Global SharePoint Users Group – 2 Feb 2010

GSPUG Logo What’s that, you live in a distant country that has no SharePoint Users Group but you’re hungry for fellowship with other SharePoint professionals and enthusiasts? Or perhaps you’ve heard about SharePoint and you’ve wondered what exactly it is or what you can do with it?

Well then, check out the Global SharePoint Users Group, organized by professionals in the community looking to further broaden the reach of SharePoint.  The purpose of the group isn’t to replace your local users group, but rather to supplement it and provide additional knowledge.

This month, Paul Schaeflein (@paulschaeflein), SharePoint MVP, will be presenting on the topic of PowerShell for SharePoint 2010.  Paul has done much for the SharePoint community nationally as well as in the greater Chicago area. He’s got a ton of tips and and tricks to share along the lines of best practices and contextual context for solving development problems with creative and innovative solutions.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the GSPUG site for more info or register now at Eventbrite for the Ground Hog’s Day Edition of GSPUG!

Who: Paul Schaeflein and the SharePoint Community
What: Global SharePoint Users Group
Where: Online – EventBrite Registration
When: 2 February 2010, 7 PM EST

SharePoint Users Group – Richmond, VA Edition

In the 2003 editions of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, the learning curve for SharePoint development was significant as developers had to have a keen understanding of web development technologies such as CSS, JavaScipt and HTML in addition to the .net 1.1 framework as well as the webpart framework of the time. Then along came the 2007 editions of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies in the form of MOSS and WSS v3. While there were vast improvements of the underlying development framework as most of the technical code base (but not necessarily concepts) supporting SharePoint were paved over as the collaborative framework and application server were rewritten in .net 2.0 with snippets of .net 3.0 components. This reduced the headaches of most .net developers attempting to work within the SharePoint framework as they now just had to learn the the SharePoint SDK rather than attempting to learn to pre-render HTML for their results in the previous edition as webparts were written. Additionally the solutions and features frameworks were added which made the management of added capabilities significantly easier and cleaner.

With SharePoint Server 2010, the core platform of SharePoint has been kept in place, but a lot of additional capabilities have been added to make it the developers collaborative platform dream. However, with great power comes a lot of responsibility and a lot of room for error and friction.

So where do you turn when you run into such problems?  Well there are several places to turn to when you need SharePoint help to include the MSDN Forums, SharePoint Overflow, Twitter, and your local user group.

Thursday, 28 January from 5:30-7:30 PM at SnagAJob in Glen Allen, the Richmond SharePoint User Group will be meeting. And to assist in helping developers transition into the SharePoint Server 2010 mindset, none other than Josh Carlisle from B&R Solutions will be presenting on “Reducing the Friction of SharePoint Development with SharePoint 2010”.

If you’re free and able, it looks to be a great presentation and excellent information to apply and integrate into your SharePoint delivery teams.  More information about the Richmond SharePoint Users Group can be found at:

Who: Josh Carlisle and other SharePoint Users, Practitioners and Professionals
What: Richmond SharePoint Users Group
Where: SnagAJob, 4880 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA
When: 28 January from 5:30-7:30 PM

SharePoint Users Group – Baltimore Edition

Live in the greater Baltimore Washington metropolitan region? Interested in applying and integrating SilverLight technologies to SharePoint Server capabilities? Then check out the Baltimore SharePoint Users Group on Thursday, 21 January from 6 til 8 PM at the UMBC Research and Technology Park South Campus. For more information about the event, check out the Baltimore SharePoint User Group site at:

Becky Isserman from B&R Solutions will be presenting “Dazzling SharePoint 2010 with SilverLight”. If you’re still diving deep into the SharePoint 2010 Server Beta 2 that was released back before Thanksgiving 2009, and UX is your thing, definitely consider attending this presentation – well worth your time.  On top of that though, the opportunity to network with others from the greater Baltimore Washington area in the SharePoint profession is a great opportunity.

Who: Becky Isserman and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: Baltimore SharePoint Users Group
Where: UMBC Research and Technology Park, South Campus, 1450 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD
When: 21 January 2010, 6-8 PM

SharePoint Users Group – Hampton Roads Edition

The Hampton Roads SharePoint User Group will be meeting this month on Thursday, 21 January from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, Room 131. If you attended SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach recently then you already know the location of the HRSSUG. This is a great event to meet fellow SharePoint professionals in the Hampton Roads area to include Susan Lennon, Kevin Griffin, Tasha Scott and several others.

This month, Kevin Griffin will be presenting on the topic of jQuery and how to utilize jQuery with SharePoint. While the topic is definitely geared more toward developers since Kevin is himself a profound .net developer, other SharePoint individuals such as architects and administrators would benefit greatly from such information.

For more information on the Hampton Roads SharePoint Users Group, check out their site at:

Who: Kevin Griffin
What: Hampton Roads SharePoint Users Group
Where: Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Cresent, Virginia Beach, VA
When: 21 January 2010, 6:30-8:30 PM

SharePoint User Group of Washington DC

The Washington DC SharePoint User Group will be meeting this Thursday, 14 January from 6 til 9 PM at the Hire Strategy Offices in Reston, VA. For more information, check out the SUG DC site at:

It looks to be some great presentations on Thursday night with Benjamin Hodes of Microsoft presenting “Introducing Access 2010 and Access Services” along with Will Lawrence of Pontis Communications presenting “sharejPoint”.

If you’re not familiar with Access Services in SharePoint Server 2010, then you’re definitely in for a treat, empowering the end users to integrate and deploy Access solutions, centrally managed.  And if you’re not familiar with jPoint, get ready to start rethinking your UX and how your users really work with SharePoint, delivering a rich user and developer interface to build some slick applications on SharePoint.

Who: Benjamin Hodes (Microsoft), Will Lawrence (Pontis Communications) and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: SharePoint User Group of Washington DC
Where: Hire Strategy, 11730 Plaza America Drive Reston, VA 20190
When: 14 January from 6-9 PM

Next Generation Advertising and Internet Business

Interested in leveraging scoped and personalized advertising for search results within a portal? Supposing that you’re using FAST from Microsoft, you’re potentially left wondering how you can make this model work. With the next generation advertising and Internet business capabilities of FAST’s AdMomentum (AdMo), advertisement management is simplified.

If you’re interested in this topic and happen to be in NYC, check out the FAST User Group meeting at the NYC Microsoft office on 13 January from 5:30-7:30 PM.

James Cooper and Tim McKinnon of Microsoft will be presenting.

For more information, check out:

Who: James Cooper and Tim McKinnon of Microsoft
What: FAST User Group Meeting
Where: Microsoft Corporation, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY
When: 13 January, 5:30-7:30 PM

SharePoint Special Interest Group – Capital Area .net

The Capital Area .net SharePoint Special Interest Group will be meeting this Wednesday, 13 January from 7 til 9 PM at the AT&T Building in Vienna, VA. For more information, check out the SSIG info at:

Great group with several folks from the community that present on a regular basis to include Sahil Malik, John Miller and others.

Who: TBD
What: Capital Area .net SharePoint Special Interest Group
Where: AT&T Building, Downstairs Conference Room, 1900 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
When: 13 January, 7 – 9 PM