Too frequently in the technology world we assume that everyone already knows all the lingo for whatever topic we happen to be talking about. As much as I try to avoid speaking in jargon, even I am guilty of not correctly establishing the basic concepts and vocabulary. In the Content Management world, the difference between the terms Capture and Advance Capture are seldom discussed. Hopefully this post will clear things up. History of Capture When you hear the word Capture, what vendors are usually talking about scanning software that allows you to convert paper documents to electronic formats, usually PDF […]
I was reading a new article on CMS Wire talking about the history of SharePoint and the new version that Microsoft has just released. Ask not what SharePoint can do for you, discusses both the progress that Microsoft has made with SharePoint throughout the products life-cycle, but also how many SharePoint implementations fail do to a lack of planning. Despite decades of developed and shared experiences, conferences, webinars and an entire training industry, not to mention “SharePint” meetings all over the world, our organizations still struggle to do a good job deploying SharePoint and generating real business value from its […]
One of the key factors to successful products is the concept of Dog-fooding; being your number 1 client and consumer of your product. Companies that use their own products tend to identify and correct problem areas quickly. Microsoft is a great example of this. Before they started pushing everyone else to Cloud-based SharePoint, they planned out their own migration. In March of this year, they published a white-paper that discussed their migration strategy. They faced the same challenges we’ve seen from other SharePoint users: Having too many sites: There were far too many sites for us to consider them individually. First, […]
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I wrote a new Blog Post at KnowledgeLake.com – As a Product Manager and in a previous life as a Software Development Manager, part of my job is to balance development efforts between features, enhancements, and fixes. One concept that I preach on a regular basis is treat the code like a Scout treats their campsite – Leave it better than you found it. Understand that it may not be possible to get everything exactly the way you want it in the time frame allotted, but keep the end goal in mind and if you leave things in better shape than you found […]
I was in a Capture Server design meeting the other day and the discussion turned briefly to the topic of anonymous access to web applications and web services. The consensus of the conversation was that anything we install should not allow anonymous access by default, but the administrators would obviously set the permissions to whatever they wanted. Of course if managing access control is pushed to the administrators, do the administrators have an easy way to see where anonymous access is enabled? Thankfully for SharePoint Administrators, Russ Maxwell at MSDN has written a PowerShell script that walks through you Site Collection […]
I have another new blog post at KnowledgeLake – Importance of Context (Or the OREO Cookie Conundrum) Daniel Antion, Vice President Information Services at American Nuclear Insurers has a great new blog post at AIIM on The Importance of Context. He starts with a cute anecdote: If I told you that when my daughter was very young, I once let her drink from a glass that had been contaminated with a grainy black particulate matter, you might think I was nuts. If I added that it was a glass of milk, and the particulate matter was OREO Cookie crumbs, you would […]
Michael Porter has a discussion of a Steve Pogrebivsky post on the 5 critical steps to SharePoint Architecture planning. [Steve] focuses on the people and the needs first before diving into techno geek details. It’s about: 1. Understanding the current landscape of document, content, IA and culture 2. Know what players need to be involved 3. Understand how content flows across your organization 4. Have a plan to get started 5. Plan for change and it won’t happen overnight (read more) Both are worth a read.