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May 16th
Submission deadline

June 30th
Early Bird cut-off


30th July (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Sharepoint as a collaboration tool: An independent Evaluation

Michael Sampson
The Michael Sampson Company

With much of our collaborative activities carried out within email, Microsoft introduced SharePoint a platform that is designed specifically to support collaboration. Does SharePoint support make for better work practices of individuals and teams?

This tutorial will test Microsoft's claims about the use of SharePoint for collaboration and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses to examine where it is best suited.

Bio: Michael Sampson helps businesses to improve the capability of teams that can't be together, to work together. Michael is an Industry Analyst, Independent Consultant, Author and Workshop Leader.

Michael holds an MCom in telecommunications-based IT, and is working on his PhD in virtual teams. See

Selecting the right CMS

James Robertson
Step Two Designs

There are over 140 commercial web content management systems (CMS) in the Australian market, plus all the open-source options. In this young and rapidly evolving market, these products vary hugely in their designs, capabilities and costs.

The challenge is therefore to find the CMS that best fits your needs, minimising risks and maximising benefits. This tutorial will provide practical advice on the selection and evaluation process, drawing on dozens of CMS selection projects to outline a methodology for capturing CMS requirements and evaluating marketplace opportunities.

Bio: James Robertson is the managing director of Step Two Designs, the leading vendor-neutral CMS consultancy in Australia. Jameshas been involved in many CMS projects, advising on the strategic aspect of CMS selection and deployment. He was the author of the Review of Content Management for the NSW Government report, the Content Management Requirements Toolkit, as well as writing two AGIMO Better Practice Checklists on the topic of content management. James is also on the board of advisors for the University of Washington CMS Evaluation Lab and was a founding member of the CM Professionals association.