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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

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/SolutionGallery

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 http://pinpoint.microsoft.com

If you are an ISV and would like to learn about migrating your solution to the SharePoint 2010 platform, see http://frontrunner.msdev.com/whyjoin/sharepoint2010.aspx.

WPC 2010 Awards

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

Please visit http://www.digitalwpc.com/Awards 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 http://digitalwpc.com/Awards/Country 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
  • GESFOR OSMOS
  • 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!

SharePoint Conference Thank You

What an amazing SharePoint Conference we had last week.  I wanted to take a minute to say, “THANK YOU,” to all of you.  The SharePoint Partner ecosystem is ROCKING, and notice was served last week in a big way. 

The energy that was in and around the partner exhibit hall on Sunday night was incredible.  The flow of folks never seemed to die down, throughout the entire 3 hours!  And the partners were ready to work!  I received so many comments from partners that they couldn’t believe how educated and qualified the attendees were, and how many real leads resulted from their booth at the conference. 

And, the ultimate closing hand was the fact that so many of the partners on the floor were already demoing their products on SharePoint 2010 beta 1.  That was very cool to see. 

Thank you so very much for the time and energy that you have invested in showing how strong the SharePoint partner ecosystem really is.  I feel that there is still a long way to go, in illustrating how much potential there is for partners in and around SharePoint, but it will happen. 

As always, please feel free to let me know how your experience went, what went well, and what could be improved on for the next time.  I’ve included some facts about the show and about two launched/updated SharePoint-related websites at the bottom of this email.

Key Statistics from the SharePoint Conference 2009

  • 7400+ Attendees (94% growth over last SharePoint Conference!)
  • Sold Out 2 weeks before the show
  • 165 Partners Sponsoring and Exhibiting
  • 18 Customers Presenting
  • 279 Speakers
  • 240 Sessions (300+ hours of content)
    • (For comparison, we usually create 30-40 hours of new content for the typical Tech-Ed conference.)
  • 45 Hands-on Labs – 5,500 labs were executed during 3.5 days. 
    • (Tech-Ed usually sees about 3,000 labs executed)
  • Largest Beach Party Ever at the Mandalay Bay (80’s theme, Huey Lewis and the News!)
  • MySPC: 5000 profiles filled out, 1500 profile photos uploaded
  • A SharePoint Marriage (SPJeff – http://www.spjeff.com to his wife Emily.)
  • We had over 27,000 people watch the keynotes lives the morning of the conference and you can view the keynotes on-demand here –

On top of all that, the SharePoint website was updated to include more SharePoint 2010 content and now runs on SharePoint 2010 Beta 1!  Check it out at SharePoint2010.Microsoft.com.  The top download on the SharePoint website is the Office and SharePoint Better Together whitepaper.

Another interesting website also went live – the “Because it’s Everybody’s Business” website.  Check it out.

The customers were amazing at the SharePoint Conference.  The Energy was ELECTRIC! 

The Presenters did such an incredible job.  So much SharePoint 2010 content to absorb and ingest…  it’s going to take a while!

But, I must say thank the most to the Partners.  What an incredible showing.  There is a lot of hard work being put in, all around the SharePoint universe, and partners are often the icebreakers that are carrying SharePoint into customers, industries, workloads and application types that SharePoint didnm’t used to be considered for. 

Thanks.

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. 

Bamboo Web Parts – Best Sellers for 2009

Bamboo Solutions has posted an interesting article describing their observations about their Top Ten purchased web parts.

http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2009/08/13/top-selling-products-at-bamboo-what-are-other-people-buying.aspx

Very cool to see the variety of ways that Bamboo is augmenting SharePoint.  It seems that every time I speak with Steve and the folks at Bamboo that I am learning about new web parts that they are publishing.

What does your list of favorite web parts, or other SharePoint add-ons, look like?

The Demo Showcase Suite

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Are you aware of the Demo Showcase Suite? This is a Microsoft Partner Network website where partners can host click-through demos of their products and solutions. This website launched at the Worldwide Partner Conference last month, and now it’s time to get our SharePoint partners to fill it!

You can login using a Windows Live ID, download the tool to create your simulation/demo, and then upload it. Over 15% of all the searches on this site are for SharePoint applications.

Check it out, upload a demo of your product/solution, and let me know how it works for you!

Remember, Happy Demoing leads to Happy Selling. (or, something like that).

SharePoint and the BlackBerry

I’ve been receiving a number of inquiries lately about SharePoint and BlackBerry integration.  I must admit that I don’t know a lot about these solutions yet.  It looks like here is an area that I should investigate some more. 

If you have suggestions as to how I focus this search, please let me know.  I’ll report back here as I learn more.

Social Product Development – PTC and SharePoint

PTC (www.ptc.com) is a leader in the (physical) product development industry.  PTC provides CAD tools and a number of other manufacturing-related tools to help the entire lifecycle of product design and development. 

In January of 2009, PTC shipped their first product with an integration on top of SharePoint, Windchill ProductPoint.  Windchill ProductPoint provides a collaboration and team communication layer on top of PTC’s Windchill product line.

The benefits of social computing in product development, especially when the people involved in different lifecycle phases can come from different partner companies, and from around the world, are massive.  The SharePoint application development platform provides an infrastructure that allows PTC to incorporate social computing into, and around, their existing application offerings.

PTC has identified a number of other process and applications of theirs that will also benefit from the addition of a social computing platform.  PTC is working on and will be shipping, over the next year or two, an entire infrastructure of manufacturing applications that will leverage the SharePoint platform to tie people and processes and data together in ways that advance the process of product development.

PTC is calling this new approach “Social Product Development”.

You can read about it here (http://www.ptc.com/WCMS/files/90767/en/4466_SPD_FeatureArticle_Update.pdf)

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