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I’ll be speaking at BuckeyeSPUG on 4/15 about Branding SP2013 sites… come!!

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to speak again at BuckeyeSPUG this week.  I’ll be talking about how to Brand your SharePoint site from a developers perspective.  I hope that my approach for less slides and more demos works!!  I’ll post the experience after Thursday and give you the materials I used to create the site!

Oh, and by the way… In the past I created a few branded sites from my favorite video games… I’m going to do the same Thursday!

Hope to see you there!

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I’ll be speaking at Central Ohio .NET Developers Group (CONDG) 10/25/2012!

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m pretty pumped for this!  I’ll be speaking about Debunking SharePoint Development myths.  You can get the details for the meeting here:  http://www.condg.org/archive/2012/10/17/Meeting-Announcement-for-October-25.aspx  This should be a fun talk!  I’ll post the slides and talk about my experience after the meeting!  Hope to see you there!

 

–Matt

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I’ll be speaking at #SPSColumbus about Branding your SharePoint environment Saturday 8/20… I’m pumped!

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

This will be my second SharePoint saturday…and I’m very excited!  I spoke about this topic at SPSMichigan…but this time I branded a new video game.  Also, very pumped that this is in my hometown!  Hope to see you there!

Here is the link to the event:  http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/columbus/default.aspx

Have a good one!

-Matt

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I’ll be speaking about Branding at #SPSMI (SP Saturday in Troy, MI) this Saturday… I’m pumped!

May 9, 2011 3 comments

I’m very excited and looking forward to this SharePoint Saturday!  I’ll post up my slides after I present.  I’ll write up a blog post about the experience after this weekend.

Here is the link to the event:  http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/michigan/default.aspx

Have a good one!

-Matt

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I’ve been dorking out lately about this JQuery Webpart I built…

March 3, 2011 3 comments

I haven’t posted anything very meaningful in a while….but I promise I’ll start blogging more!  I’ve been extremely busy with family and work…thats my excuse =)

So anyways…I’ve been working on this web part that will basically render HTML via a web part (I know…exicting…but theres more..).  I want to give a teaser for the functionaly…here are the features (with a lower-case f):

  • render a set of announcements in a rotating fashion…showing 1 item at a time
  • rotate through items automatically
  • show different formats for different items (one might be image-based, one rich-text-editor)
  • have an amazing content-authoring side

I can use any development tools available (so I’m not limited to client side or anything liek that…).  When this problem was presented to me…I was very excited and it sounded like fun.  It was a lot of work to find out how it would work…but in the end…it worked out beautifully.

I’ll blog how I solved this problem in my next blog post (which I hope to be this weekend!).

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Getting your company excited about SharePoint

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

In my company, I run a SharePoint UserGroup to get people talking about SharePoint.  Every month, we hold presentations, play games, and have great discussions.  We usually have a good crowd and cater it as well (that always gets attendance up!)  This month, I’ll be hosting a spoof of JeoPardy! called SharePardy!.  BTW, I’m changing it up a bit so I don’t get sued!  In this usergroup, I can tell we are excited about SharePoint and want to learn as much as we can each meeting.

All of that being said, getting your company excited about SharePoint can occur a number of ways.  We would like to think that this occurs organically and without lots of effot…but sometimes thats not always the case.  Sometimes, theres a lot of resistance to SharePoint.  That might occur becuase of ‘change’, its ‘hard to use’, or other factors.  But whats most important is to stay positive and get people excited about what they can do. 

SO…what can you do?  In most situations I’ve seen, users are not excited about SharePoint, simply because they don’t know the full extent of what they can do with the product.  So what I would propose, is hold Lunch & Learns and have your SharePoint evangelist speak about some topic that is pertinent to the organization.  I would also try to make it fun and interactive.  Make your SharePoint environment utilize cool features.  Show the company scorecard using Performance Point features.  There are all kinds of cool things you can do!

What are some things you have done to get your company excited about SharePoint?

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Haven’t posted in a while

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve kindof put this blog on hold for a while.  I’d like to get back into posting atleast once a week.  I’m thinking that since I’m going for 70-573, that I’ll start posting each of the skills measured as a seperate post.  I think, if I do that, that I will drive some more traffic to the site and help myself take some notes.  Let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to see when I’m taking these notes!

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