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Cloud Computing- Light at the end of the Tunnel or a Train…

Posted by Lindsay O'Bannon on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 @ 09:07 AM

At this year's Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 "Cloud Computing" was characterized as an inevitable force that was summed up at one point as either "the light at the end of the tunnel" or "a train" headed straight for Microsoft partners and IT solutions providers.

Moving to the cloud is predicted to be an evolutionary process for all companies and organizations. Microsoft is obviously in support of this statement, but it was actually made by Tiffani Bova, a presenter from Gartner on "Sales Trends and the Cloud Hype". She was helping the attending partners understand how the Cloud hype and trending will affect their businesses from here on out. It was explained that though this move to the cloud is evolutionary for customers it will be a completely revolutionary change for services and solutions providers who have not yet begun to adjust their business plans. 

AKG plans to conduct our due diligence for now to make sure we move correctly to best serve our customers. But we are also interested in what information our customers and other IT users, from the CIO to business uses want to know about moving to the cloud.

So what would you like to know about Cloud Computing? What do you know about moving to the cloud?

Post your responses and get the conversation started. Make sure you are headed toward the light instead of the train!

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Tiffani Bova

Microsoft's World Partner Conference- Key Takeaways

Posted by Andy Campbell on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 @ 09:07 AM

Whenever I go to meetings or conferences I like to emerge with at least three new pieces of information or new/updated perspectives on the subject matter. I attended the opening day of Microsoft's World Partner Conference on July 12 and here are the things I walked away with:

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Topics: SharePoint 2010, Cloud, Windows Azure Appliance, Microsoft's World Partner Conference

Using JQuery to Iterate through a SharePoint List

Posted by Sue Hernandez on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 @ 09:07 AM
Sometimes you would like to iterate through a SharePoint list using Javascript, so that you can completely control the output.  You can create dashboard components this way, with custom KPI columns, conditional formatting, status indicators, etc.
If you're familiar with doing this in a Content Editor Web Part, you may cringe at the thought of it, for a couple of reasons - the code is long and messy, and you need the GUID (Unique Identifier) of the SharePoint List in question before you can iterate through the list items within that list.
Well here's a solution using JQuery/Ajax, which first makes a call to the Lists.asmx web service to go find out what the GUID is for the List if you only have the name of the list.
For the source code, please see my personal blog at:
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Topics: SharePoint List, JQuery

WPC 2010 Cliff Notes

Posted by Scott Mcauliffe on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 @ 09:07 AM

I just ended my 2nd full day at the Microsoft WPC 2010... with the simultaneous release of new products and services you can easily get lost in the maze of new capabilities. So what is the big picture? Simply put Microsoft has invested Billions (yep with a B) in the Cloud and they will continue to invest enormous amounts of both resources and money into the Cloud. To quote, "The future of IT services is in the cloud. Leading analysts predict that by 2012 80% of fortune 1000 enterprises will be using some cloud computing services, and 20% of businesses will own no IT assets."

Make no mistake Microsoft is driving hard into the cloud and new revenue opportunities for those businesses that can take advantage of it will be available. So as you continue to review and begin to leverage the new Microsoft products ask yourself… what opportunities do I see in the cloud. I think you will then understand why this partner event is all about exploring Microsoft's Cloud services.


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Topics: Cloud, Microsoft WPC 2010