It’a a Good Day for SharePoint Junkies

Some of the rumors we have been hearing for past few months have finally been confirmed by official folks such as Fitz. Watching a product that I have invested so much time and energy into for the past few years mature like this really makes me feel good. Mike reports the following awesome enhancements in his blog today:


RSS.

Everything about sites, lists, libraries, etc., can be syndicated via RSS automatically.

Blogs and Wikis.
Templates and features in the box.

Content Types.
These aren’t just like SPS 2001’s document profiles. They define sets of metadata, but they also contain view information. And associated workflows. And events bound to them (synchronous or asynchronous). And you can have more than one in the same list/library.

Workflow.
Windows Workflow Foundation is embedded in WSS. It’s used everywhere.

Recycle Bin.
We did it. It’s scoped to a site and captures deleted documents, items, etc. It has a user restore and an administrative restore.

Per-item security.
Even on list items

Improved Frontpage Usage.
FrontPage has evolved into a feature set that makes it truly a SharePoint site designer. (Ghosting’s still around, but it won’t be a problem anymore.


Forms services in Office “12” servers.

That’s right — design a form in the InfoPath rich client, publish it as a SharePoint site, and it can be either viewed/filled out in the full smart client or in a browser as HTML.

Search. Better APIs. Better results. Alternate search suggestions (misspelled words,etc.). A highly customizable default Web-based UI.

Office 12 Servers.
Office “12” servers will also contain a Business Data Catalog, a facility that registers LOB application data and Web services. Once that’s happened, BDC-aware Web Parts can pull data from them, we can index them, and a lot more. Office “12” servers will also be able to take a spreadsheet published to a SharePoint site and reneer it as an HTML application.

Mobile views of SharePoint lists.
That’s right, a way to render a list on a mobile device.

Patrick on the next SmartPart

My Boss sent this to me via email yesterday, I am only now getting a chance to post it. Great litle post on the SmartPart from Patrick.

Jan has been working on a new version of the SmartPart, also referred to as ‘the son of the SmartPart’ by Mike Fitzmaurice. We have been working closely with the Microsoft SharePoint team to provide you with a brand new version of the SmartPart (version 2.0) that we and Microsoft understand will be enormously useful if you move your SharePoint sites onto the ASP.NET 2.0 framework by installing the forthcoming SP2 of WSS.

Patricks Post

Fitz also has a great post on it over here.

The SmartPart workspace is located here.

Office 12 and SharePoint Update (PDC)

New in SharePoint
Neat Recycle Bin

Slide library – New sharepoint library, lets you create and add slides to libraries, great for people that use powerpoint alot. Easy to keep the most recent slides up-to-date.

RSS Support

Nice integration with Outlook. Sync of Document Libraries to Outlook!

Outlook:

Outlook – To-do bar (Tasks, Caldendar etc). This neat built in feature of Office 12 (Outlook) looks promising. Oh yah, it also itegrates into tasks for Project Server, One-Note etc.

Filter engine in outlook will also let you view things right in the browser rather than having to open it (JPG’s, PPT’s etc).

RSS Browsing right into outlook! complete with Sync!

SharePoint Job Opportunity

I received the following job description from RCM Technologies and decided to post it here in case any of my readers are interested.

RCM Technologies is a leading provider of comprehensive of Information Technology solutions for customers in the Financials Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Communications, Entertainment, and Pharmaceutical markets is looking for a Business Systems Consultant for a project in the Beverly Hills area.

This is initially an 8 week project. There is a high likelihood of extension after the initial phase is completed.

This project is slated to start ASAP.


Job Description

Responsible for providing business solutions to enterprise-wide technology initiatives. Candidate must be a self starter with excellent communication skills. Background in web testing and training on web based systems. Formal classroom experience is not mandatory.

Acts as a liaison between business/user and the technical developer
Plan and analyze business initiatives to be solved with business systems.
Provides technical expertise in identifying, evaluating, and developing effective procedures and systems requirements that meet business requirements.
Works with business user to provide assessment of developed system in respect to the user’s needs. Also provide training and resolve issues and questions.
Participates in validating existing design features with specific system requirements and specifications.
Initiates systems testing.
Acts as internal consultant within technology and business groups by re-engineering technical processes for greater efficiencies with significant impact to the business.

Required Experience or Knowledge of the following technologies/functions:
MicroSoft Sharepoint 2003 – Candidates must be expert level in Sharepoint
.net development
Sharepoint implementation/migration experience

If you are available, please send your resume as a Word document. You may also reach me at the number below.

Thank you,
Ruth Lozano
RCM Technologies
Anaheim, CA
800-972-6269 x220
ruth.lozano@rcmt.com
www.rcmt.com

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Note the above listing is strictly posted as a service to anyone that might be interested in such an opportunity – I am not directly affiliated with the organization.

We will be listing more job opportunities on our community site that we are getting ready to launch but in the meantime I thought I would start to post some here. If you are looking for a SharePoint position, let me know as I have multiple contacts that are actively seeking skilled SharePoint resources (all over the globe) and I might very well be able to help you out.

Want to Be Part of a Records Management and Compliance Beta for SharePoint?

Sign up for the 80-20 Compliance Server Public Beta Program.

I have been Beta testing this product for a while now and they are getting ready to launch a public Beta next week. If you need a records management and retention solution in your organization (as many do), then I recommend giving this product a whirl. And the best part is…the final release of the product will be free. This is quite impressive really given the high cost typically associated with such products.

What is 80-20 Compliance Server for Microsoft SharePoint?

For organizations using Microsoft SharePoint that need to manage the retention lifecycle of electronic documents and email, 80-20 Compliance Server is a free enterprise software solution that automates the retention process by applying information retention policies as part of everyday business processes.

80-20 Compliance Server enables organizations to index, link, store, search, access and ultimately disposes of records stored in SharePoint over their complete lifecycle.

Why is it Free?

Yes, not only is this Beta download free (of course), the final released product will also be free.

Many companies think you should pay substantial license fees for a comparable records management capability in SharePoint, so why is 80-20 offering it for free?

80-20 is a provider of enterprise Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) solutions. We believe that in providing the Compliance Server software solution free of charge to the SharePoint community, it will promote interest in 80-20’s wider enterprise GRC solutions amongst large scale enterprise users.