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Friday, March 14, 2014

SharePoint-Community.net and #SP24 on Channel 9 at #SPC14

While at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas last week, I had the great pleasure of talking with Karuana Gatimu from Microsoft's Channel 9 along with Bran Shannon (@bradshannon), Vlad Catrinescu (@vladcatrinescu), and Jasjit Chopra (@jasjitchopra) about the SharePoint-Community.net site. We shared the story of how the community site grew from 0 to 5500 members in less than a year.

If you weren't at the conference, or haven't heard the story of SharePoint-Community.net, then you can watch the video below. I haven't even seen it yet (I hate watching myself on video) so let me know what you think!

In addition, Vlad along with Stefan Bauer (@stfbauer), Matthis Einig (@mattein), and Paul Gallagher (@spgally) spoke about the SP24 global 24-hour virtual SharePoint Conference coming up in April.  See their segment below.

You can also see all the other great videos and content from the conference on the SharePoint Conference 2014 page on Channel 9.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#SP24: The world's first 24-hour virtual SharePoint conference!

I'm very excited to be one of the confirmed speakers for SP24: The 24-Hour SharePoint Conference to be held online on April 16-17, 2014.  So what's the scoop on this conference?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  Below are some of the details of the conference:

  • SP24 lasts for 24 hours and will follow the sun from New Zealand to Hawaii.  It will begin on April 16, 2014 at 9 pm GMT and will end 24 hours later.
  • SP24 will feature speakers that are voted for by the community (Note: some slots are already reserved for experienced speakers and world-renowned SharePoint experts)
  • SP24 has 2 tracks, one to appeal to Business Users and one for Technical Users such as developers and administrators.
  • SP24 is going to be held entirely on-line.
  • SP24 is following a similar format that has already been proven to ​be really successful at two TFT13 conferences.
  • The SP24 conference will be run on a site which is built on SharePoint 2013 hosted by Fpweb.net.
  • The conference is being organized by the admins and some of the community reps over at SharePoint-Community.net
  • And perhaps the best part, SP24 is completely FREE for attendees!

For more details, check out this page.  They are also looking for more speakers, so if you'd like to speak at the conference, be sure to submit your session(s).

And finally, if you haven't registered yet for this awesome event, what are you waiting for? Go register right now before space runs out!

Monday, November 4, 2013

SharePoint Saturday Chicago 2013 Wrap Up #spschicago

SharePoint Saturday Chicago was held at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago on November 2, 2013.  There were some great speakers lined up, as well as the one and only Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux) presented the keynote speech.  If you weren't able to make it in person, you can view his entire recorded presentation on UStream.

The organizers did a fantasic job putting the event together, so a huge shout out to Kris Wagner (@SharePointKris), Doug Hemminger (@DougHemminger), Chris Geier (@chrisgeier), Bryan Gulley (@UXJester) and everyone else who helped to put this fantastic event together.

I presented a session called The Missing Link in SharePoint Site Usability.
There's a huge disconnect between how usable Microsoft claims that SharePoint is, and how easy users perceive SharePoint to be. A website will only be as user-friendly as it has been designed to be, and SharePoint sites are no exception. Typical site owners are people in the business, many of whom have no previous experience with SharePoint and/or creating and managing a website. Organizations are essentially asking people to be webmasters of their SharePoint sites, without realizing what this entails or giving the proper training. This class will introduce basic usability concepts and offer some practical tips for keeping your site's users engaged. It will also highlight the responsibilities of a SharePoint site owner/administrator, including considerations for designing the site, setting up and maintaining the information architecture, permissions management, analyzing usage statistics, content facilitation, and more. If you are a SharePoint site owner, you don't want to miss this class!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended my session - there was some stiff competition in that early morning time slot.  As promised, I've uploaded the slides to Slideshare so you can refer to them again later.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint is now available in print version!

I'm excited to announce that our book, Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint, is now available in print version for only $19.95 on Amazon! There is also a Kindle version, which has been out for a while, for $9.95.  It took a bit longer to get the print version going, but now it's here!

The book features seven jQuery solutions by seven different authors (Marc Anderson, Wendy Neal, Josh McCarty, Ben Tedder, Dave Coleman, Eric Overfield, and Paul Tavares) that Power Users can implement on their SharePoint sites without access to the server.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A New Opportunity - I'm Changing Jobs in October

Things are changing in the Neal household.  My husband recently got a well-deserved promotion to a Director position, and I've just taken a brand new job as well.  I'm excited to announce that I've taken a position at a new company and will be working as a Senior SharePoint Consultant for McGladrey, starting in October.

I have greatly enjoyed my time working at GreatAmerica Financial Services for the past nine and a half years.  The people and the culture there are top-notch, and it was a very tough decision to leave.  GreatAmerica was named one of the Best Places to Work in the Corridor in 2007, and they were ranked 4th in the state by the Des Moines Register as a Top Workplace in 2011.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Product Review: harmon.ie 4.1 - Bringing Secure Office 365 and SharePoint to Android and iOS Devices

The freedom for users to bring their own devices to work and use non-company commissioned file sharing services comes at a huge cost to organizations. harmon.ie recently published an eye-opening report on their blog that reveals just how much mobile "rogue IT" is costing companies in the United States (rogue IT is described as a phenomenon that occurs when workers circumvent organizational controls by exploiting unsanctioned IT resources that are outside the supervision of corporate IT).

The figures are astounding, translating into nearly 15 million users who have used unsanctioned services; and when adding in the costs to remedy data leakage by users who are using unsanctioned services, it totals over $1.8 billion wasted by U.S. companies.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sponsored: Create SharePoint dashboards and charts with Collabion Charts for SharePoint, without writing a line of code

Sponsored community broadcast for SharePointWendy.com by Collabion.

Businesses around the world are making more informed data-driven decisions,  and so does your team want to. But the problem is that having tons of data in lists or databases is just that — tons of data. Your team wants to be able to convert all the data into easy to understand visuals in the form of charts and graphs. But then the charts in SharePoint are very limited, having to go through your IT team or deal with Excel calculation services too cumbersome, and writing code too much of a bother.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint has been released!

I'm pleased to announce that our book Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint is officially available for sale on Amazon. So come get your jQuery on and buy our book!

The book features seven jQuery solutions by seven different authors (Marc Anderson, Wendy Neal, Josh McCarty, Ben Tedder, Dave Coleman, Eric Overfield, and Paul Tavares) that Power Users can implement without access to the server.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

All right, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and share my list of 10 things that you may not know about me. I'm following in the footsteps of Veronique Palmer, Seb Matthews, Dave Coleman, and Christian Buckley, who all recently shared their lists.

So without further adieu, here's my list:
  1. I'm ambidextrous in a lot of things. Basically I write with my left hand, but most other things I can do equally well either right- or left-handed. 
  2. I'm not afraid of heights, but I'm afraid of falling. As long as I'm completely secured, it doesn't matter how high up I am; but get me on the second rung of a step ladder with nothing to hold onto, and I'm scared to death. 
  3. I played volleyball in college. My specialty was strong side hitter, but I could also hit pretty good in the middle and from the weak side. 
  4. I wanted to be an NFL football player when I was a kid. I was going to kick for the Chicago Bears. 
  5. I got third place in a local Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition when I was in 5th grade. I was one of two girls that competed in the football throwing and kicking contest. 
  6. I had orthodontic braces as an adult. I got them off almost 3 years ago. Best 5k I ever spent ;-) 
  7. I have multiple food allergies - I'm allergic to gluten, dairy, and egg whites (yes, just the whites!) 
  8. I have multiple chemical sensitivities - I can tell how toxic a product is by how sick it makes me feel when I smell it or breath it in. In case you're wondering, Febreze, Axe deodorant spray, and most chemical bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents top the list. 
  9. My favorite musical artist is rapper Nelly. I own every single album and single that he has ever produced. And I'm talking about the CDs, not the downloadable versions. 
  10. I am a perfectionist. I spent a ridiculous amount of time making sure this post was absolutely perfect before I published it. 

I was going to mention my love of bacon, however I think everyone already knows that!