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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!

SharePoint 2010 and AIIM Expo 2010

Hi Everyone.  SharePoint 2010 will be making a big splash at the AIIM Expo in Philadelphia on April 20-22.  Take advantage of the discount below to purchase a Conference pass for your employees.  3 days of keynotes and breakout sessions will provide a training opportunity that is cheaper than attending dedicated training, and will be very comprehensive. 



Microsoft and SharePoint 2010 at the AIIM 2010 Expo & Conference – Join us!

http://www.aiimexpo.com/ – April 20-22, 2010 – Pennsylvania Convention Center • Philadelphia, PA

AIIM Conference & Expo is the largest and most important annual gathering of information management professionals, featuring a dynamic educational program covering the breadth and depth of enterprise content and information management issues and as a Platinum Sponsor, Microsoft will be involved in many exciting facets of the event!

Free Expo Hall Pass or $50 off Gold & Main Conference Passes compliments of Microsoft

For Free Expo Hall Pass:
Booth # 2000, use Discount Code 665M; when registering.  No cutoff date for on-line registration.
For on-site registration, you must bring a printed copy of this coupon (without it there is a $49 fee on-site).
Register online at www.aiimexpo.com, or call 888-824-3004 or 972-620-3005

*     Unlimited Access to the AIIM Expo Floor
*     Access to the Co-located ON DEMAND Expo Hall Floor
*     All AIIM Conference Keynotes and General Sessions
*     Expo Theater Presentations and Networking Opportunities

$50 Off Gold & Main Conference Passes:
Booth # 2000, use Discount Code A665M; when registering; and receive an additional $50 off current rates for Gold and Main Conference Passes.
You must use this code by April 18, 2010; no on-site registration discounts allowed.
Register online at www.aiimexpo.com, or call 888-824-3004 or 972-620-3005

AIIM Expo Conference Pass Information

(GP) AIIM Conference Gold Pass (Monday – Thursday)  
Includes one full day AIIM Certificate Program (Monday)
*     AIIM Conference Sessions (Tuesday – Thursday), including full access to the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
*     Keynotes + General Sessions (Tuesday-Thursday)
*     Exhibit Hall Admission (Tuesday – Thursday)

(MC) AIIM Main Conference Pass (Tuesday – Thursday) 
*     AIIM Conference Sessions (Tuesday – Thursday), including full access to the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
*     Keynotes (Tuesday-Thursday)
*     Exhibit Hall Admission (Tuesday – Thursday)

Microsoft Presence at the AIIM Conference & Expo, April 20-22, 2010
Microsoft is sponsoring the following sessions:
— General Session – Wed April 22nd from 9:00-10:00am
— Two Breakout Sessions:
    o Tuesday, April 20, 11:55 AM – 12:40 PM
    o Wednesday, April 21, 11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Microsoft is also supporting The SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
A multi-track educational program and an Immersion Experience Lab on the Expo floor, and gives attendees the opportunity to learn about Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 directly from:
— the Microsoft teams who built the product
— the partners whose products compliment it
— the analysts who write about it
— the customers who actually use it

The SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo includes:
• Microsoft Executive Keynote by SharePoint General Manager, Eric Swift
• Partner Spotlight Sessions from Platform Providers – EMC & Oracle
• Deep-Dive Breakout Sessions delivered by Microsoft Teams
• Real-World Customer Implementation Stories
• Partner Solution Stories on Extending the SharePoint 2010 Platform
• Best Practices & Expert Insights from Leading Analysts
• Opportunity to Test Drive SharePoint 2010 in the Immersion Experience Lab on the Expo Floor.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

KMWorld Trend-Setting Products of 2009

KMWorld publishes a list of Trend-Setting Products each year, and I’d like to mention the award winners that are integrated to some degree with SharePoint. 

The full list is here:Trendsetting-2009

I started listed the companies that had integrations with SharePoint, but the list became too long.  (Oh, Snap!)  So, I’ll just point you again to the great list of Trend-Setting products for 2009 from KMWorld.

Enterprise Governance Solutions

For those of you who are not aware of Gabor Fari, I’d like to introduce him.  Gabor is a Microsoft Solution Specialist for Enterprise Content Management in the Life Sciences industry.  Gabor has a rich background in content management and focuses on helping his customers find their way in today’s jungle that is enterprise content management.

Gabor recently published a blog entry titled “Enterprise Content Governance”.  In this blog entry, he describes Vamosa’s integration with SchemaLogic, and further envisions and describes a possible integration with NextPage.

Read Gabor’s blog entry, and check out the video from Vamosa, and let me know what you think about this combination that Gabor is suggesting for Enterprise Content Governance. 

    Vamosa + SchemaLogic + NextPage + SharePoint. 

Contract Management on SharePoint

I ran into (and around) Dolphin Software this morning.  Dolphin software provides a seemingly very complete Contract Management solution on top of the SharePoint Server 2007 application platform. 

Capabilities include leveraging SharePoint’s workflow support, the ability to create workgroups and contract-specific collaboration sites quickly, some reporting and KPI capabilities, etc., in order to accelerate the ‘quote-to-cash’ business process.

Here are some interesting articles in support of Dolphin Software. 

What do you think about them?  Are they taking the right approach to integrating with SharePoint?  It seems to me that they are, but I’m just starting to learn about them. 

BlueThread StoragePoint

BlueThread has recently announced version 2 of StoragePoint.  This product supports external storage in SharePoint, and BlueThread is talking about how StoragePoint can significantly reduce the SQL Server storage required for your SharePoint storage. 

As StoragePoint mvoes the SharePoint items into the external storage area, the items can also be compressed and/or encrypted.

Michael Gannotti has a series of video webcasts about SharePoint topics.  His latest covers BlueThread StoragePoint and may be useful to enterprises who have concerns about large amounts of storage within their SharePoint and SQL Server systems. 

In this video, Michael is joined by Rob D’Oria, of BlueThread, who walks us through an installation and configuration of StoragePoint.   Watch Michael’s video, "BackSeat Driving With Michael – BlueThread StoragePoint.” 

StoragePoint Website

Download a Trial Copy

I have heard that a number of customers are trying this out, and that almost as fast as customers hear about it, they are trying it out.  If you are a customer with a story to tell about BlueThread StoragePoint, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog about it!

Gimmal Group Seminar – ECM and RM in a SharePoint World

I met with some great folks from the Gimmal Group last month and was pleased to learn that they are targeting some of their experience at helping enterprises understand how to leverage the SharePoint platform for their Enterprise Content Management and Records Management applications. 

The Gimmal Group has years of experience in the ECM and RM space, which, of course, includes years of experience working with OpenText and EMC Documentum, and has an impressive list of customers.  I look forward to working with them to help identify (and eventually obliterating?) the perceptions of SharePoint workload boundaries in regards to ECM and RM. 

The Gimmal Group has announced two seminars in a series of seminars they are holding to provide their version of an enterprise roadmap for implementing an “Enterprise Content Records Management (ECRM) Program”

New York Seminar   Washington DC Seminar
Date: Tues, Jan 20, 2009   Date: Tues, Feb 10, 2009
Time: 9AM-4PM   Time: 9AM-4PM
Place: Hilton New York   Place: Ronald Reagan Center
Fee: None   Fee: None


Here is a Link to the Seminar Agenda.
To Register for one of the Seminars, click here.

Gimmal Seminar Series: Planning for Enterprise Content and Records Management in the SharePoint World

This seminar will provide a roadmap for successfully implementing an Enterprise Content and Records Management (ECRM) Program – one founded on a proven and successful methodology. Component elements will include: "big bucket theory", legal and RM readiness, system models, standard document lifecycles, use case templates, and reference ECRM architectures. Participants will discover how Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS 2007) are compelling potential solutions for solving two specific problems that have plagued large organizations: file shares and email. Valuable case study examples will be included.


  • Directors and above in IT, Records Management, and Legal
  • Records managers tasked with planning and deploying an enterprise records management program for paper-based and electronic records including email 
  • IT professionals seeking to conquer the RM and ECM beasts
  • Legal professionals needing to understand how all of the components come together and how ECRM solutions can dramatically lower discovery costs


  • Guidelines for implementing the big bucket approach
  • Guidelines for ECRM requirements gathering
  • Guidelines for ECRM planning and strategy projects
  • Standard enterprise information lifecycles
  • Enterprise reference architecture approaches
  • Enterprise content usage models

Here is a Link to the Seminar Agenda.
To Register for one of the Seminars, click here.

New Keynote Speaker for ECMSharePoint ‘08 Conference

Derek Burney, GM for SharePoint Platform and Tools, will be a keynote speaker at the ECMSharePoint ‘08 conference next month, Nov 17-19, in Orlando.

This conference is a focused opportunity to speak to and learn from the leading System Integrators and Software Companies that provide Enterprise Content Management solutions on the SharePoint platform.

If you, your company, or your clients are looking for answers about how to use the SharePoint platform for document and records management, please join us in Orlando.

ECMSharePoint ‘08 Conference

I’ve been to a lot of ECM conferences and a lot of SharePoint conferences over the past years.  At the ECM conferences, SharePoint is covered by 15-25% of the sessions, and at the SharePoint conferences, ECM is covered by about 20% of the sessions. 

Wouldn’t it be great if one could attend a conference that was all about SharePoint and ECM, combined?  What kind of networking and learning could happen?

For this reason, I was pleased to learn about the ECMSharePoint ‘08 conference, being held in Orlando, Florida, on Nov 17-19.

This is a conference with keynotes from Raymond James Financial, one of the largest SharePoint ECM implementations, and from Microsoft (of course). 

The presenters make up the cream of the crop of SharePoint ECM partners.  A full list of the presenters is hereAvePoint, BlueThread, ImageSource, KnowledgeLake, and Rosetta are some of the partners that I’m familiar with, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the others.

Some questions that the presentations will answer:

  • Is SharePoint really as capable as anything else for ECM applications?  What does it do that other applications cannot?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  • Does SharePoint really perform document management? Is it as capable as other products on the market?
  • Can ECM on SharePoint save us money?   Can it lower our operating cost, or will it cost more in the long run?
  • How hard is it to migrate, and what do I give up or gain when I do?
  • How does SharePoint deal with records management and compliance? We see nothing in the product information about it –  how are others doing it?
  • Can SharePoint scale to grow with your ECM application?
  • How many users can you really support on SharePoint? Is there a limit? What is the cost?
  • Does SharePoint simplify distributed capture? Does it allow me to lower the cost of capture?
  • What are the true advantages and disadvantages of SharePoint?

There will be plenty of networking, with evening receptions on both Monday and Tuesday nights.  The best thing is, that almost everyone who will be there will be focused on SharePoint and ECM, so it will be a rich networking event.

Everyone should register!   See you there!

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)

No, I know that the coincidence of this announcement, on Day 4 after I’ve started in the new role of working with SharePoint Partners, has many of you wondering what I could possibly have up my sleeve for the following week. 

Well, I’m not in the habit of pre-announcing announcements prior to the day when the announcement should be announced, so I can’t tell you that.  Just be scared.  Very scared.

Actually, this is a great announcement, and one that I’m thrilled about.  I’ve worked with CMS systems for about 12 years now, and I tried to believe that WSRP was going to solve all of our problems, when that beast came out, but it didn’t.  So, I’m actually a bit reserved about how to take this news. 

Let’s say, first of all, that I think it will be a while before we see a broadly replicable implementation of this.  The draft isn’t even final yet.  (Wow – deja vu).

What do I think is incredibly significant is that the IBM FileNet guys and the ECM Documentum guys and the Microsoft SharePoint guys must have spent days in the same room trying to figure this out, and probably realized that they can work together. 

I’m actually very optimistic  by nature, and I hope that we can make great things work from this more open relationship.  I’ll try hard to do my part.


EMC, IBM and Microsoft Jointly Create First Web Services Interface Specification for Greater Interoperability of Enterprise Content Management Systems

On Wednesday, September 10 (2008), Microsoft announced a jointly developed specification which used Web Services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable applications to interoperate with multiple Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories by different vendors. The companies intend to submit the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) for advancement through its rigorous standards development process. The ultimate goal of CMIS is to dramatically reduce the IT burden around multi-vendor, multi-repository content management environments.

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