My Third Year as an MVP

I just got my email that I’ve been awarded an MVP award again this year for SharePoint server.  This is my third year and I am still as EXCITED and HONORED as I was my first year.  Being an MVP this past year while SharePoint 2010 was being completed and released has been incredible.  I often wonder how I learned as much as I did before I gained access to the resources and contacts available to me as an MVP.

But the bottom line is still that I wouldn’t be an MVP if it weren’t for all of you out there in the community.  My thanks to all those who have asked me questions this past year and to those who came to listen to me at conferences.  Without you I wouldn’t have received this award.  I hope to continue to live up to the honor and hope that I never get complacent about what its really about: Helping to support the SharePoint community.

Best Practices Conference: Aug. 24-27, 2010

BPConf125x125 Ever wondered whether the way you’ve designed, implemented and continue to support your SharePoint installation is the best way possible? Or could there be easier, better, more efficient ways to get things done?

Almost every SharePoint practitioner I’ve met has wondered the same thing at one time or another.  Well here is your chance to find out.  Join some of the brightest SharePoint experts in the business to discuss just what are SharePoint’s Best Practices.

I’ll be speaking again at this summer’s SharePoint Best Practices Conference in Washington, DC.  The Conference is from Aug. 24-26 with an extra day of post conference workshops on Aug. 27th.  I’ll be speaking on the following topics:

  • SharePoint Designer 2010: Using it Safely in an Enterprise Environment – Many companies restrict the use of SharePoint Designer 2007 to a small group of people on the professional IT staff.  Some companies prohibit its use entirely.  But many users, in all but the most locked down corporate enterprises, can and do still download and install the free product for themselves.  This has made SharePoint Designer the product that many professionals love to hate.  But SharePoint Designer 2010 is changing all that.  In this session we will demonstrate how changes in SharePoint make it possible to control who can use SharePoint Designer and what they can use it for.  We’ll also examine how changes in SharePoint Designer itself have made it safe to use without the "unghosting" of pages that was the primary problem with previous versions.  Finally, we’ll discuss a Best Practice framework that will allow the controlled use of SharePoint Designer 2010 by average Information Workers in almost every corporate environment.
  • Internet Facing SharePoint Sites: Best Practices for a Secure Design – The advent of two licensing levels for unrestricted use of SharePoint 2010 as an Internet facing environment has opened the floodgates on companies considering using SharePoint for more than a corporate Internet.  But there are still issues to be faced when constructing an Interenet facing SharePoint site.  In this talk we will review how traditional Best Practices for Internet facing Web sites should be adapted to fit a SharePoint installation.  We’ll discuss whether to install SharePoint into a DMZ or as an internal server accessible through a firewall.  We’ll also look at the complications raised by SharePoint’s dependence on Active Directory and Microsoft SQL Server.  Along the way we’ll review various designs and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
  • SharePoint’s Branding Continuum: Customizing your Look and Feel – SharePoint 2010 has expanded the possibilities available when you want to brand your SharePoint site with a custom "Look and Feel".  You can now change color schemes by using the new THMX themes, change the basic "look and feel" using custom CSS, or radically change the layout of the page using a custom master page.  In this talk we’ll help you decide which of these is the right approach for your branding project.  We’ll discuss the technical expertise required to pull it off and look at examples of just what you can accomplish with each approach.  Along the way we’ll also discuss general "Branding" Best Practices that will preserve the availability of the whole branding continuum no matter which approach you implement.

    I hope to see you there…

June SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenDo you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. This month there is only one time slot for the chat.  I’ll be there so bring your questions to the chat on Wednesday June 23rd.  Other MVPs who will also be attending include:

    • Amanda Perran (Canada)
    • Ben Curry
    • Bryan Phillips
    • Dan Attis
    • Daniel Larson
    • Jason Medero
    • Mike Oryszak
    • Muhanad Omar (Jordan)
    • Paul Schaeflein
    • Randy Drisgill
    • Rob Foster
    • Saifullah Shafiq Ahmed (Pakistan)
    • Serge Tremblay (Canada)
    • Shane Perran (Canada)
    • Spencer Harbar (UK)
    • Woody Windischman

Wed, June 23rd, 2010

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/chatrooms/msdn.aspx

Twitter hastag:  #spmvpchat

Facebook Event:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=125885194117000

SharePoint Team Blog post:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2010/06/17/live-chats-to-learn-more-about-sharepoint-with-the-mvp-experts.aspx

May SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenDo you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and the SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. There are two different times for the chats.  Both are listed below.  I’ll be in the one on Tuesday May 25th, but you’ll find lots of experts available both days.

Tue, May 25th, 2010

7pm EDT (4pm PDT)

Wed, May 26th, 2010

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/chatrooms/msdn.aspx

SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices

Please join Gary LaPointe and me for the webinar entitled SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning, design and deployment of SharePoint 2010.

The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points:

  • The pros and cons of the different approaches to installing and configuring SharePoint 2010
  • Configuration Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 farms
  • The Services Architecture; dependencies, licensing and topologies
  • Information Architecture guidance for sizing, multilingual support, multi-tenancy, etc.
  • Using tools such as SharePoint Composer & SharePoint Maestro to plan, document, install and configure a SharePoint 2010 deployment
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

Whether you are new to SharePoint or upgrading from a previous version, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively implement SharePoint 2010 in accordance with best practices and gain insights into techniques and tools that mitigate the effort and risk associated with implementation.

Sign-Up for the Seminar here:

http://www.sharesquared.com/resources/Pages/SharePoint2010BestPractices.aspx

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