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The ShopTalk Panelists Offer Advice about the Resources Available via The SharePoint Community

Posted by jamees.wright on July 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (3)

The SharePoint Community has grown exponentially and is used as a constant resource for individual SharePoint projects.  In light of the growing community and increased referenced information, the SharePoint ShopTalk Panelist offer advice on how to make educated judgements on the content available and who to trust.

The SharePoint ShopTalk Panel answered the question:
"There is so much "community" content on the web about SharePoint.  How do we know who to trust?"
Panelist Members: Paul Olenick, Laura Rogers, John White, Peter Ward and Jim Adcock

Today's SharePoint ShopTalk - 7.5.12

Posted by jamees.wright on July 5, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Join the discussion on today's SharePoint ShopTalk!  - 7.5.2012

The Panel will discuss the following:

1. Favorite five free web 3rd party parts that are available to the user community.

2. What’s best AD Authentication or Forms?

3. What are the challenges of Public Facing SharePoint Web Sites?

4. What is a “Service Farm” and when do we need one?

5. There is so much “community” content on the web about SharePoint. How do we know who to trust?

6. What are some typical SharePoint BI engagements? Are there particular verticals that tend to request this functionality?

7. How has the iPad integrated with SharePoint?

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Congratulations Paul Olenick! Newest SharePoint MVP Panelist!

Posted by jamees.wright on July 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations Paul Olenick, First Time SharePoint MVP!

This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.

As a Microsoft MVP, you are part of a highly select group of experts that represent technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

Check out Paul's Presentation:
5 Little Things You Can Do to Make a Big Impact on Your SharePoint Search Center

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Jim Adcock to Present: SharePoint Group Therapy

Posted by jamees.wright on June 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Jim Adcock to Present on a Special Edition of SharePoint ShopTalk!

SharePoint Group Therapy (A SharePoint Governance Workshop)

Thursday, June 28th, 12:30PM EST

Jim will lead SharePoint Group Therapy (A SharePoint Governance Workshop), a session formatted as an open discussion where he will talk about some of the governance challenges he has faced, and ask everyone else to share their challenges as well, Together, in the style of group therapy, we’ll discuss everyone’s SharePoint problems and work together to provide solutions and approaches to managing your SharePoint governance issues.

Jim talks about his presentation below:



Panelist Spotlight: PowerPivot And Powerview This Week!

Posted by jamees.wright on June 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

John P. White, is an advocate of Business Intelligence (BI) and has given ShopTalk members consistent insight into the choices for SharePoint as well as troubleshooting tips.  This week, he delivers a full presentation on PowerView and PowerPivot.  We look forward to it.

Register Today

View John's previous Panelist Spotlight:
Externalize Your SharePoint Data Using SQL Integration Services

About John P. White
John holds a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Guelph and has spent 22 years in the Information Technology space. John's skill set spans both architecture and development and he has been instrumental in delivering projects and applications that have been recognized with both local and global awards from Microsoft and IBM. As a seasoned IT professional, John has accumulated a plethora of legacy technologies like Novell, Lotus Notes and Java. This experience has proven invaluable when architecting systems alongside legacy applications. Over the past decade, he has become increasingly focused on the Microsoft SharePoint and Business Intelligence platforms and has become an expert with the latest that these platforms have to offer. John's work with SharePoint was recently awarded with MVP status from Microsoft. He blogs as actively as possible at

SharePoint ShopTalk Welcomes Two New Panelists!

Posted by jamees.wright on June 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

SharePoint ShopTalk Welcomes Two New Members to the Panel!
Please help us in congratulating Peter Ward  and Jim Adcock to our team of helpful SharePoint experts!

Peter Ward

SharePoint architect and instructor, has been working in the collaboration space for almost 20 years and with SharePoint technologies for over 8. He works with some of the largest and most profitable companies in the New York metro area, but also the small ones (he refers to this group as the Fortune 5,000,000). Peter is the co-author of a variety of books with other fellow MVP's. Follow his blog at

Jim Adcock

A SharePoint Administrator, Analyst and Developer in Austin, Texas, with a passion for helping to make things better for people. This passion has led him to write about his experiences and understanding on his blogs, Working It Out and, and to public speaking about SharePoint, on topics ranging from Governance to InfoPath. This passion has also led him to a role as Vice President of Launch Pad Job Club and speaking on career management topics. He previously held a leadership role in the Austin Software Process Improvement Network, and is active in the local user group community helping to promote community involvement and engagement as an essential part of career success.


Chris Poteet to Present: Introduction to Usability Testing and Analysis

Posted by jamees.wright on May 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to have Chris Poteet Present on a Special Edition of SharePoint ShopTalk!

Introduction to Usability Testing and Analysis,
5.31.12 12:30PM EST 

We could tell you all about what to expect, but let's have Chris tell you himself! 
Listen to the recording below! 

Adlib Product Spotlight Follow-up

Posted by jamees.wright on May 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

How can Adlib enhance our SharePoint deployment?

Powered by the market-leading, server-based content transformation solution, Adlib enables organizations to increase their efficiency and reduce costs associated with the automation of their Microsoft SharePoint-based document workflows. By intelligently automating the conversion of hundreds of document formats to searchable PDF in the back office, Adlib dramatically improves efficiency.

Leveraging the familiar SharePoint user interface, Adlib for SharePoint workflows and document conversions appear transparent to the user, further extending the SharePoint value proposition by making it even easier for people to work together to quickly respond to changing business needs.


• Fast and accurate PDF/ PDF/A transformation

• Convert images to searchable PDFs

• Apply watermarks, merge documents, timestamps, security, PDF navigation features and much more…

• Supports MS Office and hundreds of popular document types including CAD

• Enterprise ready server-based, scalable architecture

• Rapid deployment with configurable out-of-the-box workflows


• Documents are more easily searchable through Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

• Increased productivity and efficiency

• Meet compliance and archival requirements

• Extends and enhances any SharePoint deployment

• Create and configure no-code solutions

How can Adlib’s software integrate?

To simplify deployment, your IT team needs seamless integration with your ECM or Microsoft SharePoint system and all your business applications. Adlib is a server-based back office solution, so integration with these applications is totally transparent to the user.

Document transformation within SharePoint becomes quick and easy, requiring little to no user training for rapid adoption. Adlib also integrates with popular enterprise content management applications, ECM Documenutum, OpenText ECM Suite, and IBM FileNet.

The SharePoint Workflow Connector enables Adlib to deliver advanced document-to-PDF services to all users and workflows through a tight and seamless integration with SharePoint.

The Folder Connector is a powerful, yet simple integration method for submitting documents to Adlib with watched folders.

If you need to extend your business application further, adlib offers a Web Services Interface. Based around a standard .NET Web Services, it provides an interface between Adlib and any external client application or business process to allow document transformation requests.

Adlib content transformation workflows can be used on their own or integrated into more complex workflows created with 3rd part applications such as K2 BlackPearl and SharePoint Designer.

View Adlib SharePoint ShopTalk Product Spotlight Recordings
Document Management, Compliance and Automation with SharePoint
Automate PDF Transformation in SharePoint Using Adlib

Applying an IT Strategy to SharePoint - Guest Panelist Spotlight with Peter Ward

Posted by jamees.wright on May 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

This week SharePoint ShopTalk invites Peter Ward, SharePoint Solutions Architect and Founder of Soho Dragon Solutions to present: Applying an IT Strategy to SharePoint.

So if you are just beginning your SharePoint Strategy, want to revamp your SharePoint environment or just want to make sure you're heading in the right direction, join the conversation. 

Have all your questions ready for Peter, and we will be sure to accomodate you.  We are looking forward to Thursday!

SharePoint ShopTalk Panel Updates

Posted by jamees.wright on May 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Looking Forward to an Upcoming SharePoint ShopTalk...but What's Happening with the Panel Today?!

Laura Rogers, freshly returning from the International SharePoint Conference recently released a video excerpt from her latest book: Step by Step: Using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The video focuses on Creating a Workflow Initiation Form for Approvals.

John P. White is reporting for duty, and spoke at the SharePoint Summit, about, Best Practices for Using Reporting Services With SharePoint. You can watch his presentation or download the slides.

Paul Olenick has not stopped presenting, his latest stop, co-presenting Solving SharePoint Issues  with Nicholas Bisciotti at the Enterprise Search Summit

Have questions for the SharePoint ShopTalk Panel? Register to ask them live on the next SharePoint ShopTalk.