SharePoint Saturday Arabia is back –11 Dec 2010

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Online event is back!1

Following from last successful event, this online event is scheduled for DEC 11, 2010.

Last March, we hosted the first instance of SharePoint Saturday Arabia and it was a success, thanks to our speakers and sponsors. It was a ten hour event with 15 Speakers, including 8 MVPs, and two simultaneous sessions running every hour. We had 750 registrants and around 150 attendees( Recording from the first event are still available here http://www.endusersharepoint.com/2010/04/05/sharepoint-saturday-arabia-wrap-up-recording-and-bonus-videos/ )

This is the second event and we are hoping for the same success and enthusiasm from our audience.

In the spirit of giving back to the SharePoint Community, the event admission will be free of charge, supported by people volunteering their time to speak on their favorite SharePoint topic.

We are now taking speaker submissions. Please download the speaker submission form. There are some new questions on there that you might not have seen if you have participated in previous SharePoint Saturday events since we are dealing with multiple timezones and continents.

We will take submissions only for 2010 material. Presentations will last one hour with possible Q&A continuing through the live blogging platform.

Register here http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/arabia

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Invitation: Enterprise Developers Academy–Microsoft Egypt

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Develop your expertise
Get up to speed on all the latest tools available to enhance
your skills and create new, innovative solutions.
Develop your network
Meet and interact with industry leaders and professionals. Share
and exchange tips on development, generate ideas and establish relationships.
Develop new solutions
Discover how you can get more value out of your existing tools and
deliver superior solutions through in-depth discussions and demos.
Don’t miss this exclusive event.

Introduction to SharePoint Development
Date: Wednesday October 27, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Ashraf MansourPlace: Microsoft Egypt Building in Smart Village
Description:
Learn to develop for SharePoint Server 2010 using Visual Studio 2010, with demos on developing a sample custom workflow and a sample web part.Seats are limited, to confirm your attendance, please reply back tomohamedw@microsoft.com

Speaking at Open Door Egypt 2, 3 November

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Microsoft will be hosting its new annual event Microsoft Open Door at the Fairmont hotel, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt for two days6 2nd and 3rd of November 2010.The event will have two tracks; one for Developers and the other for ITPros.

I will be presenting “Developing Office Business Applications with Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010on November, 3rd (2:30 – 3:30 PM)

Developers track schedule

TUE NOV 2nd – Day 1

8:30 AM  10:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Keynote

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Building Modern Line-of-Business Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

12:30 PM 12:45 PM Break

12:45 PM 1:45 PM Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Application Platform

1:45 PM 2:45 PM Lunch Break

2:45 PM 3:45 PM Lap around the Windows Azure Platform

3:45 PM 4:15 PM Break

4:15 PM 5:15 PM IE9 for Developers

WED NOV 3rd – Day 2

9:00 AM 10:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Microsoft Office 2010: Developing the Next Wave of Productivity Solutions

11:00 AM 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Overview of Microsoft Web Platform

12:15 PM 12:30 PM Break

12:30 PM 1:30 PM Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

1:30 PM 2:30 PM Lunch Break

2:30 PM 3:30 PM Developing Office Business Applications with Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

3:30 PM 3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM 4:45 PM Jump into Microsoft Silverlight and Become Immediately Effective

4:45 PM 5:00 PM Break

5:00 PM 6:00 PM SQL Unplugged

6:00 PM 7:00 PM Introducing Microsoft Lync 2010

 

ITPros track schedule

TUE NOV 2nd – Day 1

8:30 AM 10:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Keynote
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Realizing a Dynamic Datacenter Environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Partner Solutions

12:30 PM 12:45 PM Break

12:45 PM 1:45 PM Business intelligence: Creating the right cubes for Microsoft Office Excel and Excel services

1:45 PM 2:45 PM Lunch Break

2:45 PM 3:45 PM SharePoint 2010 : The new era of digital media platform

3:45 PM 4:15 PM Break

4:15 PM 5:15 PM Windows 7 + MDOP: Optimized Desktop Solutions

5:15 PM 5:30 PM Break

WED NOV 3rd – Day 2

9:00 AM 10:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Deploying Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization v1 to Solve Windows 7 Application Compatibility

11:00 AM 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Business Ready Security: Exploring the Identity and Access Management Solution 

12:15 PM 12:30 PM Break

12:30 PM 1:30 PM Introducing Microsoft Lync

1:30 PM 2:30 PM Lunch Break

2:30 PM 3:30 PM Upgrading from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003/2007 to Exchange Server 2010: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

3:30 PM 3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM 4:45 PM Microsoft High Performance Computing Server

4:45 PM 5:00 PM Break

5:00 PM 6:00 PM SQL Unplugged

6:00 PM 7:00 PM Introducing Microsoft Lync 2010

 

Registration:

Developers track

ITPro track

Creating a host-named site collection programmatically

A host header is a third piece of information that you can use in addition to the IP address and port number to uniquely identify a Web domain or, as Microsoft calls it, an application server.

In SharePoint 2010, You can apply host headers at two different levels :

  • The Web application (IIS Web site) level
  • The site collection level

The following code snippet programmatically creates the host-named site collection with the URLhttp://training.sharepoint.com in the SharePoint Server 2010 Web application with the URLhttp://sharepoint

SPWebApplication webApp = SPWebApplication.Lookup(new
Uri(“http://sharepoint“));
SPSiteCollection sites = webApp.Sites;
SPSite Site = sites.Add(“http://training.sharepoint.com”, “Training”,
“Training Site”, 1025, “STS#0”, “domain\ayman”,
“Ayman El-Hattab”, “ayman@aymanelhattab.com”, “domain\marwan”,
“Marwan Tarek”, marwan@marwantarek.net, true);

You can also use PowerShell to achieve the same results, for more info refer to :http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc424952.aspx

SharePoint is leading Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Gartner recently published a report by Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Ray Valdes and Eric Knipp: the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals.  In the report, Microsoft not only maintains its Leadership ranking but moves into the #1 position on the report – highest on both the Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision axes – overtaking IBM.

Five vendors dominated portal selections during the latter part of 2009 and into 2010: Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Liferay. Microsoft SharePoint is a consideration in more Gartner portal inquiries — over 70% — than any other vendor.

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Source: Gartner (September 2010)

http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbortlik/archive/2010/10/19/congratulations-to-sharepoint-product-team-for-achieving-1-ranking-on-gartner-s-2010-horizontal-portals-magic-quadrant.aspx

Contributor Author to “SharePoint 2010 Unleashed”

A couple of days ago, SAMS announced the release of “SharePoint 2010 Unleashed” book, the successor of “SharePoint 2007 Unleashed”, one of the best-selling SharePoint books. This really means a lot to me since I’ve contributed to the book by writing Chapter 9, “Managing and Maintaining SQL Server in a SharePoint Environment”. I’m really excited about this and looking forward to writing a complete SharePointy book very soon, would you like to join ? Smile

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I would also like to thank Michael Noel for this great opportunity and for the great writing tips he provided me with… Thanks Michael and I really wish to see you again in Cairo.

TechEd Middle East Registration Opens

Registration is now open for TechEd Middle East 2011.  Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s premier technical education event providing the most 3comprehensive technical training on Microsoft’s suite of products, technologies, solutions and services and takes place in Dubai, March 8 – 10, 2011.

  • Hear about the future of Microsoft’s products and technologies directly from the Microsoft leadership team in the keynote
  • Choose from 200 technical sessions delivered by Microsoft and industry experts
  • Touch the technology through more than 40 PC-based instructor-led training labs
  • Ask your questions at the NEW Ask The Experts forum
  • Meet with product experts and see product demos at the Technical Learning Centre
  • Explore industry solutions at the Tech·Ed Expo

Benefit from the Super Saver registration fee of only $795 for all registrations before 31 December 2010.

www.teched.ae