• Organizing a SharePoint Saturday – Promotional materials

    All the posts in the Organizing a SharePoint Saturday series: Organizing a SharePoint Saturday – My Experience Picking a Venue and Date Picking Speakers Managing Sponsors Getting Help and Communication Methods Event Week After Event Follow-up Website After picking a date, my next step is to request a site be created on the SPS Events website. This is the main hub of communication. I put all information for the event on the website and then all subsequent communication for the event will point back to this site. To make it easy for me to include the URL of the site in promotional materials, I purchased a custom domain name for…

  • IT Pro Con NY 2016

    On March 25th 2016, I will be speaking at IT Pro Con NY (formally known as “New York City Techstravaganza”) and I’m thrilled to be a part of the event! The content tracks include Azure, Exchange, PowerShell, Windows, and SharePoint. My session will cover best practices for SQL Server when it is used for SharePoint and will include a live SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate install! If you will be in NYC and would like to get some awesome free training, then this is the event for you! Hope to see you there! [UPDATE] As it turns out, I presented two sessions at ITProConNY! Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of…

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    Organizing a SharePoint Saturday – Picking a Venue and Date

    All the posts in the Organizing a SharePoint Saturday series: Organizing a SharePoint Saturday – My Experience Promotional materials Picking Speakers Managing Sponsors Getting Help and Communication Methods Event Week After Event Follow-up In my experience, picking the “right” venue and event date is of utmost importance. There really isn’t a one size fits all rule for when and where a city’s SPS event should take place. Being a part of the local community and knowing the area is a key ingredient to setting yourself up for success. Venue Selecting a venue can be a tough decision and this year was no exception. Choosing a place with convenient access and…

  • Organizing a SharePoint Saturday – My Experience

    This year I am organizing my third SharePoint Saturday (SPS) event for Nashville. SPS events are a FREE one-day conference held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint and Office 365 professionals.  This is the first in a series of posts about planning a technology event based on my past experiences.  This series is not intended as a “one size fits all” guide, but rather some helpful information for other organizers to use when planning their own events. My journey to becoming an SPS organizer started in 2008 when I learned of a meeting being organized by the local Microsoft office. The purpose of…