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  • May.27.2014

    ​I was speaking today on Cloud Business Apps at the SharePoint Summit in Toronto.  This was a combination of a developer and customer case study talk.  It went through the different approaches and lessons learned from three client projects:

    • SharePoint 2010 Extranet portal for Toronto Stock Exchange
      • Customized SharePoint forms on a SharePoint list
      • Integration of Salesforce.com forms
      • JSON and Knockout implementation of an Event Calendar in SharePoint 2010
    • Self-service HR forms for Baxter Canada
      • Provider-hosted high-trust apps in an on premise SharePoint 2013
    • Case management system for the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
      • The journey starts with Office 365, a custom identity provider, and provider hosted apps in Azure
      • Ultimately we landed on a combination of REST APIs and Knockout non-SharePoint apps, and a number of full-trust web parts, all hosted in RackSpace

    The SharePoint Summit Cloud Business Apps deck is available for download.

  • May.08.2014

    ​Last day of the conference and my second talk is in the can.  This one was on Office 365 REST APIs.  It started with some background and history on APIs, and then dove into the Documents API for SharePoint.  We then went into the Search API, and talked about REST and Search Driven Apps.  Some customer samples were presented, and then we proceeded into the bewildering world of authentication with REST and Apps.  This included Form Digest, OAuth, High Trust (Server to Server), Office 365's new Common Consent Framework, the Graph API, rolling your own REST, JSON Web Tokens (JWT) and frameworks such as AngualrJS and KnockoutJS.

    A lot to cover, including getting right into the code and walking through how it works.  The ESPC14 TH3 Office 365 REST APIs presentation is available for download.

  • May.07.2014

    ​It's been a whirlwind trip to Barcelona for the European SharePoint Conference 2014.  It's bee a great event, very well organized and a fantastic lineup of speakers from around the world.

    I did two talks, and this was the first one.  Titled Cloud Business Apps, it a case study of Apps work we're currently doing on client projects.  The three clients highlighted are:

    • Toronto Stock Exchange
    • Baxter Canada
    • Supreme Court of Victoria

    The ESPC14 W7X Cloud Business Apps presentation is available for download.

  • Feb.02.2013

    ​SharePoint Saturday Montreal was a great event on February 2, 2013.  You can go to the event page at www.sharepointsaturday.org/montreal to see all about it.  Serge Tremblay, Nicolas Georgeault. Alain Lord, Philippe Ouellet, and Benjamin Niaulin did a fantastic job organizing.  Not only was the venue ideal, the Wi-Fi solid, and the speakers delivering both English and French sessions, but they even had Montreal's famous Schwartz's Deli serving Montreal smoked meat sandwiches for lunch - awesome.

    I gave two talks at the event.  The first was my Extranets in SharePoint, and the second was Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint 2013.  Links to the presentations can be found below.

    Sessions were only 45 minutes long, and there was a lot of material to pack in.  Particularly for the upgrade talk, I didn't get into any of the special upgrade considerations like My Sites, User Profiles, or Search.  I promise to start blogging more frequently again, and expand on these topics shortly.

     

  • Dec.04.2012

    ​On December 4th I delivered a Webinar on Rich Media Support in SharePoint 2013.  I focused on enhancements to image and video support in the new platform, specifically:

    Image renditions
    • Site owners can define standard sizes (renditions) for images that apply across the site
    • As content authors load and use images, SharePoint automatically creates these different renditions to optimize the site visitor's experience
    • Content authors can resize and crop images right in the browser, without the need for Photoshop or image management software
    Video
    • Video is becoming more and more important for both internal and external sites
    • 2013 has a new video content type that is actually a document set
    • Drag and drop a video into SharePoint, and the video and thumbnail (automatically extracted from the first frame) are put in the document set
    • Content authors can play the video in the browser, and select a different frame for the thumbnail, or upload their own
    • Additional video formats (renditions) can be loaded into the document set for playing back on different devices
    • Windows Azure Media Services further extends this by providing cloud-based transcoding (converting to different formats) and massively scaled streaming support (think London Olympics), as well as Smooth Streaming and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS, for Apple iOS adaptive streaming) support

    Links to the presentation and video can be found below:

    Presentation - Rich Media Support in SharePoint 2013 
    Video - Rich Media Support in SharePoint 2013

  • Dec.04.2012

    On December 4th I ​delivered a Webinar on Extranets in SharePoint 2013, and also spoke to the licensing changes that will really change the game for both Extranets and public web sites. For on-premise installations, Microsoft is eliminating the For Internet Sites license requirement, bringing the licensing costs down significantly. Likewise in the cloud, Microsoft now provides up to 10,000 external user accounts for Extranets in Office 365, with no additional subscription fees.

    More details about the webinar as well as links to the presentation and video can be found below

    Presentation - Extranets in SharePoint 2013
    Video - Extranets in SharePoint 2013

  • Dec.01.2012

    ​SharePoint Saturday Ottawa on December 1st was a great day packed with sessions, and as expected, the focus and buzz was all on SharePoint 2013. You can find full coverage of the day's events at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/ottawa/

    Envision IT was a sponsor at the event, and I delivered 2 presentations on Extranets in SharePoint 2013 and Rich Media Support in SharePoint 2013.  You can view presentations and videos of my sessions on the event page here:

    SharePoint Saturday Ottawa

     

     

  • Nov.29.2012

    On November 29th I delivered a Webcast on SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites (FIS) on Windows Azure with Stephen Giles,​ Partner Technology Advisor of Microsoft Canada. Envision IT is now an Azure Circle Partner, and we see Cloud solutions as an affordable way for organizations to stay connected and flexible while increasing productivity and growing their business.

    SharePoint 2010 FIS on  Azure enables you to

    • Rapidly deploy and host your business websites on a secure, scalable cloud infrastructure
    • Rapidly deploy the infrastructure for a partner extranet site
    • Rapidly deploy the infrastructure for a customer internet site using Windows Azure virtual machines

    With SharePoint FIS on Windows Azure you can scale as your website traffic grows and pay only for what you use.

    In this session we discussed how SharePoint FIS on Windows Azure helps reduce your time-to-market with new websites, provide a full extensible platform for both internal and external websites, and only pay for what you need.

    We also showcased the consultation and deployment options available for you from Envision IT. 

    You can view the presentation at the link below

    SharePoint FIS on Azure

  • Nov.06.2012

    ​On November 6th I delivered a Webinar on SharePoint 2013 and the Envision IT Digital Marketing Suite of Products. I demonstrated how images and videos are handled in SharePoint 2013, and showed how the Digital Marketing Suite of Products help make SharePoint easier to use and provide a richer end user experience.

    • Video Player allows you to stream videos from a variety of sources onto different devices
    • Photo Viewer provides easier sharing and management of images
    • Image Rotator allows images that are stored in a SharePoint Asset Library to be displayed in rotating sequence on a web site
    • Custom 404 will help eliminate 404 errors, broken or missing links, and mistyped URLs

    You can view the presentation from the link below

    Presentation - SharePoint 2013 and the Digital Marketing Suite

  • Oct.30.2012

    ​On October 30th I delivered a Webinar on What's new in Search in SharePoint 2013.

    Microsoft has made and continues to make massive investments in Search in SharePoint.  Following the acquisition of FAST in 2008, portions of the FAST search technology made its way into SharePoint Search, but FAST remained as a separate product.  For SharePoint 2013, there is only SharePoint Search, combining the power of FAST and the work that Microsoft has been doing to go beyond that.

    Some of the key features highlighted are:

    • Architecture and scalability
    • 2013 Search user experience
      • Live Office Preview using with integration of Office Web Applications
      • Customization of the search presentation, using HTML display templates rather than XSLT
      • Concept of Search Verticals
      • Managed Metadata driven refinement
    • The new Content Search web part - killer replacement for the Content Query web part
    • Topic pages - leveraging managed Metadata Navigation, Content By Search web part and Improved Keyword Query Language
    • Cross-site publishing to share content between sites or even farms, by leveraging search
    • SEO enhancements - end user and search engine friendly URLs, on page SEO properties, auto-generated XML site map
    • Usage Analytics - feeding right back into Search, usage based ranking, no. of views information in search results
    • Top Viewed Pages - pre-configured Content Search web part

    You can view the presentation and video at the links below:

    Presentation - What's New in Search 2013
    Video - What's New in Search 2013

  • Oct.23.2012

    ​On October 23rd I delivered a Webinar on Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

    As more organizations recognize than an Extranet is a vital part of their web strategy, business partners are finding ways to dramatically improve on Extranet performance, functionality and user experience.

    Microsoft SharePoint delivers a secure platform that allows a tailored approach towards achieving business goals with an Extranet. A SharePoint Extranet can support the following objectives:

    • Build an online community
    • Allow interaction between organization and customers, partners, vendors, and volunteers
    • Reduce supply chain inefficiencies
    • Offer customer self-service strategies
    • Share business resources with partners

    In this webinar, we demonstrated the latest technology enhancements and customizations for Extranet Portals that ensure organizations achieve their goals. We showcased how our clients are using SharePoint to transform their businesses, lower costs and maximize growth potential in a variety of scenarios:

    We also discussed the various ways to extend SharePoint outside your organization.  We compared and contrasted the following technical solutions, and outlined where each is appropriate:

    You can view the presentation and video from the links below:

    Presentation - Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013
    Video - Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013

  • Oct.09.2012

    On October 9, 2012, I delivered a presentation on Risk and Controls related to SharePoint at the Toronto Chapter of ISACA in Kitchener.

    This session explored SharePoint Governance, auditing support and infrastructure.

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  • Sep.27.2012

    ​On September 27th I delivered a seminar at Microsoft with a simultaneous live webinar on Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

    We explored what's new for SharePoint 2013, particularly as it applies to Web Content Management and upgrading to the new platform from SharePoint 2010. Some of the exciting features demonstrated were:

    • Design Manager - Build and manage your branding with any web design tool
    • Channels - Tailor your content to the device or browser
    • Managed Navigation
    • Customizing search with HTML display templates
    • The new Content Search Web Part
    • Image Renditions - Manage your web-friendly images through the browser
    • Cross-Site Publishing - Share your content between Intranet and public web site
    • SEO and Analytics Enhancements
    • Improved content author user experience

    We also looked into enhancing the experience in both 2010 and 2013 with our Digital Marketing Suite, Microsoft’s exciting announcements around Azure Media Services and SharePoint on Azure, and how you upgrade your 2010 publishing sites to SharePoint 2013.

    You can view the presentations and videos from the link below:

    Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 and 2013

  • Aug.13.2012

    ​It's time to start getting my Fall speaking schedule in place, and my first talks to get booked are on upgrading a SharePoint 2010 publishing site to SharePoint 2013, along with an overview of the changes and new features in Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint 2013.

    The first part of the talk will be a discussion of the process for upgrading a site to 2013, as well as a live demo of that process using this blog site.  The main steps I'll be following are:

    1. Building the 2013 farm (briefly, this is a whole topic on its own)
    2. Attaching a backup of the 2010 content database to 2013
    3. Performing the Site Collection Upgrade
    4. Updating the branding with the new Design Manager

    The second half of the talk will be a walk-through of some of the cool new features in 2013 from a WCM perspective.  These include:

    • Branding changes with Design Manager
    • Much improved Word cut and paste
    • Video content types
    • Image renditions (automatically generated resized versions of images for different purposes, such as web friendly, thumbnail, or full fidelity for download)
    • Content search web parts versus content query web parts
    • Catalog-enabled libraries and lists versus reusable content
    • Friendly URLs
    • Design channels for different devices

     You can come see this talk at the following venues:

     I repeated the same talk in person at Microsoft Canada and as a webinar the following week.  Presentations and recordings are available at www.envisionit.com/products/events/Pages/Seminar-2012-09-27-Web-Content-Management-in-SharePoint-2010-and-2013.aspx.

  • Jun.14.2012

    ​On June 14th I delivered a seminar at Microsoft on Creating Dynamic Web Sites with SharePoint Web Content Management.

    Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful platform for creating rich internet web sites that put you ahead of your competition. Many organizations are already familiar with SharePoint’s collaboration capabilities; in this seminar we demonstrated how you can leverage SharePoint Web Content Management capabilities to:

    • Allow business users to easily maintain content
    • Create dynamic sites with modern creative designs and branding
    • Keep customers engaged with social media
    • Create rich content including video and images
    • Customize your site to specific visitors
    • Provide a rich interactive user experience
    • Manage content from multiple sources
    • Decrease costs by leveraging SharePoint for your Internet, Extranet, Intranet and collaboration needs
    • Ensure a broader reach with sites that offer multilingual support, cross-browser and mobile functionality and W3C accessibility
    • Learn about search engine optimization and web analytics

    Showcasing some of the client sites Envision IT has built, we demonstrated WCM key features in SharePoint, some SEO optimization techniques and best practices, and use of Social Media. You can view the presentation by clicking the link below:

    Presentation - Create Dynamic Web Sites with SharePoint Web Content Management

  • Jun.11.2012

    ​Last week we wrapped up a very successful series of webinars that ran from April through to June.  The topic was Extranets, with a focus on our Envision IT Extranet User Manager Product.  We had more than 500 people register.

    You can see the full agenda for the webinar, along with the slide deck and a full video recording of the webinar, by visiting the Envision IT Extranet Webinar page.

  • Apr.19.2012

    ​On April 19th I delivered a seminar over at Microsoft on the topic of SharePoint Extranets.

    As more organizations recognize that an Extranet is a vital part of their web strategy, business partners are finding ways to dramatically improve on Extranet performance, functionality and user experience.

    Microsoft SharePoint delivers a secure platform that allows a tailored approach towards achieving business goals with an Extranet. A SharePoint Extranet can support the following objectives:

    • Build an online community
    • Allow interaction between organization and customers, partners, vendors, and volunteers Reduce supply chain inefficiencies
    • Offer customer self-service strategies
    • Share business resources with partners

    In this seminar, we demonstrated the latest technology enhancements and customizations for Extranet Portals that ensure organizations achieve their goals. We showed examples of how our clients are using SharePoint to transform their businesses, lower costs and maximize growth potential in a variety of scenarios:

    As part of the session, we discussed the various ways to extend SharePoint 2010 outside your organization.  We will compare and contrast the following technical solutions, and outline where each is appropriate:

    You can view the presentation by clicking on the following link:

    Presentation - Designing your SharePoint Extranet to work for you

  • Mar.20.2012

    ​This week I had the pleasure of attending Convergence 2012 in Houston, Texas, the big event for the Microsoft Dynamics Community. On Tuesday I delivered 2 sessions on Trends in Digital Marketing: How Microsoft SharePoint Powers the Internet, together with Geoffrey Edge of Microsoft and Didier Oliver.

    My session focused on the work Envision IT has done with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, developing a public web site with members Extranet. I demonstrated how the solution integrates Dynamics CRM into their public site to expose details from their database on their Clubs and key contacts, while feeding back information from registered donors and members through the Extranet to the database.

    Key learnings included:

    • A real life customer web experience using Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Commerce Server, and SharePoint
    • Digital marketing trends
    • SharePoint internet capabilities and Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration

    You can click the links below for more information:

    Presentation - Trends in Digital Marketing-How SharePoint Powers the Internet
    Learn more about the solution Envision IT developed for Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

  • Nov.12.2011

    The Toronto SharePoint Camp was a great success.  We had lots of great speakers and attendees out.  For more details on the event, please visit http://tspug.sharepointspace.com.  You can also check out pictures from the event on my post at Toronto SharePoint Camp 2011 Pictures

    As promised I'm providing a lot of the content I showed.  This includes a new Excel worksheet for planning out SharePoint ADFS implements that actually generates the required PowerShell script needed to complete the installation.  Check them out here:

    For those of you in the Vancouver and Montreal areas, I will also be delivering this talk at those TechDays, on November 15-16, and 29-30, respectively.

     

  • Oct.26.2011

    Day One of TechDays 2011 in Toronto is wrapped, and my session on SharePoint Extranets went very well. Good feedback from the audience at the Congress Centre.

    Damir from Microsoft will be making the recorded sessions available, which I'll re-post as soon as we get them. In the meantime, here's the TechDays 2011 - CLB379 - SharePoint 2010 Extranets and Authentication presentation.

    More importantly for many, as promised I'm also including a copy of the LAB SQL FBA Configuration Checklist Excel that I demonstrated in the session. It helps organize the implementation of forms-based authentication in SharePoint 2010.

    For those of you in the Vancouver and Montreal areas, I will also be delivering this talk at those TechDays, on November 15-16, and 29-30, respectively.

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  • Oct.26.2011

    Day One of TechDays 2011 in Toronto is wrapped, and my session on Upgrading to SharePoint 2010 went very well. Good feedback from the audience at the Congress Centre.

    Damir from Microsoft will be making the recorded sessions available, which I'll re-post as soon as we get them. In the meantime, here's the TechDays 2011 - CLB376 - Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint 2010, On-Premise and in the Cloud presentation.

    For those of you in the Vancouver and Montreal areas, I will also be delivering this talk at those TechDays, on November 15-16, and 29-30, respectively.

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  • Oct.21.2011

    I've attended all of the SharePoint Conferences over the years, but this year's conference in Anaheim was special on two fronts.  It was a first time for us to be exhibiting on the show floor as we launched out the new brand on our products side of the business, and I was speaking for the first time at the conference.

    I've spoken at numerous other events and confierences before, but SharePoint Conference was by far the biggest.  7,400 attendees from around the world is a big number, even if they are running up to 14 different tracks at the same time.  For the session the room was big, as was the crowd.

    I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Brad Freels, who is a Senior Collaboration Technology Specialist with Microsoft US.  The title of our talk was "With SharePoint Your Extranet is Easy".  Brad took the front part of the talk to walk through the different types of Extranets and the decision points related to their complexity, and presented a roadmap for determining what is involved in implementing an Extranet.  I then took over and focused on how you provision Extranet users, and walked through a case study of our Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada project.

    A copy of the presentation is available for viewing at SPC251 - With SharePoint Your Extranet is Easy.

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  • Apr.15.2011

    For those of you that didn't get a chance to get out to SharePoint Saturday in Mississauga in December, I repeated the Extranet session in a webinar today.  I've posted a PDF version of the deck.  Look for the video shortly.

    You can check out the other presentations and videos at http://bit.ly/spstoweb-assets.  For details on the webinar series go to http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/toronto/default.aspx.

  • Feb.02.2011

    It's been a tough 48 hours, but the joint Envision IT and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Iron SharePoint champions.  Okay so we were the only ones competing, but it literally was 48 hours of work, and an amazing result.  BGCC gets a huge start on their Intranet project, along with the $5,000 in prize money that we have donated to them (generously provided by SharePoint Summit).

    We're still getting all the material organized (PowerPoints, collateral, blog posts, twitter feeds, videos, and even the live site), but here's the PowerPoint presentation we used to walk everyone through the solution today as a start.  Look for more over the next week as we pull all that together.

    A huge thank you to my team (James Brett, Janusz Cieplucha, and Mike Beaudry from Envision IT and Peter Walker and Susan Bower from BGCC).  They were fantastic and really put the effort in.

  • Feb.02.2011

    Here's the presentation for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Session.  Unfortunately most of the session was live demo, so that's not captured here.  We should look at doing a recording in the future to capture that.

  • Feb.01.2011

    My first session today at SharePoint Summit went quite well, with a very engaged group.  As promised here's the presentation.

  • Dec.16.2010

    Last night was a packed house at the TSPUG.  As promised I've uploaded TSPUG Presentation 2010-12-15.  I'd still like to add more to it, and may even repeat the session and record it, so check back for updates.

  • Nov.21.2010

    This session will take you through a mix of a technical and end user case study of Envision IT's SharePoint 2010 Intranet implementation.  I will be switching back and forth between the decisions we made, live demo of the results, and diving under the covers on how it was done.  The main flow will be:

    • Vision and Goals for the project
    • Logical Design
    • Service Architecture
    • Physical Architecture
    • Security Plan
    • Authentication
    • Managed Metadata
    • Enterprise Content Management (Document Management and Web Content Management)
    • Social Computing (Profile Import, My Sites, Tagging, Wikis, and Blogs)
    • Enterprise Search (SharePoint People Search, FAST Search with refiners and document previewers)
    • Office Web Applications and multi-authoring
    • BCS connection to Dynamics CRM 4.0

    We'll have a lot to cover in a two hour session, so come ready to learn!  Registration is available on the TSPUG MeetUp site at www.meetup.com/TorontoSPUG/calendar/14804304.

  • Nov.15.2010

    For the third year in a row I had the opportunity to speak at Nick Bontis' KM Showcase for his MBA class on knowledge management and intellectual capital.  This is an award winning course featuring 50 of the brightest students in the McMaster MBA program.

    It's always great to be able to evangelize Microsoft SharePoint, Envision IT, and how we work with our clients to improve knowledge management in their organizations.

    Nick is an amazing speaker, and if you haven't had a chance to see him, you can learn more about him at www.nickbontis.com.

  • Nov.13.2010

    Looking forward to SharePoint Saturday Toronto at the Microsoft Canada headquarters tomorrow (Saturday November 13).  Find out all about it at www.sharepointsaturday.org/toronto.  I have an Extranet session that you can learn more about at www.sharepointsaturday.org/toronto/meetings/20/SharePoint2010asanExtranetPlatform.aspx.

    As well as speaking at the conference, Envision IT is sponsoring the raffle draw.  We are giving away an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle.  If you haven't heard about Kinect, you will.  You can check out my other blog entries at http://blogdevpeter.envisionit.com/Pages/tag.aspx?Tag=XBox

    You can view a copy of the presentation from the session at SPS Toronto 2010 Extranet Platforms

  • Oct.26.2010

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to reach out to the community.  It’s shaping up to be a busy fall/winter with speaking engagements.  We’re not planning on doing our regular seminars until the New Year, so I thought I’d update you with some of the events we’re participating in.

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  • Jun.15.2010

    For those of you that didn't get a chance to catch our presentation on forms and workflows in SharePoint 2010 last week (www.envisionit.com/Training/Pages/Seminar-2010-06-11-Business-Process-Workflows-and-Forms-in-SharePoint-2010.aspx) you have another opportunity.

    Next Tuesday (June 22) I will be speaking at the Mississauga SharePoint User Group, delivering the same topic.  As the audience is more technical at the MSPUG I may go deeper under the covers, but the main topics will remain the same.

    • Forms Services with InfoPath and SharePoint 2010
    • Visual Studio 2010 web parts (with both SharePoint list and Microsoft CRM integration)
    • Workflows (out of the box, SharePoint Designer, Visio Premium, and Visual Studio 2010)

    You can register for the session at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=149359.

  • Jun.15.2010

    It is official!  Office 2010 is fully launched into general availability today!  Volume licensing customers could get their hands on it on May 12, but now it is available for everyone.  We're very jazzed about SharePoint 2010, as well as the whole Office 2010 product stack.

    It's been a busy few months leading up to launch, so I apologize on the lack of posts.  I've been out and about at a variety of events, including a TechSoup NGO presentation with Microsoft (http://www.rsvpportal.com/microsoft/NGO) our seminar on forms and workflow (www.envisionit.com/Training/Pages/Seminar-2010-06-11-Business-Process-Workflows-and-Forms-in-SharePoint-2010.aspx) and most recently the honour of presenting with Eric Gales (President, Microsoft Canada) at the internal Microsoft Canada Office 2010 launch party.

  • Apr.19.2010

    Last week I delivered a web content management session (including upgrading from 2007 to 2010) at the SharePoint Summit.  For a copy of the presentation deck, please refer to Upgrading from MOSS and Leveraging WCM in SharePoint 2010.pptx

    For details on the process we followed to upgrade the master page, see my Converting 2007 branding masterpages to 2010 post.

  • Apr.19.2010

    Last week I delivered a social computing session at the SharePoint Summit.  For a copy of the presentation deck, please refer to Social Computing in SharePoint 2010 2010-04-13.pptx.

  • Mar.30.2010

    This past Friday we had a very well attended session at Microsoft Canada on BI and BCS in SharePoint 2010.  We were showing a health care client in the Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program for 2010.  Building of KPIS, scorecards, and reports in PerformancePoint was covered, as well as using BCS to read and update information in SQL.

    You can see more background on the session at Business Intelligence and Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010.  A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

  • Mar.30.2010

    The Toronto SharePoint camp was a great success on March 20th.  Life's been busy since so I've been a little tardy on my postings.  Details on the session itself can be found in my previous post, and the slide deck can be downloaded from this post.

  • Mar.08.2010

    The second annual Toronto SharePoint Camp is coming on Saturday March 20th.  Details and registration can be found at www.torontosharepointcamp.com.  We are a Gold Sponsor, and have both myself and Joe Seguin (blog.joeseguin.ca) speaking.

    I'll be talking about Extranets in SharePoint 2007 and 2010.  Here's a copy of my abstract.

    SharePoint is a platform not only for internal sites like Intranets and external sites like public web sites, but is also a great place to connect with customers, partners, vendors, and others outside your organization.  During this session you will learn some of the decision points when setting up your Extranet in SharePoint.

    • MOSS or WSS?
    • DMZ, firewalls, Forefront and security in general
    • Where are my user accounts?  AD or SQL forms-based authentication?  How do I setup forms-based authentication?
    • How do my business users setup sites and users?
    • Can I integrate it in with my back-end systems like Microsoft CRM?

    We will use real world SharePoint 2007 and 2010 examples to illustrate.  Extranets for Cadillac Fairview, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada will be shown.

  • Feb.24.2010

    I spoke last week on web content management in 2010.  The talk gave an overview of WCM in SharePoint, and then we went through two scenarios.  The first was a live upgrade of a 2007 to 2010, followed by a new net build.

    For the upgrade we used the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario's Intranet site called Tickr.  This is a MOSS 2007 site that we launched for the HSFO last summer.  As part of Microsoft's Rapid Deployment Program, we are working with HSFO to create a 2010 version of the site (along with a net new Board of Directors portal in 2010).

    For the net new build, we are working with Samuel & Sons on building a new public web site, also as part of Microsoft's 2010 RDP program.

    I've made the PowerPoint slide deck from the presentation available as a download.  You can find it at What's New in Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 2010-02-17.

    I promised during the session to post the details of the upgrade process, so I've created another post at Upgrading a MOSS 2007 WCM Site to 2010.

  • Feb.10.2010

    I'll be speaking at the next TSPUG meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.  My topic for this meeting is Web Content Management with SharePoint 2010. I'll be covering the following:

    • Overview of WCM in SharePoint (site columns, content types, master pages, and layouts)
    • Upgrading an existing MOSS 2007 WCM site to 2010
    • Content database attach upgrade
    • Steps involved in updating a master page to be SP2010 compliant
    • Building a net new SP2010 WCM site
    • Building the site columns, content types, and site structure
    • Creating the master page and layouts in SharePoint Designer
    • Building a custom component in Visual Studio 2010
    • Site deployment

    6:00pm – Pizza and social

    6:30pm – Introductions and Q&A

    6:50pm – Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010

    8:30pm – Prizes and closing

    To register, click here http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=145706

  • Jan.20.2010

    I'm excited for the second year to be invited to speak at the SharePoint Summit 2010 in Montreal.  The summit takes place April 12-14, with more information available at www.sharepointsummit2010.com.

    I'll be presenting two sessions at the summit.  The first is Social Computing in SharePoint 2010: People Search, My Sites, Blogs, Wikis and Tagging, which takes place on the second day from 10 to 11:15.  The second session is Upgrading from MOSS and Leveraging Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010, which is on the third day from 3:30 to 4:45.

  • Dec.18.2009

    Ivan Neganov and I are collaborating on a performance tuning session for the January 12th Mississauga SharePoint Users Group meeting.

    Here's the synopsis:

    Performance and throughput are often among mission-critical characteristics of successful SharePoint applications. In this session we will discuss performance and throughput models and their use for planning of SharePoint farms, the application of these models during performance testing, and share real-life examples of delivering performance on enterprise-class SharePoint applications. Featured case studies will be Cadillac Fairview’s public facing retail web sites, and Canadian Tire’s Intranet (inTIREnet) and Dealer Extranet (Open House Portal).

  • Nov.17.2009

    For the second time the last few years I had a chance to present to Nick Bontis' MBA class at McMaster as part of his KM Showcase.  Both Nick and his KM class have built a great following, and it's always fun to join the other presenters and give our perspectives on Knowledge Management.

    Normally Michael Herman from my team gives this talk (he and Nick have known each other back to Michael's days at Microsoft.  Michael is at the PDC, so I subbed in for him.  You can read more about the PDC on his blog at http://mwherman.blogspot.com/.

    Joining me to present were a mix of individuals:

    • Amit Bole - Accenture
    • Ashley Beattie - Department of National Defense
    • Martin Cleaver, Connie Crosby & Stephanie Barnes - Knowledge Workers Toronto
    • Julia Garboll - RIM - BlackBerry

    All the talks were great.  In particular Martin, Connie, and Stephanie were talking on their successes building a KM community in Toronto called Knowledge Workers Toronto (http://meetup.knowledgeworkers.org).  Martin also runs a Wiki group at www.torontowikituesdays.com.  If you're interested in learning more about KM and networking, you should check one of them out.

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