Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Your favourite feature in SharePoint 2010?

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I did a little survey as part of the contest to win a free TechDays ticket - with the question: What is your favourite feature in SharePoint 2010 - here are the results

So what's your favourite feature - leave a comment.

Monday, February 22, 2010

SharePoint 2010 - the enterprise managed metadata (EMM)service, enterprise content types and content type syndication

Did you ever try to deploy content types across multiple site collections in SharePoint Server 2007 and keep them in sync afterwards? If so, you probably now that this is not that easy – there is not standard support for this in 2007. Some of you will have tried the SharePoint cross-site configurator on Codeplex. Luckily this issue has been solved with SharePoint 2010 which has built in support for central management of content types from a master site collection and afterwards pushing out the changes to other site collections – this commonly referred to as content type syndication and the content types within the master site collection hub are called enterprise content types. Another great feature enabled by the Enterprise Managed Metadata (EMM) service application.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Taxonomy and the Managed Metadata service in SharePoint 2010 – great links

The managed metadata service in SharePoint 2010 provides a central store for keywords and a hierarchically organized metadata - think of lookup columns but then a lot better with hierarchy support and central management across site collections, web applications or even farms.  If you’re new to the concept of the managed metadata service, managed keywords and the managed metadata field I strongly suggest that you take a look at the following links:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SharePoint 2010 and content organizers

Content organizers allow for content submitted to SharePoint to be rerouted to the correct location based on a number of routing rules which use both content types and it’s metadata to provide a certain routing logic. It’s actually an improved version of the routing logic which was available in the SharePoint 2007 records center. There are some excellent blog posts out there if you want to learn more:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Folders and metadata – again ….

Anecdote about Subfolders versus Metadata – a story about resistance and changing jobs. Sounds familiar – take a look at these postings  - Follow up – Folders in SharePoint document libraries  - Why???

Luckily location based metadata in SharePoint 2010 will allow us to use the best of both worlds – keep the old school way of organizing information in folders while automatically assigning metadata linked to the folder location.

SharePoint Server 2010 – Social Data Statistics Web Part

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This sample consists of a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Visual Web part project. After you build and deploy this project on your Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 site, you can add this Web part to any page where you want to display statistics for the social tagging activities of your users. The Web part displays the following information in three tables:

  1. Each URL that has been tagged, and the terms with which each URL has been tagged.
  2. Each term that has been used in a social tag, and the number of times that term has been used.
  3. Each user who has added a social tag, and the number of times that user has tagged URLs.

The sample demonstrates how to use the new Social Data object model in SharePoint Server 2010. It also takes advantage of the SharePoint Visual Web Part template, one of the new SharePoint templates that you can use in Visual Studio 2010.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Looking for application data folder in Windows 7?

If you need to find the Application Data directory, just type %appdata% in the Run dialog box, the Start menu search box, or at the command prompt. This will open the correct folder.

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Win free ticket for TechDays 2010 Belgium with BIWUG

BIWUG (The Belux Information Worker User Group) is giving away a free ticket for TechDays 2010. So how can you get this free ticket – very simple: please provide an answer to the following questions:

1.What is the coolest new feature in SharePoint 2010?

2. How many people will have send in their vote for the coolest feature by Friday 19th of February?

Send me an email at and take your chance to win this ticket!

PS I will publish the results of this little survey afterwards ….

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SharePoint 2010 – new developer training material including full virtual machine download

Lots of new SharePoint 2010 training material released in january:

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Corporate culture, not technology, drives collaboration

This post in Webworker daily about the significance of corporate culture on collaboration within your organization reminds me of some other blog posts which I wrote a while back:

The author clearly makes the statement that you first need a corporate culture which embraces a new work paradigm where you empower people to organize work in their own fashion. This is similar to what I wrote earlier:

I think that you will first need to create a mindset within your company which is ready to embrace collaboration and knowledge sharing before you can start thinking about Enterprise 2.0 - a view which is confirmed by this guy  - Enterprise 2.0 - Culture required?  But on the other hand for those people in your company who get it, you want to provide the necessary tools.

With a new web savvy generation entering the work force companies will need to provide the necessary tools and freedom to allow people to work in ways that you probably did not imagine. This will mainly require a shift in management style from command and control to collaborate and connect

Our CEO once wrote – the culture of an enterprise is largely determined by the behavior of its leaders (for the dutch text – see De cultuur van een onderneming wordt bepaald door het gedrag van zijn leiders) – a quote taken from Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy. I could not agree more.