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.


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 to love their hometown superstar and the weekend did have an undertone of morning the Purple One.

My slides from my presentation can be found here: Future-proof SharePoint Solutions – Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of the Box Features and No Code

Friday night was a great time of food and fellowship – catching up with old friends and ones that I had made at the previous SPSTC.

The morning of the event, I arrived to great buzz that is the SharePoint community in Twin Cities – people were ready to learn and with a little help from donuts and coffee, we were ready to teach and learn right along with them!

I attended several sessions, but I wanted to highlight the great session Michelle Gilbert and Alexis Bell gave. “Creating a Buzz: Putting on an Office 365 Awareness Fair”. They did an excellent job walking through why and how you should be promoting and communicating your transition or implementation of Office 365. They shared their current and recent past experiences with evalgelizing and socializing the whole Office 365 transition and I highly recommend attending their session if you have the opportunity!

My session was last in the day and I was excited to engage attendees on how we can use out of the box SharePoint functionality to create meaningful solutions for our user communities. There was a great buzz in the room and conversation to go with it – I really enjoyed my time with them in the session.

I was able to eat lunch with Stacy and Heidi – and make Todd Klindt jealous, so it was all around a fantastic day 🙂

A special thank you goes to the volunteers and organizers of SPSTC – you did a fantastic job! You have a well-run event and the attendees received some high-quality traning and networking time with some great speakers.

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!

As it turns out, I presented two sessions at ITProConNY!

Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of the Box Features and No Code

Thank you everyone for coming out to my no-code presentation. Slides: Out of the Box SharePoint Solutions ITProConNY 2016

Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint

This afternoon: Tuning SQL for SharePoint ITProConNY 2016

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 60-minute session – highlighting automation tools/methods, how to document your farm and troubleshooting common issues. My session is right before lunch, so it will be easy enough to carry the conversation over into lunch if attendees want to continue.

The event was a great success and I really enjoyed spending time with the attendees. We were able to have a great conversation about SharePoint as it relates to a DBA, even with a small projector problem 🙂

The slides can be found here: SQL Saturday Nashville 2016

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.

The meeting went really well – Tammy Clark started off showing how easily Power BI could connect to Facebook data.

I went second and used a SharePoint list I created with Helpdesk data to create dashboards using Excel and SharePoint web part pages. I then moved onto Power BI and ended with showing the cool iOS Power BI app (although it took some time to get it to project from my phone onto the screen).

Power BI iOS App
Helpdesk sample data within Power BI iOS app

Dan Evans then made a couple of announcements about Cortana and Power BI integration. Kerry Tyler finished off the night rocking our Power BI world with a demo that had us saying “wow!” 🙂

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Business Intelligence User Group Meeting Attendees

We finished the night at a new restaurant around the corner called Tupelo – fried green tomatoes, pork egg rolls (they were fantastic!!), and chicken and biscuits were enjoyed by all!

Tupelo Honey Cafe
SQLFamily Night at Tupelo Honey Cafe

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.

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 offices are moving to closer to downtown Nashville and will disrupt our meetings some next year. However, we already have plans for at least half of the time we will be without a meeting home, so stay tuned!

I then talked about the next technology event in Nashville – SQL Saturday Nashville 2016, which is on January 16th, 2016. It will be a great learning experience and I will be giving a spotlight session (learn more in my blog post about the event).

The group was interactive and we had a great conversation around no-code solutions.

We ended the night with a lot of great giveaways. Thank you to everyone who attended my session!

Nashville SUG Dec 2015
Nashville SUG Dec 2015 Attendees

SQL User Group – November 20th 2015

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!


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 Preview install.

More information can be found on the SQL Server User Group website (nashville.sqlpass.org), including the registration link! I will have the recap and slide deck attached to this post after the meeting.

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).

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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 we all had a great time enjoying the fun items in our speaker bags.


Saturday morning arrived and with over 500 people in attendance, I knew the day was going to be fun! CSFtuU-U8AEo1mP.jpg largeCSFosT4XAAANuc9.jpg large

I had a room full of people eager to hear about Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint. The group had a lot of questions and was very interactive…and fun? Smile


As is the norm at SPS events, there were some fabulous speakers delivering world-class content. After the giveaways, some of the organizers and speakers went to dinner to wrap-up a fun day. Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and other speakers – I am sure to return for the announced Spring 2016 edition of #SPSTC!


Download the deck from my Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint session.