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Content Query Web Part: SharePoint’s Swiss Army Knife

My latest article is up at www.sharepointbriefing.com. Here’s a teaser: Read the whole thing here: http://sharepointbriefing.com/features/article.php/3874226/Content-Query-Web-Part-SharePoints-Swiss-Army-Knife.htm See it in use a real public web …

Pre-existing Conditions: SharePoint Alert Templates to the Rescue (?)

One of my clients worked with a previous contractor to build out a small but useful HR application for the enterprise. That contractor used SharePoint Designer to implement the workflow portion of the solution. It’s a bit of a mess. For instanc…

SharePoint Demonstration: Leverage SharePoint to Build a Vertical Business Application

[Note: I want to straight away say that I have a financial interest in the desired outcome of this demonstration, which I mention in the interest of full disclosure, etc. This is actually the first time I’ve ever blogged about an event where I stan…

You Can Pry SharePoint Designer From My Cold, Dead Hands

My latest article is up at www.EndUserSharePoint.com. I wrote about SharePoint Designer, End Users and the outline of a strategy that End Users might try and follow in order to demonstrate competence and build trust around this tool. The comments are…

MOSS User Profile as the Authority for User Language Preference

On my current project, some of the users will travel around the world and when they arrive at different destinations, use whatever machine is handy at the time. Those guest machines will be running Windows and installed and configured for the local…

Capturing “mailto:” Metrics

I’m on a project where we need to collect metrics around a function named "Share a Story." The idea is very simple — if you’re looking at an interesting article on the intranet and want to share it with someone, click a link…

Defining “Great” SharePoint Requirements

As requested and promised, I’ve uploaded my presentation on how to obtain "great" requirements from end users for SharePoint projects and implementations. It’s here: http://cid-1cc1edb3daa9b8aa.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/SharePoi…

Self-Service Site Creation Isn’t Exactly About Creating Sites

Like many SharePoint consultant types, I’ve been exposed to a lot of SharePoint functionality. Some times, I dive pretty deep. Other times I just notice it as I’m flying by to another set of menu options. One of those is "self-ser…

Spinning Up Temporary Virtual WFE’s for Fun and Profit

I was one of 20 or 30 (or maybe 100?) panelists last night at the New York SharePoint Users Group meeting. Instead of the usual presentation format, this was all about Q&A between the audience and the panel members. Early on, Michael Lotter int…

Large-scale MOSS Document Management Projects: 50k Per Day, 10 Million Total

This past week, someone asked a question about creating a SharePoint environment that would handle a pretty high volume of new documents (10,000 +/- in this case). I don’t know much about this, but thanks to this white paper, I feel much better…