Microsoft’s SSN (Solution Sharing Network) Program is a successful global initiative that promotes and enables the sharing of solutions and best practices within the Public Sector. The SSN 3.0 Portal is a key component that is offered through the SSN Program is a SharePoint-based community solution accelerator that consists of a collection of custom templates, custom web parts, and a user registration and self-service facility. Motivated by the SSN Program’s spirit of sharing intellectual capital and by the vision of the Community Kit for SharePoint, the SSN Program team has agreed to donate the SSN 3.0 Portal’s templates and web parts (with full source code) to the CKS project.
The SSN 3.0 Portal had been commissioned by Microsoft to be developed by Information Strategies (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner), and feedback from developers and early adopters has been very positive due to the following key benefits:
• A SharePoint web site with a highly customized look.
• Good grounding in the development tools and methods that are available for developing custom web parts.
• A much often requested user registration facility for Internet facing web sites.
The SSN 3.0 041607 updater updates existing SSN 3.0 installations to make the Hot Downloads and Hot Sites webparts perform faster.