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Speaking at RISPUG on 4/3/2013

Speaking at RISPUG on 4/3/2013

If you are in the Southern Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Eastern Connecticut area Wednesday night (or even if you aren’t, it might still be worth the road trip… I’m doing it!) and are interested in learning about what’s new in SharePoint 2013 for ITPros, then come out to the Rhode Island SharePoint Users Group at Providence College.  In it’s seventh month RISPUG is alive and thriving, so come out and join us for a good old fashion geeky evening of SharePoint talk!

I will be presenting my ITPro’s taking the SharePoint 2013 Red Pill deck which is available on my on my SlideShare site.

SharePoint Road Show Presentations

SharePoint Road Show Presentations

For the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to speak at some amazing events, specifically SharePoint Saturday Philly, SharePoint Saturday Austin, SPTechCon & SharePoint Fest Denver.  Doing shows like this always remind me just how amazing the SharePoint Community is.  I get a chance to interact with people from all walks of life, all different experiences with technology, and all different levels of knowledge within the sphere.  Thank to everyone who attended my sessions at these events.  As promised, I have uploaded my decks to SlideShare

I am excited to present for SPTechCon Boston & SharePoint Fest DC again, and on the East Coast this time, later this summer. 

Presenting “SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend” tonight at NYCSPUG on 3/7/2012

Presenting “SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend” tonight at NYCSPUG on 3/7/2012

If you are in the greater NYC area and are looking for a way to put an exclamation point on a great day of geeking out during the Virtual SQL Server 2012 launch, find your way over to the Microsoft offices at the Avenue of the Americas and come hear all about SharePoint Logging & Debugging. 

Here is the primer:

Troubleshooting and debugging issues in Enterprise SharePoint farms is a daunting task at best. SharePoint 2010 provides the tools to tackle the task, but not the roadmap. Come and join us as we lift the veil on the new and exciting features in SharePoint 2010, providing the roadmap to save you a ton of time every time you troubleshoot or debug an issue in SharePoint. Reclaim your evenings and weekends once and for all by taming the SharePoint debugging beast!

There will be food and drinks provided, and a SharePint following the event that promises to be a great time.  I have even heard that there will be some other out-of-towners making an appearance.

If all of that isn’t enough to rope you in, I will be giving away a Lync certified Plantronics Voyager PRO UC.

You can also check out my deck here: http://slidesha.re/wxIvNe

Hope to see you there!

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Holy time gap in posting!

Holy time gap in posting!

It has been almost 6 weeks since my last post and it is time to bring to light what has been going on in my world during that time. 

While I am not someone who discusses my employer regularly on my blog, I joined Sentri 6 months ago and couldn’t be happier.  Especially in light of recent developments.  Some of you may have noticed the press release, twitter storms, webcasts, etc about Sentri’s acquisition of the KMA SharePoint Practice.  Over night my small practice grew to more than 4 times its size and was endowed with even more dynamic, and highly talented people. 

Anyone who has ever lived through the M&A process can tell you that it is a nail biting & hair raising process as you never know if things are going to move forward or if Murphy is going to stick his head up and yell “GOTCHA!”

In the weeks since my last posting life has been extremely interesting and exciting preparing for and then finally working through the details of integrating two different SharePoint Practices into one.

Needless to say since I am writing this post, we are in the lucky 17% that went into the M&A process and came out the other side smiling.  I am sincerely thrilled to be working closely with Mike Gilronan (check out his take on this here), Derek Cash-Peterson, and the entire Sentri SharePoint team.

As for my commitment to the SharePoint community, it remains as strong as ever.  I have added a Speaking Engagements section to my blog so that you can find out where and when I will be speaking next.  This week I will be speaking at the NYC SPUG on Wednesday March 7th, 2012 at 6pm.

And now back to posting content…. smile

Putting a bow on an amazing year of SharePoint

Putting a bow on an amazing year of SharePoint

Last week I had the honor of presenting “Heavy Metal PowerPivot Redux” to the San Antonio SharePoint Users Group.  My slide deck from that session can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/SentriInc/sentris-saspug-deck-heavy-metal-power-pivot-redux

The SASUGers were a great group of folks to present to and the location was tremendous.  We were hosted by Jeff Deverter at the RackSpace facility in Eastern San Antonio.  They purchased the Windsor Park Mall and have converted it into their offices.  It was completely wild experience touring a mall that I had shopped at previously and finding that it was now a state of the art office facility, complete with slide.

Here are a few pictures from the evening:

From the presentation, & you have to love an SPUG that provides beer at the meeting!

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Touring the RackSpace Facility

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Time to ride the slide!

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Yes, I got stuck…

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A post-slide group photo with the early birds

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Needless to say it was a terrific evening and I can’t wait to come back and speak again at SASUG.  Thanks to Tom Resing, Jessica Saucedo, and Jeff Deverter for all they did to make it possible.

SharePoint Connections Las Vegas 2011 Wrap up

SharePoint Connections Las Vegas 2011 Wrap up

I just completed my 5 sessions, 3 of which I presented with my great friend Cornelius J. van Dyk, here at SharePoint Connections Las Vegas.  While here we received several pieces of great news:

1.) O’Reilly has green lit our book “SharePoint for Business Intelligence” which will be coming out in 2012 and will revolve around how you can solve business problems using SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2012, & Visual Studio LightSwitch technologies for Business Intelligence.

2.) We will be doing our “SharePoint Disaster Avoidance for Large Scale Enterprises” post conference  and several other sessions for the SharePoint Connections Las Vegas show in March 2012

3.) Power was finally restored to my house in Nashua after more than 6 days!

I had almost 450 attendees across my 5 sessions and I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed the conference as my as I did.  As promised, here are links to my final decks:

SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend

SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field

Battle Scarred But Still Standing: A SharePoint Administrator’s Tell All

Heavy Metal PowerPivot Redux

Human Workflow with Visio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010

Heading home tonight and then back to the SharePoint Road Trip on Thursday to hit SharePoint Saturday Denver!

SharePoint Road Trips!

SharePoint Road Trips!

With the devastating storm that has hit New Hampshire over the weekend, there is no better time for a SharePoint Road Trip to start than today!  It was so bad up here that our city postponed Halloween Trick-or-treating until next Sunday.  Here are a couple of pictures of the devastation, just from our driveway:

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Here is a quick list of where you can find me over the next 2 months.

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I fly out to Las Vegas this evening to present 5 sessions at the SharePoint Connections Conference this week (October 31st – November 4th), 3 of which are with my good friend and collaborator Cornelius J. van Dyk.  I am presenting:

HAD13: SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend (Tuesday)

HAD14: SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field (Tuesday)

HAD15: Battle Scarred But Still Standing: A SharePoint Admin’s Tell-All (Wednesday)

HAD12: Heavy Metal PowerPivot (Thursday)

HNC04: Human Workflow with Visio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010 (Thursday)

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After Las Vegas I head to Colorado to take part in SharePoint Saturday Denver (November 11-13), an amazing 2 day event (registration is open and there are still some seats available), where I will be presenting:

SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend (Friday)

SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field (Saturday)

I am also planning on taking part in my first ShareSki as a part of SharePoint Saturday Denver!  I haven’t skied in Colorado in almost 10 years (East Coast skiing is nothing like Colorado sadly), but if you can’t find me on the slopes after my sessions, look for the guy in the full body cast by the fire drinking scotch  

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Corne & I will be presenting at the December installment of the Granite State SharePoint Users Group located at Daniel Webster College on 12/8 @ 6pm, which I happen to co-organize, followed by a SharePint.

We will be doing our SharePoint Logging & Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend session.  If you are in the area New Hampshire / Northern Massachusetts area please check us out.  We have had 7 sessions and we are continuing to grow.  We have great list of speakers already lined up for 2012!

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I am heading back to the Lone Star State to round out the calendar year of SharePoint where I will be speaking at the SASPUG meeting on December 15th and presenting Heavy Metal PowerPivot Redux, a session featuring the goodness of PowerPivot v1 and a preview of PowerPivot v2 and Power View.  Join us at Rackspace – Castle I-35 and Walzem starting at 530p. 

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That will wrap my SharePoint Road Trip to a close.  I hope to see you at one of more of these great events.  The 2012 calendar of SharePoint events is already starting to fill up with amazing events so keep an eye out for an announcement later in the year about those dates.

Presenting “Heavy Metal PowerPivot Redux” tonight at BASPUG

Presenting “Heavy Metal PowerPivot Redux” tonight at BASPUG

My good friend, Cornelius J. van Dyk, & I are presenting one of our favorite topics at the Boston Area SharePoint User Group this evening, Heavy Metal PowerPivot!

For those of you who have seen us present this topic in the past, you might be asking “ok, I’ve seen it before, why should I attend?”.  The answer is simple: SQL Server 2012 CTP3.  We will be demoing the new installation experience as well as a few of the new features that are coming in the update to this amazing product.

We hope you will come out and join us for this deep dive into the existing version and a glimpse into Denali.

Our friends at BASPUG would like me to mention that you can/should register for the event at http://baspug18.eventbrite.com/

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Speaking at SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast 2011 in Chicago

Speaking at SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast 2011 in Chicago

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My friend, Cornelius J. van Dyk, and I will be presenting at this year’s SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast conference in Chicago held August 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. (Anyone sensing a reoccurring theme here?  Any guesses which conference we are speaking at in early November? Here’s a hint! )

We will be bringing back our acclaimed ITPro Pre-Conference “SharePoint Collaboration Bootcamp” plus presenting three sessions, “Heavy Metal PowerPivot”, “Time Is Money. How SharePoint Logging will Save You Both!”, and “Battle Scarred But Still Standing: A SharePoint Admin’s Tell-All”. We have updated all of these sessions to be fresh, current, and exciting so come out and see us if you’re anywhere in the Chicago area during that time.

We are also participating in a Speakers Panel for the Chicago SharePoint Users Group on Tuesday evening August 9th starting at 5:30pm.  CSPUG is hosting us and will be providing pizza and lively discussion.

We hope to see you there!