Consuming Web Services from Excel 2003
It's possible to consume web services from Excel 2003, but few of the sources seem to cover the topic from end-to-end. This post is intended as a companion to an O'Reilly article on the topic and includes a few elements I found necessary to get it all working.
Project Management and Task Switching
At Eidenai we're working in the third milestone (M3) of a portal project for a major manufacturer. My methodology is to scope the milestone by reviewing both the planned features for M3 and the features we agreed to drop from earlier releases, identify priorities, identify available resources, break the work down into tasks, and the order the tasks according to priorities and dependencies.
Guidelines to Drive User Adoption of SharePoint
SharePoint Advisor magazine has an excellent article by Garry Smith that covers the most important aspect of a SharePoint deployment: getting people to use it.
Weaknesses of SharePoint
After dismissing a weak collection of complaints about SharePoint in a previous post, let's take the other side and identify some real issues (Bil has the positive). I won't rip into specific features, that would be too easy and made irrelevant with links to the third-party solutions. Instead, let's focus on the solvable, foreseeable problems that hampered the WSS 2.0 product cycle.
Two Microsoft Canada SharePoint Job Opportunities
If I didn't already have the ideal job, I would want this first one. And if you're thinking of applying for this, let me know for two reasons: a) Eidenai is also keeping an eye out for someone to be my counterpart on the consulting (delivery) side of the business, and b) if you land it, we'll be working together.
Thread de la semaine
A Top Five list of SharePoint gripes set off a chain of blogs. Paul Shaeflein wrote a good rebuttal, but the fact is that these are as much recycled, outdated gripes about MSFT as they are about SharePoint. The author blissfully ignores obvious facts or answers, which sort of undermines the whole exercise. Bil wrote the best post in the series simply by bringing the focus back to what SharePoint is.
Analysing SharePoint Logs