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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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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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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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Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services
Cesar Pena

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services

Recently I worked on a project where I needed to import test data from a chemical process contained in text files into a MS SQL Server database. I was about to start a C# .NET project to do this task, but I thought there has to be a quicker and easier way to do this. That is how I stumbled upon SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). SSIS can do exactly what I needed. This tool is a component included in all versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (except Express and Workgroup) that can handle dat...

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DMC Leads SharePoint Dashboard Workshop at the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Leads SharePoint Dashboard Workshop at the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing

DMC led a SharePoint Dashboard Workshop at the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing executive lunch briefing on March 4, 2010. The event's topic, Use Technology You Already Own to Operate Efficiently and Competitively, drew a full-house of thirty business leaders. Participants were treated to a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and dashboard workshop led by Rick Rietz, DMC Director of Consulting Services. In addition, Rick led a deep-dive demonstration of SharePoint Dashboard and SharePoint ...

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DMC and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing to Sponsor Executive Lunch Briefing
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing to Sponsor Executive Lunch Briefing

DMC and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing are sponsoring a complimentary executive lunch briefing on March 4, 2010. The event’s topic, Use Technology You Already Own to Operate Efficiently and Competitively, will focus on using Microsoft SharePoint to make better decisions by tracking key performance indicators, cut costs by operating more efficiently and increase innovation by enabling collaboration. “There are true cost-saving and innovation benefits companies will realize...

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WSS or MOSS - Which Version of SharePoint is Right for Us?
Rick Rietz

WSS or MOSS - Which Version of SharePoint is Right for Us?

Looking back over the last three years of implementing SharePoint solutions for a wide variety of clients (large and small), I would say this is the number one question clients ask me when looking to get started on their first SharePoint portal solution. I think it is definitely one of the first questions you should try to answer when planning your SharePoint solution. After all, selecting the right version of SharePoint will save your organization time and money; and ensure that you maximize th...

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Using Microsoft's RichCopy Tool
Ken Brey

Using Microsoft's RichCopy Tool

Sometimes copying and pasting from Windows Explorer just isn't good enough. It's fine for every-day file handling, but if you have to migrate all the files on a drive, but can't use a program like Ghost to carbon copy the volume, Windows Explorer just won't do. If you are copying all night and one file has a problem, Windows Explorer will just pop up a dialog and stop copying, leaving you unsure exactly what is done and what isn't. I had just this issue as I was migrating...

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SharePoint Content Linked to Outlook
Danny Budzinski

SharePoint Content Linked to Outlook

Recently, we created a help forum at DMC to share information between all of our engineers. Our goal was to create a standard place for people to ask questions and leverage our company’s collective experience and knowledge. It was also desirable that this information be stored in a reviewable manner so that questions only have to be answered once. Microsoft SharePoint provided a perfect portal on which to create a forum like this. All we had to do was create a Discussion list configured...

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DMC Earns Microsoft Information Worker Competency for SharePoint
Rick Rietz

DMC Earns Microsoft Information Worker Competency for SharePoint

DMC has earned its fourth Microsoft competency: Information Worker. The Information Worker competency recognizes DMC’s investment and dedication to delivering world-class SharePoint Solutions for its customers. This new competency demonstrates DMC’s proficiency and experience implementing Microsoft SharePoint solutions. Microsoft awards competencies to partners who have demonstrated expertise by certifying multiple developers in a particular technology and producing multiple custo...

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Real World Azure
Eric Anderson

Real World Azure

Last Thursday, October 1st, Ben Zeinz and I attended the afternoon session of an MSDN event entitled "Real World Azure". It introduced Windows Azure ahead of its upcoming release. The morning session was geared towards IT personnel while the afternoon was for developers like us. The session was led by Dave Bost, developer evangelist at Microsoft, who also hosts The Thirsty Developer. Dave discussed the advantages and disadvantages of hosting applications on-premises, in a data cente...

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Automatic logon in Microsoft Windows
Cesar Pena

Automatic logon in Microsoft Windows

I recently deployed a system where I needed a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to automatically logon after a shutdown, blackout or any other power loss to the system. Here's what I did to solve this issue: Disable Event Tracker In Windows Server 2003 the “Display Shutdown Event Tracker” is enabled by default. This means, that if your server crashes you need to manually input what caused it to crash so that this data can be logged in the event tracker. This needs to ...

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Editing Underlying Data in MS SQL Reporting Service (SSRS)
Boris Cherkasskiy

Editing Underlying Data in MS SQL Reporting Service (SSRS)

In the past, DMC has used MS SQL Server Reporting Service (SSRS) on multiple projects as a web-based reporting engine. I personally liked using SSRS a lot because it allowed us to design quite complicated reports in very little time. At the same time, I wished it were possible to edit data viewed in the report, such as editing row comments. While it wasn’t possible to edit report data using the standard set of SSRS features, our team was able to find a way around this by creating a cust...

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Choosing the Right SharePoint Development Environment
Benjamin Zeinz

Choosing the Right SharePoint Development Environment

When developing a SharePoint solution, there are many choices of development environments to get the job done, but they are not all equal. Once you’ve figured out the purpose of the page, how many web-parts are required for that purpose, and what the inputs for each web-part are, only then can you consider which development environment is appropriate according. Imagine the following options as a kind of inverted Maslow’s hierarchy SharePoint development: Native SharePoin...

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SharePoint Workflow Looping
Danny Budzinski

SharePoint Workflow Looping

On a recent project, I was given an interesting challenge by a customer using SharePoint. Basically the desire was to have a recursive "For loop" function in SharePoint using nothing but native tools (i.e. workflows). Googling the subject, I found very little helpful information, but I was able to come up with a workable solution of my own and thought it was worth blogging about. The desired scenario was to have a bunch of records in a list where a user could perform a process on al...

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Danny Budzinski

Trick for Adding an Entire Excel Workbook to Microsoft OneNote

Recently I was using OneNote to compile a lot of test data from Excel and ran into a problem. My data was in a number of different worksheets and when I dragged and dropped the Excel file as a printout into OneNote, I only got 1 of the sheets, not all of the many sheets of data. I didn't want to keep inserting the sheets 1 by 1 so I looked into it and I figured out how to get the whole workbook into OneNote in 1 fell swoop: Open the Excel workbook you want to import as a printout...

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