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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 Health Check

A new service that I’m offering:

If you feel that there are some performance issues with your SharePoint environment and you need a review these, I can help by providing comprehensive health checkup. This can be one off or an ongoing activity. This is a list of the items that would be evaluation/audited during a SharePoint 2010 health check. It covers the basics of any SharePoint farm.

1) Hardware Resources Check: Installed Software, Allocated Storage, Hardware Profiles and Resource Usage, IIS Settings and Logs, Event Logs Diagnosis.

2) Environment Topology: Participating servers and roles, Outgoing email settings, Incoming email settings, Diagnostic Logging and Usage Analysis, Timer Job Status and Diagnosis, License Type evaluation, Cumulative Update Level evaluation.

3) Web Applications and Content Databases: Web Applications Evaluation, Content Databases Evaluation, Database properties and sizing, Transaction log properties and allocation, SQL and Web Application Authentication Evaluation.

4) Service Applications and Service Accounts: Service accounts, Managed accounts, General Service Applications, User Profile Service Application, Search Service Application, Service Applications Authentication Evaluation.

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Training

Training
Many organizations have asked me to train their user base to become familiar with the SharePoint platform. I offer training courses on the following subjects

End User

– Based on my book. 1 DayWhat gets covered: SharePoint essentials, managing information, creating your day.
Power User Essentials 2 Days

Day 1: SharePoint Essentials , SharePoint Power user experience , Non SharePoint Designer branding and UI redesign

Day 2: Review of user security requirements, Branding with SharePoint Designer. UI, graphics, Content changes with SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Designer Workflow Management

SharePoint Designer 2007/2010

Day 1 : The SharePoint Designer workspace, SharePoint Sites , Web Page Content , Web Pages , Lists and Libraries , Web Parts , Master Pages
Day 2: Cascading Style Sheets, Site Definitions and Templates, SharePoint Site Management, Usability and Accessibility, Data Views, Data Sources, Controls, Web Content Management in a SharePoint Server Environment , Workflows

Governance

Day 1: What is Governance, Governance Components, Effective Governance, What Should Be Governed?, Implementing Governance, Governance Plans, Governance Goals, Policies, Guidelines, Procedures, Who Should Determine Gov. Policies?, SharePoint & Governance, What’s you should be aware in in 2010, Compare and contract 2007/2010
Day 2: Taxonomy Architectures, Flat Taxonomy, Faceted Taxonomy, Hierarchical Taxonomy, Network Taxonomy, Taxonomy Examples, Example: Content Types, SharePoint Roles Taxonomy, Governance Roles Taxonomy, Folksonomies Roles, Customization policy, Social Networking Policy

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Bamboo web parts.

2 of my favorite 3rd party web parts are Bamboo’s Alert and Mini calendar, they really fill in the gap of what people want and out of the box SharePoint.

I found out today that if you installed these on SP 2007 and are migrating to 2010 you have 12 months from when you installed these on 2007 to do so free.

I assume this is for all of their web parts.

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Gartner: Oracle Jumps Into the Collaboration Market

After two unsuccessful forays into the collaboration market, Oracle is back with the next generation of Oracle Collaboration Suite. Gartner believes Beehive is unlikely to be any more successful than past efforts

I congratulate Oracle for actually releasing a product, rather than just the marketing PowerPoint presentations, however this is becoming a crowded market already- Lotus Notes, MS SharePoint as the big giants and with most companies already undertaking or have done a collaboration initiative, why look at this product from a database manufacture?

I do remember in the late 90’s, it was impossible to land at an airport in the US without seeing the Oracle advertisements for a collaboration suite…..I can’t even remember what it was called now…..Obviously made that much impact in the market.

What makes a product successful?

To me there are a number of things:

– A technology road map, so the purchaser is confident that there’s a future- Confidence
– Price
– Have the ‘wow’ factor- Everyone remembers their first Google moment.
-Integration with other applications…Office, business applications –CRM, Great Plains, BI…….XML can only go so far
-Ease of deployment……Sorry IBM Websphere
-A community behind it- The evangelical user base who are bloggerss, developers, businesses, and employees

Oracle misses the mark on several fronts.

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View email in SharePoint.

A rather neat little product I’ve been working with is Email Manager for SharePoint. It displays emails that are sent between two parties in SharePoint and these can be searched. What’s nice is that it doesn’t require any installation on the Exchange server, which would normally scare off the IT department.

So a project manager for example could set up a rule that any communication between a developer and a customer can be tracked. So in the situation when the PM gets a call from the customer about an issue, they have the ability to understand the thread of the communication.

Also saves the PM being emailed on everything.

The product is made by a Danish (Denmark is one of those a small counties in Northern Europe about the size of Delaware……But most countries in Europe are the size of Delaware :)) company Opportunity Solutions.

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