SHARE The SharePoint Conference for Business Users – Wendy Neal

If there are any SharePoint users who also happen to be my blog readers, please note that we have a SharePoint Conference for Business Users in Atlanta, called SHARE.

The above link take you to Wendy Neal’s blog post on her blog SharePointWendy.


SharePoint 2010 Email Workflow Error – The user does not exist or is not unique.

I started working on SharePoint 2010 as we have moved to Office 365 environment. The migration of all my customizations have to move on to Cloud now.

Upon working on an email workflow, where in, a notification should be sent to people (one or more) who are assigned to a particular task. This was working on our on-premise environment, but stopped working when I moved it to SharePoint Cloud. Following was the error message:

The form cannot be submitted. The user does not exist or is not unique.

An entry has been added to the Windows event log of the server.  Log ID:5567

Correlation ID:026e0140-cb14-4b2e-95be-947ca2a3f86f

Upon checking all trivial settings to all custom coding, I found this article on web: People picker issue with Allow Multiple.

Let me brief the issue: SharePoint Cloud list does not get updated after you import the form template onto your Infopath 2010 and do any modifications to it on Infopath 2010.

Ideally, I should have first changed the field settings on SharePoint List settings first and then I should have imported the template onto my Infopath for further coding or modifications.

Thanks to the user (Anson Hidajat) for this crucial information. It saved me literally at least one man day’s effort.



List of Attractive BI Technologies from Microsoft

This was my second session today at Tech-Ed 2011 Middle East. Very interesting and demos were extremely useful to understand all the BI Technologies listed.

Now what exactly are we talking about? The session was all about listing the most promising (some are already existing) BI Tools running on top of either OR all of the following: SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, Silverlight.

The following are the list:

  1. SharePoint Excel Services
  2. PowerPivot Galleries
  3. PerformancePoint (Dashboards, Scorecards & KPIs)
  4. PowerPivot for SharePoint
  5. Pivot Tool – based on Silverlight
  6. Bing Data Connector – To show geospatial data
  7. SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services (Report Builder)

Each of them will take it’s own time to allow user to understand the basics. I let my readers to BING or GOOGLE these terminologies and learn it.

But, the above list is what Microsoft concentrates more on currently to let users create the most attractive BI for them.



Top 10 Challenges on Delivering BI to the Masses at Microsoft

This was my first session today at Tech-Ed 2011 Middle East. The session titled “Delivering BI to the masses at Microsoft using Consolidated Business Intelligence (CBI) – Top 10 Challenges“.

The approach taken by Microsoft is fairly unusual.

Leave the BI Design to End-Users (or designated Power End Users) and simultaneously build EDW (Enterprise Data Warehouse). Once the design & EDW is ready, use following tools to achieve this CBI Model:

Microsoft Office, SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, Silverlight Technology.

CBI basically means one Single Enterprise Report Catalog. It’s then delivered as a SharePoint based BI Portal. Microsoft IT hosts BI with Reporting Services, PPS, etc, BUT Power End Users design and publish Reports on to this Portal. There are certain restrictions in terms of how many users being allowed to publish these reports for their own Team/Department/Division.

Top 10 Questions which Microsoft asked themselves before CBI (and of course everyone of us to ask ourselves as well):

1. IT Cost too much to implement this BI Catalog. What to do first? EDW or BI Reporting Catalog?
1.1. Allow End Users to publish all their ideas on a Not-So-Clean EDW Data.
1.2. Clean EDW and keep EDW ready.

2. How do you get the First Sponsorship?
2.1. Push and Pull Approach
2.2. Create a Cool Demo

3. How do you architect with big Holistic Enterprise Vision?

4. How do we implement seamless security across layers?

5. Who should create BI and show we actually give control of the report catalog to business and enable self-serviced BI?

6. Can we implement ZERO footprint deployment for masses using SharePoint?

7. What about regional deployment and scalability?

8. What front end tools to BI publishers use and how do you integrate various tools?

9. How do you evangelize and achieve enterprise adoption?

10. How do you achieve high Customer Satisfaction?
10.1. Customer Empathy
10.2. Maintain Customer Relationship
10.3. Improve, Improve & just Improve

Until next post on Tech-Ed from me.