I often get questions about SharePoint from fellow workers and friends. I ussually direct them towards my collection of links at https://delicious.com/martinaa. The feedback I get have made me realised that there is a lot of useful information in the collection. So, why not make it public, help yourself!!!

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Mastering SharePoint BI

Written by Fredrik Hedenström on February 13, 2013 · 2 comments

If you are working with business intelligence on the Microsoft platform you have probably noticed that it is quite hard to get hold of good competence on the front-end side. It’s quite easy to find SharePoint experts that are really good in content management. But, if you have ever tried to find a real SharePoint BI expert that’s a different story. If you are lucky you can get hold of a person that has good technical knowledge of Excel Services, PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Visio Services and Power View. However, when it comes to the BI parts of SharePoint it’s not enough to only have good knowledge in all BI features and functionalities. What you really need is someone that can bring the whole BI front-end and information platform together, and that goes far beyond only knowing the BI features. Furthermore, if you try to find good training in this field it’s almost impossible. You can find good trainings that focus on the features, but not how you actually get it all working together.

The purpose of this blog post is to give you my point of view on which areas of BI and SharePoint that is really necessary to master in order to implement a really good SharePoint BI front-end. The post will be on a quite high level to present the overall picture. I plan to dig deeper into each area in future blog posts.

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Excel Services Dashboards Out-of-the-box

Written by Fredrik Hedenström on December 13, 2012 · 2 comments

December 13, 2012

In today’s blog post I’m going to focus on one of the new features in Excel Services in SharePoint 2013. It’s a feature that makes it really easy for business users to quickly create dashboards that the end-user can interact with without having to spend too much time on designing the dashboard and making it [...]

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Acando seminars on SharePoint 2013

Written by Magnus Carlsson on November 26, 2012 · 0 comments

November 26, 2012

This week we will have seminars on SharePoint 2013 in Göteborg and Stockholm, Sweden. (see: www.acando.se for available seminars) We will present the new exciting things in SharePoint 2013, do some demos, talk about our point of view and show some parts of our upcoming “Acando Collaboration Toolbox”, based on SharePoint 2013, both on-line and [...]

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Self-Service BI i molnet – hur långt kommer man?

Written by Fredrik Hedenström on November 17, 2012 · 0 comments

November 17, 2012

Många organisationer inser nyttan med att låta verksamheten själva skapa rapporter och analyser med självbetjäningsverktyg för beslutsstöd. Man får minskade ledtider och lägre kostnader genom att flytta skapandet av modeller och analyser närmare de personer som också analyserar informationen och har störst förståelse för den. Microsoft har kommit väldigt långt när det gäller självbetjäningsverktyg för [...]

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Bright future for Microsoft CRM and SharePoint 2013

Written by Magnus Carlsson on November 17, 2012 · 0 comments

November 17, 2012

Microsoft CRM and SharePoint has integrated to some degree for some time now. But the integration has not been perfect so far. With the December release of Microsoft CRM and the newly released SharePoint 2013, we get a fabulous CRM platform. Some of the benefits of using SharePoint 2013 with Microsoft CRM are: Powerful content [...]

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Geolocation in SharePoint 2013

Written by Mattias Karlström on November 16, 2012 · 0 comments

November 16, 2012

A new column of type Geolocation can now be added to a list in SharePoint 2013, in this field you enter locational information (longitude and latitude). There is also functionality to fetch the current user’s present location from the web browser. One example could be a list called Hotels, this list has items/hotels in it, [...]

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Newsfeed in SharePoint 2013

Written by Mattias Karlström on November 16, 2012 · 1 comment

November 16, 2012

The benefits of the new ability to follow things in SharePoint 2013 are huge. You can follow things like for instance people, items, sites. On your Newsfeed page on My site you now get a great unified overview of how content you are following evolve during the time. If you follow a document and someone [...]

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Culture and development methodology might be the biggest advantage from Yammer Acquisition

Written by Magnus Carlsson on November 15, 2012 · 0 comments

November 15, 2012

Yammer brings a lot to Microsoft, besides the great product itself. Yammer has succeeded in creating an end-user driven adoption of their product, something Microsoft themselves were very good at ten years ago and earlier. Today, my impression is that Microsoft products are recommended and taken to organizations by IT-department only. But the ability to [...]

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SharePoint – ECM – Office 365 – Access…

Written by Martin Albrektson on November 15, 2012 · 0 comments

November 15, 2012

During day three of the SharePoint conference I spent my time listening to sessions about ECM in the cloud, Access services, changing pages and sites and as a final session a developer session about SharePoint mobile apps. The take away from these sessions was quite surprisingly focused mostly on Access. The day started with a [...]

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