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SharePoint and WPC2010

If it’s July, then you know two things.  First, Your friends at Microsoft are getting ready for another mind-blowing partner conference.  Second, there is going to be a world-wide presence at the SharePint event. 

Even though the first rule of partner conference is that you’re allowed to talk about what happens at partner conference, it’s still worth talking about what’s going to happen with SharePoint at this year’s event.

First:  The web site for WPC is imageSecond: Monday afternoon is when the SharePoint sessions are scheduled for.  Prime time – day one.

Two additional sessions will be held on Tuesday

We have a couple offered at the same time, so you will have to clone yourself to hear them all, but here is the schedule…

July 12 3:30PM Jared Spataro Partner Opportunity with SharePoint for Internet Sites
July 12 5:00PM Eric Swift Why Every Partner Should Have a SharePoint Offering
July 12 5:00PM Jared Spataro Understanding Microsoft Business Intelligence and Customer Momentum
July 12 5:00PM Howard Beader Duet Enterprise for SharePoint and SAP: Partner Programs and Opportunity
July 13 3:30PM Steve Fox Business Application Opportunity
July 13 5:00PM Steve Fox Leveraging Business Application Platform Technologies

If you can only attend one, I think that you have to attend Eric Swift’s session.  Some of you may have heard about his great presentation at AIIM Expo 2010 a couple of months ago, but even if you didn’t, this is an opportunity to get to know the SharePoint GM and to hear about his passion and energy around SharePoint. 

The Expo hall is open that evening, probably with some buffet eats, then go out and grab some dinner, and meet everyone at SharePint at WPC10Smile

This year’s version of SharePint will be held at the Rocket Bar, 714 Seventh Street, NW, Wash DC.  8PM start time.

Tell your SharePoint partners – and let’s meet at the unsponsored, anything goes, off the record, SharePint!


As for the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of WPC10, well, you’ve have to find me at the SharePoint booth.  Look me up, and let’s talk about how your product can integrate best with SharePoint!

The SharePoint partner ecosystem is gaining momentum and strength every week it seems, with more and more product releases making their debut on the SharePoint 2010 application platform. 

Have a safe trip, and I’ll see you in Washington DC at WPC10!

SharePint at WPC10

After a great day of speaking with partners, and learning about how Microsoft is going to lead with partners into the next twelve months or few years, and attending conference keynotes and sessions, and, of course, perusing the grand exhibition hall(!), please join us at SharePint at WPC10!

What is a SharePint?  (Did the guy just miss-spell his own product name?)

Think along the lines of “SharePoint by Day….   SharePint by Night!”

We had an amazing time last year in New Orleans at SharePint at WPC09.  We were at Pat O’Brien’s and had about 200 SharePoint partners that night.

For WPC10, however, we’ll be meeting at The Rocket Bar, 714 Seventh Street, NW, Wash. D.C.

It’s a giant Meet-Up for anyone interested in SharePoint.  Come as you are, and look forward to making new friends. 

A SharePint is a casual event – it’s not sponsored by anyone or by any group, generally.  Even at WPC10, I’m kind of picking a place for it to be held, but it’s not sponsored by Microsoft or by me, at all.  Everyone is on their own – and that’s what makes it such a great and open event –

Can’t wait to see you all there!


Monday night – 8:00PM start – no end time…  see you at SharePint!

SharePoint MVP Question and Answer Session–Part Deux

The last time that we got a bunch of SharePoint MVPs on the same phone call was a lot of fun.  That happened last month, in March.  This month (April), there are Two (2) sessions scheduled.

Click here to register and to get the details.

April 27th,

4:00PM Pacific Time

  • Agnes Molnar
  • Asif Rehmani
  • Becky Bertram
  • Bill English
  • Clayton Cobb
  • Darrin Bishop
  • Matt McDermott
  • Mike Oryszak
  • Rob Bogue
  • Sahil Malik
  • Saifullah Shafiq Ahmed
  • Serge Tremblay
  • Shane Young

April 28th,

9:00AM Pacific Time

  • Andrew Connell
  • Bil Simser
  • Bryan Phillips
  • Chris O’Brien
  • Dan Attis
  • David Mann
  • John Ross
  • Kevin Laahs
  • Michael Mukalian
  • Muhanad Omar
  • Paul Stork
  • Randy Drisgill
  • Rob Foster
  • Spencer Harbar
  • Woody Windischman

The SharePoint MVPs are all available using Bing.  Please look them up, follow them on Twitter, and contact them as needed!

SharePint at AIIM Expo 2010

SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night!

rcol_frame_2In the grand tradition of SharePint events around the world, the AIIM Expo 2010 edition will be held at the following time and place.

National Mechanics Bar and Restaurant
22 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
(215) 701-4883



The start time is 7:30PM.   AIIM is holding their awards ceremony on this night, and I know of some good folks from the SharePoint community who were invited to the awards dinner by AIIM.  So, we’ll pick up the rush when the event gets out.

What is a SharePint?  Well, it’s the best time of the day!  The time when SharePoint wonks put down their browsers and get together to talk amongst themselves.

It’s usually at a drinking establishment (pub), because those are the best places to get pub food.  (I don’t drink, but I’ve noticed that an awful lot of the SharePoint world does, so that’s convenient.) 

There’s no formal organization, everyone buys for themselves, except for the occasional rogue who buys for one to a hundred of his/her closest friends.

I’d love to meet you there and get to know you.  I hope that you have a great time at AIIM and that you’re able to join us at National Mechanics on Wednesday for the AIIM Expo edition of SharePint!

SharePoint 2010 Speakers at the AIIM Expo

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that SharePoint 2010 would be representing with strength at the AIIM Expo, April 20-22, in Philadelphia.

The ECM team blog has now listed the speakers that will be making their way to the conference for this event.  The list is long and distinguished. 

I am going to be delivering one of the talks – I’ll be talking about SharePoint as a Platform, and how Business Solutions are being built on the SharePoint platform today.  If you have your ideas about which features of SharePoint are instrumental in making it a strong and capable platform for application development, please comment below. Also, if you know of a business solution that is built on 2010 and leverages some SharePoint 2010 platform features, please let me know.  I am becoming aware of more all the time, but the partner ecosystem is now too large for one person to really be able to manage.

The SharePoint Summit at the AIIM Expo is going to be a lot of fun. 

You can still get a FREE Expo Pass to the AIIM Expo.  Just ask for one from us before you go to the show.  Advance assignment only…

Join Us at the SharePoint show at AIIM!

Puget Sound SPUG Meeting April 15th

The next meeting of the Puget Sound SPUG is this Thursday, April 15th.  Two solid partners are presenting. 

Pizza and networking begins at 6:00PM.

The meeting will be held at the Microsoft office (CIVICA Office Commons) at 205 – 108th Ave NE, Suite 400, Bellevue, WA  98004.  Please park under the building (entrance on 108th Ave NE), and bring your parking ticket to the receptionist to be validated.


6:35 – Lee Garf – Vice President of Product Management at PTC will present – "SharePoint 2010 Based Solutions for Product Development"

Description:  Learn how you can connect the social computing capabilities of SharePoint 2010 with your product development solutions.  Increase innovation, promote idea sharing and requirements gathering, and develop better products.  PTC is an Office 2010 TAP member and has been working with SharePoint 2010 since the Alpha release leveraging the great new social tools to build four new SharePoint applications.

Presenter:   Lee Garf is vice president of product management at PTC, responsible for PTC’s Microsoft SharePoint solutions.  These solutions include Windchill ProductPoint, the first native SharePoint based solution for PLM.  In this role Lee manages all of the product roadmaps, the success of these solutions, and the technical relationship with Microsoft.

7:35pm – Joe Davey, National Director Interactive Services, Slalom Consulting will present – "Leading UI and Social Networking integration using SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight: United States Olympic Committee Pressbox"

The USOC was looking for a new platform for their public facing Pressbox and wanted something that was both visually exciting as well as dynamic, functional and incorporated some of the latest social networking tools.  Using SharePoint 2010 as the content management system for article authoring, image asset management and web content delivery the new solution was a great showcase for SharePoint 2010 and some of the interesting ways you can improve user experience integrating it with Microsoft Silverlight.

Joe will cover:
•    Dynamic search
•    Dynamic Silverlight controls
•    Silverlight integration to SharePoint 2010
•    Web Content Management
•    Any other topics people want to discuss

Slalom Consulting is a national business and technology consulting firm with over 750 consultants and 8 offices across the US.  The Interactive Services group provides Technology Consulting, Creative Services, Application development and specializes in SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Business Intelligence, .Net development and Silverlight development.

Welcome Slalom Consulting!  Slalom is our newest premier sponsor. Let’s give them a warm welcome at our meeting.

A big thanks to idera for sponsoring our Pizza this month! Idera is also sending us a box of goodies to give away.

Wrox Publishing sent us some books for attendees along with some very sweet Wrox treats. (Yes our tongues will be branded Wrox red from their cherry lollipops.) Thanks Wrox.



To follow the Puget Sound SPUG, please visit

SharePoint 2010 Solution Gallery

Many SharePoint Partners have been working with SharePoint 2010 for over a year and many of those have started to announce which solutions they will have ready at the time of launch or soon after the launch of SharePoint 2010.  

Announcing – the SharePoint 2010 Solution Gallery

SharePoint is the Business Collaboration Platform for Enterprise and the Internet.

The SharePoint 2010 platform is enabling more partners than ever to rapidly deliver their solutions with enhanced capabilities for SharePoint customers. Partner-provided solutions are designed to solve the challenges that organizations face as they convert business process to SharePoint. SharePoint ISV Partners build solutions that Connect to, Extend, or Build On SharePoint.

This listing of SharePoint ISV solutions consists of a few of the partners that have announced they plan to support the SharePoint 2010 platform.

Please review the solution gallery and contact partners directly for information about their availability dates and possible beta programs.

For a full listing of SharePoint partner solutions for all SharePoint versions, see

If you are an ISV and would like to learn about migrating your solution to the SharePoint 2010 platform, see

Are you a Solution Designer? – New SharePoint 2010 Training

Update: (15 Apr 2010) – I just learned that the Redmond class on Apr 26-27 is now SOLD OUT.  Good Luck, you SharePoint Solution Designers!

If you are active in the SharePoint community, then you know that training content for SharePoint is often targeted to Developers or to IT Professionals. 

There is a third role in most SharePoint implementations – that of a Solution Designer.  So, Microsoft has developed a new type of training for this role, and is offering the first sessions of this training for free to potential students.  

The objective of the SharePoint Solution Designer course is to train Business Analysts and Solution Architects on reusable ‘best in class’ patterns for the SharePoint platform using real-world scenarios across four solution areas. 

Recognizing and appropriately applying SharePoint solution patterns will help a Solution Designer to increase the repeatability of their solution designs, which optimizes time spent in solution design, delivery, and increases customer satisfaction. 

The course is based on one business driven development scenario for four solution areas.  This content is applicable to those who specialize in identifying the business and technical requirements of a SharePoint opportunity; and consult, design and lead the strategy, planning and business case development for enterprise initiatives related to one or more of the four capability areas.

The course continues with the development of a logical architecture designed to allow analysts and architects to design the solution from business requirements.  Students will have the ability to take the functional requirements from the sample organization presented in the course and create an actual logical SharePoint architecture that can be leveraged as a pattern in the enterprise.

The training will be offered in Redmond (WA), Dallas (TX), Charlotte (NC) and Cincinnati (OH) starting at the end of April, 2010.  It is a two-day course, and is based on SharePoint 2010 technology.  The first delivery is in Redmond on Apr 26-27.  There is no charge for attendance, but students will be responsible for their own travel and expenses.

Seats are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information please send a mail to  If you are a Solution Designer, Sign up and tell us how this course will be useful to you!

WPC 2010 Awards

The deadline for submitting your partner solution has been extended to April 9th, 2010. 

Please visit for more details about how to submit your partner solution.

There’s a new Country Partner of the Year award that has been added this year.  Does that mean that a partner from each country will receive an award, or is it the partner who sings the best Country music song?  You’ll need to go to to find out.  Yee-haw!

Last year, SharePoint partners showed up in big numbers to claim WPC awards.  Awards were given to the following SharePoint Partners at WPC 2009. (If I left your name off, please let me know.)

  • Accenture and Avanade
  • CA
  • Content and Code
  • Datatel
  • Data#3
  • Dimension Data
  • EMC
  • Epicor
  • Hitachi Consulting UK
  • KnowledgeLake
  • NetApp
  • OSISoft
  • PointBridge
  • Quest Software

Submit your nomination and we’ll see you at WPC 2010 in Washington D.C., this July!

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