Who would have thought back in 2000 when I dug up this little known download MS called the digital dashboard resource kit that this would end up being a 800 million dollar product for MS? Countless Sharepoint implementations later and I still find it funny how somehow I can never escape Sharepoint-wherever I go-Warning to others" once people know you know sharepoint there is no escape.
Not sure why Sharepoint has become my career fate-is it a calling? Not even sure why I have had so much success with Sharepoint over the years-somehow when you are blesssed/cursed with the Sharepoint calling it just all makes sense-a little information architecture here, a dab of a sensible site structure and navigation there, a splash of SEO and meta-tagging, and of course don’t forget the users-what’s important to them since just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come.
It’s also funny watching people recent to the technology-watching them go through the discovery process of working with the product-at first the naive joy that this is so easy-why do we even need developers? Heck, now I am a developer:) This is soon followed by a slightly more realistic outlook once the requests for customization start rolling in-the frenzy to find solutions begins and the honeymoon stage is nearing it’s end.
I notice in the current release MS made an effort to provide tons of documentation unlike the old days when the SDK and a prescriptive architecture guide were the sharepoint person’s only crutches. It’s interesting to hear from newbies-have you seen this link, document etc. and hear the joy that "hey if I follow these guidelines I will be ensured of a successfull Sharepoint project" Poor souls indeed.
The next phase? I will dive into this on the next post but here is a teaser: why I hate the content editor web part.