My career in technology

I’ll start with the apology

For my readers asking questions in the comments lately, I haven’t been responsive as work has me VERY busy.  I am currently simultaneously migrating from SharePoint 2007 to 2013, migrating our ERP system, and defining our business processes (notice I didn’t say “redefining”).

And to my readers who expect more than just the occasional “here is where I am speaking and by the way here is an apology for not posting more” post, I offer the same.

I promise when things settle down a little I will dedicate more time to helping you via the blog.

In the meantime, here is where you can accost me for not being more bloggy:

SharePoint Saturday Houston, on April 11 (that is THIS Saturday!)
SharePoint Group Therapy – A SharePoint Governance Workshop

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Do your users complain about the usability of your SharePoint? Do you suffer from site proliferation? Rights management issues? Content inaccuracy and staleness? Can you easily tell who owns the content of a particular site or list? Is your SharePoint out of control?

Then you might benefit from SharePoint Group Therapy.

At the very least, this session will give you a free hour of group therapy, as you will have a chance to vent about your (SharePoint) problems in a roomful of sympathetic listeners.
I’ll play therapist and help move participants past their trauma and regain a sense of control through Governance.

This session is structured as a workshop. Since the goal of therapy is to actually make things better, you should bring your questions and be prepared to share personal experiences regarding SharePoint governance (and its absence) and aligning your business objectives with SharePoint.  I’ll try to help you get answers.

  • What problems are you having in your current environment?
  • What fears do you have about implementing governance?
  • What fears do you have about implementing SharePoint?

We’ll talk about roles and responsibilities, stakeholder involvement, and when to fit your organizational culture, and when to change it using both carrots and sticks – training, enforcement and business alignment.
Business alignment can be seen as the marriage of IT and business objectives. Every marriage has its rocky moments, and sometimes a therapist is needed to resolve those issues. Perhaps your marriage could benefit from a little SharePoint Group Therapy?

San Antonio SharePoint User Group, April 21
SharePoint Group Governance 101


What does governance mean in SharePoint? How do you get to good governance? Do you really need governance? What happens if you don’t have governance, or do it poorly?

Bring your questions and I will bring my experience building SharePoint governance in multiple organizations. We’ll discuss governance basics and help get you going in the right direction.

(Unlike the “Group Therapy” session, this is a straight-up presentation, though the Q&A at the end can be used by the audience to ask their specific questions)

SPBiz Conference, June 17, 4-5 PM EST
SharePoint Group Governance 101


Can’t make it to San Antonio this month? SPBiz is online

What does governance mean in SharePoint? How do you get to good governance? Do you really need governance? What happens if you don’t have governance, or do it poorly?

I will bring my experience building SharePoint governance in multiple organizations. We’ll discuss governance basics and help get you going in the right direction.

(This session will be prerecorded, with no Q&A. However, the live chat feature will allow you to ask questions which I will try to type answers to.)

Speaking of prerecorded presentations:
Movin’ On Up – A SharePoint Migration Case Study from SP24


Our SharePoint environment is a lot like many others – a SharePoint 2007 implementation that was used more as a file dump than a collaboration space. With minimal user adoption, we were never quite ready to implement 2010, with a pilot SharePoint 2010 implementation stalled out of the gate.

In the meantime, some content was put on Box and other services to address external collaboration needs. Business users needed more relevant search results, content databases had grown uncomfortably large, and access controls had become spaghetti. Fortunately, site sprawl wasn’t too bad… except that the reason for that was the low adoption.

SharePoint 2013 arrived to a perfect storm – business and technology needs to be addressed, content that needs to be brought back in-house, and user adoption that needs to be improved. Time to upgrade!

See how we approached the upgrade, the issues than needed to be addressed, and the questions that needed to be answered.

SP24 was a 24-hour online SharePoint conference. My recorded presentation (along with access to the resources mentioned in the presentation) is here for you to view at your convenience. You will need to register to gain access to the session room.

But wait, that’s still not all!

I have been invited to speak in Washington DC in early June and Raleigh in October. Arrangements for these are being worked out – I’ll let you know if the stars align properly!

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