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Office DevCamps

The other day while recording Episode 15 of with Scott Hoag, I remembered something that was tweeted about during //Build and that I’d received an email about earlier in the day as well – Office DevCamp. So we included it in the show and hoped that folks would consider checking it out – it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from the Microsoft Office Developer team and to learn a thing or two… for free.

So what are Office DevCamp’s? Do I need a shovel? Will I need insect repellent? I sure hope not. I hope they’re going to teach us how to write Apps and use the Office 365 APIs.

If you’re done reading, head on over to and register.

For those of that are still here, good on you! Essentially the DevCamp is held at a Microsoft Office near you (in most instances) and it’s split out into a 5 part day. There are events all over the place in the US to include:

There are over a billion Office users out there in 147 countries (wow that’s a lot) and they’re all looking for ways to better use Office – so why not build an app for them?

Definitely sounds like an interesting day – hope that you’re able to make it out!

Community Events

SharePoint Saturday Wrapup… Baltimore, Atlanta and Dayton

The past couple of months have been somewhat of a blur – in a good way for the most part, outside of the derecho that Scott Hoag and I drove through on the way to SharePoint Saturday Dayton.

From an adventure that started on 11 May 2012 in Baltimore at the speakers dinner catching up with Eric Harlan and Cathy Dew to venturing up to Toronto, Canada for the SharePoint Summit to hang with Todd Klindt and Lori Gowin to coming back to head to SharePoint Saturday Atlanta to see Cathy again as well as a host of others to include such wonderful hosts (Ron Jones, Dan Attis, and Matt Ranlett). From there a little of breather was had traveling to Dayton, OH with Scott to see such fine hosts to include Stacy Deere, Stephanie Donahue, and Sean McDonough, whilst bumping into the likes of Virgil Carroll, John Ferringer, and Enrique Lima.

So enough talk and call outs, bring forth the slides! 😉

May 11, 2012

2 June 2012

SharePoint Worst Practices

View more PowerPoint from Dan Usher

30 June 2012

Look forward to further adventures in the near future and meeting more wonderful SharePoint folks!


SharePoint Nosh – Filling up on SharePoint for Lunch

So if you’re like, you realize that while there are a ton of resources out there, finding time for them isn’t always the easies thing in the world. What can you do?

Well, everyone needs to eat lunch right? So why not use that time to check out what’s going on in the community and maybe learn a thing or two. But where do I turn? Well, look no further, SharePoint Saturday Boston #3 has a Webinar Series that will be kicking up on 25 October during lunch no less – be fed by SharePoint and by whatever is in front of you (hopefully not SharePoint, unless it’s a tasty and delicious book like that by Todd Klindt, Shane Young and Steve Caravajal – but even that should be consumed via other means).

Enough banter though, onto the details 🙂

Agenda is as follows:
11:45 AM EST – 11:55 AM EST Welcome and Sign-In
11:55 AM EST – 12:00 PM EST Speaker Introduction
12:00 PM EST – 1:00 PM EST Presentation

Below are the list of sessions, dates and times they will be available. Follow the corresponding links below to register for each webinar.





SharePoint Development & Customization: Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain

Geoff Varosky & Mark Rackley

10/25/10 11:45 AM


Things that should be easy in SharePoint Development

Eugene Rosenfeld

10/29/10 11:45 AM


SharePoint in the Cloud

Matt Lathrop

11/1/10 11:45 AM


The Seven Most Important (Non-Technical) SharePoint Success Factors

Richard Harbridge

11/5/10 11:45 AM


See Beyond The Numbers: Data Visualization in SharePoint 2010

Sadalit Van Buren & Chris McNulty

11/8/10 11:45 AM


Driving end user adoption for SharePoint 2010

Chris Bortlik

11/15/10 11:45 AM


Sandboxed Solutions: Developing High-Powered Solutions with Low-Trust code

Bob German

11/19/10 11:45 AM


Dashboards for SharePoint

Susan Lennon

11/22/10 11:45 AM


SharePoint 2010: Service Applications

Jason Gallicchio

11/29/10 11:45 AM


Governance Best Practices in SharePoint 2010

Scott Jamison

12/3/10 11:45 AM


11 Strategic Considerations for SharePoint Migration

Christian Buckley

12/6/10 11:45 AM


Implementing SharePoint for Enterprise Search: Methodology and Mechanics

Nicholas Bisciotti

12/10/10 11:45 AM


Project, Project Server, and SharePoint 2010: Which to Use When

Brittany Kwait

12/13/10 11:45 AM


Advanced Development on the 2010 Ribbon

Shai Petel

12/17/10 11:45 AM


Assuring Accessibility and Privacy Compliance in SharePoint Sites and Social Computing

Larry Concannon

1/3/2011 11:45 AM


Get more Social with SharePoint

Jeff Willinger

1/10/11 11:45 AM


SharePoint Security: Through the Looking Glass V2

David J Pileggi, Jr.

1/14/11 11:45 AM


Automating SharePoint with PowerShell

Talbott Crowell

1/21/11 11:45 AM


The Best of Both Worlds – Connecting SharePoint to the rest of the Enterprise using BizTalk

Andrew Babiec

1/24/11 11:45 AM


Traversing The Term Store

Russ Edelman

1/28/11 11:45 AM


SURVEY RESULTS: How is your company using SharePoint?

Mark Miller & Derek Weeks

1/31/11 11:45 AM



SharePoint Saturday DC – 15 May 2010

That’s right, we’re back. SharePoint Saturday DC, the third edition, will be on 15 May 2010 at the Northern Virginia Community Campus in Annandale, Virginia, just outside the Capital Beltway.

We’re expecting up to 800 individuals attending with approximately 45 sessions going on through out the day – and it’s all free!

Definitely an exciting event with the SharePoint Server 2010 platform being released to businesses a few days earlier in the week.

Interested in finding out more? Check out the site – we’ll begin posting speakers and sessions within the next few days …

Want to register?


RDA Spotlight – Extranet Solutions with SharePoint

RDA Corporation, the fine people that gave us the ECAL Tracker on, will be presenting a webcast this Thursday (25 February) at 1 PM EST to discuss enabling SharePoint portal sites for differing business areas, specifically for an enterprise extranet portal. The overarching agenda for the webcast is as follows:

  • Definition of an Extranet
  • Hardware
  • Information Architecture
  • Security
  • Publishing
  • Maximizing Search
  • Stories from the Field

Dan Gilroy of RDA will be the presenter for the session.

Time – 1 PM EST, 25 February 2010

More information:

Online Registration:


OT: Cloud Computing and Azure

Cloud Computing and Azure are two hot topics on the horizon, albeit somewhat SharePoint independent at the moment. Microsoft will be doing a deep dive this week in Tyson’s Corner on the topics of Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform. The audience for this event is more geared toward developers, however IT Pros and Architects will definitely be able to get a good level of detail about these topics.

The event will consist of three sessions to include an (1) Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure, a (2) Survey of Windows Azure Storage Options and (3) Going Live with your Azure Solutions.

The time – Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 1 PM til 5 PM
The place – AMC Tysons Corner 16 (7850 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102)

More information on the event:

Event ID Number: 1032438181

Register Online

Events SharePint

SharePint Northern Virginia Edition

Come one, come all! SharePint!!!

So not to interfere with any SharePoint events this week, but I figured that with so many folks in town this week, why not have a few social events? Who’s in town you ask? Well, MindSharp is in town for a training event and with good ole MindSharp comes Todd Bleeker. Oh but wait, there’s more! Erica Toelle happens to be around as well. What’s more, I think I saw a tweet about Jason Medero being around this week as well. And for those familiar with SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach’s Susan Lennon, yup she’s here this week too! And not to be out done, Paul Swider will be around for a few days as well.

So what’s that mean? Social hour with the SharePoint Crew… aka SharePint 🙂

Originally we thought, “Let’s have it all in Springfield, that’s where most folks will be right?” But after a little bit of thought, it looks like we’re going to switch things up a bit:

Tentative Schedule (note changes will be tweeted by @sharepintdc)

Monday, 2/22/2010 – 7 PM – Houlihan’s in Springfield, VA (in the Hilton)
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 – 7 PM – Houlihan’s in Herndon, VA (in the Crowne Plaza)
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 – 7 PM – Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA (in Ballston Commons)
Thursday, 2/25/2010 – 7  PM –  Mike’s American Grill in Springfield, VA

So right now it’s all tentative, but hopefully we’ll be able to gather the crowd and hang out 🙂


Stump the Experts and Preparing for SharePoint 2010

Have a few questions relating to SharePoint that have been causing problems in your environment or looking for a better approach to development perhaps? Live or work in the Northern Virginia area? Check out the Stump the Experts Panel on 21 January from 2-4 PM at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VASusQTech will be hosting this event and also presenting on the topic of  “Preparing for SharePoint 2010”.

For those tougher questions that might take a little time to come up with an elegant solution or you’re just curious if SharePoint can handle a particular business problem, send an e-mail to jenm at susqtech dot com prior to the event.

Who: SusQTech and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: Stump the Experts Panel & Preparing for SharePoint 2010 presentation
Where: American Chemistry Council, 1300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
When: 21 January 2010, 2-4 PM


SharePoint Saturday Richmond

Live in the greater Richmond metropolitan area? Looking for some great SharePoint information in a low key setting where you can easily interact with the Pros? Then check out SharePoint Saturday Richmond, a grass roots event with excellent speakers to boot.
If you’re free on 21 November, head on over for SPS Richmond. Registration opens up at 10 AM on 14 October 2009 –

For more information about the event, check out


SharePint DC – 11 August 2009

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last SharePint DC event held in Old Towne Alexandria and it’s time to switch things up a bit as we invade Washington DC.  Come kick back and catch up with your colleagues over a cold pint of your favorite ale or lager as we meet up just near Union Station at the Capital City Brewery.

What:  SharePint, an opportunity to get together with other SharePoint professionals, enthusiasts and folks in the community to chat about what’s going on – no pressure, no presentation, no phluff.  :-)  You’ve probably heard of SharePint before at events like TechEd, SPTechCon and SharePoint Saturday, with the term initially picked up and coined by the likes of Andrew Woodward across the pond.  More on this? Check out –

Where:  Washington DC’s Capital City Brewery Capitol Hill Location located about a block away from Union Station.

The Capitol City Brewery is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20001.

When:  6:15 PM is when I hope to be there, the more the merrier!!!

How:  Well, it’s quite easy, you show up, you bring your own beverage money, and enjoy the atmosphere and fun.

Any questions, pop me a note via twitter @usher and be sure to follow @sharepintdc.