SQL Saturday Birmingham 2017

SQL Saturday Birmingham is on March 18th and I will be there! We will be looking at Power BI and the new features it brings to SharePoint modern pages!

You can find out more about the event, as well as register on their website.

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The #SQLSatBham event was great – a well-run program! I really enjoyed my time in Birmingham and if you have the chance to attend next time you should!

My session was fun and I had a great turnout. Talking about how Power BI and SharePoint together can tell a great data story is always fun!

SharePoint Fest DC 2017

Use code GlennDC200 for $200 off registration!

I am so pumped up about the upcoming SharePoint Fest in Washington D.C.! First, I am once again joining the #SPFest team and delivering two SharePoint sessions! Second, the #SPFest events are great for networking and connecting with vendors. Third, it has been a while since I have been to the nation’s capital and I am looking forward to meeting new friends!

Go ahead and register for the event on the SharePoint Fest website. This fantastic event will not disappoint!

SharePoint Engage Phoenix

Use Code Glenn150 for $150 off registration!

SharePoint Engage is traveling to Arizona in March and I am happy to be giving two presentations at SPEngage Phoenix. This is a great opportunity to get your learn on, so join us!

Event info and registration is on the SharePoint Engage website.

Oh, and last time, this happened:

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I had a wonderful time in Phoenix. Both of my sessions went well; great attendees, questions, and even a few jokes 🙂

My First session was on March 14, which is Pi day!

Thanks again to the wonderful folks at SharePoint Institute and SP Engage!

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities 2017

I am so happy to announce I will once again be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities! #SPSTC is on May 6th and will once again be held at Normandale Community College.

You can find out more information about the event on their website.

Oh, and Jeff Teper will be there too!

Louisville SharePoint User Group March 2017

It is great to see the SharePoint community organizing again in Louisville Kentucky and I will be speaking at their third meeting! On March 10th, I will make the short drive up to the ‘ville to discuss business intelligence options in SharePoint and Office 365.

Register free via the Eventbrite page.

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I had a great drive up to Louisville Kentucky today! The Louisville SharePoint User Group (LouSPUG) is meeting again after taking some time off, and I was impressed with how well the group is organized (and the food was delicious!).

There were a lot of fantastic questions from the attendees and we had a good discussion about telling data stories. Thanks for having me LouSPUG – I hope to be back again!

SQL Saturday Nashville 2017

This January we will once again host SQL Saturday in Nashville. #SQLSatNashville will be held January 14th and I have the pleasure of speaking at this great event.

I will be presenting “Power BI & SharePoint – A Marriage Made in Redmond” – we will be discussing the business intelligence experience in SharePoint, Office 365, and what the future looks like in SharePoint BI.

Register now and join us! SQL Saturday Nashville 2017

Postpone the SharePoint Online Public Site Deadline

In October 2012, Microsoft released a feature called SharePoint Online Public Sites, which allowed the creation of a public-facing, anonymous ‘SharePoint-ish’ site. It wasn’t a full-featured SharePoint site – public sites had limited features, including static pages and generic theme capabilities – enough to make it useful for small companies with no web development resources. Microsoft targeted small and medium-sized business with this feature and it promised an easy to use method for generating content and modifying the web pages.

Sample SharePoint Online Public Site

However, the feature wasn’t used by a majority of Office 365 customers and caused an abnormal amount of customer tickets. So in early 2015, Microsoft announced that the SharePoint Online public website feature would be discontinued as of March 9th, 2015. Office 365 customers that already used the feature at that time would be able to continue using the public website feature for 2 years after the March 9th date. The change is outlined in the KB Article 3027254.

The message has been consistent from Microsoft since the first announcement – move away from the public website feature because it will be turned off. Period. Almost two years have passed – the deadline is fast approaching and we are now hearing more customers looking for alternative web platforms. On December 9th 2016, Microsoft put out a message via the Office 365 portal to remind customers of the upcoming deadline.

Reminder: SharePoint Online Public Websites are going away

However, this time the message had a new detail that other communications did not, an olive branch of sorts.

In January 2017, we will have a process in place allowing you to postpone the removal of your SharePoint Online public website.

That is good news for anyone who has yet to move their site to a different host. While we don’t know what the process will be or how long customers will be able to postpone the removal of their public sites (more information will be announced in January 2017), it is good that Microsoft listened to their customers and is giving them some extra time to make plans – if two years wasn’t enough 🙂