical preview" of SharePoint 2010. What's significant, though, is a new graphic for the famous six pillars of SharePoint... virtually every term previously describing SharePoint has changed; this may be part of a larger program to reposition the new version...

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Will SharePoint 2007's Success Keep 2010 from Leaving the Station?

7/6/2009
If you've studied physics you might be familiar with the "story" that if you place a single penny under each wheel of a train, you'll prevent it from moving forward... As SharePoint 2010 draws near, I can't help but think that the sheer number of licensees and add-on solutions collectively represent a penny under each wheel of the next release.

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Evaluating SharePoint for Larger Enterprises

5/19/2009
I recently offered a session at the J. Boye Philadelphia conference. Speaking in the SharePoint track, I was able to interact with a number of the attendees, getting great insight into SharePoint plans and implementations at companies like Wyeth, WestJet, and Ikea. Here's what I heard from attendees...

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SharePoint 2010: Still Confused?

4/24/2009
Microsoft has recently announced that the new SharePoint version will be called "Microsoft SharePoint 2010"... The announcement suggests that the disappearing "Office" moniker was confusing to customers because they associated it with the client software...

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Beware of the Free SharePoint Designer

4/7/2009
What if average end users download, install, and begin using the now-free SharePoint Designer? Could this create a mess for the IT departments of these affected companies? The answer is: very probably.

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Will SharePoint Support the New CMIS Standard?

9/17/2008
The new "CMIS" standard should enable disparate content management solutions to exchange content in a more standardized way... It would seem logical that Microsoft will release a SharePoint "accelerator"... but Redmond and the other vendors in question would have to support it in code as well as in their press releases.

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Confusion Dogs Microsoft Search

8/4/2008
The SharePoint IT Pro Documentation Team recently published a blog post on the various Microsoft "enterprise" search technologies. The post did a nice job of clarifying the role of each of Microsoft's various search tools, save FAST (but more on that in a bit). Even the post's author, Kathy Narvaez, admits she has trouble distinguishing the various " ...flavors of Microsoft enterprise search."

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SharePoint Licensing Confusion Abounds

7/29/2008
Most customers don't understand Microsoft licensing in general and SharePoint licensing specifically. In fact, most customers are pretty confused by the dizzying array of options... In particular, some customers got a nasty shock when they realized the (potentially expensive) difference between an Enterprise Agreement and an Enterprise License in MOSS.

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Microsoft Bows Important SharePoint Updates

7/18/2008
Microsoft has released a significant infrastructure update for SharePoint (and related technologies like Project Server that leverages SharePoint components). The update primarily addresses three areas: search functionality, content deployment bug fixes, and general interface and performance improvements.

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Is SharePoint the End of (Portal) History?

6/17/2008
SharePoint seems to have halted virtually every conversation about alternate portal technologies. One colleague compare SharePoint to Kleenex, Band Aid, and Xerox - no one installs "portals" anymore, they install "SharePoint." This begs the question: does SharePoint represent the end-all of portal products?

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Microsoft Releases SharePoint Extensions

6/9/2008
Microsoft recently announced the latest version of the Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (v1.2). The update is significant in that, among specific improvements in and to "out-of-the-box" projects, Redmond has added support for Visual Studio 2008. For those developing on SharePoint, this should improve your experience in a number of ways...

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Microsoft SharePoint Meets FAST Search

5/9/2008
While SharePoint 2007's search capabilities have been improved over the 2003 product, it's still not "enterprise class" for a variety of reasons. Clearly this was behind the acquisition of enterprise search vendor FAST Search and Transfer... Nifty new Silverlight-enabled search Web Parts demonstrate several capabilities that FAST brings to the SharePoint world...

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