Thursday, 30 September 2010

Wikipedia SharePoint Article

I have just made some major edits to the Wikipedia "Microsoft SharePoint" entry to get it up to standards. Would love anyone to come in and improve it. I am not the best Wikipedian who ever lived.

Oh never mind, some Wiki admin came a deleted all the work claiming that there is some distinction between Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft SharePoint Server, and then sent me a rather insulting notice. Well that said I have edited the

Though one note reading the kinds of messages admins send on Wikipedia, there is a real sense of ownership that admins, who actually produce very little of the content, and it can only harm the long term viability of the project.

Net Neutrality Proposal Falls Apart

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have shelved a last-ditch effort to broker a compromise between phone, cable and Internet companies on rules that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading online traffic flowing over their networks.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

The battle over net neutrality has pitted public interest groups and Internet companies such as Google Inc. and Skype against the nation's big phone and cable companies, including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp.

Public interest groups and Internet companies say regulations are needed to prevent phone and cable operators from slowing or blocking Internet phone calls, online video and other Web services that compete with their core businesses. They also want rules to ensure that broadband companies cannot favor their own online traffic or the traffic of business partners that can pay for priority access.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Windows 7 has nothing to worry about from the Google Chrome OS

Windows 7 has nothing to worry about from the Google OS. The Google Chrome OS has gotten a lot of press. Google is good a getting press. Much better than Microsoft. For a long time everything Google did was going to change the world. The press is not so eager to report Google's many failures. Remember all the hype about Wave? Its retirement into Open Source gotten far less attention.

Well the Google Chrome OS is keeping up the tradition of basic non-efforts from Go0gle. Another project that sounded better in the news Google Chrome OS is a really stripped down version of Suse, and I mean really stripped down. It has Google Chrome and Open office and Evolution. It essentially can browse the Internet and write word pads.

Worst is it does not come with the tonnes and tonnes of free stuff you get on Ubuntu, and as for a samll Linux is lags well behind Puppy in features. Its just a very basic version of Linux with Google branding.

Microsoft certainly faces a lot of challenges in a world where the very concept of "computer" is being redefined by Android, Blackberry and Apple. But the Google Chorme OS, really Suse with Google and little else on it, is no real threat to either Windows 7 or Windows XP.
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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Some reasons why SharePoint 2010 might be like Vista

1. Requirement to convert to 64 bit infrastructure.
2. New features generally are Ajax reworks of existing features, that people are used to.
3. Sudden loss of IE 6 support.
4. People are not yet using SharePoint 2007 to its full potential.
5. Lack of JavaScript and Ajax among SharePoint developers.
6. Lack of downloadable VM that can be easily run on most 32 bit dev machines for learning.

In a word, I can't show SharePoint 2010 on my work laptop, I can't view it on the IE browser that is the company standard browser needed for all our Oracle and custom apps, and once I get it running most people can't really notice any difference.

I fear that, just like Vista, the overhead is far far to great to make the upgrade worth it and we may have to wait until SharePoint 2012 (SharePoint 5) to get any real upgrade.

But don't fear. Microsoft is wonderful at getting itself out of messes like these.

But I will have to take back my 2010 only promise. For the time being SharePoint is SharePoint 2007 and I will have to keep writing about this for some time.

SharePoint 2010, sounds great, but how is it going?

I have just heard about another small 2007 to SharePoint 2010 migration failing. Despite my own effort to force through 2010 SharePoint implementations for various reason I am being pushed back to 2007. This did NOT happen with 2003.

SharePoint 2010 is a nice evolution from from 2007, but I am not sure that end user benefits will make the movement to 64 bit (still very hard for companies) worth it.

I imagine in 2011 we will see a lot more movement to 2010, but it will be slower than the take up of 2007.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Share the Point: Putting my a*s out for once, predictions for 2010

Share the Point: Putting my a*s out for once, predictions for 2010

At the start of 2010 I made this prediction:

"Uptake of SharePoint 2010 will be slow: reason, few new features at cost of requiring 64 bit conversion."

Well after getting my "twitter peaked" prediction so terribly wrong I may have gotten this one right:

Microsoft's Sharepoint 2010 is having a slow time winning over upgrades from previous versions, according to a new survey which says users object to the time and effort to deploy the system as well as the lack of easy-to-use interfaces for business users

Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Experiencing Slow AdoptionPublish Post

Education in the Future...NOW!!!

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life

Thursday, 23 September 2010

BBC News - 'One app for all' effort launches

A European project to develop an application environment for every internet-connected device has received 10m euros in funding.

The project aims to sidestep operating systems and proprietary app stores by providing a web-based approach.

The idea would enable a given app to work, for example, on a web-ready television, in a car and on a mobile, no matter the makers of the devices.

BBC News - 'One app for all' effort launches

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

India, is it all just a Game?

BBC News - Commonwealth Games: More Australian athletes 'may quit'

I was in New Delhi last month and could clearly see that the efforts to get ready for the Commonwealth games were an utter failure. For my American readers, the Commonwealth games is kind of mini-Olympics for the former British Empire. Getting this was a real plum and part of a recent effort to showcase emerging economies with such projects. China carried out an amazing 2008 Games and South Africa gained great praise for the World Cup. With Brazil winning a world cup bid over Chicago despite Obama's intervention on the issue it seemed that these games marked a turning point from the Old World with Cups an Games concentrated in developed nations to a new emerging set of games hosted in the BRICS nations.

Well India might have been where the good luck just ended. Or this might be a symptom of something much more seriously wrong with the world's Largest Democracy: "Corruption without a strong State to keep it in check"

Now what does this have to do with SharePoint, Microsoft or Collaboration? Well as we all notice more and more projects we work on are being partially networked with Indian firms and works in India. My experiences of them have been far more positive than most people and I have a great love of India. I also have studies Indian history, culture, and art and travelled to India. I have been complemented by many Indians for knowing as much as I do about their nation. This is probably more a mark of how little most people do know about the emerging world.

From what perspective I have gained I have long been concerned about the flood to offshore to India. I see no solid evidence that firms which have pursued this policy aggressively have benefited. In fact I suspect much of the off shoring was only a response to investor demand to jump on the latest bandwagon. I have had personal experiences with Logica, Dell, even Microsoft that have raised concerns for me if the state of India civil society can provide the right environment for long term outsourcing.

In fact I have long suspected that the India boom was something of a game all along. Companies in the west have been concerned about the high cost of skilled IT staff for some time. Certainly the cost of good IT people in say 1995 would have prevented the kind of IT expansion we are seeing now. But the IT industry had a model for good innovation and cost cutting for decades that worked: start ups that leap frog exiting ways of working.

Big companies can't understand what start ups can see, so when they see a problem they generally look for the least creative way to deal with it. If staff cost too much hire staff that cost less. If jobs have skills that make it hard to hire that staff in your location move your business to the cheapest place you can.

India in 2001 must have looked like a gem: millions of educated IT staff, extremely low wages, almost non-existent worker protections and corruption that allows you to buy local states and officials. Also it has to be said India has some amazing developers and experts and in any situation India will almost certainly be the rival to Holland, Finland, Ireland and even the United States.

But should you have your entire Enterprise IT future located in a place of such epidemic levels of corruption? The answer is probably no. And having travelled the world a few times the news for firms that want to benefit on the global economy only gets worse. After China all the old Confusion societies that have had strong government and markets from before the Dark Ages are used up. China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan are all at or near tapped out growth levels. The remaining nations in the far east all have significant problems. South America has a massive raft of social issues and Africa is probably a generation away from playing in this league. This leaves either India or try to find a cheaper way to do IT services nearer to home.

Microsoft will win the "Web 2.0" war on, of all issues, privacy

A few days ago, Facebook made what seemed to be a small tweak to its Friend Requests area. As first noted by Inside Facebook, the social network changed the way friend rejections work. Previously, you could either Confirm or Ignore (deny) a request. Now, Ignore has been replaced by “Not Now”. This new option takes some of the pressure off you having to reject people as it instead moves them into a state of limbo, where they’re neither accepted nor rejected. But it actually does a lot more as well.

You see, when someone requests to be your friend on Facebook, this automatically subscribes them to all of your public (“Everyone”) posts in their News Feed. Facebook doesn’t talk about this much, but it’s a very real feature, which we reported on in July of last year. You see these posts until this person rejects you (because obviously if they accept you as a friend, you’ll keep seeing them). So with this new Not Now button, and the removal of the simple rejection mechanism, Facebook has basically created a de-facto follow feature.

Facebook Has Quietly Implemented A De-Facto Follow Feature

A few years ago all these smart people were saying that the Cloud of the Web would wipe Microsoft out of business. Why would anyone, they argued, spend the money and effort to install copies of Microsoft Office, Windows, Exchange Server or SharePoint when all this functionality could be had in the public domain via new "Web 2.0" companies that charged little or simply placed ads on your content. In this model Google, Yahoo, and MySpace were to eat Microsoft alive as people stopped using Microsoft products first at home and then, or so the reasoning went, at work to reduce costs.

Well let me put my neck out a bit here and say no this is NOT how it will go down. No question sites like Facebook and Twitter are more interesting for consumers than say Excel or Word, and mobile devices right now live in a Universe pretty free of Microsoft, BUT the key money maker is still the ability of these "Cloud" based free or low cost services to move in to business. And this is where Microsoft will kick their back sides.

The thing is the temptation for any Web 2.0 site is to improve advertising revenue by compromising the privacy of users to collect more information about users. Further there is a key driver to keep most of the details of how information is managed secret from users and to protect public corporate images by trying to control what content is created and distributed.

In a word the Microsoft model is where one company produces all the TVs but their are lots and lots of TV stations and public access sites, while the Google model is where there is one TV station.

Companies, governments and organisations will NEVER allow their information to be managed in this way. They need to hold on to the information they make. They need to have full control over its life cycle. They need to decide how long to hold it and who to show it to. They need privacy and transparency to management. As far as business is concerned Web 2.0 mainstays like YouTube, Twitter, Digg, Facebook, and Flickr are good for marketing and little else. They pose significant dangers beyond just employees wasting their time at work.

So private companies are going to want to take advantage of Web 2.0 technology, BUT not use the Web 2.0 business model, and this is essential. People who write and talk about the Internet seem to just look at the technology and ignore the business model. They saw a Flickr in 2005 or a Google Docs in 2007 and stated "how can 1990s based technology sold by MS deal with this."

But the key issue is that 2 features were required for a Cloud coup against Microsoft:

1. was the Internet based technology making Microsoft's offering obsolete before Microsoft could respond,
2. a distribution model (like Open Source or Open Knowledge models) which could replace Microsoft's model in time.

Without the one two punch Microsoft could always respond in time. Certainly the technology evolved leaving Microsoft seriously behind, but the social models did not. Rather than getting something like Wikipedia or the blogosphere or independent content creators who felt morally and professionally obligated to be Open, Web 2.0 moved in to a murky world of Corporate Censorship/Branding mixed with Spying/Marketing. For private users this raises concerns but for corporations this makes them utterly impossible.

The inability of Flickr to provide a secured private service you could use at work to manage images, the inability of Google to get Docs popular or offer a secured version for businesses, the inability of Facebook for offer a trustworthy services, have all given Microsoft the time it needed to evolve SharePoint and now BPOS.

I know of one major global IT form which is actually going office Google Cloud services to BPOS right now.

The inability to provide a dedicated area that you control was what kept Web 2.0 companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo out of the Enterprise. And now that the system are getting more and more complex Microsoft "stack" model of a single vendor end to end is even stronger than it was 10 years ago.

The Social Computing Web 2.0 "revolution" provided the technology that could have crushed the Windows/Word view of the world. But the failure of Web 2.0 companies to develop business models flushed that opportunity down the toilet.

An Introduction to Agile Business Process Management

Business process management, the report says, is a way to automate and manage structured, repeatable business processes. Business processes are typically a set of activities, inputs and outputs that together to achieve a particular business goal.

Agility, we said, is the abiity to respond to our information quickly to a set of given circumstances.

Agile BPM, therefore, from the BPM side of the equation, provides automated and managed structures to provide repeatable business processes, while at the same time, from the agile side of the equation, provides the ability to act immediately, in real time to circumstances that are unforeseen in those processes.

An Introduction to Agile Business Process Management

BBC News - 'Fair trade' solution to learning a new language

But now, in our ever-shrinking, networked world, the chance to learn new languages direct from the communities that speak it naturally is just a few clicks away. calls itself a "fair-trade" language learning website, empowering people in the developing world to offer language learning opportunities to students in developed countries.

BBC News - 'Fair trade' solution to learning a new language

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

BBC News - Extremist websites skyrocketing, says Interpol

The sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much easier for al-Qaeda, according to Interpol head Ronald Noble.

"The threat is global, it is virtual and it is on our doorsteps," he said.

Mr Noble told a conference of police chiefs in Paris there were 12 sites in 1998 and 4,500 by 2006.

He said tackling radicalisation had been made far harder by the internet because many of the activities involved were not criminal.

BBC News - Extremist websites skyrocketing, says Interpol

Outsourced Suture

Identity formation does not take place close to actual biology person.

Person inscribes into Symbolic Register in a Network Society. They can turn on and turn off the Others in that register even using search algorithms to discover others to repace existing others.

For example a person using internet dating may not work to save a relationship because they can find another online with a search function. A second life user leaves an AV that has a partner because RL over SL.

Person inscribes in to a symbolic relationship that can be highly anonymous and allows the user to leave or change with little effort or cost. For example on can change one's facebbok profile, picture and friends easily. A man has an apartment in SL with a woman living in another country. One day he stops logging in. There exists no court to hear emotional neglect.

The suture is temporary, distant from biology, and managed.

Monday, 20 September 2010

BBC News - How good software makes us stupid

But with satellite-navigation technology now well established as a cheap, reliable way of being shown the way ahead, one expert has warned that we could actually lose the intellectual capacity to remember vast amounts of information - such as tricky routes through the capital city.

"The particular part of our brain that stores mental images of space is actually quite enlarged in London cab drivers," explained Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

BBC News - How good software makes us stupid

Sunday, 19 September 2010

BBC News - Massive multiplayer game APB to shut down

Massive multiplayer game APB: All Points Bulletin is to close less than three months after it launched.

It took five years to develop the online role-playing game where players fight each other in the virtual dystopia of San Paro.

The closure of the game comes after developer Real Time Worlds (RTW) went into administration, with the loss of 250 jobs.

RTW was founded by Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto creator Dave Jones.

"I truly wish we had the chance to continue to craft APB into the vision we had for it," wrote Mr Jones on APB's official forums.

BBC News - Massive multiplayer game APB to shut down

Thursday, 16 September 2010

BBC News - Facebook alternative Diaspora rolls out first code

Developers have been given their first glimpse of a community-funded and open alternative to Facebook.

Diaspora describes itself as a "privacy-aware, personally-controlled" social network.

It was conceived earlier this year by four US students during a period when Facebook came under fire for its privacy settings.

The open-source project has now released its first code to developers and also published screenshots.

BBC News - Facebook alternative Diaspora rolls out first code

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine Promises to clear your web 2.0 identity from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Frankly I think we are looking at the Web 2.0 crash. Certainly having social contacts online will survive and help people find the information they need and want. But the 2009 boom of Web 2.0 was probably just due to novelty, and over the coming years we will likely see a drop in ad revenue from Web 2.0 (maybe). But to write Web 2.0 off would be like turning your back on an opportunity to by Google when it first issues (which as I recall a large number of investment writers openly did)

I guess the lesson is that everyone now knows Web 2.0 concepts. So what useful stuff do you do with it. I think a facebook like SharePoint would be extremely useful, with a MySite home page connecting to ones social and work network.

I myself stopped used Web 2.0 as a term to describe a concept about 2 years ago, when I heard Microsoft certified domain experts in SharePoint start using it. Its critical to know when to give up on a term or concept.

The thing is public perception matters. For example I found in 2007 and 2008 getting companies to look at SharePoint's wiki was very hard because of all the bad press about Wikipedia in the general public. Now despite the bad press Wikipedia has created something which will be very long lasting and useful, but because Wikipedia has so many problems in public it might have killed the wiki tool as a generally business tool. On the other hand the fact wikis are so hard to work with may have killed them.

The same might happen with Web 2.0, if you sell it by saying "Web 2.0" Today people might associate this with disaster zones like MySpace, Flickr, or the ever more hated yet used Facebook. You need to sell the Web 2.0 features not with jargon but with actual benefits.

Get people in touch with their team members in real time and offline on one window.

Collect feedback from colleagues on matters.

Keep tracking of what you and everyone else on your team is doing.

As I have written before though "web 2.0" can be very dangerous. If you culture has some bullies who impose a their view of reality they will use discussion boards, comments and blogs to further promote their hold over the company and very likely introducing these tools will kill discussion and learning.
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Monday, 13 September 2010

Share this Point, Microsoft should stop helping Russian police crack down on opposition

Instead, the group fell victim to one of the authorities’ newest tactics for quelling dissent: confiscating computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoftsoftware.

Across Russia, the security services have carried out dozens of similar raids against outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers in recent years. Security officials say the inquiries reflect their concern about software piracy, which is rampant in Russia. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government.

As the ploy grows common, the authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.

Above the Law - Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent -

As a community of Microsoft users we should make our opposition to this clear. After all, it not like members of the Microsoft ecosystem could not make their displeasure felt.

A key concern for me is the complete collapse of trust that is happening between people and their devices. Generally I think Microsoft is better than Google, Yahoo, and Facebook but maybe that is only because they hold so much less of Web 2.0.

For all the benefits we get from collaboration, its not worth the loss of freedom of speech and if this present trend from Flickr to Microsoft in Russia continues people may find they can get along fine without the Internet on all the time. And then I would be out of a job.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Has Search Spiked? Maybe. Who and Where are also key, perhaps more key than What.

For almost a decade, search was the pre-eminent content discovery mechanism online. If you wanted to find something, you stuck a phrase in a search box, hit the button and hoped for the best. And for a long time, that worked just fine: Google refined their groundbreaking algorithm so it eventually seemed to know exactly what you were looking for.

Google Instant: the technology anti-climax of the decade - Telegraph

Will the next 10 years see social and spatial linking replace search as the content discovery means of the Internet.

After playing with something as silly as foursquare for a few months I was surprised to relieve how much data was locked in spatial relationships I passed ever day. Foursquare and geo-positioned twitters are inserting the web in to the city of London, which I really love. Search is limited because you have to know you want to find the data before you can start to find it, with social networks and geo-data you can discover data you didn't know you wanted until you find it.

In SharePoint 2010 I see the expand MySite as the next big thing, perhaps even rendering much of the improvements in Search and the addition of Fast Search less valuable. Staff will be able to use networks of knowledge more effectively, which I have always seen as the killer app of SharePoint myself.

Manage digital assets in SharePoint 2010 (repost)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Blog Site template in SharePoint 2010 (repost)

SharePoint 2010 MVP Summit Highlight Reel

Though why I can not embed this video on my page makes no sense to me. The thing is called "viral" and it works. Never mind just click the link to see the video.

Facebook SharePoint group

The SharePoint Facebook group can be found at!/MSSharePoint

After my writing and speaking so much about Facebook-like SharePoint sites, here is a SharePoint group on Facebook.
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Sunday, 5 September 2010

I was wrong on Twitter Site Info

Well my prediction about reaching its peak, which I was stupid enough to post earlier this year, was a flop.  After some initial post hype drop off Twitter is exploding.

What is striking is how Twitter and Facebook are getting all the benefit from the smartphone Web 3.0 revolution, while Flickr is not.  You would think that a site like Flickr should be gaining massive ground right now.  But Flickr is a hard tool to integrate in to other services.  It is not as open to Application development on top of it as Twitter of Facebook.  Twitter and Facebook embraced the ecosystem.  Facebook was promoted greatly by Mafia Wars and Farmville, which it had to pay nothing to build.  Twitter is gain ground from Web 3.0 services like Foursquare. 

The key to having a winning online service is Integration and Distribution.  Twitter and Facebook have it much better than Flickr and MySpace, so they won.

Friday, 3 September 2010

How Tough Economic Times are Encouraging Virtual Workplaces - Pixels and Policy

How Tough Economic Times are Encouraging Virtual Workplaces - Pixels and Policy: "The sputtering global economy could have a silver lining - companies looking to cut travel costs are turning to the virtual world for more business services than ever.

As CNN reports, companies are increasingly turning to telecommuting and virtual conferencing in graphical virtual worlds as a means of shaving costs and remaining competitive in an economy where credit is still tight and government life preservers are harder to come by.

Pixels and Policy takes a look at the exodus to the virtual business landscape."

For the First Time, E-Book Sales Top Real Books - Pixels and Policy

For the First Time, E-Book Sales Top Real Books - Pixels and Policy: "An interesting article in today's New York Times, courtesy of the increasingly tech-savvy young journalists banging out copy for the Grey Lady. According to virtual bookseller extraordinaire, it is now selling 143 electronic books for its Kindle reader for every 100 physical hardcover books. For effete, left-wing e-book doubters like myself, Amazon's admission is more than a little shocking.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Some Silverlight Photosynths vacation pictures from India

Pictures from Jammu Kashmire made 3D in Photosynth.

Trucks trying to pass in the Ladakh mountains, they actually make it

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

BBC News - Reddit benefits from Digg site revamp

BBC News - Reddit benefits from Digg site revamp: "A revamp of the social-news site Digg has unexpectedly backfired on its owners.

Members of the site who wanted to express their dissatisfaction with a recent redesign hijacked the front page to redirect users to rival service Reddit.

Reddit said that it had received around 250,000 extra page views from the stunt.

Both sites allow users to submit links and rate news pages."

BBC News - Clicking the blue 'e'

BBC News - Clicking the blue 'e': "However some things are unforgivable, and the decision to call its web browser 'Internet Explorer' is one of them.

It is surely one of the reasons why so many users still confuse the internet, a global network of connected computers, and the world wide web, an application that generally uses the internet to move data around.

Making millions of ordinary computer users think that pressing the blue 'e' would connect them to 'the internet' rather than let them view web pages was one of Microsoft's biggest mistakes, and it still annoys me fifteen years later."

BBC News - Apple launches social network for music called Ping

BBC News - Apple launches social network for music called Ping: "Apple has launched a social network as part of the latest version of its iTunes software.

Ping, as it is known, allows users to build networks of friends and professional musicians, in a similar way to services such as Twitter.

The service also builds playlists based on what friends are listening to."

Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum | Blog | Fast growing companies are more likely to use social networking tools

Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum | Blog | Fast growing companies are more likely to use social networking tools: "Fast growing companies are more likely to use social networking tools"


Open Text Offers Full Service SharePoint 2010 Implementations

Open Text Offers Full Service SharePoint 2010 Implementations: "Open Text has been offering a number of SharePoint based solutions and services for a while now. But thanks to their recent acquisition of Burntsand, they now have a full end-to-end implementation service offering for SharePoint 2010."

Open Text Offers Full Service SharePoint 2010 Implementations

  • Open Text CLM for SharePoint 2010: Utilizing SharePoint as the interface to capture and work on content, this solution integrates Open Text capabilities for e-Discovery, archiving and retention — complete records management.
  • Open Text Case Management Framework, SharePoint 2010 Edition: Open Text extends its set of tools and business logic, using SharePoint 2010 sites as the front-end to managing cases for processes like contracts.

SharePoint the Reality Series 5 The SharePoint maturity model: KMWorld

SharePoint the Reality Series 5<BR>The SharePoint maturity model: KMWorld:

"In the adoption of SharePoint, a four-stage maturity model is a great way to determine where knowledge gaps exist, what facets require additional education and how to help people expand their use of SharePoint. According to Lee Reed, a senior SharePoint strategy consultant with Northridge, departments will not progress in lockstep, which elevates the importance of the maturity model as a benchmarking tool for evaluating progress and showcasing the best practices of adoption leaders. The point, counsels Reed, is to include some “stretch goals” within each maturity level to encourage greater use of the platform."

Yahoo completes switch to Microsoft-powered search | Beyond Binary - CNET News

Yahoo completes switch to Microsoft-powered search | Beyond Binary - CNET News: "A week after it began shifting to Bing for its search results, Yahoo says it has finished the transition--at least for its main search results in the U.S. and Canada.

The move comes more than a year after Microsoft and Yahoo reached a deal to partner on search. There is still plenty of work to do as the companies work to shift the more-complicated paid search part of the business and to continue the move internationally."