MOSSIG Christmas Party

December 10, 2007

The MOSSIG End of Year Christmas party is on this Wednesday 12th December 2007 at 5:30pm at Microsoft Southbank.  To register for the meeting/party please email by COB Tuesday 11th December 2007.


Ben Walters – Will be your MC for the night and will provide an overview of plans for MOSSIG next year and the Melbourne Office Devcon 2008.

Office System 2007 Solution Showcase and Contest – These sessions aim to show what members have been up to in 2007.  The MOSSIG Board have selected five solutions which will be presented by the selected members. These presentations will provide a great look into what’s possible with the Microsoft Office System 2007 and the presenters have been asked to pay special attention to the real world experience their project has to offer and share with the group.

1. Tim Wragg, Professional Advantage – WSS Extranet using forms Authentication and Integration into Dynamics GP and CRM.

2. Elaine Van Bergen, Strategic Data Management – South East Water’s CMS Implementation with Excel Services

3. Eben Illingworth, Professional Advantage – Rolling out the MOSS Enterprise Platform to a scalable, secure infrastructure

4. Kevin Ramsey, The Online Workshop – VSTO and Outlook – the creation of the SmartAsset product.

5. Rai Umar, Uniqueworld – Forms and Workflow using MOSS

After the presentations the audience can ask questions and vote for their favourite solution presenter who will win a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate.

Rai Umair – Rai will be launching the brand new MOSSIG web site.

Plus plenty of networking opportunity, giveaways and bubbles!

DON’T FORGET  – Bring your business cards for prize draws!  Just for showing up you will be eligible for the draw of a copy of Visual Studio Professional, and don’t forget bring your business card to enter.


MOSSIG Christmas Party

November 29, 2007

MOSSIG Christmas Party
5.30pm on the 12th December @ Microsoft
Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
Melbourne, Australia.

MOSSIG will be having drinks and nibbles over the night for a casual end to the year topped off with some great presentations of the work done by our MOSSIG members over the year.

For more information check our website at or register for our monthly newsletter at

Also 2 Prizes (Office 2007 Ultimate – worth $1000) will be awarded on the night for the best solution and the most informative. This will be judged by the audience.

MOSSIG’s new site is live and has PodCasts

November 7, 2007

The Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group (MOSSIG

The guys at MOSSIG have launched their new website.  The new site is powered by the Community Kit for SharePoint (User Group Edition)

If you are a regular to MOSSIG, only been to an event once or twice or have never heard of it before, you should check out this site.  It has information about previous meetings including Slide decks and Podcasts, it also has Newsletters, Discussion threads, event schedule, announcements, RSS feeds.

MOSSIG Panel Session – 24 Oct 2007

October 24, 2007

Tonight MOSSIG will be presenting a panel discussion with a number of Microsoft collaboration specialists and I will be there also. For more infomation please contact

Special Panel discussion
Topic: “The Platform Inquisition”
David Lemphers – Developer Evangelist
Graham Elliott – Microsoft Services Architect
Nigel Watson – Architect Advisor

Join us for a special panel session with David, Graham and Nigel from Microsoft.

These 3 smart fellas all represent different areas of Microsoft which are converging with platforms like SharePoint and we’re going to discuss this at length. Each of them having very different views should guarantee very interesting debate, while we will not have a worm analysing the audience response in our case the audience is allowed to loudly agree or disagree. We encourage you to submit your questions regarding the platform convergence.

Office DevCon 2007

September 20, 2007


I have just been told that the website for the inaugural Office DevCon is now live (  This will be an excellent event with presenters from all around Australia attending. The event will be held 3-4 November 2007 at Microsoft’s North Ryde offices in Sydney.  Information about the event including agenda, speakers and registration can be found on the website.  Some of the speakers at the event will be Aaron Saikovski, Adam Cogan, Andrew Coates, Mick Badran and MOSSIG‘s very own Ed Richard.

MOSSIG Enterprise Search Extravaganza

September 12, 2007

MOSSIG Enterprise Search Extravaganza - 26 Sept 2007 

This month MOSSIG will be presenting a series of Enterprise Search related topics, so come along and find out how Enterprise Search can help you unlock your businesses data and improve productivity.

Where – Microsoft, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

When – 26 Sept 2007 5:30pm

Show and Tell Session – Contact Selector Control in InfoPath (Ben Walters)

Ben Walters from Strategic Data Management will be providing a brief overview of the Contact Selector control available in InfoPath 2007.

Business Session – Search possibilities in your Enterprise (Tim Wragg)

According to IDC (Content Technologies Study 2004-2005), workers spend 9.5 hours per week searching.  Join Tim Wragg from Professional Advantage as he discusses the Enterprise Searching capabilities of SharePoint 2007 and what it means for business.

The presentation will include,

  • positioning of the current search landscape from desktop to the web and where its going,
  • search features including documents, people, business data and other sources,
  • tips and tricks for an effective implementation , and
  • the gotcha’s in features and licensing.

Technical Session – How to access and search business data (Matthew Cosier)

In this half-hour session Matthew Cosier from Readify will step you through the means of integrating external data with the Business Data Catalog, and exposing it via search. In particular he will take you through the process of writing a BDC web service, generating the application definition using the new Microsoft Business Data Catalog Definition Editor tool, and finally exposing the data to SharePoint search.

To register for this meeting please email by COB Tuesday 25th September 2007.

MOSSIG Meeting was great!

August 24, 2007

The MOSSIG meeting held on Wednesday was excellent.  We started the evening off with a brief overview of how MOSSIG came to be, where it is headed and also provided some ideas on how anyone can participate.  I then introduced Jonathan Lewis who is the IT Director at Microsoft Australia.  Jonathan gave and excellent overview of the process that Microsoft employed to enable them to upgrade from SPS2003/WSSv2 to MOSS2007/WSSv3, he even showed us around several of the internal Microsoft sites (including HRWeb, ITWeb and MSW).   Finally I introduced Joshua Tan from UniqueWorld who gave a very interesting overview of the Project Server 2007 product suite.   Slide decks for both presentations are now available on the MOSSIG.NET web site in the Archive section.