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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Slides Posted for SharePoint Saturday NH, "Using SOA to Create SharePoint Applications"

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Thanks to everyone who joined me at SharePoint Saturday, New Hampshire, for my session:

Using Services Oriented Architecture to Create SharePoint Applications

The presentation is now available online. Here's the session abstract:

Do you need to create a complex application or product for SharePoint, or integrate an existing application with SharePoint? Are you concerned about the long-term effort of maintaining the application code base, or about migrating the application to SharePoint 2013?

This presentation focuses on applying the methodologies and architectural concepts of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to the task of creating complex SharePoint applications. We will see how a SOA approach can help us achieve a stable and scalable application or product, decrease support and maintenance costs by decreasing the application's complexity, and reduce the effort required to upgrade the application to the next version of SharePoint.

Attendees will learn about the many challenges involved in creating complex SharePoint applications and how the principals behind SOA can be used to mitigate those challenges.

LEVEL : Advanced
AUDIENCE : Architects / Developers
TOPIC AREAS : Architecture, System Design

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The NSA wants to thank you for hosting your documents in the cloud

imageDo you currently use or thinking about using a cloud service like Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Facebook to make it easier to share your documents in a controlled, secure fashion?

There's certainly no denying that using cloud computing to store documents has some compelling benefits. For a small monthly fee you can have anytime, anywhere access to your files, share those files securely with others, even search the contents of your documents.

The problem is that the very thing that makes it so easy for you to access, share, and search through your documents in the cloud is the very thing that makes it so easy for the NSA to find your documents and read them, without your permission or even your knowledge.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thinking about hosting your public web site on Office 365? Here's what you should know…

Have you been tempted by Microsoft's latest Office 365 packages which now include a public-facing Internet web site for your organization? I know I have. We currently use our on-premises SharePoint Server to host our public site, and I wanted to see if moving the site to Office 365 Web Site offering was viable.

Office 365's video demo of the web site editing process looked really compelling at first, but what we needed to know is whether it had the SharePoint publishing features we've grown to depend on for our web content management. We've made really heavy use of some awesome SharePoint features in our web site including:

  • Publishing pages
  • Content types
  • Workflow
  • Language variations
  • Sub sites

To make a long story short, we could not use the Office 365 Web Site feature for our public site. I found this really handy table (see below) comparing Microsoft's SharePoint Online Website offering with SharePoint Server's web content management capabilities. Turns out there were some pretty critical gaps. So at least for now, our web site has to stay out of Office 365.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Presenting "Using SOA to Create SharePoint Applications," at SharePoint Saturday NH, September 21

I'll be speaking my mind at SharePoint Saturday, New Hampshire, September 21. I'm presenting my session:

Using Services Oriented Architecture to Create SharePoint Applications

Do you need to create a complex application or product for SharePoint, or integrate an existing application with SharePoint? Are you concerned about the long-term effort of maintaining the application code base, or about migrating the application to SharePoint 2013?

This presentation focuses on applying the methodologies and architectural concepts of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to the task of creating complex SharePoint applications. We will see how a SOA approach can help us achieve a stable and scalable application or product, decrease support and maintenance costs by decreasing the application's complexity, and reduce the effort required to upgrade the application to the next version of SharePoint.

Attendees will learn about the many challenges involved in creating complex SharePoint applications and how the principals behind SOA can be used to mitigate those challenges.

LEVEL : Advanced
AUDIENCE : Architects / Developers
TOPIC AREAS : Architecture, System Design

Friday, August 16, 2013

Slides Posted for SharePoint Saturday NYC, "Using SOA to Create SharePoint Applications"

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Thanks to everyone who joined me at SharePoint Saturday, New York City, for my session:

Using Services Oriented Architecture to Create SharePoint Applications

The presentation is now available online. Here's the session abstract:

Do you need to create a complex application or product for SharePoint, or integrate an existing application with SharePoint? Are you concerned about the long-term effort of maintaining the application code base, or about migrating the application to SharePoint 2013?

This presentation focuses on applying the methodologies and architectural concepts of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to the task of creating complex SharePoint applications. We will see how a SOA approach can help us achieve a stable and scalable application or product, decrease support and maintenance costs by decreasing the application's complexity, and reduce the effort required to upgrade the application to the next version of SharePoint.

Attendees will learn about the many challenges involved in creating complex SharePoint applications and how the principals behind SOA can be used to mitigate those challenges.

LEVEL : Advanced
AUDIENCE : Architects / Developers
TOPIC AREAS : Architecture, System Design

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Presenting "Using SOA to Create SharePoint Applications," at SharePoint Saturday NYC, July 27

I'll be speaking my mind at SharePoint Saturday, New York City, July 27. I'm presenting my session:

Using Services Oriented Architecture to Create SharePoint Applications

Do you need to create a complex application or product for SharePoint, or integrate an existing application with SharePoint? Are you concerned about the long-term effort of maintaining the application code base, or about migrating the application to SharePoint 2013?

This presentation focuses on applying the methodologies and architectural concepts of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to the task of creating complex SharePoint applications. We will see how a SOA approach can help us achieve a stable and scalable application or product, decrease support and maintenance costs by decreasing the application's complexity, and reduce the effort required to upgrade the application to the next version of SharePoint.

Attendees will learn about the many challenges involved in creating complex SharePoint applications and how the principals behind SOA can be used to mitigate those challenges.

LEVEL : Advanced
AUDIENCE : Architects / Developers
TOPIC AREAS : Architecture, System Design

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Brad Smith on Compliance and Governance in a Regulated Industry at the London SharePoint Evolution Conference [video]

imageBrad Smith, Black Blade's CEO and SharePoint MVP is delivering his multi-part session on Compliance and Governance in a Regulated Industry at the London SharePoint Evolution Conference. Read past the break for the session abstracts, and check out the video of Brad's previous governance session on the Black Blade Associates blog.