Saturday, November 29, 2008

Customizing SharePoint with third party applications

Solution provider takeaway: Advise your clients on how to choose among the proliferation of third-party products available for customizing SharePoint.

As a powerful tool with document management capabilities and workflows that automate manual processes, Windows SharePoint Services has become the platform that many companies turn to as a solution for changing business needs. SharePoint also provides a foundation for building Web-based business applications that can easily scale to meet business growth. As a result, there are a plethora of third-party suppliers of custom SharePoint products.

In some cases, these third-party applications and add-ons add flexibility or more functionality to the basic feature set offered by SharePoint, and in others they enable powerful administrative capabilities and allow integration with critical business applications and databases.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Are you smarter than a 6th grader? (continued)

Congratulations to all the winners:

David Welker




Ula U

Pedro Miguel


Thank you all for your participation, You are smarter than 6th grader or maybe on the same level :-)... just kidding.

You all got it right!  Some of you were impatient to get the correct answer so I'm doing this post a bit earlier than I should.

All of you that are interested in the answer to the problem that I posted yesterday, click on the following link and read comments.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Are you smarter than a 6th grader?

Try your problem solving skills.

Here is the problem I was presented with at the SharePoint Connections 2007. For some reason SharePoint folks did not want to hang out with me, so I've found myself in the company of "SQL Geeks" ... SQL is my OTHER favorite thing...

So here is the thing, one of the SQL gurus tells me the "problem" he had to solve at his job placement interview, he also specifically mentioned that the problem might not have a solution, it is just a way to explore your way of thinking.

Here it is:

1. you have 8 balls. all of them are of the same weight, but one.

2.   you do not know if this one ball is  heavier or lighter then the others

3.  you have the scale to measure the weight of these balls, but you can measure it only 3 times.

I'm opening the competition for all of you to tell me the right answer.  Send you ideas in form of comments.

The reason why I want to post it is that I've given this problem to my 11 year old son, who in turn was trying to get away from dong his extra curriculum activities (like vocabulary enhancement).

To make the story short he solved this problem in 1 hour!!!!!!

Hellooooooo, in ONE hour. it took me the whole flight from Orlando to New York  to even overcome the fact that this "problem" might have a solution.

Try your self out, I'll post the solution next week.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Free learning resources for SharePoint

This following site is worth checking out. Especially for some of you that want to take their SharePoint skills set to the next level. It provides "Program Guide" and even "Graduation" :-)

My favorite part about free online training resources is the self paced learning approach that allows you to make your training class available anywhere the Internet is.