Worldwide Partner Conference 2009

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 is coming up quickly – July 13th – July 16th, in New Orleans!

This is going to be a great event.  We are expecting more than 5,000 Partner Attendees!  What a great opportunity to hand out business cards and to talk about SharePoint

Let me know if you are attending and would like to find a time to meet!

REGISTER NOW

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Partner Registration Instructions:

        Go to WPC event website / click ‘Register Now’ tab / choose ‘register without a code’.

Content

Keynotes will be provided by Stephen Elop and Chris Capossela. 

For keynote schedule, click here.

For breakout session schedule & enrollment info, click here.

Andy Dale’s SharePoint Awards 2009

I’m a fan of the web site SharePointReviews.com.  It’s a great site to point anyone who is looking for SharePoint add-ons and third-party applications to add to their SharePoint farm. 

While catching up with the site the other day, I saw Andy Dale’s guest blog entry on Mike Ferrera’s OnPoint blog, where he handed out some SharePoint awards for 2009.  Thanks for the great list, Andy!  While I’m listing the awards here, please click through to his entry to see his comments about the winners and to learn more about Andy Dale and OfficeTalk.

Best SharePoint Information Site 2009 SharePointReviews.com
Best SharePoint Webpart Provider 2009 SharePoint Boost
Best SharePoint Administration Tool 2009 ControlPoint from Axceler
Best Website built on SharePoint 2009 Cadbury
Best SharePoint Training Package 2009 CBT Clips
Best SharePoint Offline Solution 2009 Colligo Contributor from Colligo
Most Useful SharePoint Webpart 2009 Batch Check-in from SharePoint Boost
Favorite Free SharePoint Webpart 2009 Google Search Webparts
Most Fun Free Webpart 2009 Picture Puzzle Widget from Spring Widgets
Biggest SharePoint Mess-up 209 180-Day Expire Error with SP2 from Microsoft SharePoint

BlueThread StoragePoint

BlueThread has recently announced version 2 of StoragePoint.  This product supports external storage in SharePoint, and BlueThread is talking about how StoragePoint can significantly reduce the SQL Server storage required for your SharePoint storage. 

As StoragePoint mvoes the SharePoint items into the external storage area, the items can also be compressed and/or encrypted.

Michael Gannotti has a series of video webcasts about SharePoint topics.  His latest covers BlueThread StoragePoint and may be useful to enterprises who have concerns about large amounts of storage within their SharePoint and SQL Server systems. 

In this video, Michael is joined by Rob D’Oria, of BlueThread, who walks us through an installation and configuration of StoragePoint.   Watch Michael’s video, "BackSeat Driving With Michael – BlueThread StoragePoint.” 

StoragePoint Website

Download a Trial Copy

I have heard that a number of customers are trying this out, and that almost as fast as customers hear about it, they are trying it out.  If you are a customer with a story to tell about BlueThread StoragePoint, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog about it!

SharePoint and the BlackBerry

I’ve been receiving a number of inquiries lately about SharePoint and BlackBerry integration.  I must admit that I don’t know a lot about these solutions yet.  It looks like here is an area that I should investigate some more. 

If you have suggestions as to how I focus this search, please let me know.  I’ll report back here as I learn more.