• Nashville SUG July 2016

    I will be speaking at the July 12th Nashville SharePoint Users Group meeting with a discussion on Business Intelligence Using SharePoint and Power BI. The presentation will be given online and will be demo heavy, so please join us! You can register on the Nashville SUG website, NashvilleSUG.com.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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. Thank you everyone for coming to my BI…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Indianapolis SQL Saturday 2015

    I traveled up to the great state of Indiana for SQL Saturday Indianapolis this past weekend. My session went well, except for the demo. I performed a SharePoint 2013 install using PowerShell but the installation didn’t finish. The most likely reason is that the virtual server host was busy (disk I/O). Oh well, the process had completed some steps and I was able to show databases without the GUID – which is kinda the point. I also attended Mike Lawell’s Execution Plans for Mere Mortals session. A lot of the information was new for me, but that is why I love going to SQL Saturdays – I stretch my knowledge.…