Get Going Now

With the SharePoint Conference this week, Microsoft has begun lifting the shroud of secrecy around the next version of SharePoint, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, due out in the first half of next year. In light of this release of information, I’m expecting to get asked more and more, “Why should we buy SharePoint now? Shouldn’t…

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The Housing Analogy

I’d like to share an analogy for SharePoint. Just imagine you’ve bought a new house. That house is SharePoint. The chances are, you will have had some help in the process from the likes of solicitors, estate agents, removals companies and so on. Those guys are the SharePoint partners. Their job is to help you…

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Scenario: Stock Ordering

Another simple scenario where SharePoint and InfoPath can work together to make life easier. A SharePoint dashboard which monitors stock levels is linked to an InfoPath form for ordering new stock, which kicks of a workflow to get the prodcuts delivered.

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Live Partner Training

We’re putting on some readiness training in the upcoming months. These events are free and open to all Microsoft partners. Processes and Forms in SharePoint – Reading 22nd September A look at InfoPath Forms Services and workflows within SharePoint deployments. An introduction to the capabilities of SharePoint as a forms and business process solution and…

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Partner Training

The SharePoint partner team in the UK have been planning training and readiness for the next year and we’ve got a series of web seminars lined up. These seminars are sales training focussed around different aspects of SharePoint and how to sell WSS or MOSS as a solution to a particular type of business problem….

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Scenario: Budget Request

Another scenario where InfoPath and SharePoint can aid business processes. In this demo, an employee fills out a budget request form, which is ammended by a manager and the results tracked using key performance indicators.

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Scenario: Holiday Requests

This is a short demo showing a potential scenario for InfoPath and SharePoint workflows improving common processes. In this demo, an employee requests holiday, their manager reviews and approves the request, and then the holiday is added to a SharePoint team calendar.

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Generating a unique form number

I’ve had someone ask me about automatically giving InfoPath forms a unique number. The scenario in question was one where the forms were being saved to a SharePoint document library with a unique number attached. Documents in a SharePoint library do get given an ID, which is unique within document library. This can be used…

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Improving Form Performance

When you load up InfoPath forms in a browser, do you see this message?   Probably. The important question is, for how long? Does the form open in a couple of seconds, or are you sitting waiting for minutes? There are various reasons why a form might be slow in loading up. In this blog…

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SharePoint for Business Intelligence

Final video in this series showing how SharePoint can be used to solve a range of business problems. This demo shows how SharePoint can be used for Business Intelligence.

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