Aptillon – Much More than a SharePoint Consulting Company

You probably know Aptillon as the “SharePoint experts.” With a team of current and former SharePoint MVPs, a SharePoint Certified Master, publications, speaking engagements and several decades of collective SharePoint experience in all major versions of SharePoint – we do know SharePoint. Furthermore, to provide expert SharePoint consulting services we must be experts at more than just SharePoint. This is one area that differentiates Aptillon from other SharePoint consulting companies. Continue reading →

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Why are You Still Using Microsoft PerformancePoint Services?

Remembering PerformancePoint

I remember the days when I spoke on PerformancePoint like it was yesterday. The start of real integration and collaboration on business intelligence in SharePoint. I was a fan of PerformancePoint because it was easy to use, integrated well and allowed organizations to include many types of content into a single dashboard. Continue reading →

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SPTechCon: the SharePoint Technology Conference

SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology and Office 365 Conference is returning to Austin, Texas! SPTechCon will take place February 21-24, 2016, with more than 80 technical classes and tutorials presented to help those utilizing SharePoint technology and maximize their effectiveness with it.
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SPTechCon Austin will feature the first conference sessions on SharePoint 2016, the next release of SharePoint expected early next year! We will also bring you more on working with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365, with practical information you can put to use on the job right away!
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SPTechCon offers classes and tutorials for IT professionals, business decision makers, information workers, project managers, and developers. Each presenter at the conference will be a true SharePoint expert, with many drawn from Microsoft’s tech teams or from outside authorities with Microsoft MVP status.
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We’re looking forward to seeing you in February! Because SharePoint… and AUSTIN!!

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Using SPAllSitesJobDefinition to Process Site by Site

Introduction

Timer Jobs are commonly used by the SharePoint platform to perform various tasks from maintenance such as cleaning up dead sites and old history to processing ratings and notifications. There is even a Timer Job to recycle the timer service that manages the Timer Jobs (Timer Job Recycle). Developers commonly create, deploy and schedule Timer Jobs to solve business requirements that happen on a schedule or may need to run absent a user or user action. Timer Jobs unlike a Windows Scheduled Task works with the SharePoint farm can easily interact with other parts of the farm making them a better solution for schedule tasks in SharePoint. Continue reading →

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Fix – WP7 AdControl Disappears after Upgrade to 7.1

Last night I cut over a few WP7 7.0 applications using the AdControl to 7.1 (Mango). In the process I lost the AdControl on all the application pages. No error, not complaint just an empty place where the AdControl should have been.  If I was paying close attention I could see a brief flicker of the outline of the AdControl as though it was loading. Continue reading →

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Connecting Windows Phone 7 to SharePoint using Basic Authentication

Todd, Matt and I have been working with SharePoint and Windows Phone 7 a lot lately. There are a lot of great scenarios for connecting Windows Phone 7 to your SharePoint farm.  The phone platform provides a great reach scenario for many SharePoint applications.  Unfortunately Windows Phone 7 does not support NTLM in custom development scenario and that is the most common authentication scenario we run into with SharePoint farms. Continue reading →

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SharePoint and Azure Training Course

While I am on a streak pushing new training courses I might as well point out that the SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure Training Course is available as well. Todd Baginiski of Aptillon worked on some of the content in this training course. This training course will get you started with integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure. Download the course from: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/SPAzureTrainingCourse. Continue reading →

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SharePoint Enterprise Content Management Implementers’ Course

Working on an Enterprise Content Management project using SharePoint 2010? Then you need to take a look at the new SharePoint Enterprise Content Management Implementers’ Course recently published on TechNet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/hh126808. This kit was created to provide a “beyond the basic” look and understanding of how to implement key pieces of a ECM system using SharePoint 2010. This kit goes beyond a simple explanation of ECM and discussed key areas such as architecture, taxonomy, search, metadata management and document management.
The implementer’s kit includes content, labs and videos and can be viewed by an individual or as instructor-led training. The kit includes the following modules: Continue reading →

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