SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints Now Available

My book, SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints has been officially released and is now available both in print and as an electronic download.


What you will learn from this book

You will see how to build the following SharePoint projects:

  • An Effective Intranet Site for your organization that maximizes the site’s ability to aggregate content and is highly effective at communicating important messages
  • A Workflow Out of Office Solution that allows users to manage their out of office dates and automate task assignments to a delegated resource
  • A Company Forms Site with the definition of form content types and organizing the forms into a usable interface 
  • An Engaging Community Site including custom features that can be used to enhance collaboration and provide an information sharing system
  • A Site Request and Provisioning System to help governance and compliance activities
  • A Project Site Template to support project initiatives and track Issues, Tasks, and Contacts
  • A Project Management Main Site that can aggregate the key metrics and status information from the project management sites previously created
  • A Task Rollup solution that can aggregate tasks from the specified sites
  • A dynamic Site Directory solution that leverages Search



The hands-on example solutions in this book are based on fictitious business development briefs, and they illustrate practical ways of using SharePoint in various business scenarios.

A chapter is dedicated to each example SharePoint solution covering step-by-step instructions for building the SharePoint solutions, aided by the extensive use of screenshots.


While it is late to the party for this product cycle, I think there are some great examples that will serve developers for years to come. 

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2012 Wrap-up

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2012 was another great event and went pretty smooth despite the challenges of a new location.  The organizers really did a great job with planning on this one!

While I was very surprised how few of the attendees had experience with FAST, I’m optimistic that over the next year or two people will see the power and flexibility it can provide users.

Here are my slides from the event. 

Update on the Book Project

Over the past year I’ve spend a pretty significant amount of time working on a project for Packt Publishing to deliver a SharePoint book focused on creating business solutions.  The project has been pretty daunting with 10 chapters and about 300 pages since I do have a day job and significant community involvement, but it is nearly done.

The full body of work which represents my effort is now available for pre-order with additional information found here:  SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints.  The book is scheduled to ship in July, so I’m excited to see it make its way through the final production steps.

PactPub has also decided to publish the content in a roll-up book Compendium: The Best of Packt for Extending SharePoint which was published in January 2012 and is currently available for purchase.  It contains two of my chapters along with chapters from some of the other SharePoint 2010 related books published by PacktPub.  The two chapters I contributed include:

Chapter 1: Understanding SharePoint Development Choices
Chapter 2: Building an Engaging Community Site
I encourage everyone to check it out.

SharePoint Saturday Philly Wrap-up

SharePoint Saturday Philadelphia was another great event.  Thank you for everyone that attended the session; here are my session slides for anyone that might be interested in referencing them.

Keys to Success with SharePoint Search

Hope to see everyone again soon!


A big thank you to everyone involved!

SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach–Wrap-up

SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach was a huge success again and a great way to kick off the new year.  Attendance has really grown, and I believe there were close to 350 people there between the attendees, sponsors, speakers, and volunteers.  Great job as always by the volunteers making this one of the best run events I have ever been apart of!

Thank you to the people that attended my sessions.  Below are the covered materials.

Developing Reusable Workflow Solutions – SPBlueprints.Activities Code

How Many Sites Do I Need?!?!


Hope to see all of you again at another event.  Next on the schedule for me is the Atlanta SharePoint User Group on Monday 1/16 where I will be presenting the Reusable Workflow session again followed by SharePoint Saturday Philly on Feb 4th where I will be doing a session on planning for SharePoint Search!

A Look Ahead

The past year was an interesting one filled with highs and lows for me both personally and professionally.  Looking forward to 2012 I am very optimistic that it will be a great year for many.

This morning I received the email that I was renewed as a SharePoint MVP for another year; upping the total count to 3 years.    I am very grateful for the support of the community and hope to continue to maintain the high levels of contributions.  With the high number of events though, it is unlikely that I will be able to do nearly as many as I would like to.  My first quarter schedule already includes:

I will also be attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit in Bellevue, WA February 25th to March 2nd.

In other news, the SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints is coming along with the first draft nearing competition.  I am not exactly sure what the publish date will be, but I hope it is no later than May or June.  As it gets closer I’ll be sure to post information on availability.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, may it bring health and prosperity to all of you!

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