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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Security trimming your Web Part exceptions

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Filed under .NET, SharePoint

This is a neat little trick if you are coding a visual web part for SharePoint. When you catch exceptions, it’s nice to be able to show the exception details to admin users, while giving your regular site users a more user friendly message.

If you need to hide some content from SharePoint users you can add a tag to the master page (or any page) called <SharePoint:SecurityTrimmedControl>. Read More »

Takeaways from SharePoint 2012 so far

Filed under .NET, Enterprise Search, JavaScript, SharePoint

I’m in the middle of day 2 of the SharePoint conference in Las Vegas and there is a ton of new features that have been introduced so far.

Things that have grabbed my attention the most:

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Use the Cloud to Transform, not Migrate

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Filed under Cloud Practice

What is the cloud, and why should I move my application to the Cloud?

Misconceptions about cloud-computing skew the perceptions that most people have about cloud services today. These misconceptions are due to the way we adopt technology today.

The consumerization of technology products has generalized our perceptions and expectations of cloud-based services. Picking up your smart phone, for example, you just expect it to work. Even more so, those apps you have installed on that phone, you also just expect to work.  Why would you really care what that app is really doing behind the scenes.  As long as that device or app is giving you the value that you expect, then why care.

So what does this consumerization really mean to our knowledge of cloud-computing? Read More »

Why Do So Many IT Projects Fail?

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams, Growth & Development, Productivity

Why do so many IT projects fail?  This is not a new question.  IT project failure has been costing the global economy billions of dollars for years.  An article based on research conducted in 2008 cites that 68% of companies are more likely to have a marginal project or an outright failure.  And of those projects that do fail, 50% of the projects were what they considered to be “runaways”, taking considerably more time and money to complete, with less than 70% of the target scope.

Cobb’s Paradox states “We know why projects fail; we know how to prevent their failure – why do they still fail?”  How many of us can disagree with that statement?  IT project failures occur primarily by a handful of causes, even if the manifestation of those causes vary greatly between projects and organizations.

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