SharePoint 2010 Readiness: Preparation, Strategies & Best Practices

Please join Gary LaPointe and me for the webinar entitled SharePoint 2010 Readiness; Preparation, Strategies & Best Practices, where we will review the essential considerations and steps required to best prepare your organization for the deployment of the new version of SharePoint. .

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

  • Who should upgrade, why & when
  • An overview of the major differences between SharePoint 2007 & 2010
  • How to assess your existing SharePoint deployment and identify upgrade risks and opportunities
  • Specific tasks that need to be done to plan and prepare for SharePoint 2010
  • Best Practices for supporting parallel environments, migration, preserving the investment in your existing SharePoint deployment, etc.
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

Whether you are new to SharePoint or considering an upgrade from a previous version (2003 or 2007), you will gain a thorough understanding of how to tactically and strategically deploy SharePoint 2010 and take advantage of this ground-breaking enterprise platform.

Sign-Up for the Seminar here:


Old Friends – New Possibilities

In a post entitled “Time for a Change” a few weeks ago I announced my decision to leave Mindsharp and return to the world of fulltime consulting.  At the time I hadn’t decided whether that meant a fulltime position with a consulting firm or restarting my own company called Don’t Pa..Panic Software.  I’ve spent the last month talking to a number of companies and I’m happy to announce that I have accepted a position as a Senior SharePoint Architect/Lead Consultant with ShareSquared.

ShareSquared I’m really excited to be joining the ShareSquared staff.  It means that I’ll continue to work with some of the best and brightest talent in the SharePoint community, just like I did at Mindsharp.  I’ll be working with people like fellow SharePoint MVPs Maurice Prather and Gary Lapointe and other SharePoint notables like Keith Richie. I’m honored to be invited to join such a talent pool. So, if you are you looking for a team of SharePoint experts, then ShareSquared can help … drop us a note.

Time for a Change

If there is one thing in life that is a constant it is that things are always changing.  New products are released, new technologies developed, and new job opportunities arise.  I decided a few weeks ago that it was time to make a change like that in my life.  I decided it was time to bid my position as a Principal Trainer/Associate at Mindsharp goodbye and return to the world of fulltime consulting.  So two weeks ago I submitted my notice and yesterday was my last official day as a Mindsharp employee. 

I’m taking the rest of the year off to spend some time with family and friends and get some serious writing done on a book I’m co-authoring with Daniel Galant about SharePoint Designer 2010.  Then starting in January I’ll be back to deciding where I go from here.  I’ve started talking to several companies about a position as a Senior SharePoint Architect/Developer.  Or I may decide to go back to being an independent consultant for my own company, Don’t Pa..Panic Software.  Whatever I decide I wish all my friends at Mindsharp well.  Keep your eye on this blog.  When I make a decision on where I’m going I’ll post it here.

Renewed as an MVP!

I’m in New Zealand this week speaking at the first New Zealand SharePoint Community Conference.   Since they are on the other side of the international date line it means that yesterday was July 1st here, but I had to wait until July 2nd (July 1st in North America) to find out whether I was re-awarded or not.  I was on pins and needles all day long waiting for my renewal email.  I had to keep telling myself it wasn’t really July 1st yet.

Anyway, the good news is that I have received an MVP award again this year for SharePoint server.  I am even more EXCITED this year than I was my first year because I now know just how great this program is.  Thanks to all those who have asked me questions this past year and those who came to listen to me at conferences.  Without you I wouldn’t have this opportunity.  I hope to continue to live up to the honor that has been bestowed on me again this year.

I’ve got a NEW BLOG address

The Cobbler’s Kids are finally getting shoes! 

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the people who work with technology are the last ones to have time to use it?  Well that’s the way its been for us at Mindsharp since the release of SharePoint 2007.  None of us really liked the Blogging software we were using, but nobody had time to install and configure a new Blogging engine based on SharePoint 2007.  Finally after more months than I would like to count we’ve finally had enough time to get our new BLOG site up and running.  Thank You Todd!

From now on you can find my Blogs on I’m hoping that with the new easier to use software I’ll be able to get some of the Tips n Tricks I’ve been meaning to write about written.  Watch the new BLOG for more entries.