I have been continuing my demonstration prep for a talk I’m doing later this month. I’ve decided to theme it on a well known UK TV Show called the Office. Everyone is familiar with the show and the organisation so it makes it easy to talk through scenarios. I have just done some quick notes on the useful web parts that I will be demonstration for everyone’s reference.
My Colleagues Web Part
This web part shows the user on their My Site all their Colleagues by group showing their Presence details next to their names. Once Unified Comms becomes more stable, I’ll go into more depth about the Presence technology and how it will integrate with SharePoint and Office.
Colleague Tracker Web Part
The Colleague Tracker works very much like the Facebook News feed and lets you know when your friends/colleagues have updated content. This content can be: anniversaries, profile property changes, membership changes, new documents, out of office, blog changes. It will be great when you can extend these things e.g. colleague adding, maybe there is a hook into the API for this somewhere to do this.
In Common Web Part
The In Common Web Part shows up when you view other peoples profiles and lets you see the relationships you have in common. This, again is very much like Facebook in terms of showing Friends you share in common. Again, an interesting extension to this would be to show Colleagues that you do not have in common that they have added…often this is a good way to discover new colleagues you weren’t aware of.
Organizational Hierarchy Web Part
This is a great web part for illustrating the "food chain" within an organisation. Again, it would be great to have presence on this diagram.
This information is being deciphered from the Active Directory information, but can also come from any other Identify source that is crawled in.
The My Links is a del.icio.us take on link sharing. It is very light weight in terms that it doesn’t show tagging and does not show a global list of links added by everyone. It would be great to extend this to handle these things to really push social link sharing within the Enterprise.