#SPC09 Day 3 – SharePoint 2010 is BIG

22. October 2009

We are now at the end of day 3 at the SharePoint 2009 conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Tomorrow is the last day of the conference, which adjourns shortly after noon. After three days of sessions loaded with details on SharePoint 2010 it has already become clear that this release is a major leap forward from SharePoint 2007. Microsoft has managed to improve the product across the board, improving existing features as well as adding many new interesting features. SharePoint 2007 already looks old now! The new version looks like a much more complete and robust platform with no obvious shortcomings.

Specifically, SharePoint 2010 delivers significant improvements to the following areas of the product:

  • Scalability and Reliability
  • Web User Interface
  • Web Content Management
  • Document Management
  • Records Management
  • Workflow
  • Offline Content
  • Metadata, Taxonomies and Folksomonies
  • Enterprise Search
  • Business Intelligence
  • Usage Analytics
  • Business Data Catalog now known as Business Connectivity Services (BCS).
  • My Sites, Wikis and Blogs
  • Backup/Restore
  • Hosting
  • Upgrade tools
  • Developer tools
  • APIs and Web Services
  • Administration experience
  • PowerShell Scripting

Follow the blogs posts listed on Planet SharePoint to learn what others are saying about all the new stuff.

Today, I attended more sessions on Enterprise Search and learned a few new things since the many search sessions yesterday. The most interesting search session today was the session on the new Connector Framework in the SharePoint Server 2010 search engine. This new framework makes it easier to connect the search engine crawler to backend Line-Of-Business systems. Easier because MOSS 2007 required developers to write complex protocol handlers. In SP2010 it is just a matter of firing up SharePoint Designer and configuring an external content type, which is also a new concept. The connection in turn works through the improved BCS Framework. The connector framework also supports crawling with custom .NET code. With the new frameworks and much better tools – it is for instance a breeze to index data residing in an external SQL table. It is done without writing any code! On a side note, the BCS framework can also surface the data as it was a SharePoint list with full add, edit and delete capabilities.

The built-in connectors for indexing SharePoint, Web sites and File shares are still implemented as a regular protocol handler. Interestingly, the SharePoint connector has received significant improvements in terms of performance and stability. The Microsoft presenter (Sid shah) mentioned an example of a large installation where MOSS 2007 needed three weeks to complete a full crawl. Upgrading to SP2010 Search took this down to 4 days.

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