January 2008 Entries

Microsoft Dynamics + Classic Tour: we wait for you...

Are you interested on discovering the power of the entire Microsoft Dynamics suite combined with the Microsoft Classic products? Do you want to see Dynamics NAV and Dynamics CRM in action with Sharepoint in a great scenario of collabouration and integration? This is the event for you... Microsoft and Navlab together (our group) will be in 20 city (only in Italy unfortunately) and we'll show you a complete scenario of integration between Dynamics NAV, Dynamics CRM, Sharepoint Portal Server, Infopath and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (for BI integration). Believe me... it will be an interesting event. If you...

posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:12 PM | Feedback (2)

Office Business Application Architect Forum

Today at Microsoft Italy was the "OBA day": we spent an entire day with Chad Z. Hower a.k.a. "Kudzu" talking about Office Business Applications, in my opinion an hot topic for the next generation of applications in the enterprise. With the 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office has evolved beyond a productivity suite into a unified solutions platform that makes enterprise data and processes more accessible and relevant to users. Composed of clients, servers, services, and tools, it provides a single infrastructure for communication and collaboration, business intelligence, and content management solutions. With "Kudzu" we've talked about the architectural elements of...

posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:09 PM | Feedback (1)

Started my Sharepoint certification path...

Sharepoint has always more an important role on the systems that we're developing for our customers and during the last 2 months I've started to work also on the "certification side". In these weeks I've passed the 2 configuration exams (70-630 for MOSS and 70-631 for WSSv3) and I'd like to conclude this path by taking also the MOSS development exam (70-542). We'll see what happens... Technorati Tag: Certifications

posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2008 2:26 PM | Feedback (5)

WEB 2.0: the Microsoft response is Sharepoint

WEB 2.0 is the magical word that was the source of lots of discussions in the last years on the net: are we really in a second generation of web-based communications and services? A nice definition of what is called WEB 2.0 comes directly from Wikipedia: WEB 2.0 is a knowledge-oriented environment where human interactions generate content that is published, managed and used through network applications in a service-oriented architecture. Personally I'm not a fan of the WEB 2.0 concept but it's clear that the web actually has changed a lot, and with it also the way to share informations...

posted @ Monday, January 07, 2008 10:42 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 will debut on 2008 Olympics

A nice surprise comes today from Somasegar's blog: "We have signed an agreement to partner with NBC Universal to build a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games.  This agreement also sets MSN as the official home of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  As a part of this, we will provide users with exclusive access to over 3000 hours of live and on-demand video content via Silverlight streaming." This will be the first big release of a Silverlight 2.0 content I think and we could see the real power of this new technology (Silverlight 2.0...

posted @ Monday, January 07, 2008 5:49 PM | Feedback (0)

How to change the Sharepoint Calendar template?

Today a friend asked me an interesting question via GTalk: how to customize or replace the Sharepoint Calendar view in order to use a new calendar for a different culture? (he was involved on porting Sharepoint to a new language that actually doesn't exists). I really don't have a clear idea on how to solve this task, so... why not using the power of blogs in order to help him? :) The idea I've given him is to check how Sharepoint manages the Calendar control template. On the Sharepoint server there's the folder c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\Templates\Control...

posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2008 11:20 PM | Feedback (7)

Prometric website... what a pain!

2 hours in order to schedule for a Microsoft exam with Prometric: this is the result of the unique exam provider! Prometric website is a pain... I don't know if it's a server problem or a website code problem, but the process to register for an exam (when you've to pay!) is terribly slow and it crashes quite always. If you're lucky, your registration goes OK, otherwise you've to repeat all the steps (5 times today for me :@ ). VUE was really really better... Technorati Tag: Certifications

posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2008 2:27 PM | Feedback (1)

MOSS 2007 and mobile views

Sharepoint v3 and MOSS 2007 offers a built-in support for mobile devices by using the so called "mobile views", a feature that permits to a mobile user (Pocket PC or Smartphone for example) to connect to a Sharepoint page and interact with its data. Obviously, don't expect to have the great Sharepoint/MOSS interface on the mobile device... the mobile view is only an HTML view of the Sharepoint site, but it does the work quite good. To enable the mobile view feature, you've to run this command on the Sharepoint/MOSS server: stsadm -o activatefeature -name MobilityRedirect -URL http://yourSiteURL ,...

posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:34 PM | Feedback (1)

Starting the new year...

As usual, my first new year day with the PC starts late and when checking my mailbox some minutes ago I've found a nice surprise... In these days I've read different IT books (something due to review invites I've received, something only for my passion) and exactly for the second reason I've mentioned I've read some books about Sharepoint and MOSS. One of the first books I've read in the past months is Beginning SharePoint 2007: Building Team Solutions with MOSS 2007 written by Amanda Murphy and Shane Perran and published by Wrox (I'm always in love...

posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:34 PM | Feedback (3)