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    SQL Saturday Nashville 2020

    My first event of the year will be one of my favorites – SQL Saturday Nashville on January 18th, 2020. The day will be filled with learning and networking – the sessions span many categories: BI Architecture & Management Database Administration PowerShell BI Analytics and Visualization Cloud Database/Application Development & Deployment Data Science Database & Application Development Professional Development My session will focus on keeping up with all the changes that are happening in Office 365. Make sure you register soon before the event fills up! Sponsorships are also available!

  • Microsoft Azure Spending

    Save Money by Easily Analyzing Azure Spending

    I have a subscription in Microsoft Azure that I use for hosting virtual machines, SQL data, and a few Azure functions. A few months ago, I went over my normal amount of spend for the period and I didn't know why. I am very consistent with my usage and have the same bill pretty much every month. Finding Help In my investigation to find what caused the spike in Azure costs, I was introduced to the new product from ShareGate called Overcast. You may know ShareGate from doing migrations of data into SharePoint and Office 365. However ShareGate has introduced new products recently, and Overcast promises to simplify cost management…

  • Episode 6 of the Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption

    It takes a village

    During this year's Microsoft Ignite conference, I was delighted to record the latest episode of The Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption series with Sarah Haase. For this episode, we discussed what an adoption group (community) within an organization looks like and how it ‘takes a village' to keep up to date with changes and activities. We defined a community and the types of users that contribute to your village. We also highlighted the importance of diversity in your groups, and so much more! There are special surprises for our viewers at the beginning AND at the end of the episode. So make sure you watch the whole thing! Check out…

  • #MSIngite 2019

    Microsoft Ignite 2019

    Microsoft Ignite 2019 is taking place November 4th through the 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida USA. Darrell Webster and I will be recording a live episode of the 365 Message Center Show. If you see one of us during the week in Orlando, make sure you come say hi and get a show sticker for free! Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the updates! https://MessageCenter.show for links to all your favorite podcast apps! Special thanks to Stacy Deere-Strole and Focal Point Solutions for sponsoring the stickers. Sarah Haase and I will be recording another episode of The Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption…

  • Using your on-prem data in a cloud world SQLSatATLBI 2019

    Back to the ATL 2019

    I hope you will join me in Atlanta Georgia on October 19th for SQL Saturday Atlanta - BI Edition!

  • The Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption Episode 5

    User adoption urban myths

    While at SharePoint Fest, Sarah Haase and I recorded the 5th episode of The Coffee Chat on 365 Adoption series. Our previous episodes have included topics on: Why is user adoption so difficult? How to run effective user adoption events, user adoption planning, and more! For this episode, we tackled the user adoption urban myths and misnomers – sort of a ‘mythbuster’ episode. We went through several myths that we see in organizations today. These included one suggested by Darrell Webster: “We hire smart people. They'll figure out how to use Office 365 for themselves.” Other myths included “If you build it, they will come”, “Once the killer feature is…

  • Music City Tech 2019

    Music City Tech 2019

    Music City Tech is one of the largest technology conferences in Middle Tennessee and is happening over three days – September 5th, 6th, & 7th. This year's conference is made up of Music City Code, Music City Agile, and Music City Data – three separate conferences all joined under the banner of Music City Tech. Each conference has its own focus, schedule, and speakers. This year I'm giving two presentations aligned with Music City Data and I will deliver both sessions on Saturday September 7th. Tickets are selling fast and they sell out every year, so get yours today! I hope to see you there! Music City Tech Website  …

  • The Microsoft Office Dictation Button

    Add a dictation button to the quick access menu

    I love using tools that enable me to get the job done and move on. One feature that does just that is the dictate function in Microsoft Office. Office Dictation allows me to speak words rather than type them and has sped up the process for creating documents for me. One of the things I've noticed slowing me down while using the dictate function has been the need to click the Office Dictate button in the ribbon to start the process. I recently went on Twitter to ask for a shortcut key to start the dictate process. Can we please get a keyboard shortcut for @Office dictation? It would be…