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DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status for SharePoint Expertise
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status for SharePoint Expertise

DMC is excited to announce the achievement of Gold status within the SharePoint Portals and Collaboration competency of Microsoft’s new partner program. The criteria for earning Gold status in the new Microsoft Partner Network is far more stringent and promises to better represent organizations who have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within specific technical and business solution areas. Although Microsoft partners have up to 12 months to meet the...

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DMC to Lead Team Collaboration Workshop at Microsoft’s Midwest Headquarters
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Lead Team Collaboration Workshop at Microsoft’s Midwest Headquarters

DMC will be leading an executive breakfast workshop on March 16, 2011 at Microsoft's Midwest Headquarters in Downers Grove, IL. The event will focus on making the switch to a collaborative company culture and applying technology like Microsoft SharePoint to achieve your business goals. As the Heath brothers (authors of Made to Stick and Switch) say, “To make a switch, you need to script the critical moves!” DMC will assist all attendees in creating a personalized playbook with...

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Open a Popup Window from a SharePoint Web Part
William Mortl

Open a Popup Window from a SharePoint Web Part

Recently as I was creating a SharePoint web part for a DMC client I ran across a problem which really stumped me. At first, I thought what I had was an easy problem to solve: how does one open a popup window from C# in a web part? I did a lot of research regarding the popup window problem and I discovered that the problem was not addressed in the manner which I needed literally anywhere on the Internet. So after a lot of time spent, energy wasted, and coffee drank I finally was able to engineer ...

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Custom Editor Parts in SharePoint 2010
William Mortl

Custom Editor Parts in SharePoint 2010

Creating custom web parts for SharePoint 2010 is relatively simple, as is creating basic configuration options which can be edited in the properties panel. However, as you advance in your understanding of SharePoint and custom web part creation, you inexorably run in to the problem of creating rich, custom configuration capabilities for your web part which go far beyond the basic configuration capabilities. Well, custom configuration is not all that difficult, and in this blog I am going to show...

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Save Time, Money, and Frustration with SharePoint 2010 Search
Rick Rietz

Save Time, Money, and Frustration with SharePoint 2010 Search

If your organization is like most, documents you spend hours creating will "die" on your network drive after only a short period of time - never to be heard from again. When you've finished using the document for its immediate purpose, you and everyone else typically forgets about it. Months or years later, a similar business problem arises and you recall that you solved this problem before. All the answers you need are tucked away inside that document you (or someone else) had...

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Deploying Web Parts in SharePoint 2010
William Mortl

Deploying Web Parts in SharePoint 2010

Recently, I was working on a suite of web parts for a client. Everything was proceeding fantastically until I needed to deploy my farm solution (containing many web parts) from my development server to another SharePoint server for demonstration purposes. Visual Studio 2010 provides outstanding functionality for creating Web Parts for SharePoint, and can deploy them locally (provided that SharePoint is installed locally), but it cannot deploy them to a different remote server. Naturally I did...

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Why Choose Silverlight for Application Development
Rick Rietz

Why Choose Silverlight for Application Development

Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) To help explain why one would choose Silverlight for application development, I think it’s important to have a basic understanding of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Silverlight is one of a small handful of RIA software frameworks that are used to build interactive web applications for internal enterprise applications and public-facing Internet sites. Flash and Java are the other major RIA software frameworks that compete with Silverlight. RIAs share...

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SharePoint Web Part Development - Solutions for 2 Common "Gotcha's"
William Mortl

SharePoint Web Part Development - Solutions for 2 Common "Gotcha's"

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); SharePoint and Web Parts : An Introduction Microsoft SharePoint is clearly the current top-dog in corporate information sharing, document management, and workflow management. What many companies are now discovering is how SharePoint can be an effective tool in displaying and monitoring key business and technology performance indicators. This can be easily accomplished in SharePoint due to its compelling ability to create a SharePoint dashboard (in SharePoint jargon k...

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SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights
Rick Rietz

SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, DMC has access to exclusive training and online content which allows us to better serve our clients. Important Details Users Need to Know about SharePoint 2010 is a recent webcast that Microsoft is allowing DMC to share with you. This webcast session demonstrates SharePoint 2010's new features, with a focus on Sites, Communities, and Search. The webcast runs about an hour long. If you don't have the time to view the entire webcast, you can read t...

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Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Leads Dashboard, SharePoint, and Baseball Workshop

Event Overview Over forty business and IT leaders gathered to attend a SharePoint Dashboard Workshop at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association on August 19, 2010 led by DMC. Everyone in attendance received a copy of the Michael Lewis best-seller Moneyball (Lewis is also the author of The Blind Side, The Big Short, and Liar's Poker). Moneyball tells the story of how Billy Beane focused on the right Key Performance Indicators to turn his perennial-losing Oakland A's into perenni...

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Is 1% a Big Deal?  Do the Math…
Rick Rietz

Is 1% a Big Deal? Do the Math…

Of course the answer to this question can vary significantly, but far too often, ideas that are supposed to change things by 1% are dismissed prematurely. Why does this happen? To most people, the number 1 is a pretty small number. If you have to make an effort to change something and you expect the result of that effort to yield a 1% improvement, a common gut reaction is that it’s probably not worth the effort. For motivation, justification, and acceptance of any risk that comes along ...

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DMC to Lead TMA Executive KPI Workshop
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Lead TMA Executive KPI Workshop

DMC will be leading the Tooling and Manufacturing Association's executive breakfast workshop on August 19, 2010. The event will focus on defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and using Microsoft SharePoint to achieve business goals. “There are true cost-saving and innovation benefits companies will realize by taking full advantage of the SharePoint platform. Unfortunately, many small and mid-size organizations do not realize they already own the licensing rights to use core Sha...

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DMC SharePoint Video Blogs Now Available for MP3 Download
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC SharePoint Video Blogs Now Available for MP3 Download

You are curious about SharePoint and KPI dashboards. You are still trying to determine the difference between SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint 2010, WSS and MOSS. You are not quite sure what KPI stands for. You also don’t have 7-10 extra minutes in your workday to watch a video blog and find out. DMC understands! Today’s society is increasingly on-the-go, that’s why DMC made our video blogs available for MP3 download. Instead of bad 80’s ballads your next jog or commu...

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Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal

Beginning a Microsoft SharePoint Portal implementation is exciting, as it holds great promise to deliver value to everyone in your organization.  To make your SharePoint Portal project a success, it's important to do some up front planning. In this video blog, I describe some key factors to closely consider when planning your SharePoint Portal. Functional Planning: Features - Collaboration, Business Processes, Content Management, Search, Web 2.0, and KPIs/Dashboards Versio...

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Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS

Microsoft has just released SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint 2010.  In this video blog, I provide an introduction to Microsoft SharePoint and break down the key features and differences between the currently supported versions of SharePoint:   SharePoint 2010 SharePoint Foundation 2010 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0)  See Related DMC SharePoint Video Blogs: Automating a SharePoint Dashboar...

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It's Easy Being Green
Jessica Mlinaric

It's Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog once sang, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Sorry Kermit, we at DMC disagree - it's actually pretty easy. We know “going green” is trendy right now, but it’s something DMC has focused on for awhile. It does take a concerted effort, but whether it’s in our office or in our industry we're contributing to a greener planet on Earth Day and every day. At DMC we strive to be eco-conscious as we deliver world-class solutions for our clien...

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Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential

Instead of writing a traditional web blog, I decided to break from tradition a bit and author a video blog instead this time! Nearly all SharePoint projects I work on include a SharePoint Dashboard component that automates the aggregation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In this video blog, I highlight the key benefits that automating the aggregation of data via a SharePoint Dashboard have over manual KPI reporting. To have a successful SharePoint Dashboard, it is essential that senio...

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Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream
John Sullivan

Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream

Why Search Server Express(SSE) instead of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) search? SSE provides a number of benefits over the built in WSS search. You are basically getting the paid enterprise search from MOSS without the licensing fees. It gives you the ability to search multiple scopes/site, have a central search site location, improved crawling, and many other features. Installation: Download Search Server 2008 Express here. It is important to make sure that Windows SharePoint Services...

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Facebook and SharePoint Development, Cassandra and Highly Scalable Databases
Benjamin Zeinz

Facebook and SharePoint Development, Cassandra and Highly Scalable Databases

I had a customer that wanted a Business Intelligence SharePoint web-part to track their facebook fans over time, to measure the effectiveness of their Facebook marketing push. Little did I suspect that I would be a casualty in the wars over database scalability. I was excited because I'd heard great things about the active Facebook developer community, and found that the Facebook Query language (FQL) API was quite mature compared with other REST APIs that I had worked with, and even found...

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New Charting and Spreadsheet Web Parts Provide Easy, Versatile, and Customizable Dashboard KPI Visualization
Jesse Batsche

New Charting and Spreadsheet Web Parts Provide Easy, Versatile, and Customizable Dashboard KPI Visualization

DMC has recently developed a set of versatile, powerful, time-saving, and customizable web parts to utilize in our SharePoint dashboard solutions. These tools provide a huge array of ways to visualize data and KPI's critical to a company's operation in a way that is simple and easy to interpret. Here are some of the major benefits of this new web part architecture: Learn more about DMC's SharePoint consulting dashboard services. Reduced Web Part Development Time A pri...

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