Registration Open for Boston Area SharePoint Users Group on 1/11/12

Registration is now open for the January 11, 2012 Boston Area SharePoint Users Group Meeting in Waltham, MA.

January 11th, 2012 Meeting Information – Waltham

The presenter for our next meeting is Scott Jamison, Chief Architect and CEO for Jornata. He will be presenting "Making SharePoint 2010 ROCK by Increasing Findability".

Session Abstract
Want to make it easier for users to locate the right content, whether they’re browsing or searching in SharePoint? In this session, Scott shows you real-world ways to get the most out of key features like metadata, content search, people search, cloud tags, status feeds, list views, and content contribution.

About Scott
Scott Jamison is a SharePoint MVP and MCM. He’s also the Chief Architect and CEO at Jornata, a top-tier SharePoint consulting firm.

CubisOne provides consulting and IT services to clients globally. CubisOne delivers unmatched business value to customers through a combination of process excellence, quality frameworks and service delivery innovation. By leveraging our onshore, offshore and onsite capabilities, our customers enjoy decreased costs, increased profitability.


We will be handing out raffle tickets at the BASPUG meetings.

We will be meeting at the Microsoft Waltham office, located on the 6th floor, at 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA.


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SharePoint 2010 Balsamiq Mockups Template

If you haven’t used Balsamiq Mockups before, you should check it out. It is an awesome tool for generating on the fly wireframes for SharePoint, and just about everything else.

Now that you’ve had a chance to look at it (and download and play with it), you are probably thinking… hey, I work in SharePoint, is there a good starter template I can use? Well, I am glad you asked. My good buddy, and colleague, The James Sturges, came up with a great template for it. Go and check out his post on the matter here:

Taking Screenshots and Extracting Text from Images

imageOneNote has become integral in my day-to-day work. Whether I am doing internal work, work for clients, or, writing a blog. Two of the main features I make use of are OneNote’s screenshot capability, as well as the capability for OneNote to extract text from images.

I regularly show people these things, since they seem to be features people are unaware of, so, I thought I would put together a quick blog post about it.

I was today, going through sites at a customer site, to review them for specific features and functionality. In doing so, I needed a list of those sites, as well as a way to create a checklist of them, so I could keep track of my progress – OneNote provides that solution.

For this example –I will just use the Jornata website.


I first expanded the menu for Products, and took a screenshot of just the products listed. To do this, all you need to do is press Windows Key + S – One Note needs to be open, or, running from the system tray.


And, OneNote will automatically copy this to a previously defined section of my notes (I generally choose Unfiled Notes under my Personal notebook), as well as copy it to my clipboard.

Once it is in OneNote, all toy need to do is right-click on the image, and choose Copy text from Picture


And it will do just that. I can then paste that into a new note in OneNote, and create them as ToDo items, using the appropriate tags. You might need to clean up the text a bit, but, for the most part, it saves a lot of typing of information readily available to you.


Cool, huh? How do you use OneNote? Any features which save your bacon, or make your life easier and more productive each day? Please share!

The end of an era, and the start of a new one.

Today marks the end of an era. An almost 7-year era for me…

I started with GraceHunt in early October, 2004, brought in by a former colleague and good friend of mine. Up until that point, I had not done much on the consulting side, except for a private web development business I ran on the side for years. I had jobs in the industry prior to GraceHunt has a Systems Engineer, Systems Administrator, Data Center Manager, Network Engineer, and yes, even a dial up support technician very early on.

All of these things came together well for me when I came across SharePoint, shortly after joining GraceHunt, especially from having created complex intranet applications by hand for years on Perl and PHP. After a day of playing with SharePoint – at the time – I referred to it as “an intranet in a box”. Since then, and especially in the past four years, SharePoint became my main focus, and I have not even bothered looking back, just barreling head on into SharePoint more and more each day (there is always something new to learn!).


With that, and as a progression of my career, I am pleased to announce, that starting next week, I will be joining up with the great team over at Jornata. I having had several conversations with Scott Jamison, everything just made sense. I look forward to still being heavily involved in the SharePoint community, and maybe even a bit more than I have been over these past few years, and looking forward to many great years with Jornata.

I worked with a great group of people at GraceHunt, a good amount of whom had been there since the beginning like myself. I wish them all the best of luck, and will miss working each day along side them. I am definitely looking forward to have those same kind of extended-family connections at Jornata.

My first official day will be September 26, 2011 – and I cannot wait to get started.

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