Unlocking The Potential of SharePoint With Remote Access

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 all of the unnecessary hurdles of accessing and working with the content in a secure manner.  While there are some technical changes that were made such as better support for mobile devices and true standards support allowing cross-browser consistency, the real change for me is philosophical.  Until recently I have been somewhat uncomfortable opening up internal portals and content to the internet.  My biggest fear has always been network security.  Gateways like ISA, now Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG), are not new but many IT groups have had difficulty implementing them or managing them effectively so I have not pushed for them in many of my implementations unless it was needed to fulfill a requirement.  With the Connect Anywhere, from any device, with any browser mantra in mind that will no longer be the case.  I will now advocate for secure access to be provided wherever possible without the requirement to connect via VPN or be on the local network.  This enhanced access will easy collaboration for remote workers and has the potential to speed up the collaboration process in addition to making it richer. 

If your organization is not sure how to implement or configure one of the gateway applications, seek out experts in the form of consultants or community members that are able to help.  You users will thank you for it!

Event – MSDN SharePoint MVP Chats

Thanks to the success of the previous SharePoint MVP chats, two additional chats have been scheduled this week.  Come and ask your pressing SharePoint questions or follow the chat stream and learn more about the SharePoint platform.

Chat 1 – Tuesday May 25th –7pm EST

Chat 2 – Wednesday May 26th – 12pm EST

To participate, enter the MSDN Chat Room about 10 minutes during the scheduled chat time.

Event – SharePoint Presentations in Charlotte, NC

On Thursday May 27th I’ll be presenting two sessions at a Business Productivity Conference at the Microsoft offices in Charlotte, NC.  Both sessions will cover the features and value offered by Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010.

The first session, “The Value of Connecting People, Process & Information” will be largely targeted to decision-makers.

The second session, “Office 2010: A Technical Dive into The Next Wave of Productivity” will be how all of these features come together and can be extended to drive business productivity.

When:

Business Session – 8am-11am

Technical Session – 12am-3pm

Location:

Microsoft Charlotte

8050 Microsoft Way

(AP2, Building on Right)

Charlotte, NC 28273

(980) 776-1000

Additional Information and Registration

I hope to see many people there!

SharePoint Saturday DC Wrap-up

SharePoint Saturday DC was a huge success.  There were some great session and most everyone had a great time.  The official attendee count came in at 929 making this the largest of the onsite SharePoint Saturday events to have taken place.

For anyone interested in my slide deck, it can be found here:  Keys to Establishing a SharePoint Disaster Recovery Plan

Thank you to everyone that attended, and thank you to all the sponsors and organizers for making the event happen!

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