Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What's the Big Deal about SharePoint?

Over the last couple of years, I have become known around these parts as "That SharePoint Guy." That is a particularly strong title for someone who takes pride in being platform agnostic and whose background is steeped in mid-range computing and open source. How could I be typecast like this? I believe the answer is because of my enthusiasm for SharePoint!

Please understand - I do not lead with a product. I listen to my clients' challenges and opportunities, then offer what I believe to be the best solution based on their requirements. More often than not in recent engagements, the solution has been SharePoint. I like to say that every organization needs SharePoint - some just do not yet know why.

So what's the big deal? For me it is because with over 15 years of systems consulting (and I have enjoyed nearly every minute of it), I can draw a distinct separator on the timeline for the first time. Dozens of past projects, languages and frameworks have culminated into what has become known as "my life before SharePoint."

So why such strong regard for this platform? My future posts will fill you in a little at a time, but I will sum it up in a few points now: ease of use, out-of-the-box features and flexibile integration architecture. A much anticipated paradigm shift has occurred and the focus is now able to be centered where it should be - on the business requirements.

I will expand on this topic in person at IndyTechFest on October 4. Hope to see you there.

Friday, August 1, 2008

About Keller Schroeder

Whether you need a Windows, web, or mobile solution, Keller Schroeder has a track record of successful engagements demonstrating our abilities to design and deliver solutions to meet or exceed your needs. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we have achieved Microsoft’s Custom Development, Information Worker, and Data Management Competencies, which consist of certifications and proven experience via confirmed customer references.

Located in Evansville, Indiana, we specialize in Microsoft SharePoint and .NET solutions with deep experience in C#, ASP.NET, and VB.NET. Our cross-industry experience with these solutions includes capacity planning, installation and configuration, taxonomy, governance, workflows, custom development and legacy system integration.

We also have years of experience with Microsoft tools such as Access (including migrating to SQL Server databases while retaining the Access user interface), Visual Basic (VB), VBA, and Active Server Pages (ASP). Our Certified Office Specialist can help you integrate and customize Microsoft Office to better meet your needs.

Our experience includes Crystal Reports and Active Reports. Our Microsoft SQL Server experience ranges from the desktop engine/SQL Server Express to the Enterprise Edition including stored procedure development, data transformation services, and database design. Our Microsoft Certified DBA’s (Database Administrators) can address the most complex of database challenges.
We support and participate in Evansville's:
.NET Users Group evansvillednug.org
SharePoint Users Group espug.org
And we hope to see you at a meeting soon.