I am happy to announce I have been selected to speak at #SQLSatChattanooga this year – the city is a wonderful place to visit and the people are awesome! Join us – register now!
I will be presenting “Keys to Successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA”. I will be building on the session I presented last year, Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint, and focusing on providing tips and tools for DBAs to be more comfortable interacting with the SharePoint platform and set them up for success when they are called upon to be an administrator.
I am thrilled to be speaking at #SQLSatATL again this year – it is has proven to be a great event every year! Register now!
I will be presenting a session titled “Keys to Successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA” – the session’s focus is to get DBAs more comfortable interacting with the SharePoint platform and set them up for success when they are called upon to be an administrator, which happens quite often!
Join me at #SQLSatATL on May 21, 2016 – if you see me, please stop and say hi!
SQL Saturday Atlanta 2016 was a record year – 590 attendees were there to take in all the sessions!
The theme for this year’s #SQLSatATL was ‘super heros’ and the speaker shirts were definitely in line with the theme.
I presented first in the day and we had a great group of people, mostly database administrators, who wanted to know how to get a handle on being a SharePoint Administrator as well. They asked great questions and it was a lot of fun.
I will be presenting a session titled “Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint”. I will be covering best practices for a SQL Server when it is used for SharePoint, as well as doing a live SharePoint Server 2016 install.
There were some really high-quality sessions during the event and I really enjoyed Brandon Leach’s session Data Pages, Allocation Units, IAM chains… Oh My!
My session was a lot of fun – even the SharePoint 2016 installation demo finished before my time ended. As an added bonus, I enticed a few people to register for Twitter! Remember folks, use the hashtag #SPHelp to ask your SharePoint questions on Twitter!
Thank you Karla and everyone who attended my session for a fantastic event!
I will be presenting at #SPSNashville on May 14th on the topic Business Intelligence with SharePoint & Power BI. I will show how to create BI solutions using SharePoint, Excel, Power BI, and a new Microsoft tool Flow.
I had a great time presenting at SharePoint Saturday Nashville. I had a great group of attendees and we discussed SharePoint list interaction with Excel, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow. I am not posting my slides because I didn’t really show content on slides – I used demonstrations the majority of the time to show the power of the tools.
We walked through creating a BI solution that included a SharePoint helpdesk site – one solution used Excel and Power Pivot to build dashboards, the second used Power BI to display and manipulate the helpdesk data, and lastly we used Microsoft Flow to improve the functionality of the solution by pulling in even more content.
There were a lot of great questions and Jeff was genuinely excited to see all the SharePoint professionals giving up their Saturday to learn and build community. A few bits of information I noted that Jeff shared:
There will not be another SharePoint-branded conference put on by Microsoft anytime soon. Microsoft’s Ignite conference will be the focus and they are attempting to put more focus on SharePoint at the conference.
Approximately 300,000 Android users start using OneDrive every day
Jeff acknowledged some missteps and wants to fix them – the first being that navigation will be coming back to the new document library look in SharePoint
Microsoft knows it did not handle correctly the delivery of the message around how the newly announced SharePoint Framework effects existing developed add-ins. This will be fixed in the weeks ahead.
The day ended with a lot of giveaways – we counted over 20! We also announced that attendance was up 79% over last year!
Yesterday, May 4th 2016, Microsoft hosted “The Future of SharePoint” event in San Fransisco, USA. The host was Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint, and along with other Microsoft presenters, Teper showcased the road-map for the SharePoint platform – both on-prem and in the cloud.
Along with announcing the general availability for SharePoint 2016, Microsoft highlighted new SharePoint features and functionality. You can read all about the event and the announcements on the Microsoft Office Blogs post. I will in the days and weeks ahead, cover the new functionality with real-world examples.
Before the event, Microsoft used the Twitter hashtag #FutureOfSharePoint to promote the event. Whenever I attend events, I use Twitter as a way to interact with the speakers and other attendees. For this event, I followed the Twitter hashtag and setup a ‘column’ within Tweetdeck to show all tweets for the event. For this event though, I did something new to track the social interaction during the event. Microsoft released Microsoft Flow, an online product that allows anyone to “create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more.”
I setup a flow to capture all tweets containing the hashtag #FutureOfSharePoint and saved them to a list on my SharePoint Online site.
It worked really well and I started looking at the data to see if I could see any trends. The first thing I checked was who sent the most tweets during the event – this included tweets the users had written and RTs they posted. There was a clear winner:
You can get access to the web report by clicking here. Make sure the FutureofSharePoint hashtag is selected at the top right of the report.
I am really excited for what SharePoint 2016 will bring & you can learn more at SharePoint Saturday Nashville on May 14th, 2016! It is the first chance after the Future Of SharePoint event that you will get to meet and speak with a large group of platform MVPs and industry experts at a local SPS event. Register now!