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SharePoint Enterprise “Temptations” Webinar Series

Innovative-e, Inc. and are proud to host a free SharePoint webinar series – “Temptations That Lead to the 5 Deadly Sins of SharePoint in the Enterprise.”

Join us for the next webinar in the series, “5 Risky SharePoint Temptations for IT Leaders” on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 2:00pm ET. Co-hosts Dux Raymond Sy, managing partner of Innovative-e, and Mark Miller, Director of Global Strategy and Senior Storyteller at, will discuss SharePoint risk management and take an in-depth look into the “temptations” or mistakes that IT leaders make when it comes to implementing and managing SharePoint enterprise-wise.

The “SharePoint Temptations” series is an extension of the original “5 Deadly Sins of SharePoint in the Enterprise” webinar. Innovative-e’s monthly webinar series began in January and is proud to be joining this month as a co-host. The series will continue through June 2012.

Please register FREE to attend this featured SharePoint webinar.

You will be sent a link to obtain your unique attendance URL the day before or morning of the event.

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Sharing the Point Travelogue, Part 4: Santiago, Chile

This is the fourth in a series of articles documenting the Sharing the Point South America 2012 Tour, sponsored by and AvePoint.

“Your plane has crashed down. We have had to cancel the flight.”

These were the words we heard when reaching the checkout counter at the airport, before leaving from Montevideo, Uruguay for our flight to Santiago, Chile. It seems there was something lost in translation. Fortunately, “Your plane has crashed down” only means “There is a mechanical failure and the plane has been taken off the schedule.”

While it was a relief to get that worked out, the dilemma was now how are we going to get to Santiago? Option one: Rent a van and drive 12 to 14 hours through the mountains at night. Not a great choice, but available as a last resort. Option two: Find a private plane and charter the flight. Not viable at all on our budget. Option three: Stand at the counter, holding up the entire line at the airport until the attendant found us seats on the next available flight.

At first, that didn’t look like it was going to work, but we were persistent and with the blessing of a group of nuns standing in line right behind us, we were able to book a late night flight, arriving in Santiago about 1:00am.

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Sharing the Point Travelogue, Part 3: Uruguay

This is the third in our series of articles documenting the Sharing the Point South America 2012 Tour.

Sharing the Point South America 2012It was an early wake up call to get to the ferry for the trip to Montevideo, Uruguay. We had all agreed to a short night the night before because we were going to have to catch the 7:30am ferry, with a mandatory 6:30am check in.

That’s not how things roll, though, in the Oleson/Noel family tour. They still hadn’t actually seen a real Argentinian tango club. Joel, Paul, Ricardo and Michael went on the hunt and found a place where locals go to tango in the evening. Only hitch? It seems like tango is only for the over-60 crowd nowadays. Even with those restrictions, the guys had fun talking to the clientele and learning a couple steps.

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Sharing the Point 2012 Travelogue, Part 2: Buenos Aires

(This is the second in a series of articles documenting the Sharing the Point South America 2012 Tour sponsored by and AvePoint. In case you missed it, please check out the Sharing The Point 2012 South America & Antarctica Travelogue, Part 1)

By coincidence, four of us routed our travel through Washington DC and ended up on the same flight down to Buenos Aires. This was a long haul, but relatively easy because of the 10:00pm departure, allowing us to get some sleep before we arrived.

The first shock of the trip was having to pay $140.00 as an entrance fee into Argentina. The pass is valid for 10 years, but it still felt like getting hit with a “tourist tax”. Dan Holme had flown in a couple days earlier and warned us to negotiate a taxi fee before we accepted a ride. We were able to get that done through the taxi info center at the airport and headed into downtown Buenos Aires.

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Sharing the Point: South America and Antarctica Travelogue (Part 1)

Mark MillerIt has been a week since my return from the Sharing the Point Tour of South America and Antarctica, and yet the aura surrounding the event has not dissipated.

In fact, it gets stronger each time I view the pictures or talk with people about the trip. Even this morning while walking the kids to school, neighbors were surrounding us, asking questions and listening in awe as I described some of the scenarios of the journey through South America and Antarctica. My six year old’s first grade class is studying foods of the world, so I’ve even been invited to give a presentation at PS 41 in New York City, showing our food pictures from the trip.

I was able to visit six locations near the “end of the world”, as they call it in Ushuaia, speaking with people about their use of SharePoint, what their projects look like and what their plans are for the future. Along the way there were food adventures, unexpected changes in travel plans and hospitality that made us feel welcome wherever we went.

This is the first in a series of articles reliving moments from our tour, explaining why we do what we do and talking about future plans for Sharing the Point.

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SharePoint Decisions: To Host or Not to Host?

Clear your mental mystification of SharePoint hosting

As a SharePoint architect at, I hear questions all the time about hosting SharePoint in a private cloud vs. hosting SharePoint On Premise. Trust me, I completely understand the mental mystifications that you and your organization are going through when considering this.

Have you been scratching your head over the potential infrastructure investment that you’ll incur with your upcoming SharePoint Farm deployment? Are you feeling a sense of bewilderment over how you’ll have full control of your SharePoint environment if it’s not On Premise? Or, perhaps you’re perplexed over how you’ll manage the around-the-clock IT support and overhead costs that come with the 24/7 monitoring and the recapitulation of OS upgrades and patches in your On Premise environment. Well, the good news is that you’re not alone.

These and many other factors are all very important to consider when making the decision to host on premise or to host in a SharePoint cloud. As Mark Miller, our Senior Storyteller and Community Advocate says, there is “the good, the bad, and the ugly” with any option. My intent is to make you aware of the various ways of implementing SharePoint. It’s not meant to be prescriptive or used as a roadmap, but more as a set of talking points around Hosted vs. On Premise SharePoint.

Let’s break it down.

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FREE WEBINAR: 4 Ways to Overcome Limited SharePoint Expertise in the Enterprise

(You may now view the video and the slides of this webinar.  Enjoy!)

You’re invited to join’s Senior Storyteller and Community Advocate Mark Miller and Innovative-e, Inc. Managing Partner and Chief Evangelist Dux Raymond Sy as they share their expert insights and tips as well as four ways to overcome the challenge of limited SharePoint expertise in the Enterprise.

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Mark Miller Joins the Team

Mark MillerWe’re proud to welcome Mark Miller, founder and editor of, to’s team as our Senior Storyteller and Community Advocate!

A dedicated evangelist for all things SharePoint, Mark  is known by many in the Community as a frequent speaker at SharePoint Saturday events, global conferences and online webcasts, and in general, the go-to-expert for all things SharePoint.

No stranger to a challenge (this is the guy who once hopped on a bicycle and rode 15mph for 3,500 miles in 50 days - true story) Mark is excited about his new position.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to A knowledge that has led 50,000 unique page views to his website per week, 13,000 readers to his weekly newsletter and hundreds of questions weekly to his Stump the Panel: SharePoint Q&A Forum.

“I couldn’t be happier with this announcement. We’ve always endeavored to maintain an arsenal of high caliber employees who serve as the frontline for unmatched support and customer service for our clientele. Having a dedicated SharePoint evangelist like Mark Miller on our team will definitely take to the next level where we can educate the community and serve our clients more effectively.”

- Rob LaMear IV
Founder & CEO,

Mark will continue with the independent SharePoint communities he founded: and

Please join us in proudly welcoming Mark Miller to!

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Sharing The Point Asia 2011 Tour (in pixels) at the Great Wall of China #stpasia at the Great Wall of China

What a week it was for the Sharing The Point Asia 2011 team!

We thought we would share some highlights from the week in the form of pixels compiled into pictures – many thanks to innovative-e for posting all of these in his #stpasia flickr gallery!

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Sharing the Point – Asia 2011 Tour

Where in the world is Rob LaMear? is taking the best of the best in Hosted SharePoint to Asia to spread the word about SharePoint 2010 this March. Passports and Visas are in order and flights are booked. The road crew will be blogging and shooting video along the way so it should be pretty interesting.  All of the great Sharing the Point Speakers will be chiming in on various SharePoint topics and the decks will be available to the community once the tour is finished.

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