Before You Buy It – SharePoint & Office 365 Intranet Templates or “Intranets In a Box” (Pre-Built)

SharePointOffice365IntranetBrochureCoverThinking about buying a pre-built “intranet in a box” template for SharePoint or Office 365?

This blog post is a free list of important questions you should be asking yourself before you decide to purchase a product such as this. The blog post comes from a real-world experience of evaluating different pre-built intranets for a very large corporation. Additionally, I have a free checklist / questionnaire for download and links to other great resources if you are in the process of purchasing an “intranet in a box” for Office 365 and/or SharePoint.


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Highlights from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017

MSDISoutsideBannerYou may or may not have heard of the Microsoft Data Insights Summit in Seattle. It has only been going on for a couple of years and I recently just learned about it myself. Although I mostly work with SharePoint, Office 365 is starting to blur the lines between many applications and the need to learn almost all of them is becoming an accepted reality. If you are someone dabbling in the Office 365 suite or a data scientist working with visualizations, this conference was right up your alley. I was lucky enough to attend this year. There was so much to share from the event, it’s a bit hard to narrow it down, but here are some of my favorite highlights from the conference.

New Announcements from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

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SharePoint Framework 101 – A Very Basic Tutorial (SPFx)

I have included slides from my recent presentation at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore on the SharePoint Framework. This is a very basic presentation on the tools needed to get yourself up and running and concludes with the “Hello World” web part. It also includes resources on learning more about it to move past the very basics. I will continue to post more information the SharePoint Framework as tutorials from a beginner’s standpoint as I have time as most of the information on the web already assumes that you have somewhat advanced knowledge of programming with open-source technologies and I wanted to create something for a true beginner audience.


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A Career in SharePoint


I have updated this post to reflect the current state of change for a career in SharePoint and added other skills such as Power BI, Azure and Office 365 to the mix. My personal opinion, as with any career that you may choose, is that actually seeing someone perform the job and experiencing it yourself before you decide to invest in learning it is very important. Admittedly, I myself have started to jump on the bandwagon of careers that were in high demand before understanding what it really was all about. Although we all may not get to choose exactly what we do in life to earn a living, understanding if you will be somewhat happy and able to perform the job functions of a career are a reality that many of us do not consider. Hopefully this post will guide you in making an informed decision and enlighten you of the different careers currently available working with SharePoint technology.

* Feel free to view my entire presentation:
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SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs 2016 Wrap Up

Conference-SpeakerIt was a great event this year at the Chicago Suburbs SharePoint Saturday event. I spoke on “Real World SharePoint Debacles — and Their Solutions!”, if you are looking for my slides, see the end of this blog post. I wanted to shout out to Craig Jahnke, Yvan Hernandez, Jack Fruh and others for putting the event together. I included some photos from some speakers that I admire and know in the community too. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, check out the local SharePoint Saturday events in your area or make sure you come next year!



And some photos from the event including some of my favorite SharePoint speakers:

Sean McDonough talking about SharePoint Disaster Recovery













Virgil Carroll of High Monkey working his magic on SharePoint search













Mike Maadarani talking migrations to Office 365 and on-premises SharePoint












Drew Madelung and his lovely sidekick chatting up collaboration roadmaps













Had a great time, see you all at an event soon! 😉

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