With the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games just around the corner, most of us don't think about the massive effort required to pull together an event of this magnitude. We simply take for granted the ability to sit in the comfort of our living rooms and watch the various events and ceremonies unfold. In the August issue of Windows IT Pro magazine, subscribers were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the preparations involved in coordinating the Games and bringing them to your television or Internet-enabled mobile device. And SharePoint Technologies played a major part.

Windows IT Pro contributing editor and SharePoint MVP Dan Holme is in Beijing serving as the Microsoft Technologies Consultant for NBC television. In "Gold Medal SharePoint Applications in Beijing," he explains how he's leveraging SharePoint's collaboration and workflow features to help bring the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to television and the Internet. Now, in the spirit of the Olympics, Windows IT Pro wants to share that glimpse with the world. For a short period of time, nonsubscribers can access this article free of charge at http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/99504/gold-medal-sharepoint-applications-in-beijing.html.  Check it out to learn about four real-life tasks that Dan solved by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007: a custom document management application, a Help desk application, a forms-based content-delivery solution, and a transportation management system.

And then you can head over to our sister site, Office and SharePoint Pro, http://www.officesharepointpro.com, to read Dan's latest To the SharePoint newsletter, http://www.officesharepointpro.com/content/1935/sharepoint-sharing-from-beijing.aspx, in which he talks about the experience of being part of these Olympic Games, traveling around China, and interacting with its people. It's an insightful look at a country and people that few of us will likely ever get to experience in person. Enjoy!