SQL Saturday Chattanooga 2016

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.

Join me at #SQLSatChattanooga on June 25, 2016 – come join me at an awesome Tennessee event!

[UPDATE]

Here are my presentation slides: Keys to successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA #SQLSatChattanooga

[I will update this post with details after the event]

SQL Saturday Atlanta 2016

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!

[UPDATE]

My slides from my presentation can be found here: Keys to successful SharePoint administration for the DBA

#SQLSatAtl Poster

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.

A photo posted by MsBossATL (@msbossatl) on


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.

The rest of the day was filled with a lot of learning and fun. Make sure to check out this great event next year!

SQL Saturday Pensacola 2016

I will be speaking at this year’s SQLSatPensacola – I am honored and excited to have been selected to join a list of great speakers! There is still room – register now!

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.

Join us for #SQLSatPensacola on June 4th, 2016!

My slides from my presentation can be found here: Tuning SQL for SharePoint – #SQLSatPensacola 2016

[UPDATE]
SQL Saturday returned this year to Pensacola after a four-year absence. The main director, Karla Landrum, did an outstanding job organizing the event!

We kicked off the weekend with a great dinner and it was good to catch-up with friends from around the country.

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!

Presenting at SQL Saturday Pensacola #SQLSatPensacolaThank you Karla and everyone who attended my session for a fantastic event!

SharePoint Saturday Nashville 2016

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.

Join us! SPSNashville.org

[UPDATE]
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.


The rest of the day was fun and filled with some awesome content from other speakers, delicious hot lunch from Just Love Coffee, and snacks with the sponsors.

SPSNashville 2016 Attendees
SPSNashville 2016 Attendees

The last session of the day was a question and answer time with Microsoft CVP Jeff Teper.

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.
SPSNashville 2016 Jeff Teper
SPSNashville 2016 Jeff Teper

The day ended with a lot of giveaways – we counted over 20! We also announced that attendance was up 79% over last year!

The Future of SharePoint Captured

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 Microsoft Flowduring 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.

Flow to capture #FutureOfSharePoint tweets
Flow to capture #FutureOfSharePoint tweets

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:


Jennifer Mason posted a total of 103 tweets during the time I was capturing. Her explanation for sending so many:


Jennifer wasn’t alone, we were all really excited and it does show throughout all the tweets. The Twitter activity over the course of the event was great to see and I will keep looking into the data.


John White (@diverdown1964) shared a link to a Power BI report that he created, presumably with help from Jason Himmelstein (@sharepointlhorn) and Dave Feldman (@bostonmusicdave).

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.

#FutureOfSharePoint Active Twitter Users
#FutureOfSharePoint Active Twitter Users

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!