My good friends at Dynamic Owl in Vancouver have been doing some amazing things of late. Not only are they some of the smartest people in SharePoint consulting, they have a relatively new product offering called Bonzai Intranet.
Based on their years of consulting, the folks at Dynamic Owl realized that they had been building similar capabilities for their client’s Intranets over and over again. By capturing those patterns and repeatable components, they have come up with a tool set in Bonzai that can get anyone up and running with an Intranet on top of SharePoint faster and more effectively.
But that’s not the half of it. I’ve been looking into their offering; from the surface at first, and then more deeply as they take me through the architecture. This is a gorgeous Intranet offering. By gorgeous, I mean is simply looks fantastic. Of course, that could all be lipstick on a pig, but it isn’t. As I’ve seen how they have built things, I’m truly impressed. It’s the right mix of server side code and client side code, with a slant toward the latter, as it should be in this cloudy world of ours. It’s extensible, robust, and reliable, too.
There’s a post on Michal Pisarek’s blog about the webinar, and I’ve stolen some of that content below. If you’re considering using SharePoint to run your Intranet and see it as a daunting set of tasks, you owe it to yourself to check out Bonzai and the webinar on Nov. 26th.
What is the difference between Bonzai and a template/skin?
How the hell did you make Bonzai not look like SharePoint?
What is the 80% of common Intranet functionality that most organization have? How does Bonzai handle these?
In order to provide you with the answers to these questions and to show you a sneak peek at some of the great features of Bonzai we are hosting a webinar on Wednesday November 26th at 10am PST titled “Rethinking SharePoint Intranets with Bonzai” In this webinar we will go through our thinking behind Bonzai and take a look at some of the features that we think makes Bonzai an amazing Intranet platform.
Thanks to all who attended the webinar that Dave Coleman (@davecoleman146) and I did today about Single-Page Applications (SPAs) in SharePoint Using SPServices. The webinar was based on my series here of the same name, so if you’re interested in more detail on how I go about building these things, give that a gander. Thanks to Dave for playing the master of ceremonies role as well as typing in English football player names during the demo.
MetaVis is great to sponsor the SharePoint MVP Webinars Series, so a big shout out to them as well.
I’ve ZIPped up the most relevant files from the demo and you can download them here. Several alert viewers pointed out some inconsistencies in the code I showed in the demo, so I’ve done some cleanup. Also note that I’ve included a working version of SPServices named jquery.SPServices-2013.02b. In building up the demo, I found a few more lingering bugs in 2013.02a (for which I am sorely ashamed and will do penance), so this working copy contains fixes for those issues. I will release it shortly, but please do not consider it a released version; it is for demo purposes only.
I’ve also saved the subsite from Office365 into a WSP, which you can also download. I used a vanilla Team Site, so hopefully it can be instantiated relatively easily, though I’ve had some issues with feature mismatch between Office365 and on premises installations in the past.
If you’d like to see the slides, they are posted on SlideShare, embedded below, as is a link to the recording.
Again, thanks to all of you who attended and feel free to post any outstanding questions here and I’ll try to get back to you in a timely manner.
My slides from the webinar are available on SlideShare. If you missed it, the recording will be available soon on the “30 on Thursday” site. (Every time I type “30 on Thursday” I’m reminded how long ago it was that I was 30.)
I’ll be doing a publicly available webinar for the USPJ Academy on Monday, 1 November at 1pm EDT called Data View Web Part Unlocked. This webinar will cover similar information to what I showed at SPTechCon last week, which I got a lot of great feedback on. It’ll also be similar to the types of material I cover in my Data View Web Part Basics course at the Academy.
Join Marc Anderson, USPJ Academy Faculty Member and independent SharePoint consultant with Sympraxis Consulting, as he takes a look at the most powerful web part in the SharePoint world, explaining how to use the Data View Web Part (DVWP) to build applications.
DVWPs can be used to display information in far more flexible ways than what is available with any other out-of-the-box Web Part, and can also be used to design and develop custom forms. Many people don’t realize that these two capabilities coupled together provide a rich application development environment which can be used to create real business applications.
This is a webinar filled with live demonstrations, so you’ll see how the experts use Data View Web Parts in real-life applications.
This webinar is intended for SharePoint developers and power users with some previous experience working with forms, lists, and libraries in SharePoint Designer.