I recently made the decision to go to the SharePoint Conference in LasVegas in March. My company won’t pay for it, so I will be funding this trip on my own. With my responsibilities as a leader of the Omaha SharePoint User Group, and an organizer of SharePoint Saturday – Omaha, I feel it is extremely important to be there. So, I made my reservations and I’m on my way. I have already covered my flight and lodging. I think I can get transportation to the strip, and from there I can walk or take the rail. I’ll eat fast food for my meals.
Thanks to the fine folks at KWizCom, I now have admission into the Exhibitors Hall. Everything I need! Check out KWizCom’s website to see all of the components they have to use on your SharePoint site.
I had a wonderful time speaking at SPS St. Louis on January 11, 2014. I spoke on the same topics as I did in Phoenix. I did battle the demo gods, as my code, which I have used over and over again, did not work in St. Louis. There were others having problems with their demos, so I’m going to blame it on the WiFi and not my code. I was able to show them a working copy that I had on my SharePoint site online.
The 6 1/2 hour drive wasn’t that bad either. So, where to next? I had to skip SPSUtah event that I was scheduled to speak at. I had a prior commitment at my daughters school that I forgot about. The next time that I can speak will be in May at SPS Chicago Suburbs. I haven’t been selected to speak yet, but I am sending in my abstracts.
I’m very excited to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday – Phoenix on November 23, 2013. This is the furthest WEST I have presented and I am excited. I love Phoenix and I have visited and worked here a few times over my career. I think HDR even has an office or two here. For this conference, I will be presenting BI: From the desktop and beyond… and my presentation on an Org Chart Mashup using jQuery, SharePoint, web services and the Google Charting API. This should be fun and I’m looking forward to it!
I was just notified that I will be presenting at SharePoint Saturday – Kansas City on November 9, 2013. I believe I have presented at every SPSKC that they have put on. Having lived in KC and with relatives still there, it is my second home. I wish I had a job that allowed me to work down there periodically. Anyway, I don’t know exactly what presentations I will be doing down there but as soon as I find out, I will update this post. If you have any questions, or want to make a caravan down to KC to attend this conference, let me know. I think it would be cool to have a large turnout from Omaha.
Hope to see you there!
SharePoint Saturday-Twin Cities has to be my favorite conference to speak at. The group that runs it is always professional and they really demonstrate how to run a SharePoint Saturday. I used them as a resource when I started planning SharePoint Saturday – Omaha. The lessons I learned from attending SPSTC and from their leaders helped make SPSOmaha a success.
So, what will I be speaking about this time? My presentation is, “Microsoft BI: From the desktop and beyond…”. I’m really excited about this presentation because I am really excited about the Microsoft BI platform. When I first saw a demo of PowerPivot, PowerQuery, PowerMap and PowerView, I saw the possibilities that this could mean for BI at my company. No longer would my users have to wait 6 months to get a BI report. The people that knew the data could be the same ones analysing the data. My users could create rich dashboards and reports on their own, limited only by their imaginations.
But, do you know what the best thing that turned me on about this platform? We already owned it – we just didn’t know it! In fact, I’m sure there were users already using PowerPivot on their desktops without even realizing that they could extend their expertise to the team or enterprise. The more I thought about it, I realized that anyone who had an Enterprise license of SharePoint had access to the same great technology, and maybe didn’t even know about it. So that’s what prompted me to start creating this presentation. I read a lot. I attended many BI presentations, both in person and online. Then, I got access to the PowerBI preview. There it was – a website that I could test and demo what I was so excited about.
If you are going to SPSTC and want to learn more about the Microsoft BI platform, come to my session at 3pm.
I love my Drobo 2nd Gen so much that I just ordered a new 5N. Now I find out that the folks at Geekbeat.TV are giving away 4 Drobo Mini’s! How do you win? Go to http://onemansblog.com/drobomini and follow the instructions to enter. #DroboLove
I will be presenting at the SharePoint Saturday – Ozarks, which will be held in Branson, MO on Sept. 8th. I have always loved this SharePoint Saturday and I hope that you and your teams will make the trip down there. Here is a flyer that you can print off and hang in your office. Let’s get a good group from the Omaha area to go down there!
SPS Ozarks Flyer
I promised that I would upload my slide deck from this presentation but after looking at the slides, it appears that the only thing worthwhile are the links that I provided for further study. So, without further ado, here are the references:
- SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable
- SPServices jQuery library for SharePoint Web Services – Marc Anderson
- Use Google OrgChart Visualization API
- 4 Part Series – Step by Step Org Chart Demo
- CSS3 Reference
- Google Chart Tools
Besides the Org Chart demo above, I will try to get the other demos posted on http://sharepoint.dipetersen.com in the near future. Keep checking back.
If there are topics you want to see covered at future user group meetings, leave a comment here and we’ll try to cover it at an upcoming meeting.
Thanks again for coming to the meetings and for reading the blog!
Our next SharePoint User Group meeting will on Monday May 21st starting at 11:00am. This is one week earlier than normal in an effort to avoid Memorial Day.
For details and to RSVP, use the following link:
SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence
An overview of Business Intelligence in the SharePoint Environment which will cover:
• A bit of Microsoft BI history
• SharePoint’s role in the business intelligence initiative
• Survey of the BI/SharePoint tools
• Observations, cautions, and opportunities in connection with SharePoint/BI
• Brief overview and handouts on SharePoint/BI resources
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