MOSS 2007 - Disabling MySite

Sometimes you don't need to enable your sharepoint users to create their own sites (MySite in MOSS terminology).
It's not so easy to find how to disable this feature.

Step 1 - Go to Central Administration site and select the SSP (Shared Services Provider) in charge of MySite management.

Step 2 - Select Personalization Services Permissions from the profiles area (MySite is considered to belong to profiles functionalities).

Step 3 - From this page you can select the profile permission for each domain entity (users or groups).
NT Authority\Authenticated Users is the builtin user group which defines all the users which are authenticated in the current domain and Sharepoint will use this to give the create mysite permission (so as default each user which is authenticated and has access to Sharepoint could create and personalize his site).

Step 4 - Just remove Create Personal Site permission and/or Use Personal Features to disable MySite for the users.

If you would like to disable both the permissions you must remove the user group from the previous page (Manage Permissions).

Step 5 - In the same way you could give permissions to some restricted users or group (ie top managers, intranet users or excluding extranet users and so on).


Level 2 - Make, Buy or... Revamp!

I'd like to talk about L2 apps for steel-makers, briefly:
- In the last 15 years the rolling technology hasn't changed a lot
- Steel-makers have invested a lot of time, money and effort in improving and maintaining L2 analytical model (which usually run on obsolete systems).
- Often the analytical model is fine-tuned but it's a strong issue to integrate it with the business requirements (from L3 or L4) because usually the ICT platform is obsolete.

There is a trade-off:
- Buy a new L2 system, but you need to tune again the mathematical model (causing drop and delay in the production).
- Make a new system, but you need strong technical skill on ICT technologies (and the real business value of the developers is the process knowledge, they should not be diverted from programming languages, operating systems and all these kind of "sexy" stuff)
- There is another approach which is the revamping using an existing solution framework, our approach is described in this white-paper (the Sunsetting Methodology).

Any comments is well-accepted!
We presented an abstract from the white paper at the AIST conference in Indianapolis (May 2007).

The Blog and the world of industrial applications

Following the AIST conference of Indianapolis (http://www.aist.org/convexpo/2007_program_wednesday.htm) I decided to create a blog to keep in touch with customers, partners and anybody else would like to share experiences on industrial and manufacturing software applications.

From my personal experience I think that in the world of ISA-95 (from L1 to L4 apps) there is a lot of room for innovation integrating widespread adopted ICT technologies (.Net, Sharepoint, BizTalk, OLAP systems and obviously portals).

I'd like to discuss here new classes of applications which could be developed going beyond the boundary and definition of ISA-95 standard, integrating information, metadata and datamart which usually are prerogative of only one level.