Month: August 2011

SharePoint users want to integrate their manually scanned documents in SharePoint
SharePoint users want to integrate their manually scanned documents in SharePoint
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Every month organizations around the world generate thousands of physical documents that need to be manually scanned using multifunctional devices or dedicated scanners. Those documents are stored in SharePoint, and integrated into internal or external business workflows. Documents that are transmitted to external parties (by fax, mail or email) often need to be copied, scanned and then stored into a SharePoint archive (for legal or internal policy reasons). All of those scanned documents need to be easily accessible and retrievable based on key attributes (tags).

“Office Now” Sessions at the European SharePoint Conference!
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What is “Office Now”?
Microsoft “Office Now” provides a facilitated hands-on environment where business and IT decision makers test drive Microsoft technologies including Office 365, Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, Visio, Windows, Windows Phone, Dynamics CRM and System Center. “Office Now” is available to delegates at the European SharePoint Conference on Wednesday 19th October. Sign up for free when you register as a conference delegate. We will send you confirmation on your time slot.

Microsoft® Technology Center Reduced SharePoint 2010 Migration
Microsoft® Technology Center Reduced SharePoint 2010 Migration
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The MTC organization has long utilized SharePoint to provide a central home for its documentation and partner-related information, as well as a portal for team-wide collaboration. After the release of SharePoint 2010, the MTC sought to migrate its content and data from its SharePoint 2007 environment to a Microsoft IT (MSIT) hosted instance of SharePoint 2010. Quickly, the migration team at the MTC knew that they could not migrate the data stored in SharePoint 2007 directly to this environment due to restrictions on custom applications in the hosted service.

The business value of GSX Solutions for organizations with Microsoft SharePoint
The business value of GSX Solutions for organizations with Microsoft SharePoint
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SharePoint has taken the world by storm—it’s the defining collaboration and information management product on the market today. Numerous risks and issues that undermine the effective use of SharePoint for collaboration, however, have matched its rapid ascendency. These include poor integration into the enterprise information management approach, a lack of usage by business users, and team site sprawl, among others.
A new wave of collaboration software, with Microsoft SharePoint leading the charge, is being used to create better ways for people to work together in the organizations. The vision is to replace ineffective forms of communication and collaboration with more effective approaches—for example, the transition from email messages with attachments to team sites with document libraries, or the replacement of a static printed manual with a community wiki and discussion area. As these transitions begin to take hold across our organizations, and groups adopt the new ways of working together, SharePoint increasingly becomes a mission critical platform.

Operational Steps to Boosting your SharePoint Search Maturity Level
Operational Steps to Boosting your SharePoint Search Maturity Level
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Getting the best out of a SharePoint deployment requires meticulous planning, as well as a series of milestones and guidelines against which the success of the SharePoint project can be measured. Sadalit Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity Model version 2.0 ( https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/The-SharePoint-Maturity-Model,-Version-2-0.aspx )is a good place to look for some answers.

In this model Van Buren defines Search Competancy as follows:

Analysing your investments?
Analysing your investments?
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Modern Day challenges facing modern day CMO’s and Digital Marketers are becoming ever more complex. As the digital space becomes ever more fragmented since the introduction of Mobile Web, Mobile Applications, Tablets, Social Media and IPTV, the modern day Digital Marketing department is under increasing pressure with little resource to effectively manage their brands across the ‘splintered’ internet (or ‘splinternet’ as documented by Forrester Research in 2010 : www.forrester.com/go?docid=56303). In addition to these multiple marketing channels, they are also faced with the management and creation of content, analysis and optimisation in these channels to ultimately acquire new customers and nurture existing customers. How does the modern day marketing team manage? Employ additional resource or outsource to digital agencies? These may be the answers however the first question any business should ask is “am I using my current technologies to my best advantage?”

Microsoft has lead the way for nearly a decade with its fastest growing product ever, Microsoft SharePoint. Nearly every enterprise organisation and a growing number of SME organisations are already using SharePoint within their organisations for Intranets, Extranets and Collaboration however, since the introduction of SharePoint 2010 and more specifically Microsoft SharePoint 2010 For Internet Sites (FIS), these organisations are missing out on a potentially massive cost saving and time saving element by not deploying SharePoint for their internet facing sites.

Is SharePoint 2010 Multilingual
Is SharePoint 2010 Multilingual
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Different Ways to Make SharePoint Multilingual
1. SharePoint 2010 alone
Is SharePoint 2010 multilingual? Is SharePoint’s new language support enough for your needs? There are two distinct ways in which SharePoint can be partly multilingual without a third party product: you can either make most of the SharePoint 2010 user interface multilingual, or you make most of its content multilingual. Notice the “or” and the “most”. These can come back to bite you.

Context-based Information in SharePoint 2010
Context-based Information in SharePoint 2010
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Finding the right information has long been a major challenge for companies. Overall, an information Worker spends an average of 26 per cent a day looking for information. That implies a lot of potential in optimizing the process of search. Search technologies aim to solve this problem. Unfortunately search results are mostly below expectations. The reason is not the search technology per se, but the quality of data to be searched. The following topics cause considerable problems:

Knowledge is not explicitly available. Important information is not explicitly captured but available in various documents.

We’re Riding a Big Wave and Loving It
We’re Riding a Big Wave and Loving It
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In case it wasn’t clear before, the release of Forrester Research Inc.’s first ever August 2011 “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q3 2011” report further cements what we at NewsGator have been experiencing first hand – enterprise social is not a niche, fad, or point solution, it is the future of work in the enterprise and that future is now.

NewsGator is positioned solidly among the handful of Enterprise Social Platform leaders, all selected, “due to breadth and depth of functionality and long-range strategy.” That last part is key. We were early into the social computing revolution and our close relationship with Microsoft gave us an inside track on delivering social capabilities to the enterprise as a global platform capability – not just a siloed, point solution.
When we first partnered with Microsoft and began building what would become Social Sites, it was with a goal of targeting the entire enterprise, infusing it with a new connective tissue for communicating, collaborating, and working

Using Wikis for Documentation
Using Wikis for Documentation
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As soon as I mention the word “wiki”, the first thing most people will think of is Wikipedia. This is hardly surprising, considering that the site has been one of the ten most visited sites in the world for some years now. However, this can often limit our thinking. So when we see that SharePoint offers wiki functionality, we immediately reduce it to glossaries and knowledge bases, without seeing the advantages that it can bring us in other areas.
Since the launch of SharePoint 2007, we have noticed a trend of organisations using wikis for a number of purposes, the most common of which being documentation. In this article, we’ll be looking at the advantages that wikis can bring and then one or two practical tips on how to use them.
Why use wikis?
Before discovering wikis, we used to write documentation in Microsoft Word. Word is, of course, an outstanding tool for word processing (I’m using it to write this article!) but it’s not always the best choice. Perhaps I’m alone in this, but when I use Word, I tend to spend more time on formatting the document (making sure the margins are right, sliding the images to the right places etc.) than I do on writing the content. Furthermore, my articles always look different to those written by colleagues and collaboration is often a nightmare.