Portals Webcasts for May

 5 May, 2pm: TechNet Webcast Collaborating across the Integrated Portal

This session begins with an overview of Portal technologies and an introduction to the Microsoft Portal framework. We will give an overview of the capabilities you have when using collaboration tools. We will then explore in detail how collaboration technologies enhance the capability of the integrated portal. The session will be fully interactive with plenty of time given for audience questions throughout.

26 May, 2pm: TechNet Webcast Collaborating with SPS and Office

In this session we will cover distributing business intelligence data with Share Point and Office. We will examine building a dashboard site; customise the site by changing the layout and using the various style sheets. We will look at Outlook smart web parts, the smart tag wizard and how to add messaging capabilities to your site. We will explore how to publish data from Office and Map point which is dynamically updated, and show how to generate business analysis reports from office web components.

Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Portals in an Adaptive Enterprise

Thursday, May 26, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time

David Quine, Enterprise Integration Architect, Fender Musical Instruments

As we move away from the T in IT, the portal becomes the ultimate information delivery vehicle. Although a number of organizations see the value of a portal, they are still trying to develop a business case for making this investment and are looking for ways to ensure that their portal implementations occur smoothly with low risk. Join this webcast to learn how Fender Musical Instruments is using their portal to gain a competitive advantage throughout the business value chain and the steps they took to plan and implement their portal in a risk-free manner. See how the portal is supporting critical business processes throughout Fender and providing their executives with the information they need to make rapid business decisions. 


TechNet Webcast: Getting Back to Normal: SharePoint Backup and Disaster Recovery (Level 300)

Friday, May 06, 2005 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time

Bill English, President, Mindsharp

Disaster recovery is never a simple task, and the rules and procedures are different for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. This session demonstrates how to back up an entire medium server farm running network load balancing (NLB) with shared services. We’ll back it up using spsbackup.exe, then tear down the entire farm, remove all the servers from the farm, create a new configuration database and restore the farm back to its original state in roughly 1 hour. If you’re responsible for disaster recovery at the portal farm level, come, watch this demo-rich presentation, and learn. You’ll be glad you did.


TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does SharePoint Portal Server Hosting. (Level 300)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 – 8:00 AM-9:00 AM Pacific Time

Scott St. Jean, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft

This webcast will contrast two of Microsoft’s own hosted portal offerings: a high density shared hosting service and a dedicated customized portal service offering. The discussion will detail the business requirements for the service offerings, the technical details on implementation and execution, and finally discuss the realized value of our current service offering. Demos will be shown of both the enterprise central portal (MSWeb) and the Microsoft Sales Portal.



TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Performance and Capacity Planning Best Practices and Lessons Learned (Level 300)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Pacific Time

Joel Oleson, Technologist, Microsoft

Microsoft has had a strong presence on the World Wide Web for nine years. In that time the size and use of the Web has exploded. We haven’t just had to keep up, we’ve had to lead the way, anticipating the need for and implementing faster, bigger, and more secure networks, servers, and server farms on an ongoing basis. Perhaps you could learn something from our experience? If so, join this webcast to learn how Microsoft IT optimizes their Web farms and SQL clusters to support terabytes of content from users worldwide.




TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Portal Server 2003: Best Practices for an Implementation (Level 300)

Friday, May 27, 2005 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time

Bill English, President, Mindsharp

Learn the best practices for designing a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 implementation. This webcast will discuss the 10 key areas of planning that need to be considered in your design, why you should consider developing a SharePoint Planning Team and what to do if you’ve already deployed portal server and need to make adjustments to your design. The advice will be straightforward and based on experience of working with many clients in many different scenarios. If you manage or design for SharePoint Portal Server 2003, you should attend this session.



TechNet Support Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Project Server 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (Level 200)
Tuesday, May 03, 2005 –  10:00 Pacific Time

Jean-Francois LeSaux, Microsoft Corporation

This Support Webcast presents the integration points between Microsoft Project Server 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003. The Webcast reviews the integration between Project Server 2003 and SharePoint technologies as they are installed the first time. The session also discusses several extensibility scenarios. These include indexing and searching across all Project Server Web sites and using the Project 2003 Web parts in a portal page.


Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (Level 200)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Andrew Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Pacific Technical Consulting

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, a key feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, takes file storage to a new level, providing community Web sites for team collaboration and making it easy for users to work together on documents, tasks, contacts, events, and other information. What’s more, all of a site’s collaborative content can be read and edited within Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003. Join us for this informative webcast to learn how you and your team can get more out of Windows SharePoint Services and make collaboration the engine of team productivity.


Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: SharePoint Portal Server 101 (Level 100)

Thursday, May 19, 2005 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Eric Raarup, Information Worker Practice Manager, Inetium

Get an overview of SharePoint and learn the differences between Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. During this webcast we will highlight many of the built-in features within SharePoint and discuss how organizations are using those features to solve common business problems.



Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: Boosting Corporate Productivity Through Portals and Collaboration (Level 100)

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Tracy Bayer, Director of Business Development, Invision

Hal Danziger, Director of Development Operations, Invision

Businesses of all sizes rely heavily upon communication among employees, customers and suppliers. Unfortunately, each worker has become an “island of information”, decreasing the quality and delivery of products and services while driving up the cost of labor. In this webcast, learn how your organization can address these challenges and realize the business benefits of collaboration by taking advantage of portal solutions such as Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies.