Architecture

Keys to Planning For SharePoint Search

Posted by on July 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

Of the core planning areas in SharePoint, Search seems to get very little attention.  I find this surprising since one of the most common complaints from SharePoint implementations (or any Enterprise Information System) is that users cannot find “anything” in the system.  Most of the environments I go into have Search configured in only a […]

User Profiles – Driving Business Process

Posted by on June 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

The workflow features first introduced in WSS 3.0/MOSS in 2007 and enhanced in the 2010 offerings present an opportunity for organizations with SharePoint to start to automate the coordination of their business processes.  While many have been working with it, one of the limitations I have seen is that everything is localized to a particular […]

User Profiles – Creating Custom Properties

Posted by on June 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

The User Profiles in SharePoint Server represent a very robust and flexible way to manage information about the members of your organization.  It can be used to fill the roll of a searchable Employee Directory, used to drive business processes and workflows, and also makes it easier to find people in the organization based on […]

SharePoint 2010 Migration versus Upgrade

Posted by on June 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

No doubt there are hundreds of companies currently reviewing or planning the move to SharePoint 2010 from previous versions.  The excitement and business interest around the technology is very encouraging.  Before picking an “upgrade” path though, I would encourage teams to compare the Migration paths in addition to the normal Upgrade paths.  Migration Path Taking […]

Unlocking The Potential of SharePoint With Remote Access

Posted by on May 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

I have been putting a lot of work lately into some general 2010 presentations and one of the messages I’m really concentrating on is Connect anywhere, from any device, with any browser.  I think this is a critical ingredient in enabling SharePoint to be a great Unified Business Collaboration Platform.  It comes down to removing […]

Integrating Open Source Software and Components

Posted by on April 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

Over the past few years there has been tremendous progress in making many components and solutions available in the open source markets like CodePlex, SourceForge, or even individual blogs and sites.  Many of these are community driven projects supported by individuals, with some by commercial companies.  For some reason many companies avoid or strictly limit […]

Finding the Sweet Spot with Process Improvement

Posted by on March 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

Today while visiting a grocery (super-)store I witnessed a strange event in the parking lot where a couple of guys were “pushing” carts.  This is something I did in high school so it is a task I understand very well.  They had a 60’ plus train of carts along with a motorized device at the […]