OCTOBER 6, 2010

 


IN THE COMMUNITY
David Rubinstein

The SPTechReport this week serves up a 30,000-foot view of where Microsoft plans to take SharePoint in future versions. In an exclusive interview, Microsoft’s Jared Spataro, SharePoint Product Management Team Lead, talks about the ways Microsoft’s engineering team can extend both the capabilities and the accessibility of SharePoint. He also discussed the rate of and reasons for migration from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010. The interview can be read here.

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Fitting for an event being held in Boston, BZ Media’s SPTechCon has reached an historic first: The three-day SharePoint training conference is a sellout. But in the immortal words of one Horace Greeley (almost), you can “go west, young SharePoint-er” (alright, so I’ve taken liberty here… cut me some slack! YOU try being clever every day and see what YOU come up with!).

Registration is now open for SPTechCon 2011 in San Francisco. The dates are Feb. 7-9, and if you register before Friday, you will get the absolute rock-bottom price to attend. The conference organizers anticipate another huge turnout, so don’t get shut out!

Oh, and on the SPTechCon Facebook page, attendees are commenting on what they’re looking forward to the most. Join the group and post your thoughts about the conference. I’ll see you there!

—David

 

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IN THE NEWS

Microsoft Making Strong Move into Hosting

Microsoft announced this week that it will be previewing its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) later this year. The updated suite will include SharePoint 2010 Online and other business productivity servers, such as Lync 2010 Online, Exchange 2010 Online and Office Live Meeting, as well as the Office Web Apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

BPOS is popular among users, Microsoft says, because it has a relatively lower cost for subscriptions when compared to the older licensing models, resulting in easier access to newer technologies. “A lot of customers are seeing the cloud as an opportunity to move to newer versions of the applications that they’re already using,” said Betsy Frost Webb, Microsoft’s general manager of online services.

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LINKAPALOOZA

David Rubinstein

The Linker’s about a year behind the latest movies, but in the middle of yet another sleepless night, he did catch “The Blind Side.” Yeah, he gets that Sandra Bullock gave a star turn and that it’s based on real life. But what The Linker liked most were the cameos by at least a half-dozen major-college football coaches—and the fact that so few are still coaching at the school they represented in the movie, set around 2004. Lou Holtz, South Carolina (Steve Spurrier). Nick Saban, LSU (Les Miles). Phil Fulmer, Tennessee (Derek Dooley). Tommy Tuberville, Auburn (Gene Chizik). Come to think of it, Sandra’s not with ex-husband Jesse James anymore, either! The fates sure are fickle!

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SPOTLIGHT ON 2010
SharePoint Architecture: Centralized or Decentralized?

An important question to answer when moving to SharePoint 2010 is how to design the new environment: centralized, with a traditional, top-down managed portal; or a decentralized environment, featuring user-driven collaboration? Many companies struggle with this decision, and for good reason: These decisions determine how the environment will be managed, how customizations will be supported, and the level of difficulty of future upgrades.

Most organizations are familiar with the centralized environments of intranet portals. Some of the benefits within a centralized SharePoint environment include consistent use of content types and workflows, reduced metadata duplication, and documented customizations that make system updates and platform upgrades much easier. This model is easier for supporting and training end users, managing business processes, controlling information policies, and providing metrics and key performance indicators.

But there are downsides to the centralized model. It takes a lot of design and planning; requires more upfront work and maintenance; requires an increased reliance on governance and formal change control boards; and has difficulty managing across site collections and portals.

Most end users prefer a more decentralized environment where they can control when and how they collaborate. From an administrative standpoint, there are definite advantages, such as little or no planning, very little upfront effort to deploy, and low time/cost to train end users.

With decreased emphasis on taxonomy and business process management, most decentralized systems work across site collections and portals. These systems more closely mirror the consumer-based collaboration platforms users are accustomed to using, such as social networks and microblogging sites.

The downsides to this approach are that they decrease consistency, increase metadata duplication, and make taxonomy management complex. Decentralized environments are also hard to update, support and train on, manage information policies with, and upgrade.

One of the primary benefits of SharePoint 2010 as a platform is the use of services. By deploying shared services at the enterprise level, companies can utilize the flexibility and collaborative benefits of the decentralized model, allowing end users to collaborate organically while still maintaining some degree of control over taxonomy and metadata, source data, InfoPath forms and critical business processes. Sites and site collections can consume these services as needed, but retain local control over every other aspect of their environments.

There still remain administrative impacts, such as the need to define roles and service owners, as well as the need to define your governance model for these services, but overall, SharePoint 2010 offers the enterprise much more power and flexibility that more closely mirrors the ways modern teams connect and collaborate.

Christian Buckley is director of product evangelism at echoTechnology, an Axceler company.

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