SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities 2017

I am so happy to announce I will once again be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities! #SPSTC is on May 6th and will once again be held at Normandale Community College.

You can find out more information about the event on their website.

Oh, and Jeff Teper will be there too!

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!

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.

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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

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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!

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

Cincinnati SharePoint Saturday 2015

I was honored to speak at this year’s installment of SharePoint Saturday (SPS) Cincinnati – is was a spooktacular event!

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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: CQ9iFdoUwAAxR5s.jpg largeCQ9op0KWgAAmv9f.jpg large

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 a quick pick with those initially in the room: CQ-0y-XUYAAJIY4.jpg large

The organizers and volunteers did an excellent job – SPSCincy was a huge success!

Download my deck for my Out of the Box SharePoint Solutions session