Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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.
- SharePoint 2010: Content type hubs – publish and subscribe to content types
- SharePoint 2010 content type subscriptions
- How to publish and subscribe to content types in SharePoint
- The basics on content type syndication in SharePoint 2010
- Using Enterprise Content Types and Managed Taxonomies in SharePoint 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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:
- Stephen Cawood has some postings about how the new SharePoint 2010 managed metadata features works:
- Introduction to SharePoint Managed Metadata – excellent introduction to why the Enterprise Metadata Management feature in SharePoint 2010 is so important and what you get out-of-the box.
- Also check out SharePoint 2010 Taxonomy Hierarchy and using SharePoint Term stores
- SharePoint managed metadata developer experience
- Some great stuff on Technet on Managed metadata planning in SharePoint 2010:
- Plan managed metadata (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Managed metadata overview (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Managed metadata service application overview (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Managed metadata roles (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Plan terms and term sets (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Plan to import managed metadata (SharePoint Server 2010)Plan to share terminology and content types (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Excellent series of blog posts by Chris O’Brien:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Some interesting links that I found when preparing my chapter about the new metadata features in SharePoint 2010 – it is sometimes refreshing to take a step away from the product and look at some theoretical background postings and articles. Have fun.
- Origin of the phrase, “Information Architecture”
- White paper – Information Architecture in Office SharePoint Server 2007
- SharePoint Information Architecture and the Information Architect
- What is information architecture?
- Metadata?Thesauri?Taxonomies? Topic maps!
- The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
- Dr Tom Guides – Guides to metadata, taxonomies and their implementation.
- RDF Automation ushering in Semantic Web
Monday, February 15, 2010
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.
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:
- Each URL that has been tagged, and the terms with which each URL has been tagged.
- Each term that has been used in a social tag, and the number of times that term has been used.
- 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and take your chance to win this ticket!
PS I will publish the results of this little survey afterwards ….
Lots of new SharePoint 2010 training material released in january:
- 2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine (Beta) – fully functional virtual machines to demo Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.
- Free E-learning: What’s new in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for developers.
- Free E-learning: What’s new in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for IT Pros
- Learning snack for developers – developing solutions with SharePoint 2010
- SharePoint 2010 developer material on Channel 9
- SharePoint 2010 – Getting started with development on SharePoint 2010 – HOL in C# and Visual Basic
- SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Training Kit
- Windows Powershell compiled help for SharePoint 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
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:
- Web 2.0 please but in your own time (and budget)
- Enterprise 2.0 and organizational culture
- Knowledge and talent in a people ready business
- Knowledge is power! So why share your knowledge?
- SharePoint and Web 2.0
- The value in social networks
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.