The Executive Governance Primer

The last couple of months, I have spent significant amounts of time working on helping organizations improve their governance over SharePoint.  Some companies have failed many times over and spent very large amounts of money with no real “value” to demonstrate.   I have been looking for a book that I could hand to key executives and stakeholders to understand the magnitude of the task at hand, but also provide a roadmap towards implementing it.  So I ran into this book, “Microsoft SharePoint for Business Executives Guide”, which provides an excellent book to provide to help everyone get on the same page.  Here is my summary from Amazon:

“This is a great book for executives, directors, managers and other key decision makers working on building a roadmap around SharePoint governance and strategy. The question and answer format is used to organize the sections around key challenges, but it also focuses on prescribing an actionable response. The various sections offer high level guidance in several key areas, such SharePoint in the cloud to on-site hosting, understanding roles and responsibilities to growing proper SharePoint teams, and maintaining and supporting the platform. Most importantly, this book emphasizes on leveraging the capabilities of SharePoint, and supporting this robust and complex platform. I recommend this book for everyone who has a SharePoint environment and is looking to mature the platform properly.”

This guide is a great start and roadmap for any organization looking to use SharePoint fully.

BCS Column Limit


This is not new news, but I couldn’t find information on it at first.  Most BCS examples and implementations tend to be small so you don’t see this often:

[box type=”info”] Application definition import failed. The following error occurred: Cannot create more than ’20’ IIdentifier objects per IEntity object. Error was encountered at or just before Line: ‘199’ and Position: ’14’. [/box]


BCS Identifier Limit Error

In a nutshell, you cannot load more than 20 identifiers per the BCS specification (even if the BCS tools allow you to add more).

SharePoint 2010 BCS Identifier Element

SharePoint 2007 BDC Identifier Element

Hope this helps someone.

Office 365 and Outlook 2010: Handle various email addresses

Thought I would share a piece of useful information regarding the use “other emails” in Exchange online.  Traditionally, an account is created with an email address for handling public and shared email accounts.  In Office 365, you can add “other emails” to an account to save the cost of adding additional accounts.  In order to identify the emails coming in from the difference email addresses, you can use a server rule looking into the internet header information.

Outlook 2010 Email Properies Internet Headers

In my case, the email I am looking for is  I created a new blank rule and use the condition “with <specific words> in the message header”.  Then you can create whatever action is deemed proper.

Outlook 2010 Message Header Rule


SharePoint Saturday The Conference in Washington, DC | Aug 11-13, 2011 Slides

Here are my slides and demo scripts/code for my two presentations at the SharePoint Saturday The Conference in Washington, DC on Aug 11-13, 2011

SharePoint 2010 Extranets and Authentication: How will SharePoint 2010 connect you to your partners?


Here is the Extranet FBA Scripts and Code:
SPSTC2011 – Extranets & Claims Authentication_Demo

Boost the Performance of SharePoint Today!

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SharePoint Saturday The Conference 2011 – SP2010 Performance

Here is the Performance Scripts and Code:
SPSTC2011-SP2010 Performance Scripts

What a Great Event! – SharePoint Saturday The Conference in Washington, DC | Aug 11-13, 2011



Wow … can I say wow!  I had a great time at the conference.  It is rare to have go many great people in one place.  Awesome, I spoke to so many great speakers.  The attendees where absolutely great … great questions, interaction and honestly, they were hungry to learn.  It simply cannot get better.

To fully appreciate the conference, lets go over some stats here:

  • 195 Amazing Speakers from all over the world
  • 280 Sessions, 20 sessions on average per hour
  • 200 Fantastic Volunteers
  • 60 Awesome Sponsors
  • Over 2000 Attendees !!

More stats and information from Dux, the mastermind behind it

I have to give props to everyone who contributed to this amazing conference.  The following post details the efforts of the specific individuals … I can’t imagine working with 200 volunteers, roughly 200 speakers and I am sure there are far more things we don’t even know about.  Great job guys and gals!!!The SharePoint’s Got

Talent Show was champed by Marcy Kellar.  Check out the Talented Crew here:

To summarize, this was a tremendous event.  I am greateful that I was able to participate in the event and meet so many great people.