Mobile, SharePoint, Technical

SharePoint Live! 360 Wrap Up

Man, what a week! I’m writing this in a hotel room in Orlando reflecting on spending the last few days at the first ever SharePoint Live! conference, put on by the folks who do the Live! conferences. This one was co-located with Visual Studio, Cloud and SQL so there was a good mix of folks and some great speakers and sessions.

A minute on how I got here:  Earlier this year I was selected/invited to present two sessions, one on Records Management and another on using some of the latest web technologies (e.g. HTML5, jQuery, etc.) to develop against SharePoint. I work for a great employer, Neudesic, which supported me coming out here so I was able to accept the invitation. This would be my first trip this far east to speak and my first involvement with the Live! folks so I was really looking forward to it.

Some time after I agreed on presenting the two sessions, Dan Holme (the SharePoint conference chair) reached out asking if I’d be interested in filling a pre-conference workshop. I had talked with him and the organizer about doing something like that when we were discussing the first couple sessions, but it didn’t come together until later. I had never done a full day workshop like that before, but I had some good ideas for topics and proposed a workshop on using SharePoint for Internet sites and they accepted the topic.

Then it hit me….I have A LOT of work to do to prep for this thing! I won’t go into the boring details, but I have never worked so hard and so many hours over nights and weekends getting ready for a speaking engagement than I did for this event. Now that my sessions are delivered, I can look back and reflect on how valuable that time investment was. For all of my presentations, the initial feedback I received from the audience was great and I can’t wait to see some of the evaluations. For those who attended, THANK YOU for your investment and I hope you found the time well spent and came away with new thoughts to apply to your upcoming adventures with SharePoint!

Here are the slide decks I presented:

SharePoint for Internet Sites Workshop
Search Engine Optimization
User Experience
Content Management

Use 2012 (and Beyond) Technology with SharePoint

Yes, Records Management IS Possible in SharePoint!

Mobile, SharePoint, Technical

SharePoint Fest 2012 Recap

SharePoint Fest Denver was a week ago now and I’m finally finding time to post this recap. It was a great event, especially for Neudesic. We had our Portals & Collaboration and Mobility GM’s in town to represent both practices and they each had a great experience. On the mobility side, Simon Guest was promoting SlingShot, which is a mobile solution for interacting with SharePoint data. Pretty slick, if you ask me. Check it out on GitHub if you’re interested (it’s free!)

I was also impressed by the interest in the sessions presented by Neudesic:

  • Ken Mears did a session on PowerView and some customization options that was well received.
  • Bart McDonough did a client side coding session that was in the large room and very well attended.
  • Jacob Wilson (link not available) did a session on SQL 2012 and looked at PowerView from the perspective of end users and reporting using semantic models
  • I did two sessions, links below. Both were great experiences for me and, I hope, the attendees as well. Everyone I talked to had nothing but positive feedback, despite my second session being rushed near the end.

Web Templates Overview (And here is the Clean Web Template I promised)
Yes, Records Management IS Possible in SharePoint 2010!

All in all, a great experience for me, the consultants at Neudesic who attended and presented, Neudesic as a whole, and attendees! Can’t wait for next year!

.NET, BizTalk, Business, InfoPath, Mobile, Personal, Photography, Politics, SharePoint, SQL Server, Technical, Windows Workflow

First WordPress Post

I finally moved off of Community Server as my blog engine and migrated to this site using WordPress.  It’s all new to me so I’m still figuring out the settings, but with the help of my hosting company ( and Vincent (support guy), I was able to get all the content over (I think.)

I decided to move off CS for a couple reasons.  First, I was on an older version of the software and to upgrade would’ve been a pain in the ass.  Second, I initially created the site thinking it would be used to host blogs for other coworkers and friends, and post pictures.  It seemed like folks I ran into that were interested in blogging already had a blog, so it became my personal site.  As for pictures, I’m still trying to figure that solution out, but I know CS isn’t part of it.  Perhaps a newer version would’ve been useful, but see previous first point.  Lastly, although the CS setting for allowing comments was set, no one could comment on my posts.  Not what I wanted.  I realize I don’t have a lot of readers, but I’d like to have the option for communication with anyone that stops by.

Hopefully WordPress will last a while for me.  I’d, of course, like to get on a SharePoint platform some day, but that will have to wait.  If anyone has any WordPress tips, feel free to leave them in the comments (because you can do that now!)

.NET, BizTalk, Business, Mobile, Personal, Photography, Politics, SharePoint, SQL Server, Technical, Windows Workflow

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Gmail IMAP on Windows Mobile

Google released IMAP support.  Cool.  Here’s a good post on how to set it up, but it’s pretty straightforward.

Setup was pretty simple, but I had one puzzle to figure out.  When I delete a message on my phone what happens to it in Gmail?  According to the above post (and Gmail help), deleting a message removes the label from the message.  Maybe folks who are Gmail experts know how that affects a message in the inbox, but I didn’t.

What it means is that the message will be removed from the Inbox but it will still be viewable in All Mail.  If you want a message to be sent to the Trash folder while using WM (to simulate the same action when you click Delete on a message in Gmail in a browser), you move it to the [Gmail]Trash folder.  Doesn’t make sense why they did it that way, but they did.  Hope that helps someone.