Thursday, July 30, 2009

SharePoint Saturday, Baltimore continued

As promised, I've got my presentation slides (in PDF) for the Frugal Admin Series: Session two- How to create a Dashboard (without code or SharePoint Designer) available temporarily for download. The session was intended to be about an hour in length.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SharePoint Saturday, Baltimore

I finished my adventures in Baltimore over the weekend and wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful organizers, attendees, and fellow speakers. I had a great time and, once again, the SharePoint Saturday audience was the best audience ever. I wish I had had more time to teach more stuff. I'm really greatful for all the appreciation they showed for the work I was doing. It makes all those hours prepping content worth it.

Speaking of content, please stop back in a day or two as I will have (until it's posted on the SharePoint Saturday Baltimore site) the slides for the Dashboards session available for download. It'll be in PDF form, ready to be read like a tips and tricks, recipe book for my faithful attendees.

Thanks again for attending. In the future, barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to be presenting at the DC, New York, Cleveland/Columbus, and Pittsburgh SharePoint Saturdays. I wanted to give you all a heads up, as the Baltimore event filled up 12 hours after registration opened.

Also, for those of you who end up wait-listed. There ended up being less people that expected by mid-day in Baltimore. Now the mechanism for keeping track varies by site, but for those of you waiting to see if you can get in on the day of the event-- if you're turned away in the morning, check back later, there may be an opening for you then. I felt really bad that there were people from my area that wanted to go, but stayed away because they weren't sure the drive would be worth being locked out anyway.

And for those of you who have never attended a SharePoint Saturday-- these events (as I listed under the Happenin' Things heading in the right column of this blog) are FREE for attendees. They are put together and offered by volunteers in locations all over the US, as well as abroad. Check out for more about all the events going on.

IF you find an event that you plan on attending-- register as soon as possible, because they are filling up as more people know they're happening. The sessions vary by location (depending on what presenters can attend). Methods concerning wait-listing, registering, location types, etc., also vary per site- so check that site's website for real details about the event.

The vast majority (if not all) of the presenters are MVPs, so the quality of these sessions is top notch. These things are not some cheesy, marketing oriented, low quality shlock. This is serious, grassroots, community oriented, free information sharing from those of us in the community who know SharePoint and believe that you should know it too. There's developer stuff, admin stuff, power user stuff, etc., depending on who's speaking there. Always check the particular SharePoint Saturday site's sessions to see what's happening that you'd like to learn.

And please remember, we the speakers are offering our services for free, at our own expense, at these events. We're are doing this for you between our day jobs and other commitments. So if you like what we're doing, please let us know. It's what makes it worth it, and encourages us to do it again at the next location. : )

BTW-- I started Twittering (is that the right word?) especially for the Baltimore event, but plan to keep twittering for all events I work from now on. If you'd like to follow me, my Twitter username is: cacallahan.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Some sneak peek info about the next version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2010

This morning Microsoft posted some preview info about SharePoint 2010 on their SharePoint site: This site has several videos, one for a general overview, one for IT Pros, and one for Developers. In addition, there's data on what kind of specs the new SharePoint will need.

What isn't covered, and this isn't surprising, is what exactly will be in the new Server edition, and what will be available in good old SharePoint Services 2010.

As far as details, well, they're being held of until October, for the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. Apparently, it's at that event that SharePoint 2010 is really going to be unveiled.

Now, I can send in abstracts for the event and possibly speak there. However, I am not sure what people would like to see. So if you've got ideas for sessions, questions about the new version of SharePoint Services that might be a good session topic, or otherwise think it's a good idea for me to present at that event, please let me know. : ) I've been spending the summer doing Frugal Admin stuff, and could use some brainstorming.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A few SharePoint-y things going on

I've got two things going on this month involving my sessions that I thought you might want to know about:

1-- The SSWUG folks are rebroadcasting every, single session I've ever done for them (including the ones that are not my favorites, lol). If you're interested (and you are/or want to become a member of that online SQL user group), the sessions will be streamed essentially back to back on the 22nd and 23rd of this month (July 2009). I'll be there for the live chats if you'd like to come visit. To see what those sessions are, check out their blurbs in the "Happenin' things" section of this blog on the right of the page.

(Some inside knowledge for my readers, the frugal admin series of sessions were done this year. The camera set up in the "new" studio was a bit awkward for me, but otherwise I was pretty well rested, familiar with the situation, and healthier. However, for the sessions that are being repeated from 2008, I wasn't so lucky. I was completely new to talking to a camera in an otherwise empty room, had a bit of food poisoning that day, and was suffering from a touch of undiagnosed clinical hypothyroidism (it's since been taken care of, but at the time I was struggling to do the hours and hours of presentation in the new environment). The first presentation of that set (and still my favorite content to do, ever) was about exploring (and exploiting) the free templates available online at Codeplex and Microsoft (namely the fantastic 40 templates). Since then I have expanded that session for the frugal admin series to include a bunch of nifty free tools... but I digress. That freebie session, as it were, is the best of the 2008 sessions, because it was the first one. After that I was so completely exhausted I was grey. So if you'd like to see me working under duress, feel free to stop by and check out those additional 2008 sessions... ; )

2-- On July 25th, I'll be in Baltimore (actually at the UMBC training center, 1442 South Rolling Road in Halthrope Maryland) at the free SharePoint Saturday event, presenting the Dashboards session of the Frugal Admin series. I am not sure exactly when my session will be that day, but I am hoping it'll be in the afternoon, for those of you wanting to drive up and check it out. I'll be giving away a free copy of my book (I only have three copies for giveaway there)-- and, of course, I'll be glad to sign it for you. This is a live and in person event, at no cost to you (except for travel), so if you can make it, I'd love to see you there.

In August I hope to have more time to finish creating the fall and winter Frugal Admin sessions. This will also be the time I put the spring sessions to pasture and offer them for free on my site (making those videos will take some time, so they'll be up no earlier than the end of the month). So stay tuned, this busy summer should soon be winding down, which will give me more time to post things here (and I do have all kinds of ideas).