The 2009 Microsoft SharePoint Conference held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has officially kicked off. It has attracted around 6,000 attendees from around the world.
ImageSource exhibited recently at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, we will round out this month with attendance at Kofax Transform in San Diego and we will be exhibiting at IBM On Demand at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which begins October 25th and runs through the 29th.
Then the Annual Nexus Enterprise Content Management conference begins November 2nd and runs through November 3rd. I look forward to seeing you there and hope you can attend some of the breakouts that I will be speaking at, check out the agenda here.
I attended several break-out sessions today at the SharePoint conference and wanted to highlight some of the exciting announcements coming from Microsoft & KnowledgeLake. First I attended ECM for the Masses – How SharePoint Delivers on the Promise. Key areas that everyone who has followed Microsoft SharePoint has considered as gaps in true ECM functionality are starting to be addressed.
- Records Management: SharePoint 2010 comes completed with a revamped Records Center, that includes the ability to create taxonomy schedules and import existing schedules using CSV files. Microsoft is calling this Managed Metadata. More importantly there is now a Unique Document ID that is created for each content item. This Document ID is stored in the database and follows the content item regardess of where the original content is stored or migrated to. This will also make integrating with 3rd party Line of Business applications such as ERP, CRM or Cloud based computing platforms. Other key features include Document Sets that allow you to create work packets/packages, Advanced Routing to determine appropriate library or folder with predefined RM metadata. Check in / Check out, Legal Holds, Folksonomy (tags created by individual users, that can be re-used)
- Web Content Management: In context editing, by implementing the Ribbon UI, familiar to Office 2007 users, authoring and editing exisitng web content is a snap. Rich media support for photos, video and audio files has been updated with a new slice of cool SilverLight that allows web developers to skin the player to match the rest of the sites branding. Also included are web analytics that allow site owners to monitor traffic and size of the site(s).
- BLOB: binary large objects, for years ECM practitioners and tenured professionals have known that storing large image files in the database is a no-no. This architecture created real scalability problems for SharePoint 2003 & 2007. Although it was somewhat addressed with EBS, external blob storage support in 2007. It was still a sticking point for enterprises looking to deploy large SharePoint solutions to support 100’s of millions of content items like TIF files. KnowledgeLake did a nice job of using EBS techniques in their software to bridge the scalability issues. With SP 2010, RBS or Remote Blob Storage is now support at the API level. This will allow third party storage vendors to create fully pluggable storage architectures that can be used to reduce SQL database growth, advance SP scalability and much more.
- Workflow: For many who have used third party workflow engines and tools, the out of the box capabilities of earlier versions of SharePoint were lackluster. In SharePoint 2010 you can build rules based workflow routing for individual content items and document sets based on document actions. Most of the workflow demonstrations I saw were modeled around records management processes. I will have to seek more information on this as the conference progresses.
I also attended KnowledgeLake: ECM on SharePoint 2010 – Features that rock! by Chris Caplinger. This was very well attended and I learned about some of the key Server & Scalability improvements to Indexing, Search/Query and the aforementioned EBS/RBS architecture. Chris gave a sneek preview of the new KnowledgeLake Viewer based on SilverLight, very cool.
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