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New Book: Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out

I am proud to announce a new book has just been released that was written by my co-workers in the State and Local Government team at Microsoft.

The Book, Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out, provides hundreds of time saving solutions and tips.  Discover how the experts tackle deployment, configuration, and management—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

The electronic versions of the book are available now for Kindle and Nook.  The hardcopy version can be preordered and will be available soon.

For more information or to purchase the hardcopy edition visit the product page at

For the Nook version of the book, visit it’s product page at Barns and Noble.

New Book: Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out

I am excited to announce that a few of my co-workers have written an Office 365 Administration book which is available for preorder at


The book titled Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out provides hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds.  Within the books 800 pages the following topics are covered:

  • Implement Office 365 in the enterprise, including Directory Synchronization and Single Sign-On
  • Monitor and manage Office 365 with System Center
  • Understand Office 365 PowerShell automation
  • Learn to implement hybrid Exchange models
  • Manage and protect Exchange Online
  • Administer SharePoint Online
  • Deploy and administer Lync Online
  • Learn about Office Professional Plus subscription

If you or your organization is planning to deploy Office 365, this is the book for you!  Learn how to manage Office 365 directly from the experts.

The authors:

Julian Soh is a Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Architect. He works with enterprise customers to evaluate, understand, plan, and design their Office 365 adoption. Julian has held several positions in Microsoft that cover the breadth of Microsoft technologies such as Active Directory, System Center, SharePoint, and Exchange. Prior to joining Microsoft, Julian worked in IT and operations, holding technical and management positions.

Anthony Puca, MVP, Datacenter Monitoring with Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager, is a Microsoft Datacenter Specialist, He consults with US state and local government accounts on Microsoft Windows Server, System Center, Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Technologies.

Marshall Copeland has dedicated the last 10 of his 20-year IT career working with Microsoft customers in the support of Microsoft Windows Server and System Management technologies.

How to preorder the book:

Currently Amazon has the release date for this Microsoft Press book at October 22, 2013.  You can pre-order it now from Amazon here.

Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press has made 10 books available for free in electronic format.  These books cover topics such as SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 R2, Office 365 and Office 2010.  Download your copy while they are still available!  Many of the free books are offered in PDF, Mobi (Kindle) and epub formats.  Click on the book images below to be taken to download options.


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SharePoint 2010 Book Recommendations

Frequently I am asked what books I would recommend for someone new to SharePoint 2010.   I have compiled a list of books I feel provide a very solid foundation for administrators, developers and end users.  Do you have a favorite SharePoint book recommendation?  Leave a comment and let me know!


clip_image001Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion
Microsoft Press

Excellent book for new or experienced SharePoint administrators. This book covers architecture, installation, upgrading, SQL optimization, information management, protecting content and data, external data sources, general administration tasks, and much more.



clip_image002Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed
Learn about the new features in SharePoint 2010 and how to architect and implement a new farm. This book is for architects and SharePoint administrators. The book covers architecture, installation, disaster recovery,SQL maintenance,alternate authentication scenarios, workflows, BI solutions, and much more.



clip_image003Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Building Solutions for SharePoint 2010

This is a book for SharePoint developers to learn about creating custom solutions for SharePoint 2010. The book starts with the basics about setting up a development machine and moves through other topics such as: SharePoint basics, solution framework, web parts and pages, client object model, workflows, business intelligence, security, and much more.


clip_image004Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance and Planning
Addison-Wesley Professional

This book focuses on helping the reader learn how to maximize the business value of SharePoint 2010 solutions. From a strict business value perspective the book explains how to plan and implement SharePoint solutions. This book covers governance, information architecture, ECM, leveraging community features, making search work, making business processes work, making business intelligence work, and much more.


clip_image005SharePoint 2010 How-To

This book is a great starting point for anyone new to SharePoint. This first chapter of the book is all about “What is…?”, to help the reader understand the basic components of SharePoint such as lists, libraries, web parts, workflows, and alerts. Readers will learn how to accomplish standard SharePoint tasks such as: searching content in SharePoint, using social networking features, creating lists and libraries, and managing security.

Free eBook from Sogeti – Me the Media

Sogeti has released a new book called Me the Media which can be download for free in PDF format or purchased from

Proclaiming that the rise of Web 2.0 will have an impact as far-reaching as the invention of the printing press or the birth of mass media, a new book titled Me the Media – Rise of the Conversation Society – Past, Present and Future of the Third Media Revolution presents a wide-ranging discussion of how today’s personal media tools are transforming communications as well as other aspects of society – including how companies market their products and services.


A special chapter called The Obama Moment, written by Peter Leyden – former managing editor at Wired magazine and currently CEO of NextAgenda, a think tank on the transformative use of new technologies, addresses the pivotal role of digital media in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and its ushering in of a new conversational phase in the use of Web media. The 292-page book also covers topics such as:

How ’Me Media’ has displaced the voices of corporations, politicians and traditional journalists, creating the new ’Conversation Society’ in which individuals and ad-hoc communities hold the power.

The emergence of ’Hyperegos’ consisting of individuals, brands, companies, politicians individuals and organizations – well-known through outlets such as CNN’s iReport, iGoogle,iPhone,myBarackObama and YouTube, endlessly hyperlinked through social media, and what that means for businesses and society at large.

The importance of ’crowdsourcing’ as a key 21st century business strategy, presenting opportunities for businesses to make use of ideas flowing from existing and potential buyers through today’s open Web conversations while simultaneously establishing closer relationships with customers.

The way in which virtual worlds like Second Life, mirror worlds like Google Earth and other developments are converging to create a new ’Metaverse’ – a digital extension of the physical universe in which the lines between our online and offline identities will increasingly blur.

The book is filled with examples and graphics that underscore its points, ranging from Dell’s experience with customer forums to discussions of how disparate projects such as electronic design community Crowdspirit, the Obama Girl, LinkedIn, Digg, Twitter, Jaiku, OpenID, the film Waking Life and scores of others reflect and have contributed to altering the balance of power between brands, organizations, politics and the public.

Me the Media was written by Jaap Bloem, Menno van Doorn and Sander Duivestein, all affiliated with new technology analyst VINT ( VINT is the new technology research arm of the Sogeti Group, a provider of professional technology services in 14 countries and a wholly owned subsidiary of Paris Stock Exchange-listed Cap Gemini S.A. VINT is available for speaking engagements on topics from Me the Media. Erik van Ommeren, Director of Innovation at VINT can be contacted for more information around the same.

Collaboration in the Cloud

I am very pleased to announce the availability of a new book jointly written by Microsoft and Sogeti called Collaboration in the Cloud.    This book will be available soon for purchase from your favorite retailer or you can get a free copy in PDF format from the link below.

Summary: Improving Collaboration between people and between organizations is no longer optional if you want to survive in today’s hyper connected business world. Speed of change, unpredictability and the increasingly social nature of the marketplace make collaboration instrumental to your company’s ability to differentiate. New ways of collaboration are starting to take place within your company, across value chains and in the individual social domain of your employees. At the same time, new architecture and delivery models are bringing many new collaborative tools within reach of every person in your organization, with or without your knowledge or control. On the technology side, a volatile mix of acronyms like SOA – Service Oriented Architecture, SaaS – Software as a Service and Web2.0 is brewing that is drastically changing our view on the role and value of Information Technology. If left to chance there is little hope for success: you need a strategy. In this book we address the changes and opportunities that come with this new business world that is starting to show all around us. In it we talk about autonomous, bottom up organizations where innovation and collaboration are part of the culture. We discuss Value Chain 2.0, where it is about quickly establishing combinations that offer value to the marketplace. It is about crossing boundaries and taking the full benefits from Cloud Computing and anything available As A Service, from platform to complete business solution

Download a free copy of this book in PDF format from Sogeti’s website.