As SharePoint 2010 looms closer I thought it would be nice if I could post some bits about SharePoint 2007/WSS 3.0 as refreshers.
What is SharePoint?
Well, apart from being the fastest growing/selling Microsoft product it can also be described as a:
- Site provisioning engine.
- Collaborative Platform.
- Product that stores and manages data in a structured form.
Another thing to remember is that SharePoint is not a entity by itself. In truth it encompasses a range of Microsoft technologies. This includes MS SQL Server, MS IIS/DNS/AD Servers and .NET Framework. This could be a reason why so many technical-minded people love it.
Well, if you haven’t already heard the SharePoint 2010 sneak peek videos are out and on the MS SharePoint site. They are really short and don’t give away much, but it’s really exciting to see some of the new features. Makes you wonder about all the others that they don’t show, imagine the potential there
Anyway, here’s a quick run down of Microsoft’s next SharePoint offering:
- It’s only available on 64bit. Meaning a 64bit SQL backend would be needed, and 64bit Windows Servers obviously.
- Although the term “Office” has been removed from it’s title, SharePoint still belongs to the Office infrastructure and solutions group.
- You would need Service Pack 2, for your current SharePoint 2007 and WSS 3.0 if an upgrade is being planned.
- Internet Explorer 6 will not be supported anymore.
- For developers, there will be depreciated API’s.
- LINQ and Silverlight will be supported. Just think of all the sexy SharePoint sites coming up
I have found myself using more of Windows Live services lately. Obviously, I’ve always had a Hotmail mail account, but now I’m also using Writer, Calendar & SkyDrive on a weekly basis.
Writer is my blogging tool and has been for over a year now. I can’t imagine my blogging experience without it. Calendar is something I’ve jumped into as well, and have become quite comfortable using it. Setting up my weekly schedule ahead of time for personal stuff, just as we would use MS Outlook at work. Next on my list is SkyDrive, 25GB of web space available for free. I foresee myself storing audio/video media files, for easy access and use. However, I wont be using it for documents. I actually use Office Live for my documents now, Office Live has a SharePoint feel to it and I’ve got my Office 2007 integrated to it.
Live Services has certainly made things much easier for me, what can I say? Windows Live…definitely a good thing!
Good news for all SharePoint-ers out there. Microsoft has made PerformancePoint 2007 a part of SharePoint (Enterprise CAL only and available to customers who are on SharePoint SA).
There are heaps of blogs posts our there celebrating the announcement. This is exciting news indeed, looks like PerformancePoint may just come with the next version of SharePoint in the form of a service (Eg: Form Services & Excel Services). I most certainly can’t wait, and I guess it’s time to start reading some BI blogs as well
More Info: PerformancePoint and SharePoint.
Well, I got this last night (GMT +8.00) clearly stating that "Twitter is over capacity". I only follow a small group of people (44 at time of writing) and all SharePoint relevant/connected. The first thought that came to me when I saw this was "Wow! more goodies".
I look at Twitter as a centralised resource centre, with information, updates, stories, posts, articles, white papers all being tweeted with links. So, for those out there who are still doubtful about jumping onboard, please do so now, and you wont regret it.
Just finished reading an article by Alan Pelz-Sharpe on idm,net.au, titled "Putting a stop to SharePoint Sprawl". It never ceases to amaze me on how easily individuals jump on SharePoint without fully understanding the product and technology itself.
When exactly was SharePoint portrayed as an ECM system? For those truly curious, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) is a collaborative web platform. That’s right, platform!!! A platform that has various built-in functionality, which can be extended upon with .NET if wished.
With the proper people resources (both knowledgeable and skilled in ECM), SharePoint can be extended upon appropriately and correctly, satisfying business requirements, and even exceeding expectations!!!
With the above point firmly rooted in mind, we can disregard everything else that Alan has mentioned in his article. And to compare Documentum with SharePoint is something I would NOT do at present. I’ve had many years with Documentum, and believe me it is not a complete technology. So why bash SharePoint as incomplete as an ECM solution?
Final note to all the SharePoint bashers out there, it is advisable to be fair when judgement is being passed. What SharePoint offers, is an opportunity to build and enhance solutions to match business vision. Believe me, many of us will benefit from it.
Yes, I’m a proud participant of this campaign. Microsoft’s new generation of products advertised by the people, that means us.
Go on, and be a part of it, you know you want to
Still very unhappy with their initial attempt though. The one with the has been comedian in it. What a waste of money and time that was, and idiotic. Anyway, trust Microsoft to turn things round for the better.
Found this diagram after looking around for a bit. Probably the neatest and nicest one out there. Meant to show the licensing difference. But does give a breakdown in the difference in functionality. Credit and thanks to whoever put it up out there