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SharePoint 2013 sure looks pretty from 35,000 feet above.

This week continued our exploration of all things SharePoint with the nitty gritty of what administrators can expect from the next version, features that everyone will love and the timeless question, "What's in a (Metro) name?"

We heard reports on the evolving field of archives from the SAA 2012 conference and were exhorted to all aspire to greatness. 

Share(Point)ing is Caring 

SharePoint 2013: 7 Features Users Are Going to Love

Andrew Bishop (@andrewbish): Unlike the continual release model of its cloud based competitors, Microsoft releases a major version of SharePoint every three years. There are some downsides to this approach (see later in this article), but one definite upside is that when the releases do come around, those of us who work with SharePoint every day tend to get a bit excited. (As in, excited like first graders at a raspberry cordial party.)

35,000 Foot View of SharePoint 2013 for Administrators

Brian Alderman (@brianalderman): Are you ready for SharePoint 2013? Microsoft recently released the public beta of SharePoint 2013, and with so many changes it can be difficult to keep up. This is the first of a four-part series that provides a 35,000-foot overview of some expected updates and how they will affect various roles within your organization.

Will End Users Buy Into the New SharePoint 2013 Interface?

Chris Wright (@scribbleagency):So what do we think of the new Metro (oops … we can’t use that word anymore, can we? It is now "Windows 8 style UI") stylings in SharePoint 2013? Like it? Love it? I’ll be honest, I’m not sure. I’m not sure end users are going to enjoy it.

Olympic Aspirations

Find Your (Corporate) Greatness

Deb Lavoy (@deb_lavoy): Nike again showed its marketing (but not just marketing) genius with this ad developed for the 2012 Olympic games. The ad uses the “if you have a body you are an athlete” tag line and takes it even higher. They remind us that greatness is not the stuff of legends, but within reach of every single one of us. 

They reinforce this message in a series of ads, one showing a chubby boy, against a dramatic sky, doing his best, finding his greatness. You can’t possibly watch these ads without feeling something.

Data Delights at the Olympics - It's Social, Mobile, Big and oh so Revealing

Virginia Backaitis: Does the athlete who wins the most Olympic medals also win the most social media clicks per day?

Though many of us might think this may be the case, the reality is that swimmer Ryan Lochte beats out most-medaled Michael Phelps by a pretty handsome margin.

Breaking Social, Mobile, Big Data Records at the 2012 Olympic Games

Virginia Backaitis: It’s not just the athletes who are setting records at the XXX Summer Olympics. Social Media, Mobile and Big Data are strutting their stuff on the world stage as well.

Headlines all over the web tout with amazement that the London Games are the most “liked,” tweeted, and tagged in history. And while that is certainly true, it’s hardly surprising.

Reaching the Ever-Elusive Consumer

Content Gardens: The Content Lifecycle

Lori McNabb:  Content management is like having a garden. Everyone appreciates a beautiful garden, but few want to toil in the heat that makes it all possible.

You can’t just plant content on a site and let it go. Just as a garden becomes overgrown or taken over by weeds when left unattended, content does too. You have to constantly care for content so it thrives and stays beautiful year after year.

Maybe that’s why so many experts refer to the process as a content lifecycle.

Does Social Media Really Matter for the Financial Services? 

Coren Hanley (@corenhanley): Financial services are a key aspect of our lives, used every day for one reason or another. So why aren’t social media and finance widely perceived as compatible? Why aren’t financial service brands using social media to its full potential?

Next Generation CRM: Combining Power of Live Chat with Online Communities

Jeff Mason: When businesses engage in customer service, there is a unique thing that happens: science and art collide. Satisfying customers and creating ongoing loyalty is a true art form, while ensuring that call center representatives are highly efficient falls more on the scientific side. Blending both of these worlds can be very challenging.

A Simple Plan: Why Lenders Need Adaptive Case Management

Deb Miller (@debsg360): While it's no secret that lenders are looking for better ways to simplify, streamline and continuously improve the loans, credit and financing processes within their organizations, it's not always clear to them what changes will have the greatest impact.

Reports from the Archiving and Metadata Fronts

Web Archiving: Selection, Capture, Preservation, Marketing #saa12

Mimi Dionne (@cawprhyd): While archiving web pages may not spring to mind as one of the duties of an archivist, organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of keeping records of websites and social media sites to provide snapshots of their public face and context for other assets.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2012 annual meeting, Beyond Borders, began Monday, August 6 in San Diego with strong pre-conference sessions.

Digital Forensics for Archivists #saa12

Mimi Dionne (@cawprhyd): The Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2012 annual meeting, Beyond Borders, began Monday, August 6 in San Diego with strong pre-conference sessions. I attended Digital Forensics for Archivists (DFA), a course focusing on specific tools and services that archivists need to use for their work with digital archives.

This is one of the many courses offered by SAA in its Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate Program.

Leveraging, Locating and Retrieving Content: the ROI of Taxonomy

Beth Maser:  As the paradigm shift from print to digital continues at an astonishingly rapid pace, employees are creating and saving terabytes of digital content to internal systems. At the same time, varied naming conventions render it difficult to locate and retrieve critical files once they are sent into the abyss of these systems.

Q & A

Social Business: We Have the Tools: Now What?

Oscar Berg (@oscarberg): For years, tech-savvy early adopters have adopted and used social tools such as blogs, wikis and micro-blogging at work. During recent years, more and more organizations have decided to deploy software platforms that bring such tools to the fingertips of all or a large portion of the employees.

How Secure are Your Mobile Devices?

Norman Marks (@normanmarks): As more organizations allow the use of personal devices in the workplace, questions of risk and security remain. A recent study looks into the state of mobile security and it looks as if there is more work to be done.

Have you reached your fill of SharePoint? No? Good thing, because we haven't either. Check in next week for more August SharePoint madness, including a follow up article with a 35,000 foot look at SharePoint 2013 for developers.