SharePoint 2010 Healthcare site templates

Microsoft released some SharePoint 2010 site templates related to healthcare, named:

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Application Template for Health Organizations

There are 17 site templates, each with their own functionality. You can download them all in one download here.

  • Request for proposal Link
    The Request for Proposal application template helps manage the process of
    creating and releasing an initial RFP, collecting proposal submissions, and
    formally accepting the selected proposal from among those submitted. The site
    also makes it easier to notify individuals about the status of the RFP and the
    proposals.
  • Helpdesk Link
    The Help Desk application template helps departments such as IT, Facilities, and
    HR manage service requests. Team members use the application template to
    identify a service request, identify the root cause, and track solution status.
    The application template provides role-based dashboards that display information
    relevant to customer service representatives and managers, including performance
    history.
  • Physical Asset Tracking and Management Link
    The Physical Asset Tracking and Management application template helps
    departments such as Facilities, BioMedical, and Surgery manage requests and the
    tracking of physical assets. An asset manager approves asset requests and
    manages the properties of the assets—such as location, condition, manufacturer,
    model, current owner, and estimated value—in the system.
  • Team Work Site Link
    The Team Work Site application template provides a place where clinical and
    business teams, such as Medical Management or Environment of Care committees,
    can upload background documents, track scheduled calendar events, initiate
    discussion topics, and submit action items. The site also tracks the creation
    and purpose of subteams and enables discussion among team members.
  • Clinical Trial Initiation and Management Link
    For those who work in academic medical centers, the Clinical Trial Initiation
    and Management application template helps teams track clinical trial protocols,
    set objectives, select subjects, and manage the budget. The site provides useful
    Office Word 2010 templates as well as the capability to create, track, and
    assign trial-specific tasks and issues.
  • Employee Training Scheduling and Materials Link
    The Employee Training Scheduling and Materials application template helps
    nursing educators and other instructors manage courses and related materials.
    Instructors can use the site to add new courses and organize course materials.
    Employees can use the site to schedule attendance at a course, track courses
    they’ve attended, and provide feedback.
  • Employee Activities Site Link
    e Employee Activities Site application template helps departments such as HR and
    Marketing manage the creation of and attendance at employee events. Activity
    owners can use the site to review proposals for new activities and to create
    event-specific calendar items. Employees can use the site to sign up for
    activities as well as to track which ones they’ve attended in the past.
  • Budgeting and Tracking Multiple Projects Link
    The Budgeting and Tracking Multiple Projects application template helps project
    teams track and budget multiple, interrelated sets of activities. The template
    provides project management tools such as project creation, assignment of new
    tasks, Gantt charts, and common status designators. It also helps team members
    consolidate the status of multiple projects into a single view, tracking
    progress against the project budget and timeline.
  • Compliance Process Support Site Link
    The Compliance Process Support Site application template helps both teams and
    executive sponsors manage compliance implementation endeavors, such as HIPAA.
    The site lets users specify control tasks that allow the capture of compliance
    issues as they arise. The application template contains document libraries used
    by team members to store related files as well as a calendar to track key audit
    dates.
  • Case Management Link
    The Case Management application template helps case managers track status and
    the tasks required to complete their work. When a case is initiated, standard
    tasks and documents are created; these can then be modified based on the work
    each case manager has completed.
  • Business Performance Reporting Link
    The Business Performance Reporting application template helps managers in
    healthcare organizations track the satisfaction of internal customers/patients
    through a combination of surveys and discussions. Surveys can be sent via Office
    InfoPath 2010, and the responses can be consolidated by the template to provide
    an overall view of the survey answers.
  • Discussion Database Link
    The Discussion Database application template provides a location where team
    members can create and reply to discussion topics. Discussions are organized by
    categories, which are created by a site manager and can be linked to Office
    Outlook 2010 via an RSS feed.
  • Document Library and Review Link
    The Document Library and Review application template helps people manage the
    review cycle common to processes like publication, knowledge management, and
    project plan development. It combines the functionality of a version-tracking
    document library with a threaded discussion list to provide a feedback and
    revision system. This template is intended for teams that need a central
    location for document review, discussion, revision control, and approval.
  • Call Center Link
    The Call Center application template helps departments such as Billing, HR, and
    IT manage customer service requests, from issue identification to cause analysis
    and resolution. Role-based dashboards display relevant information for each
    service request, and a knowledge base helps track related documents and items
    previously used to solve past Call Center issues. Management-focused dashboards
    track performance with metrics such as average resolution time and service
    request performance history.
  • Change Request Management Link
    The Change Request Management application template helps users track risks
    associated with a design change. Team members can submit a change request,
    notifying stakeholders of the risks involved with the change. The application
    template allows a team member to approve or reject the request.
  • KnowledgebaseLink
    The Knowledge Base application template helps teams manage the information that
    is resident within their organization. The template enables team members to
    upload existing documents or create new ones using Web-based content creation
    tools. Items are tagged with relevant identifying information so that others can
    more easily find the documents and learn from the collective knowledge in their
    organization. The template can be used in a “top down” approach, in which a
    centralized knowledge department “pushes down” relevant content to the rest of
    the business, or in a “bottom up” approach, in which knowledge is captured and
    shared by all users as a normal part of doing business.
  • Event Planning Link
    The Event Planning application template helps teams organize events efficiently
    through the use of online registration, schedules, communication, and feedback.
    Role-based dashboards offer specific information to various event participants
    via home pages tailored for speakers, guests, staff, vendors, delegates,
    attendees, and others.

Fab 40 Templates for MOSS 2010

Finally.

Someone took the effort to take a look into the templates released by Microsoft for 2007 and released them for 2010.

the first thing that caught my ttention, is that i no longer need to installe the core.wsp.

It seems that the converted templates are “clean” templates now.

Take a look here for more information and downloads.

Downloadable book: Administering Enterprise Search for Office SharePoint Server

This book provides prescriptive guidance for maintaining and managing the Office SharePoint Server Search service in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This includes step-by-step instructions about search operations for crawling content. The audience for this book includes IT operations, search service administrators, and consultants.

Click the following link to open a Microsoft Word .doc file that can you download to your computer and print. The size of this document is approximately 2.48 MB. Publication date: June 2009.

Download here

Found on internet : free SharePoint Data Zoom Web Part

When browsing the internet i cam across this webpart.
What it said seemed very interesting. Gonna test it later this week if i have time.

What does the website say:

The SharePoint Data Zoom Web Part is a free tool which allows SharePoint users to easily build dynamic, data-driven content on any page. Data from SharePoint Sites, SharePoint Lists and virtually any other source can be aggregated and formatted with ease. Continue reading

April Cumulative Update Packages Ready for Download

You may already read from blogs about April Cumulative Update for separate components in SharePoint. Now, the server-packages (also known as “Uber” packages) of April Cumulative Update for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are ready for download.

Download Information

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 April cumulative update package
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=968850

Office SharePoint Server 2007 April cumulative update package
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=968851

Detail Description

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 April cumulative update package
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968850

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 April cumulative update package
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968851 (Link not live yet)

Installation Recommendation for a fresh SharePoint Server

To keep all files in a SharePoint installation up-to-date, the following sequence is recommended.

  1. Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  2. Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007
  3. April Cumulative Update package for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  4. April Cumulative Update package for Office SharePoint Server 2007

Please note: Start from April Cumulative Update, the packages will no longer install on a farm without a service pack installed. You must have installed either Service Pack 1 (SP1) or SP2 prior to the installation of the cumulative updates.

After applying the preceding updates, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard or “psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” in command line. This needs to be done on every server in the farm with SharePoint installed.

The version of content databases should be 12.0.6504.5000 after successfully applying these updates.

For more in-depth guidance for the update process, we recommend that customers refer to the following articles. These articles provide a correct way to deploy updates, identify known issues (and resolutions), and provide information about creating slipstream builds.

Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx

Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx

Create an installation source that includes software updates (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287882.aspx

Create an installation source that includes software updates (Office SharePoint Server 2007)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261890.aspx

FAQ

Q: What’s the difference between April CU and SP2?
A: Office Sustained Engineering team explained the difference on their blog: FAQ concerning Service Pack 2 and the Cumulative Updates for April 2009 for the 2007 Microsoft® Office System and Microsoft Office Servers. To be simple: April CU contains fixes that are not part of SP2. But it includes only a subset of all the files. So if you want to get everything in your farm up-to-date, you need to apply SP2 first, then apply April CU.

Q: Do you have a timeline on the updates? I’m confused.
A: Here’s an example timeline to help you understand the update schedule during 2007~2009. Cumulative Updates are released every two months. Start from April 2009, cumulative updates cannot be applied directly on RTM version of SharePoint installations. SP1 is the minimum requirement, while SP2 is recommended.

updatetimeline

Announcing Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Source : Microsoft Sharepoint Team Blog

We are happy to announce that Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 has been released to the Microsoft Download Center.  It includes all the fixes prior to SP2, and also several enhancements to improve server farm performance, availability and stability. Plus, a new stsadm operation has been added to help customers prepare for the upgrade to the next version of SharePoint. We recommend installing this new service pack and to help, I’ve assembled links to the KB articles, downloads, install steps and benefits.

KB Article Links

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338
Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

Download Links

Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, x86 & x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=79BADA82-C13F-44C1-BDC1-D0447337051B&displaylang=en

Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007, x86 & x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B7816D90-5FC6-4347-89B0-A80DEB27A082&displaylang=en

Slipstream Builds For Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2, x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FB41E51-CB03-4B47-B89A-396786492CBA&displaylang=en
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2, x86
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=EF93E453-75F1-45DF-8C6F-4565E8549C2A&displaylang=en

Installation Steps

To keep all the files in a SharePoint installation up-to-date, the following packages need to be applied on all servers in the farm. Service Pack 2 contains all fixes released through February of this year, so customers can install it directly on RTM build of the products.

  1. Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  2. Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack (if applicable)
  3. Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007
  4. Service Pack 2 for Office SharePoint Server 2007 Language Pack (if applicable)

After applying the preceding updates, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard or “psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” in command line. This needs to be done on every server in the farm with SharePoint installed.  The version of content databases should be 12.0.0.6421 after successfully applying these updates.

For more in-depth guidance for the update process, we recommend that customers refer to the following articles. These articles provide a correct way to deploy updates, identify known issues (and resolutions), and provide information about creating slipstream builds.

Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288269.aspx
Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx

Create an installation source that includes software updates (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287882.aspx
Create an installation source that includes software updates (Office SharePoint Server 2007)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261890.aspx

Benefits

Customers can be benefited from the following enhancements with Service Pack 2.

  • Performance and Availability Improvements

Service Pack 2 includes many fixes and enhancements designed to improve performance, availability, and stability in your server farms, including:

    • New Timer job automatically rebuilds content database index to improve database performance.
    • When a content database is marked as read-only, the user interface will be modified so users cannot perform tasks that require writing to the database.
    • Performance enhancement across nearly all the components.
  • Improved Interoperability

Service Pack 2 continues to improve SharePoint interoperability with other products and platforms.

    • Broader support of browsers
      Internet Explorer 8 is added into Level 1 browser support.
      FireFox 2.0/3.0 is added into Level 2 browser support.
    • Provide improved client integration user experience with Form Based Authentication. Now the client application can store user credentials instead of asking for them every time. For more technical details please refer to the updated articles on TechNet.
      Configure forms-based authentication (Office SharePoint Server
      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262201.aspx
      Configure forms-based authentication (Windows SharePoint Services)
      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288043.aspx
  • Getting Ready for SharePoint Server 2010

A new preupgradecheck operation is added to stsadm tool. It can be used to scan your server farm to establish whether it is ready for upgrade to SharePoint Products and Technologies “14”. It identifies issues that could present obstacles to the upgrade process. It checks for several SharePoint Products and Technologies “14” system requirements, including the presence of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 and a 64-bit hardware, and provides feedback and best practice recommendations for your current environment, together with information on how to resolve any issues that the tool discovers.

The full explanation of SP2 benefits can be downloaded here:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148551

Related Technical Resources

Service Pack 2 Overview
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148374

Updates Resource Center for SharePoint Products and Technologies
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb735839.aspx

The full list of changes can be found here: (Excel 2007 format)
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 Changes
Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 Changes

Customers can also go to this KB article for a full list of downloads for Office System 2007 SP2.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968170

Last but not the least important: the issue with mergecontentdb stsadm operation is fixed in SP2.

Finally the word is out : Sharepoint Designer 2007 for free

Microsoft finally ended the rumours.
The last few days, a lot of sites where talking about that Sharepoint designer 2007 would be free for download.
Some even mentioned that 1 april wound be the date.

But, no information from Microsoft to confirm (or any denial) on this.
Until now ….

Look at this page for the download.

and enjoy the features of SPD.