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Rackspace and the Microsoft ProServe Partner Network

Rackspace and the Microsoft ProServe Partner Network

I have been a Racker for more than 2 years now and during this time I have found that Rackspace has always strived to maintain an amazing group of Microsoft Partners that do Professional Services (ProServe) work. We have phenomenal partners that we send work to today, however we want to broaden our knowledge base of who is out there doing great things in the Microsoft ProServe space. We no longer have teams that do ProServe work, save some migration…

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A new chapter: You can go home again

A new chapter: You can go home again

8 years ago Jill and I moved from Austin, TX to New England as newlyweds to start our new life together. I had just accepted a new job with Raytheon to work on a technology that was completely foreign to me. I had spent the previous 10 years of my career focused on relatively known commodities, but when I jumped into SharePoint it was a total unknown to me. Little did we know then the amazing road that was ahead…

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MVP Award – My new year’s day suprise

MVP Award – My new year’s day suprise

With my vacation coming to a close I opted to spend one last morning with the boys and let Jill sleep in this morning. The day started like any other, Sam (age 3) came into my room and immediately started talking while Max (age 5) was hunkered down in his bed surrounded his books. We went downstairs to start the day and have breakfast, for which they had requested my special chocolate chip pancakes. We finished our breakfast and had…

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#SPSRI Wrap up

#SPSRI Wrap up

The inaugural #SPSRI is now in the books! When I joined the team putting this event on I had a few goals: 1.) select speakers who would elevate the event & give the attendees an amazing learning experience 2.) follow through on Chris’s goal of running the event on a minimal budget & get just enough sponsors to make the budget doable 3.) provide attendees & speakers with an fun, interactive, lively event that would be worth staying all day…

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#SPSNH Call for Speakers Update

#SPSNH Call for Speakers Update

We are now less than a week from closing the Call for Speakers, Wednesday August 7th at 6pm Eastern Time, and we are still looking for speakers to submit. Many people have watched the message that I posted about the video we are asking speakers to submit and I have gotten some feedback that this requires some clarification: The video is NOT a requirement. We are asking speakers to do it and think that it will make things a ton…

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Creating hotkeys for functions in Word 2013

Creating hotkeys for functions in Word 2013

In my previous posts on Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” & “Quick Switching between Review Markup Styles” I made reference to repetitive stress injury inducing activities and how to avoid them, but the biggest single improvement I made to my editing process for the book was creating a hotkey for Approving Comments. I have long been a fan of Office Application allowing me to customize my toolbar and tabs, but until recently I did not realize what I was missing…

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Quick switching between Review Markup styles in Word 2013

Quick switching between Review Markup styles in Word 2013

This is the second in a shorts series of helpful hits for editing using Word 2013.  You can find the first in the series Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” here.  When I first started with the copyedit review of my book I used to go into the Review tab for each chapter and select to show All Markup each time.  This repetitive stress injury inducing activity was not only annoying, but it was counter productive as it made it difficult…

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Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” feature in Word 2013

Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” feature in Word 2013

I am finally at the end of the first copyedit review for my book “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint” and the experience has left me with some valuable tidbits about how best to edit 400+ page word documents.  I will post these during the course of the next week. While co-author, Dave Feldman, and I are both using Office 2013 and had every intention of leveraging all of the great features that come as a part of the .docx…

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How to: Create a OneNote help file out of a PowerShell Module

How to: Create a OneNote help file out of a PowerShell Module

Being an ITPro in the current day and age I write a decent amount of PowerShell. Since I am not always on a server that has the SharePoint PowerShell modules installed most of my time on TechNet is spent basically reading the help files of specific modules to validate syntax, flags or review examples. This can become a bit of a pain after a while so I thought it would be nice to have a OneNote notebook on my SkyDrive…

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Hooray, it’s a book!: “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint”

Hooray, it’s a book!: “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint”

Over the past year I have been spending my night’s & weekends working on a book with my co-author, Dave Feldman, and I am proud to say that we have completed our draft of “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint”.  Through the book you will learn to create dynamic Business Intelligence solutions for SharePoint, using Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch, SQL Server 2012, and other tools and technologies. This hands-on book shows you how to create data-rich BI applications with SharePoint…

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