Use Instructional SharePoint Videos to Train a Cross Section of All SharePoint Users

A common conundrum facing IT management is deciding where to allocate technology training budgets; is it more important to train users, or ought we to train internal administrators, architects and developers as a means of lowering our development costs? As we have written elsewhere in this blog, training budgets for SharePoint may be low, or even non existent; usually, this “no training dollars” condition arises from IT projects that either did not include ROI objectives, or failed to deliver on them. Now, with portfolio management a ubiquitous obligation for IT, regardless of whether or not a decision to implement SharePoint…
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Expand Your SharePoint Branding Options with Training Videos from SharePoint-Videos.com

Andrew Connell, of Critical Path and Randy Drisgill of SharePoint 911 authored a set of training materials on SharePoint Branding, “Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites” published on MSDN in November of 2010. The authors note that “Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 publishing sites use Publishing Features to provide capabilities to create engaging web content management (WCM) sites. Frequently used as Internet-facing websites, these sites require the use of custom-designed user interfaces (UIs) to establish an online corporate identity.” This capability of SharePoint Server 2010 Publishing Sites represents a clear step forward for SharePoint from the otherwise limited capabilities…
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Video Tutorials Add a Valuable Dimension to SharePoint Training – On Demand Access

IT training for software like SharePoint usually includes in person, instructor lead classes, and study materials. Add a video tutorial component to offer a new dimension — on demand access. SharePoint end users, readers and sub site owners usually aren’t looking for theory when they seek help with SharePoint. These users just want the facts, meaning right-to-the-point step by step procedures required to complete activities like adding documents to libraries, or building lists in SharePoint. Providing these users with on demand access to pithy video tutorials is a solution that benefits not only users, but the support teams that have…
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SharePoint Training is an Essential Component of Builds that Deliver High Return on Investment

We have noted some pundit “chatter” on the topic of the level of interest in purchasing SharePoint training on the part of global businesses and other large organizations that either use SharePoint or plan on using SharePoint over the next near term (meaning looking out 1-3 years). What we’re hearing is that the level of interest has gone down, and significantly so. We think that these predictions need to be placed into proper context. Further, once these predictions are properly framed, it will be apparent that nothing much has really changed; rather, the persistent nagging need for high return from…
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Business Connectivity Services Facilitate Business Adoption of SharePoint Hybrid Deployments

Back in October, 2011, Redmondmag.com posted an interview with Jared Spataro, Senior Director of SharePoint Product Management at Microsoft. Jared noted that “this idea of a hybrid deployment is one of the biggest differentiators in the enterprise space.” As we see it, deploying Sharepoint through a hybrid combination of on premise and off premise work spaces is kind of like “having your cake and eating it too”. “Cake” equals restricting corporate critical data to an entirely on premise location. “Eating it too” equals communicating with that on premise data, as required, from the cloud. How does Microsoft facilitate hybrid deployment…
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Use Term Store and Taxonomy to Manage Metadata in SharePoint

We spent a considerable amount of time searching for a meaningful quote from an authoritative resource on the value proposition for Taxonomy and Term Store for global business users of SharePoint. Sorry to say we couldn’t find one. To put it plainly & simply, developing useful Taxonomies with Term Store is an absolutely critical undertaking that transforms SharePoint into an effective enterprise content repository. We define an effective enterprise content repository as any storage solution for enterprise data that includes an accurate search and retrieval process. Without an accurate search and data retrieval process SharePoint cannot perform the role of…
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Using Microsoft Access in SharePoint

Microsoft has positioned Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 as a “strategic” feature capable of delivering lots of value to global businesses and other large organizations looking to increase collaboration between silos through heightened levels of information sharing. Information sharing includes incorporating Microsoft Access databases within SharePoint. Collaboration includes working with Microsoft Access databases from within SharePoint (as a common platform) through SharePoint lists as well as forms processing capabilities delivered by SharePoint. We offer 11 video tutorials that demonstrate how to use Microsoft Access in SharePoint. Each of our video tutorials is authored by Bruce Herz, an expert with Windows SharePoint…
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Leverage SQL Reporting Services to build Useful Business Intelligence from Corporate Data

As noted by Steve Miller for Information Management Blogs on April 5, 2010, “[m]easurement, of course, is the stuff of traditional BI, on steroids with the current data explosion.” Of course, Microsoft plays a major role in this explosive proliferation of data, whereby all sorts of information now “gush up” to business & IT management under the aegis of “Business Intelligence” or BI. Rehmani Consulting Inc offers a unique set of 13 video tutorials on SQL Reporting Services on SharePoint-Videos.com. Each of these tutorials is authored by Bruce Herz, a SharePoint consultant who has worked with SharePoint for over 10…
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Master SharePoint Designer 2010 and Open Codeless Development Opportunities

Microsoft developed SharePoint Designer 2010 as “The Tool of Choice for Rapid Development of SharePoint Applications”. We offer a SharePoint Designer 2010 Tutorial collection. This collection includes 32 video tutorials across 8 different categories of application for SharePoint Designer 2010. These categories include: Data View (a method of importing data from remote sources into a SharePoint implementation) Integration (which brings together InfoPath, Visio, and SharePoint 2010 for Workflows) List View (a set of 4 video tutorials on building lists with SharePoint Designer 2010) MPPL (a set of 3 video tutorials on laying out Master Pages) Overview (which includes a video…
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Kodak’s Capture Technology for SharePoint Manages Transaction Content

There are three broad steps in the process of incorporating print content into any Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system like SharePoint: First, the print content must be scanned into electronic format Second, the scanned content must be accurately processed with an Optical Character Reader (OCR) technology Finally, the resultant ECM content must be outfitted with meta tags to support enterprise wide search and discovery Kodak Capture Pro Software, Network Edition provides an end to end solution that meets all three of the above requirements. However, a proprietary viewer, Kodak Scan and View software appears to be required to obtain some…
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