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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 naplcsup@microsoft.com.  If you are a Solution Designer, Sign up and tell us how this course will be useful to you!

SharePoint 2010 Training for Developers and IT Pros – Ignite Online

Get Ready for SharePoint 2010 with Ignite Online: now available on the Partner Learning Center!

Upgrade your skills to SharePoint 2010 through a series of self-paced modules of SharePoint 2010 technical training –including demos, presentations and hosted hands-on-labs now available through the Partner Learning Center! With two different tracks, both IT professionals and developers can take advantage of SharePoint 2010 Ignite to get ready to deploy and support implementations of, or build custom applications on SharePoint 2010.

SharePoint 2010 Ignite Online for IT Professionals: For IT professionals, SharePoint 2010 offers enhancements to drive productivity, a scalable unified infrastructure, and flexible deployment. Use the Ignite Online IT Pro training to get ready to implement SharePoint 2010 projects. Choose from topics including Architectural changes, Service Applications, Business Continuity Management, Upgrade, Security, Search and ECM etc. Click here to get started!

SharePoint 2010 Ignite Online for Developers: For developers, SharePoint 2010 provides the business collaboration platform to rapidly build solutions and respond to business needs. Use the Ignite Online Developer training to learn how to build custom applications with SharePoint 2010. Choose from topics including Development with VS 2010, UI advancements, Sandboxed solutions, Application Lifecycle Management etc. Click here to get started!

PDC and the Business Intelligence Workshop

If you’ve tried to contact me over the past month or so, then you know that I am living and breathing preparations for the SharePoint Conference 2009

That’s the big October event this year.  So, you might ask – what’s the big November event? 

PDC 2009.  logo_pdc09 SharePoint is going to have a bit more of a presence at PDC 2009, which makes sense, seeing as how SharePoint is attracting more and more developers, and is now considered a platform choice for application development. 

Business Intelligence is a large piece of the SharePoint platform and a featured workload.  (Primarily in the Insights capability in the image below.)

One of the Pre-PDC 2009 workshops is “Developing Microsoft BI Applications – The How and The Why”.  This is a full-day workshop which will help developers understand how to build applications on the BI platform of SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server, as well as provide guidance about why leveraging a Business Intelligence-enabled platform such as this provides solutions that are less costly to build, support, and maintain.

Register Now

Please join Andrew Brust and Don Demsak, the instructors for the workshop by Registering for PDC 2009 and the Business Intelligence workshop here. 



SharePoint Training – Blaming a Lack on The Economy

I loved to see the blog entry today on EndUserSharePoint.com, calling out an observation that companies are not investing in training due to the “Bad Economy”.

While each SharePoint owner has their own reason for investing in training or not, I’ve got to agree (biased?  perhaps?  🙂 ) that investing in your SharePoint developers, your SharePoint IT Professionals / business analysts, and SharePoint users, can be a productive investment.

If SharePoint is a productivity tool that your business can wield, then the better it is understood, the more impact it can have on your business.  Perhaps, the issue is just the perception that you don’t need training for SharePoint because it is a Microsoft product, or because certain aspects of it are so discoverable and easy to understand. 

Like many other aspects of life, a little bit of investment can make the difference between regular utilization and power-benefits.

Why Train?  It’s a Microsoft Application, Isn’t It?

It’s important to view SharePoint from different perspectives.  From the first perspective, it’s an application.  Out of the box, SharePoint fits a lot of the most common business scenarios, and has a lot of functionality.

SharePoint is also a business productivity platform, however, where a thinking analyst can design business applications without writing any code.  Through the judicious use of content types, workflows, content expiration events, permissions, folders, view settings, SharePoint Designer, site definitions, data view web parts, etc., a range of simple to complex business processes can be assembled and deployed easily.

Disclaimer: Some training is recommended, if not required, for this level of use.

And then, at the next level, SharePoint is an application development platform, and provides developers with a level of functionality that they only dreamed about during their computer science classes in University.  — Yes, those same dreams and expectations that were dashed upon arriving into an enterprise development environment!  Well, now you have a business productivity palette on which to build your business applications.

Disclaimer:  Training is required for this level of use.

So, class, we see that SharePoint is much more than your typical WYSIWYG Microsoft Office application.

So, where to go?

The article calls out a few training sources to consider.  These all have national and most have on-line offerings.  There are (most certainly) many additional local training providers that you should also consider.  Go forth, provide training, and prosper!

The only beef I had with the article is that it was quasi-anonymous.  I wanted to give credit to the author.  While the blog is hosted by the company, which isn’t *exactly* anonymous, I’d suggest that it move to showcase the authors’ names.  (Assuming, of course, that the authors at EndUserSharePoint.com aren’t all SharePoint experts sent back from the future where they only have IP numbers?) Maybe there is a way to divine the author’s name from the post (there is a list of authors to the left hand side), but I couldn’t figure it out.  Let’s get over the anonymous thing and start signing our posts, shall we?  🙂

Update: Mark Miller is the author and followed up quickly – it was just an oversight, and EndUserSharePoint.com does normally include the author’s name(s).  Thanks for a good topic for this morning, Mark!

MindSharp SharePoint Summit

MindSharp is holding a SharePoint Summit and will be delivering 5 different training classes in SeaTac during the week of May 19-23, 2008.

See the Mindsharp SharePoint Summit page for details. Mention that you were referred by Owen Allen when you register for a 15% discount.

Courses include:

  • Implement, Customize, and Manage Search Server 2008
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 Power End User
  • Core Technologies in Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Customize SharePoint Sites without writing Code Using SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Developer’s Guide to Web Content Management

Please note that this is a great chance to take these classes from the professional instructors of MindSharp in a LOCAL (to Western Washington) setting! Now’s the time to plan ahead and invest in yourself and in your team to prepare to deliver on your SharePoint projects.

The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users

I may have mentioned this before, but Robert Bogue has published a book dedicated to SharePoint End User training.  This book includes steps for over 100 tasks and actions within SharePoint.  He also is licensing the soft copy version of this book so your internal training groups can incorporate portions of his book directly into your corporate training guides.  This would be well worth the price of the licenses for the word documents. 

See Robert’s blog entry for details: http://www.thorprojects.com/blog/archive/2008/04/12/progress-on-quote-the-sharepoint-shepherds-guide-for-end-users-quote.aspx

Mindsharp SharePoint Summit in Washington

Mindsharp will be holding a SharePoint Summit in SeaTac, Washington (very close to SeaTac Airport), on May 19-23.  Mindsharp will be offering 5 (FIVE!) classes this week.  2 are 3-day classes, and there are 3 5-day classes.  This will be a great opportunity for your entire office to come out and get trained together.  Tracks offered this week include classes for Developers, Administrators, Designers, Enterprise Content Management, and Search.  See the Mindsharp Web site for more details.  <UPDATE>  If you are one of my customers, mention that I referred you for a 15% discount.

Ted Pattison SharePoint Training in Redmond

The Ted Pattison group is coming to Redmond the week of April 21.  Two classes are being delivered, SharePoint Workflow and SharePoint Publishing.  Two very sharp gentlemen, Chris Predeek and Andrew Connell, will be delivering the classes.  To register, please see http://www.tedpattison.net for details.  If you are one of my customers, mention that I referred you for a 15% discount.

SharePoint End User Training

The SharePoint team at Microsoft has produced and delivered SharePoint training materials for end users.

This training includes documents, examples, step-by-step instructions, videos, interactive training, etc. for the following areas:

  • Collaboration
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Search
  • Portals and Personalization
  • Business Processes and Forms
  • Business Intelligence

This is available in two versions, one that can be installed on a user’s desktop machine, and one version that is installed on your SharePoint portal site, and delivered via the portal.

Both versions of the training can be downloaded here:


SharePoint Lab Webcasts (or, “LabCasts”) during January

Class description: Join this Full Day virtual training to learn the new features of Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server 2007.  In this hands-on session, we will show you how to prepare for an  Office SharePoint Server 2007 Implementation going through the planning and designing for non-functional requirements.  You will see an overview of Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Search and Indexing.  This virtual training event will also provide a hands-on virtual lab environment where you can perform the tasks yourself with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft professionals, giving you experience-based knowledge of Office SharePoint Server 2007.

The SharePoint Deployment Labcast program has announced sessions through January!  The schedule is below. You can register for any session, the only difference is which time zone the 8:30AM start time is relative to.

Monday, January 07, 2008 (8:30AM Central) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923244

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 (8:30AM Eastern) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923245

Monday, January 14, 2008 (8:30AM Pacific) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923246

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 (8:30AM Central) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923247

Monday, January 21, 2008 (8:30AM Eastern) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923248

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 (8:30AM Pacific) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923249

Monday, January 28, 2008 (8:30AM Central) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923250

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (8:30AM Eastern) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7923251

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