• Business Intelligence – Ask the Experts

    I will be a member of the Ask the Experts panel at the next Nashville Business Intelligence (PASS) user group meeting, where we will have a “round table discussion”. We will be talking all things Microsoft BI, including Power BI, SSRS, and others. This is a perfect opportunity to get your questions answered and discuss options with your business intelligence needs. There will also be social time, food, and giveaways! Register now to get your seat! Agenda from the NASH BI site: April Meeting Details when Tuesday,April 19 Cool Springs Brewery Register by NOON Tuesday April 19 Register agenda 6:00 pm Social Time & Food 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm Meeting…

  • SPS Twin Cities 2016

    On April 23rd 2016, I will be speaking at the Spring installment of SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities. There is a great line-up of speakers (too many to name here) and sponsors, so please check out the site for details: SPSTC. I will presenting a session titled “Future-proof SharePoint Solutions” – I am looking forward to showing off demos of SharePoint Server 2016, SPDocKit, and others. If you are at SPSTC, please come by and say hello. [UPDATE] The day before I was to travel to Minneapolis, April 21st, the musical artist Prince died at his home in the Minneapolis area. The people of Minnesota and specifically the Minneapolis area seemed…

  • 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…

  • Keys to Successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA – SQL Saturday Nashville 2016

    It is an honor and I am excited to be speaking at the January 16th, 2016 installment of SQL Saturday Nashville (#SQLSatNash). I will be doing a ‘spotlight’ 90-minute session covering the keys to being a successful SharePoint administrator, with a focus on database administrators who might have inherited a SharePoint farm or have been tasked with implementing it. We will cover common SharePoint misconceptions & use live demos to show frequently performed tasks. Lastly we will cover the training options and other resources available to make your job easier and more automated. With the extended time I plan on diving a little deeper than I could with a regular…

  • Building Business Intelligence Dashboards with SharePoint Data – December 1st 2015

    I will be co-presenting at the Nashville Business Intelligence User Group meeting this month. We will be walking attendees through creating dashboards using Power BI and I will be focusing on using SharePoint data. I will show how to use Excel to create dashboards within SharePoint web part pages – first with an export of a SharePoint list and then an import of a SharePoint list into Excel. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each method. I will then show linking to the same SharePoint list data using the Power BI Desktop application and then publishing it to Power BI. [UPDATE] The meeting went really well – Tammy…

  • Nashville SharePoint Users Group Presentation

    SharePoint Users Group – December 8th 2015

    This coming December 8th I will be presenting to the Nashville SharePoint Users Group (nashvillesug.com) with the topic “Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of the Box Features and No Code”. I will highlight the features within SharePoint that I use often to create beneficial solutions for companies around the country. With heavy emphasis on not using any code, I will demo solutions built using a SharePoint Online site. [UPDATE] Last night’s meeting was a lot of fun – we have a great turnout and I know I had a good time hanging out with my Nashville SharePoint friends. We started off by talking about the Microsoft office move – the…

  • Nashville SQL Server User Group Presentation

    SQL User Group – November 20th 2015

    [UPDATE] Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. I hope you enjoyed your time and learned something! The slides can be found here: Nashville SQL Server User Group 11/20/2015 Congrats to Nick for winning the swag! @DanielGlenn @nashsql SQL config for Sharepoint. pic.twitter.com/6vKa2b48gs — Nick Koch (@KochaKola) November 20, 2015 ———————————————————————————————————————- I am honored to be asked to speak at the November 20th Nashville SQL Server User Group. The meeting starts at 12 noon and I will be presenting “Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint”. I will covering the best practices for SQL Server when it is used for SharePoint as well as doing a live SharePoint Server 2016 Technical…

  • Twin Cities SharePoint Saturday 2015

    I was really excited to be selected to speak at this year’s SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities in Minneapolis. It is known as one of the best SharePoint Saturday (SPS) events and I now was going to see the event first-hand! I had a little fun with the promotion of my session at the event, given that #SPSTC was only a few days after #BackToTheFutureDay (October 21st, 2015). The speaker dinner was excellent; great location, food, and a relaxed atmosphere. I had the opportunity to catch up with organizers and other speakers, some of which I hadn’t seen since the Microsoft Ignite conference in May. The organizing committee was awesome and…

  • Cincinnati SharePoint Saturday 2015

    I was honored to speak at this year’s installment of SharePoint Saturday (SPS) Cincinnati – is was a spooktacular event! Every year the organizers of #SPSCincy do a Halloween theme and this year, all the speakers were given football jerseys to help them with their costume. Others, well, they brought there own: When I arrived at the event, the theme was in full swing – decorations and people dressed as their favorite gorilla, princess, or Star Wars character. I attended several great sessions during the day – if you aren’t attending SPS events, you are really missing out on high-quality, free content! As I prepared for my session, I grabbed…

  • Louisville SQL Saturday 2015

    As it turns out, my last scheduled SQL Saturday event for 2015 was one of the closest – #SQLSat403 was my first time at the event held in Louisville, but I hope it won’t be the last! The speaker dinner was held at a great restaurant that was known for is delicious food – even featured on one of the TV cooking shows! We all gathered around tables and talked shop, family, work, and stuffed our faces with a lot of pizza. My session, Keys to Successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA, was slated later in the day, so I was able to attend several sessions throughout the day. I…