Chicago custom .net development and consulting

IncWorx Consulting offers a wide range of custom .net development consulting services.  We work with our clients on a staff augmentation basis with some of the best consultants located in Chicagoland and also have a full service project team who has lead technical architects, senior developers, PMs and QA.  All of our resources are on-shore with 10 out of 10 communication.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss further: paul.haynes (at) incworx.com or call me, 847-839-9679.   Read More →
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MVC Consultants in Chicago

While IncWorx Consulting is known for our award winning SharePoint practice, we also have a top notch custom development practice as well!  IncWorx has very senior developers and solution architects on the .NET side and we also have consultants with skills that are very difficult to find such as: experience with MVC 2 and 3, mobile development expertise, Windows Workflow, MVC, WPF, Silverlight, etc. Please contact me if you are looking for a strong MVC developer or another specialized developer you need!  paul.haynes@incworx.com Read More →
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How to customize a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Form

Customizing forms in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011There are two ways you can customize a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 form. The most common forms are the Lead, Account and Opportunity forms. One way to customize these forms is by making changes from the form itself, the other is from the Settings screens. This blog post will give you a step by step guide in how to edit Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 forms. (Only the person with the proper rights will be able to customize the fields within these forms. If options listed below do not appear within the... Read More →
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"401 unauthorized" error while browsing the SharePoint application from the server

A very common scenario I run into is when someone configures a SharePoint environment, creates the web application without issue, creates the site collection, assigns themself as a Site Collection Admin and gets a "401 Unauthorized" error on that SharePoint application. Before we start troubleshooting this issue as a SharePoint issue, let's rule out one simple thing, browsing on the local server.Consider this... You create a new web application using the NETBIOS name or host name of the machine, use any port, and you have no issues browsing... Read More →
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Chicago Microsoft Gold Partner: SharePoint Expert

IncWorx Consulting has been working with SharePoint since 1998, and was on the beta team for SharePoint 2003, 2007 & 2010 and continues to be the leader for SharePoint development today.  IncWorx's deep knowledge and experience covers all aspects of SharePoint 2007 & 2010, there is no other system integrator that has made the investment in SharePoint like IncWorx.  While others can install and handle 1 or 2 aspects of SharePoint, IncWorx handles the gamut, supporting all Enterprise level functionality, 3rd party tools and having a comprehensive... Read More →
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Expert SharePoint consultant available

As you know, "experts" are nearly impossible to find right now.  The majority of the experts in the market look good on paper, but after a brief conversation, it is quickly realized that they have no real world experience. Please give Michael a call at 847-839-9679 X 201 or shoot me an e-mail if you're interested in having an interview with the consultant to see if he is a good fit for any initiatives you may currently have. Introducing Michael S. - SENIOR SHAREPOINT DEVELOPER/ARCHITECTSUMMARYI am a Senior Consultant and Application Architect... Read More →
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SharePoint Consulting: Financial Investment Consulting

IncWorx Consulting specializes in SharePoint consulting for financial investment firms, accounting and estate accounting firms and judicial consulting.     IncWorx Consulting leverages SharePoint built in functionality to provide full SOX compliance in terms of security, archiving, meta data search or full text driven search and document versioning. We can enable audit trails in the event the most stringent compliancy needs are identified. We harness the permissions and security features within SharePoint 2007 & 2010 to keep proprietary... Read More →
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Managed Metadata and Creating the Central Taxonomy in SharePoint 2010

"SharePoint 2010 Search is not working Properly" When implementing SharePoint 2010 it is vital that you create an information architecture that will allow the Search function to work properly. The main reason organizations are unable to use search is typically because they have not set up their document libraries and metadata correctly. This can be done by creating a centralized taxonomy and making sure every document within your portal has metadata attached to it. In a proper SharePoint deployment when a user uploads a document it should... Read More →
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WireShark for SharePoint Consulting

Wireshark is by far the best free tool to use by SharePoint Consultants to better understand network protocol. Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. A good SharePoint Consultant can... Read More →
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2011, a Committement to Delivering Value

We are excited to continue into a New Year with a proven track record of success with our clients.  It is important to reflect and continuously find ways to improve – but equally important to reinforce the core principals that define our organization.  When working with you, we leverage technology to drive performance thru effective solution design, development and implementation.  Because of our holistic approach and methodology we continue to be a driving force for you – a trusted advisor of innovation with a specific focus of... Read More →
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Microsoft SharePoint Designer cannot create Project Server workflows

During a SharePoint Consulting engagement we ran across a problem where SharePoint Designer workflows were not being applied to Project Server 2010. It turns out SharePoint Designer 2010 does not play that well with Project Server 2010. Microsoft SharePoint Designer cannot create Project Server workflows. To develop Project Server workflows, you must use Visual Studio 2010 on a computer that has Project Server installedProject Server Overview:Microsoft Project Server 2010 is designed to support high levels of programmer productivity by building... Read More →
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The Total Economic Impact of Implementing SharePoint 2010

In a recent study Forrester Consulting interviewers revealed a number of valuable insights on the implementing SharePoint 2010 within these organizations. Key drivers for investing in SharePoint development in 2010 varied among the companies in the study, including the following: Achieving cost savings by consolidating enterprise functionality and implementing new capabilities offered by implementing SharePoint 2010. Companies in the study cited actual, or potential for, lower costs of software with the move to consolidate on the Microsoft... Read More →
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Implementing SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search Adobe PDF IFilter

Implementing SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search looks easy on the surface: install SharePoint and upload some documents. In reality, SharePoint Enterprise Search supports only Office documents out of the box. Additional configuration steps are necessary to support PDF and other document formats. Some of the default values are also not practical in 99.9% (one of them being the maximum size of searchable documents). This is where working with SharePoint experts makes a difference. Researching optimal configuration values for various SharePoint... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010 Search Engine Optimization - SEO Tips from SharePoint Experts

Implementing SharePoint 2010 for an Internet facing site that is Search Engine Optimizated (SEO) can be challenging, but is very important. Who doesn’t want their sites to be visited by more people? SEO is not a very simple task and the rules are constantly changing, it needs to be planned at the very beginning during you SharePoint design phase.  I worked on many sites before, different topics, but they all landed into the first page of search engine results for certain keywords. I didn’t use any black hat tricks in my work, they might have... Read More →
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Changing the SharePoint 2010 passphrase

A question that seems to be coming up more often during the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2010 is "can I change the farm passphrase"? While the Central Administration will not allow you to change this value, you can infact change the passpphrase using Power Shell for SharePoint 2010. Here is how you do it:From your Start menu select “SharePoint 2010 Management Shell” or Start, “Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products”, “SharePoint 2010 Management Shell”Press EnterC:PS> $passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -asPlainText... Read More →
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Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in SharePoint Foundation 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010

As someone that has worked with SharePoint Implementation (s) extensively I would have to say that one of the best new features of SharePoint 2010 from MOSS 2007 is the Business Connectivity Services (BCS). The BCS is the new version of the Business Data Catalog (BDC) found in MOSS 2007. One of the biggest new features of the BCS is two way communication with back end systems.  Example: When connecting your users in a SharePoint deployment to an external SQL table containing business contacts. Rather than bringing this data into a SharePoint... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010 Security - Migrating from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, Classic Based Authentication or Claims Based Authentication?

The SharePoint 2010 Security model has changed substantially for the better.   Microsoft has implemented Claims Based Authentication. This is a wonderful new authentication "module" that comes bundled with SharePoint Server. It is a part of the Windows Identity Foundation framework (previously called the Geneva framework). In the new SharePoint 2010 web applications there is really no good reason you should use Classic Mode over Claims Based Authentication for your application. Unlike SharePoint 2007 where you had to extend a web application... Read More →
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UPDATE - New security vulnerability found in .NET, SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2007 404 error

UPDATE REGARDING THE ASP.NET VULNERABILITY - MICROSOFT SECURITY BULLETIN MS10-070Awhile I blogged about the information received at IncWorx regarding an ASP.NET vulnerability. This vulnerability affects anyone that is running an ASP.NET public facing web application or a SharePoint web appliction (SharePoint 2007 & SharePoint 2010). Due to the severity of this vulnerability, Microsoft released a series of .NET patches on Tuesday afternoon. Below is a list of just Server 2003 & Server 2008 hotfix links to properly patch your servers. Please note... Read More →
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SharePoint Expert: Sales 101

I am writing this post to help out all new SharePoint Consultant Sales teams. Working for a Chicago SharePoint Consulting firm I have picked up a ton of information pertaining to winning business. Although sales in not a perfect science there are many things that stay true through and through. Lesson One The first lesson is that your job is not to sell. Your job is to create relationships, selling is an afterthought after you have gained trust from your new SharePoint Partner. Lesson Two Before you get started and before you tell your boss... Read More →
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SharePoint help is here at last - get end user training now in Chicago!

SharePoint help is here at last! If you are going to be in Chicago January 19th and 20th you will get the most comprehensive end user training available!  This is a two (2) day end user  training class that introduces intermediate and advanced concepts for users to create, manage and develop sites.  This class is being built from the ground up based on direct customer issues and requests taken from our industry leading SharePoint Support Services (S3) group. The content is targeted to what most companies experience versus getting the generic... Read More →
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