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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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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.

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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! 

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!

K2 & Adlib Team Up to Present Document Compliance, Management & Automation in SharePoint

Posted by jamees.wright on May 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on SharePoint ShopTalk, K2 and Adlib return to present their joint product, which will clearly demonstrate how you can leverage SharePoint for your Document Management and Compliance Needs!

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View K2 & Adlib's Previous SharePoint ShopTalk Presentations:

Automate PDF Transformation in SharePoint Using SharePoint

K2 No Code Solutions

Daniel Westerdale Shares ULSLogging Code!

Posted by jamees.wright on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Two weeks ago, we talked about Monitoring SharePoint.  Valued Member, Daniel Westerdale took it to the next step and would also like to share code with the group! Follow Daniel on Twitter: @westerdaled (!/westerdaled)  and stay tune to his blog as he will talk about this code in more details.


"BTW we talked about ULSlogging last week . I built a class that I have been using all week to write to the ULSVIewer and be easily filtered ...Product Contains SharePointShopTalk" - Daniel


Here is the an example:




• Add this code to c# library project

• Sign the assembly

• Add the project reference to whatever SharePoint feature you are coding.

• Log your messages or errors using the desired method in the ULSLogger

• Add the project DLL to the desired SharePoint feature -> package designer ->advanced so the DeploymentTarget should be the GlobalAssemblyCache

• Build solution

• Package up your wsp and deploy on to server – I used PowerShell commands.

• Go to the ULSViewer and have lots fun!

Kim Frehe Shares Workflow Consolidated Comments Screenshots

Posted by jamees.wright on May 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week, Kim Frehe was instrumental in answering a question about workflow, and she happliy shared screenshots! Follow Kim on twitter: @KimFrehe (!/KimFrehe)


"As promised, here are a few print screens…one of the field that I created to capture the consolidated comments. This ensures that every time the workflow runs on a document, that history stays with the document (version history must be turned on)" - Kim


The step in SPD that updates this field: