Hi. My name is Paul Culmsee of Seven Sigma Business Solutions and welcome to my blog. For my bio, go to my about page. On this site, I discuss mainly SharePoint issues, with particular reference to strategy, governance and return on investment issues, but sometimes I end up writing techno-babble articles too 🙂

If you are an IT decision maker, and non propeller-head, or simply interested in topics on the softer side on people and technology, then the articles listed on the right side of this screen are probably for you. For the technical oriented readers, the left side is probably what you are looking for. I do write long posts, I’ll admit, but I try and keep them interesting with some humour.

If you would prefer to view this blog the way your RSS reader sees it (newest posts first), then click here.

SharePoint Performance Management Series

SharePoint 2013 Workflows for Citizen Developers

SharePoint 2007 Branding Series 1

SharePoint 2007 Branding Series 2


Enterprise Integration

Application Development



Cisco Series


Compliance, Methodology and Risk

SharePoint Maturity Series

SharePoint Architect Series

Cloud Computing

Dialogue Mapping

Wicked Problems and Project Management

Planning, Governance and Assurance

Information Architecture and Usability

Strategy and Management

Return on Investment

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65 Responses to Welcome

  1. Nathan says:

    Great amount of information. Thanks Paul. Here’s to hoping you have time to finish part 8 of the leave form with work flow.

  2. Vishnu says:

    You are simply rocking.. im completely benefitted by your website.Thanks a lot.

  3. What a great article, i just loved it and i loved to read it. Excellent thought author,i have bookmarked it.

  4. JW says:

    Hi Paul!
    I liked your articles, stories and thoughts. Please continue writing SharePoint topics.
    Added to bookmarks.

  5. It is too much informative and i did not know about it before reading it. I liked it very much.

  6. It is too much informative and i did not know about it before reading it. I liked it very much.

  7. Beth Coleman says:

    Very inspiring work. I am so glad that we will have the chance to see your presentation on Dialogue Mapping at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland. Maybe others would like to attend on Thursday, Jan. 31st, 8:30 a.m. Register here: http://www.catalystco.eventbrite.com

  8. Marco says:

    Cannot access any of the InfoPath links A Tribute to the humble leave form Part 5 or any of the links
    Have tried for two days now

  9. Jon says:

    Very useful and a vast depth of information. Cheers Paul. I will be having a great dig around!

  10. Here Im sending u attachment of my Godaddy Email Hosting Cpanel details.

    And I follow this link to configure SMTP relay to send a email. I configure this into my Sharepoint 2013.
    I configure SMTP Reley in SP server & I took another server to setup SMTP Replay. But SP server its not sending email.


    Basiscally I want to trigger email from sharepoint server to outside. Also I have installed MS Project Server 2013 on SP 2013. In MSP server we need to send task list to end users. So basically I stuck in that perticuler MSP email triggering thing.

    I really dont understant where the problem is.

  11. Thomas Doap says:

    Hello Mr. Culmsee,
    I have been reading your articles in your blog. One of the articles you posted on May 31, 2008 was written by your wife, according to you. In order to give credit where it is due, I would like to know your wife’s name.


  12. admin says:

    Teresa Culmsee

  13. Curtis Robinson says:

    Mr Culmsee,
    I must commend you on the quality of your technical blogs. I have been troubleshooting arcane SPD 2013 workflow errors for many hours, when Google finally lead me to your blog posts. I must say the level of detail you include and the clear explanations you post put any official Microsoft blog to shame. Your “Trials and tribulations inside SharePoint 2013 workflows” posts saved my bacon. Thank you Sir!

  14. Adrian says:


    We are a NY-based SharePoint hosting company, and we would like to know about the possibility of sponsoring/posting links and advertising banners on your blog and getting exposure for our business.

    Would really appreciate if we could have a dialog on how to take this business proposal ahead.

    Looking forward to an email from you on this at the earliest.


    Adrian Gates
    Marketing Manager

  15. Susheel Seth says:

    How a SharePoint based case management system (MetaCaseDesk) can help in building customer loyalty?

    Customer loyalty to an enterprise or organization hinges on the level of customer service rendered. The latter should be of high quality, consistent efforts should be made to improve the level of service and a customer centric approach must be adopted and implemented. Case management systems are not restricted to the legal or medical industry, but encompass other areas as well.

    ​With case management software, the firm is able to consolidate all the information that concerns a case in one central repository and provide users with the tools they need to do their work – whether they’re resolving an issue, managing a claim, handling an investigation, fulfilling a service request or on boarding an employee.

    Learn more: http://www.metacasedesk.com/blog/general/how-an-efficient-case-management-system-can-help-in-building-customer-loyalty/

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