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The good news

The manuscript is finished and submitted! Now I’m waiting for feedback, and certainly some corrections will be made. However, the big stuff is done.

Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Überblick und Konfiguration der Business Intelligence-Features von SharePoint 2010

Preview it here: Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit SharePoint 2010

Below you can get some numbers about how I passed the last 4 months writing:

 

Book numbers

  • 1 Book
  • 9 chapters
  • 3 appendices
  • 340 pages
  • 250 images
  • 1.5 GB of content created

Time statistics

  • 500 hrs of writing
  • 142 hrs/month (yes, it’s become my second fulltime job)
  • 4.5 hrs sleep/day
  • 14 holidays taken for fulltime writing
  • Average hour of going to sleep:
    • First month of writing: 11.30 p.m
    • Last month of writing: 03.00 a.m.

Trivia

  • 15 albums listening to while writing (7 from which Rammstein)
  • 1 640GB backup hard disk smashed on the floor, causing:
    • INF swearings over the broken hard disk
    • 1 shock proof hard disk purchased
  • 1 MacBook Pro AC adapter cable chewed to death by cat
  • INF amount of:
    • Coffee
    • Red Bull
    • Tea
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Sweets

It was a great experience to write the book and I had the chance to take a 4 month intensive course in specializing on selected topics. However, now I’m really looking forward to increase my sleeping again back from 4.5 to 8 hours!

😉

 

Stay tuned and best regards,

Martin

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Hi there,

a few days ago I received the definitive confirmation that I’m going to speak at the Collaboration Days in Lucerne, Switzerland. The conference’s motto is as follows:

creating hands-on value’

Hence, the goal is to communicate best practices and tutorials, sessions that can be used right away in the field. No marketing or ads, just real-life SharePoint 2010 usage scenarios. Microsoft is supporting the conference as platinum sponsor, among many other sponsors.

 

Contents and Speakers

Here are some numbers:

  • 2 days (November 29th and 30th)
  • ~20 speakers
  • 7 MVPs
  • 4 tracks (IT Pro, Developer, Management, Solutions)
  • 40+ sessions

My session has been placed in the “Management” track and is called “Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit SharePoint 2010”. It will deal with the configuration of PerformancePoint Services and the creation of BI content using Dashboard Designer.

It’s a great honor to speak alongside with gurus such as Thorsten Hans, Dux Raymond Sy, Christian Glessner Michael Greth, Samuel Zürcher (who organises the Collaboration Days) and many many more!

 

Where and when?

The conference takes place at the KKL Luzern (CH).

Check out the official information at www.collaborationdays.ch.

I’m really looking forward to meeting many of you at the conference. More or less at the same time, my book, titled “Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit SharePoint 2010” should be printed and available. For the ones who want to give a glance at the book’s summary, here it is:

 

Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Überblick und Konfiguration der Business Intelligence-Features von SharePoint 2010

http://www.amazon.de/Einstieg-Business-Intelligence-Microsoft-SharePoint/dp/3866456832/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315309414&sr=8-1

 

Hope to meet many of you there!

Best regards,

Martin

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I just received the Microsoft Community Contributor Award!
Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011

Today, while watching TV, I received an email from support@microsoftcommunitycontributor.com. It was stating:

Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award.

The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions in Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN and Answers. The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants like you, who voluntarily contribute your time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

[…]

This is a great honor to me to be awarded with this recognition. After all, it’s a great pleasure to dedicate time and to contribute something meaningful to the community. So thanks, Microsoft for awarding me the MCC award, and thanks also to the unknown promotors who have proposed me for this.

This is a big motivation for going on like until now. So I’m looking forward to many, many more contributions!

Thanks and best regards,

Martin

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Hi all,

 

these are the latest news about the Office 365 launch in NY, where Mr. Steve Ballmer presented the following information. Office finally has moved to the cloud.

 

Janice Kapner gave a brief introduction and welcomed then Steve Ballmer.

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These are the key points Ballmer named before the demo:

 

  • Simultaneously working on documents
  • Realtime collaboration and meetings
  • Suited for business of any size
  • Instant access
  • Small- and midsized businesses can compete now with the “big shots”

 

 

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During the demo, the following things were shown:

 

  • Office 365 start screen w/quick access to Apps
  • Office Web Apps – simultaneous editing the same document
  • Browser-based Applications render exactly the same result as client-based applications
  • Connecting Windows Phone 7 to Office 365 thru Office Hub
  • Integrating OneNote on WP7, Browser and Client Apps – really fast synchronisation
  • 25 GB Email access
  • Lync meetings’ organization
  • Video conferences w/ simultaneous presentations
  • SharePoint Online website editing using the SP Online UI

 

For the rest of the talk, Ballmer was mainly pointing out the opportunities for small- and midsized businesses to get an enterprise collaboration platform with Office 365, that will help not only to maintain contacts and collaboration among employees but also with the outside world.

 

Some more facts:

 

Monthly subscription is available.

70% of the Office 365 Beta users were small- to midsized companies.

 

One big advantage Ballmer mentioned is the possibility for small businesses, to decide not to run an IT infrastructure of their own, but to outsource it to the cloud.

 

Best regards,

Martin

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Hi all,

as you probably know, Office 365 is about to be released to the public. Today, Steve Ballmer is going to talk in a live webinar and probably will announce that Office 365 is final and ready.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/jun11/06-20MSMOD365MA.mspx

 

I also joined the beta and found the interface very fast and efficient. Especially the web apps rock and are just as responsive as their corresponding client versions are. Great stuff so far!

 

However, there is a weird error that I stumbled across: When creating a new document, opening the dropdown for the font, then *not* selecting a font but clicking back in the writing’s area, the Word Web App crashes.

 

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Fig. 1: After creating a document: Everything’s still fine

 

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Fig. 2: After opening the fonts’ dropdown: Still fine

 

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Fig. 3: After clicking back into the writing’s area.

 

It’s not much of a problem, since you can easily restart the Word Web App and re-open the document using the “Restart” button of the dialog in Fig. 3, but any unsaved text is lost in such a case.

 

Has anyone else encountered this?

Best regards,

Martin

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