Monday, 21 March 2011

SharePoint Relegation Fight

As teams like Chelsea, Man United and Man City fight for the trophies at the business end of the season this week I use SharePoint 2010 to help you follow one of the most exciting relegation battles ever.

Yes, my worse fears came true and Villa lost for first team in 30 years to local rivals Wolves. It means that Villa along with 11 other Premiership clubs are left fighting for survival in the next two months. This really is 'squeaky bum' time. After deciding on Sunday that relegation for the Villa wouldn't be a disaster and at least I would get four extra home games for my season ticket I tried to work out the best way to record the relegation battle. At first I tried a complex spreadsheet listing all the fixtures each of the twelve struggling teams had to play but this was far too restrictive. Then it struck me that SharePoint was the ideal tool to produce numerous reports and lists based on the information I had available. So by importing my spreadsheet (it took only seconds as the 'Create List' contains an 'Import Spreadsheet') and creating lots of different views I soon had a Site created that I will be using for the remainder of the season. Hopefully there will be a happy ending with the Villa remaining were they belong in the Premiership. It might go to the very last day though but it is sure to be exciting.

As I am quite pleased with the SharePoint Site I have created called 'Relegation Fight' I would like to open it up to the many other slightly worried football fans (it is designed for all the bottom 12 teams from Newcastle to West Ham via Blackpool with a long stay in the West Midlands).

Screen Shot from SharePoint Site 'Relegation Fight'

To view and follow the 'Relegation Fight' SharePoint Site please visit the Office Talk Hosted SharePoint 2010  site at  the logon you need to use is with the password of officetalk. Then click on the final tab on the top menu labelled 'Relegation Fight'

Hopefully the Great Escape for all our midland clubs except Birmingham City (well they have won a cup) starts here.

But while the famous Aston Villa try to stop their losing run 60 SharePoint companies are still trying to win the Gold Seals in the Andy Dale SharePoint Awards 2011. So if you haven't voted yet make sure you visit SharePoint Village now at to cast your vote in each of the ten categories.

For further information on all the finalists please visit last week's SharePoint Blog at .

Good luck to all finalists in the SharePoint Awards and good luck to all the relegation fighters unless they are playing the Villa.

On the 'Relegation Fight' SharePoint Site I have predicted all the remaining games for each of the twelve teams. If my predictions were to come true then Wigan, Birmingham and Blackburn will be appearing in the npower Championship next season. But football is rarely predictable and as Jimmy Greaves was fond of saying 'it's a funny old game'.

So don't forget to keep checking the 'Relegation Fight' SharePoint site;

Logon :
Password : officetalk

Whatever your team try to follow the words of Corporal Jones in Dad's Army and 'DON'T PANIC!'.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Andy Dale SharePoint Awards 2011

So it is the time of year when I announce the finalists in my ‘unofficial’ SharePoint Awards. The Villa might be the only team in Birmingham ending cup-less this season, but as for any nominated SharePoint Providers who haven’t made the final 6 in their category there is always next year.

Though it pains me to say I have to congratulate Birmingham city on winning the Carling Cup against Arsenal. Hopefully though as they look to buy a second-hand trophy cabinet it will be the Blues not the mighty Aston Villa who will be fighting for their Premiership survival come May.

Gold Seals for winners
So now to excitedly announce the finalists in the Andy Dale Awards 2011 which are this year being hosted at the brand new SharePoint Village. You can vote for your favourite two finalists in each category now by visiting the Voting Section at SharePoint Village.

A drum roll please (really fancy a bacon roll just now) as I announce the 60 finalists in this year’s awards.


Six Finalists
Dip Into SharePoint
Nothing But SharePoint (End User SharePoint)
SharePoint Daily
SharePoint Magazine
SharePoint News Site

(Winner 2010 End User SharePoint)


Six Finalists
Amrein Engineering
Content and Code
SharePoint Boost
Virto Software

(Winner 2010 – Amrein Engineering)



Six Finalists

Auckland Council
Care Source
East Midlands Trains
Heritage Lottery Fund

(Winner 2010 Chilis)


Six Finalists
CBT Clips
Combined Knowledge CBT
Let’s Collaborate
SharePoint Solutions
Virtual Training Centre

(Winner 2010 – Combined Knowledge)


Six Finalists
Colligo Contributor Pro
Digi Link Revelation
Formotus Browserless SharePoint
Infonic SharePoint Replication
Mobile Entree
Mobolize for SharePoint

(Winner 2010 – Colligo Contributor)



So that is the list of finalists in each category so now is your chance to visit and start voting.

As with ‘Dancing on Ice’ the scoring system will be in two halves. First half will be a rating between 1 and 5 based on how many online votes each finalist gets. The second half will be a score between 1 and 5 from our panel, of Worldwide SharePoint Experts, for each of the finalist. This will give each one a score out of 10. In the event of a tie as they are my Awards then I will have the casting vote. Hope that all makes sense.

Good luck to all the finalists and the winners will be announced on Monday 18th April. Oh I forgot to say that the closing date for voting is 15th April 2011.

Now come on you Villa boys you really have to beat the Wolves on Saturday.