August 2011 Entries

BizTalk 2010 Training for Admins and Devs

Microsoft released downloadable training materials for BizTalk 2010 for both Administrators and Developers. Training for Developers: http://www.microsoft.com/do... Training for Administrators: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

What can TFS do for me, as an IT Pro? An Overview. Part 1 of 3.

Let’s define what this should mean and be about. How can I as an IT Pro be able to use TFS for the tasks and activities I normally do. Whether it is controlling a project or creating scripts and such. The vision while it goes into execution with TFS, will include a process with SharePoint somewhere in there too. Scenario #1: Change Control, Change Management or Specific no-code Project Control. As an IT Pro, what do I do? Change Control, Change Management, Project Management. The problem? Yes, we ......

Microsoft releases Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services

If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it. Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. ......

Training Kit for Team Foundation Server 2010 is now available

A couple of days ago, Microsoft release a Training Kit for TFS 2010.  The training kit contains presentations, demos and labs to get to know the platform better and understand the purpose and capabilities of the product.

The download is available here:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27152

Introduction to LightSwitch Presentation from EVVDNUG

Here is the slide deck I used The following are the links I made a reference to in addition to those in the deck. MSDN LightSwitch Samples Printing from LightSwitch (Michael Washington) LightSwitch Help Site ......

Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Presentation at SharePoint Saturday The Conference

Yesterday I presented at SPSTC, had an absolute blast, and I truly hope the attendees to my session did as well! That was my requirement! We discussed the reasons for failed requirements management, scope creep and other pitfalls. But the main goal behind this is how to enable an effective Requirements Management Engine by using SharePoint Technologies and Team Foundation Server. Keep posted as there is much more to come in this space about that thought process. In the meantime, here is the deck ......

Does Visual Studio LightSwitch have a place in the SharePoint space?

Recently, I have found myself using Visual Studio LightSwitch more and more. And needless to say, it got me thinking about a strategy for LightSwitch in a SharePoint environment. Yes, the product positions itself as a tool to develop LOB apps in a rather fast fashion. There will be those that will deem it as a prototype tool, many RAD tools end up being that. But, LightSwitch had this “je ne sais quoi” about it. Actually, I feel I know what it is. If you are still with me, step into this thought ......

SharePoint Saturday The Conference is getting closer

I am all set, have my presentation ready. Excited, can hardly wait!! Don’t miss the early bird special for SharePoint Saturday The Conference in DC! Ends Aug 7! http://bit.ly/nXVwgm ......

Lync Training Plans

Ever since I started working with SharePoint, I have always felt the “standard” grouping most training organizations make for people are the same old three: Admins, Devs and Users. True it fits most molds, but not as effective as truly understanding the value of roles. Now, the title of the post is in fact Lync Training Plans. The Lync Team has put together some guidance in the form of (drumroll!) Training Plans based on roles that go beyond your “User” grouping. You can download it here It is an ......