Microsoft SharePoint Vendor Demo Learnings

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On Friday, I attended a Microsoft SharePoint Vendor demo.   The sessions I attended focused on PerformancePoint and Business Intelligence.  Here are a few bits of information I gleaned from this experience…

  • featured a presentation by the CIO of IDOT explaining their use of SharePoint, including screenshots (see also the Microsoft Case Study)
  • demos used included one hosted at Microsoft Public Sector Demo Solutions
  • included database driven map integration in the demo (like a Google mashup, but with MS Virtual Earth / Bing)
  • used PerformancePoint’s Dashboard Designer
  • PerformancePoint is part of MOSS 2007 Enterprise, and also includes Proclarity Analytics
  • demo of Nintex Workflow (thoroughly impressive! – create advanced, graphical workflows inside of MOSS) – ~ $8750 per front end web server
  • demo of EPMLive (project and work management solutions)

Sessions I was unable to attend covered other SharePoint third party products, specifically KnowledgeLake (integrated document imaging and capture), and the CorasWorks Toolset (for data integration and building composite applications using XML SQL Web Services).

Additionally, I ran across some tech I’d never been exposed to, being a small-time server jockey – the concept of OLAP Cubes, multidimensional databases, and the MDX query language.  Neat.  Must learn more.

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