Office 365 E5: the plan, the promise, the process & the pain

Office 365 E5: the plan, the promise, the process & the pain

I have been a long time Office 365 subscriber. In addition to using Office 365 for work at the companies I have worked for over the past 5 years, I have maintained a personal subscription for my own personal brand stuff. Being a Business Intelligence fan boy the subscription that fit me best has always been the E3 at $20 per seat per month (PSPM). That was until WPC this year when Microsoft announced the E5 SKU and I heard…

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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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Ignite is sold out?!? Now what?

Ignite is sold out?!? Now what?

For the past 2 years I have been honored to be the Speaker co-chair for the SharePoint Intersections Conference with Dan Holme. This year SharePoint Intersections is in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 18-21and the line up is epic. We have Ruven Gotz, Asif Rehmani, Scott Hillier, Mike Fitzmaurice, Brian Alderman, Mark Rackley, Michelle Caldwell, and Andrew Connell to name a few. DevIntersection is co-located with SharePoint Intersection. This means that developers can take advantage of sessions not only about SharePoint, but…

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Announcing the new PowerBI

Announcing the new PowerBI

Over the course the past few years, Microsoft has slowly been upping its game with regard to business intelligence. In February 2014 Microsoft announced PowerBI for Office 365 and has slowly but surely been improving the offering over the course the passing year. With yesterday’s announcements Microsoft firmly planted its flag in the business intelligence space. Previously the offering was an add-on to Office 365 E3 License ($20 per user per month) that cost an additional $20 per user per…

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Major announcements coming out of TechEd Europe & AzureConf14

Major announcements coming out of TechEd Europe & AzureConf14

Exciting updates to Microsoft Azure at TechEd Europe, enabling simplicity, scale and innovation http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/28/exciting-updates-to-microsoft-azure-at-teched-europe-enabling-simplicity-scale-and-innovation/ Office 365-Our latest innovations in security and compliance http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/28/office-365-latest-innovations-security-compliance/ OneNote gets even better on Mac and iOS http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/28/onenote-gets-even-better-mac-ios/ Announcing the Azure Marketplace http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/28/announcing-the-azure-marketplace/ TechEd Europe 2014 News: Developer Tools http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/10/28/teched-europe-2014-news.aspx Enterprise Mobility Game-Changing Announcement #1 http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2014/10/28/emm-game-changing-announcement-1.aspx Azure AD Support for JavaScript Single Page Apps using OAuth2 implicit grant now in preview! http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2014/10/28/azure-ad-support-for-javascript-single-page-apps-using-oauth2-implicit-grant-now-in-preview.aspx …and from AzureConf14 last week: Azure’s getting bigger, faster and more open http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/20/azures-getting-bigger-faster-and-more-open/

Another #SPC14 check list… with a different spin

Another #SPC14 check list… with a different spin

Flying at 34k feet over the midwest on my way to #SPC14 and I realized that I had not stopped to enjoy the moment.  We are once again about to dive head long into a week filled with the greatest technical community around.  This is my 4th SharePoint Conference, but the first time that I will be presenting.  Over the past 3 years as a speaker in the SharePoint Community I have found my way to Las Vegas about a…

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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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Order is everything when setting up SharePoint on Azure IaaS

Order is everything when setting up SharePoint on Azure IaaS

I spent a bunch of time with my buddy Kirk Evans while at DevConnections in Las Vegas last month, some drinking and watching football, but mostly learning about running SharePoint on Azure. Azure IaaS has come a long way, but is still confusing & troublesome at times. I have written a few PowerShell tools that help me and I will share them in some future posts. I started playing with SharePoint on Azure IaaS on my own without doing much…

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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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#SPSDFW Wrap up

#SPSDFW Wrap up

Another great community event is in the books! Kudos to the #SPSDFW team for the triumphant return of this keystone event. It has been suggested that I will take any excuse to go back to Texas… guilty as charged… A weekend of BBQ, Shiner & phenomenal SharePoint folks. You can find the deck for my session Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 here: https://www.slideshare.net/jasonhimmelstein/business-intelligence-in-sharepoint-2013-24452549 Next up for me is running #SPSRI this coming weekend with Joshua Cliff & Chris McNulty!