Big News! – Office and SharePoint 2010 Released to Manufacturing

sharepoint 2010I received the email announcement late yesterday that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 was officially released to manufacturing. This is a significant milestone for the next version of SharePoint and for Microsoft. Congratulations!

Some Volume Licensing Customers will be able to download the English products starting April 27 and customers will be able to purchase the new products through Microsoft partners starting May 1.

BetterECM will be in Philadelphia this week at the AIIM expo + conference and will be spending some time with the Microsoft team and Partners.

Microsoft Begins to Pull The Curtain Back on Office 2010

derby hat Microsoft is beginning to talk about the features and capabilities in the upcoming new version of Office 2010.

Hat tip to Arpan Shah who has a great post with his top Office 2010 Tech Preview Features.

One of things I am working on is building a business case from the business perspective on migrating from older versions of Office to Office 2010. I know the business case is there but would love your feedback and help to start identifying business scenarios and the potential ROI from a business user perspective which would benefit from the Office 2007 and new Office 2010 features.

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There is a new destination for those looking for SharePoint governance best practices and lessons learned from those of us in the trenches implementing SharePoint.

Check it out at:

I am pleased that I was asked to be one of the  peers on the site and look forward to sharing some of the lessons and best practices we have developed. I also look forward to learning form other peers and the “gurus” about how best to leverage SharePoint for managing information effectively.

What is a Common Information Infrastructure?

MPj03960520000[1] A Common Information Infrastructure (CII) is a set of interoperable information management technologies along with common enterprise-wide standards, associated business processes, support and governance models, and enterprise-wide technical architectures. Phew! That is a mouthful!

The resulting environment provides the common framework required to ensure that system use aligns with organizational priorities and streamlines document and records management and collaboration efforts across the organization. This is not an application that is installed on some giant server in the the sky. Moving to a CII becomes a strategy and involves the journey to migrate from current reality to the future CII realization along with defining and providing services and support to the consumers and customers of the CII.

The primary characteristic of the CII is the ability to effectively manage electronic documents, electronic records, and other electronic information commonly referred to as unstructured data through their entire lifecycle. That lifecycle begins at creation or receipt and extends to the appropriate destruction at the end of that information asset’s life, based on business and compliance requirements.

The CII is not just technology but includes the necessary common processes and support models to effectively translate business requirements into information solutions by leveraging a consistent, predictable, and centrally managed set of technologies.

Typically the technical foundation of the CII will emerge based on the predominate technology deployed and in use within an enterprise. For many enterprises that technology will be Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, which is an integrated solution for managing the entire life cycle of different types of content, including documents, forms, images, email messages, instant messages, and more. Thanks to an intuitive user interface that integrates with common Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Office and Outlook, user acceptance and adoption should be high. This integration with familiar tools allows users to effectively manage information as an extension of their normal workload without having to significantly change the way they work.

In my next post I will discuss some of the dependencies and critical enablers for realizing the promise of moving to a Common Information Infrastructure.

With this post I wish all my readers a happy New Year and look forward to increasing the conversation about Better ECM in 2009.


Great List of MOSS Hosted Sites

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Hat tip to Michael Gannotti for identifying this fantastic list of SharePoint Public Web Sites. I tune into Mike’s blog  regularly for great tips and innovative ideas on how to use SharePoint.

The real hat tip goes to Ian Morrish at Ian’s SharePoint Blog for compiling this list of public sites built on MOSS 2007. Ian also has a lists of great resources for SharePoint including a pretty extensive blog listing.

Thanks Ian!

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AIIM-ARMA Chicago Event – April 2008

microphoneI had the pleasure of speaking at a joint AIIM and ARMA event in Chicago last week. Joyce Osborn organized the event and did a fantastic job gathering over 150 attendees.

Even though the weather was raining last Tuesday, the audience was lively and had great questions.

I have posted the slides I presented at or you can view here if you click through to my Blog.

Microsoft Finally Releases The DoD 5015.2 Add-on For MOSS

MPj04358840000[1] Well, this has been a long time coming. I am happy to see that Microsoft finally released the DoD 5015.2 Add-on for Moss 2007 a couple weeks back while I was trekking around the UK and Europe.

I am proud of the work our team did in creating the new features for the MOSS Records Center last year.  The extremely collaborative nature of the project and development with the Microsoft  Product Group using the SCRUM agile methodology during the project showed me the possibility of a high performing team with this methodology.

I plan to implement the MOSS Records Center with the Add-on in the next several months.

Here is the Microsoft Post: Announcing the DoD 5015.2 Resource Kit for SharePoint Server 2007.

Is MOSS 2007 The Swiss Army Knife for ECM?

swiss_army_knifeI wrote this article for an AIIM E-Doc Buyers Guide last summer. I am not sure if it will be published and almost forgot I wrote.  Recently I started sharing it with some colleagues and thought I really should share this with my readers.

So, here you go. This is very high level and serves as an overview of MOSS as it relates to ECM. I think it can be used to help educate folks who are not familiar with MOSS. I hope you find it useful.

Read the article

How Did They Do That?: DoD Records Management Add-on For MOSS 2007 White Paper

MPj04222240000[1] This comes under the heading of “How Did They Do That?”. This white paper (Records Management Solution Demonstrates Power of SharePoint As A Development Platform) that is available on the Microsoft Downloads site, provides some details of the “MOSS as a Development Platform features that were exploited when we built the DoD Records Management Add-on for MOSS.

Another white paper by one of my former colleagues, Vishwas Lele, is a great treatise on using MOSS as an application development platform. You can download it here.