Help Typhoon #Haiyan Victims and #SharePoint MVPs & Experts Will Help You #rescueph

On Nov 8, 2013 , the deadliest typhoon ever recorded in history devastated the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan was stronger than hurricanes Katrina and Sandy combined. Countless lives have been lost and a lot of help is needed. It is estimated at least 10,000 people have perished.

Help Typhoon #Haiyan Victims and We’ll Help You!

Between now and December 31, 2013. Anyone who donates $99 USD or more to a charity of your choice that will benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan and emails me  a proof of your donation, can secure a FREE one hour remote SharePoint consulting session ($99 = 1 hour session, $198 = two 1 hour sessions, etc) with any  of these global SharePoint MVPs & leading experts:

Name Expertise
Marc D Anderson Client-side development
Paul Papanek Stork Architecture, Administration, Development
Tom Resing Architecture, Development, Infrastructure
Vlad Catrinescu Infrastructure, PowerShell
Veronique Palmer SharePoint Strategy Management, User Adoption
Eric Riz Adoption, Governance, Change Management
Dux Raymond Sy Yammer, Project Management, Sustainable Adoption
Jennifer Mason Business Solutions, Training
Cathy Dew Branding, Taxonomy, Requirements Gathering, IA
Susan Hanley Governance, Knowledge Management
John White BI, Nintex Workflows
Jamie McAllister Solution Design, Development, Training
Mikael Svenson Search
Kris Wagner Office 365 & Infrastructure
Doug Ware BI, Development, Architecture
Benjamin Niaulin Search, Migration, Branding, Infrastructure
Naomi Moneypenny Yammer, social computing
Amanda Perran IA, ECM, Solution Design
Jason Himmelstein BI, Architecture, Solution Design
Jack Fruh Powershell
Nick Inglis  IA, Records Management
Joel Oleson  Social Computing
Hilton Giesenow Architecture, Infrastructure, Development
Agnes Molnar Search, ECM
Rodrigo Pinto Development
Thomas Vochten Infrastructure
Todd Bleeker Development
Sarah Haase ROI, Governance, Adoption
Ruven Gotz Taxonomy, IA, Governance
Noorez Khamis Development, Architecture
Nicolas Georgeault Architecture, Training
Bjoern H Rapp Architecture, Development
Mike Ferrara Strategy, Architecture, IA, ECM
Andrew Connell Development, Workflow, ECM
Gokan Ozcifci Infrastructure
Tim Ebenezer Development, Workflow, Mobile
Trevor Seward Infrastructure, Powershell, BI
Ishai Sagi Infrastructure, Development, Training
Michelle Caldwell Vision Alignment, Strategy, Project Planning
Doug Hemminger Architecture, Development
Anders B. Skjønaa Strategy, Architecture, Governance
Kenneth Lo Office 365, ECM
Prasanna Adavi PPM, Project Server, MS Project
Jennifer Pearecy Strategic Planning, Architecture
Rodrigo Pinto Development, Architecture
Ivan Padabed Development, Architecture
Larry Kuhn Office 365, Yammer, Information Architecture
Rob Windsor Client Side Develompent
Roger Haueter Office 365, Powershell, Development
Chris McNulty Strategic Planning, Architecture, Enterprise Social
Ragnar Heil Search, Yammer, Infrastructure, Social
Keith Tuomi Development, Composites, Performance
Sean Wallbridge Planning, Training, Composites, Security
Colin Philips Development, Branding, BI
Thuan Nguyen Intranet Strategy, Solution Architecture
Dan Holme Strategy, Governance, Architecture
Elczar Adame SharePoint Online, Development
Frank Binoeder Infrastructure, Backup, Upgrades
John Holliday Records Management
Asif Rehmani Adoption, Training, Business Solutions
Eli Robillard Patterns & Practices, Secure Development, Architecture
JC Gonzalez Martin Troubleshooting, Auditing, Architecture
Alex Pearce Office 365 Education
Jason Warren Infrastructure, Administration, Powershell
Mark Kashman SharePoint Online, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint mobility
Eric Overfield Branding,UI,Responsive Design
Antony Clay Vision, Requirements, Governance, Change Management
David Patrick Development, BI, Administration, SQL Tuning
Jethro Seghers Office365, Yammer, Training
Fabian Imaz Development, Architecture, Infrastructure
Tiago Costa Project Server, Development
Karim Roumani Cloud, Infrastructure, BI
Will Saville WCM, Branding
Daniel Glenn Workflow, SharePoint Online, Infrastructure

What can you do with in the one hour session? Mentoring, coaching, training, troubleshooting, presentation, etc. This is a first come, first serve opportunity. Once the expert has fulfilled their committed engagements with a donor(s), he/she will not be available.

So hurry and send in your proof of donations and indicate which expert you’d like to engage with! Remember, your company may even match your donation.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • If you are a SharePoint expert or organization and you want to participate, join the Operation ShareLove Yammer network and let me know your expertise & how much time you want to commit in hours. (It will take 2-4 days for me to post your name)
  • Please help spread the word about this fund drive by sharing the following message via e-mail, blogs, FB, etc:

    Help Typhoon #Haiyan victims and #SharePoint MVPs & experts will help you  #rescuePH

As the great Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Let’s do our part and help!

Thanks for all your support! Feel free to leave a comment or any questions you might have.

#SPSChicago 2013 Keynote: Lead The Enterprise Social Revolution #shifthappens

I had an amazing time this morning delivering the keynote “Lead the Enterprise Social Revolution: How to Transform Your Enterprise” for SharePoint Saturday Chicago 2013.

If you attended the presentation, thanks for being an awesome audience! I hope you found it beneficial. As promised, here are the resources from my presentation:

Also, let’s continue the conversation on the SPSChicago Yammer group – as I’ve said, if you join theSPSChicago Yammer group and follow me in Yammer, I’ll send you a FREE ebook copy of “SharePoint 2010 for PM“.

3 Ways to Engage Virtually at #SharePoint Saturday Chicago #spschicago #yammer #mspartner

I’m so excited to be a part of tomorrow’s SharePoint Saturday Chicago to be held at Hard Rock Hotel. It’s gonna be a fantastic event with tons of sessions from world class experts!

I will be delivering the keynote: “Lead The Enterprise Social Revolution: Transform Your Organization and Drive Culture Change” . In this interactive keynote presentation,  I’ll share how you can maximize enterprise social technologies to positively transform your organization. You’ll learn how to apply practical steps to drive culture change and effective techniques to promote sustainable enterprise social adoption.

I know a lot of you aren’t able to attend physically, however, the good news is that there are 3 ways you can engage with tomorrow’s event:

  1. Follow @SPSChicago and #SPSChicago on Twitter.
  2. Watch the keynote live via Ustream broadcast. It starts at 8:00am Central Standard Time. Set your calendars now!
  3. Join the SPSChicago Yammer group and be a part of the conversation throughout the event. Tell you what, if you join the SPSChicago Yammer group and follow me in Yammer, I’ll send you a FREE ebook copy of “SharePoint 2010 for PM“.

Looking forward to see and engage w/ y’all tomorrow!

Adoption Resource: SharePoint is Nice Nice Baby + Social Style Remix #esn #yammer

We all know that driving sustainable SharePoint adoption is no easy task. Having worked with organizations large and small in the last 10 years, I discovered that the 3 main goals of driving sustainable adoption is to drive excitement, facilitate change and be able to empower users. If you want to learn more on how to drive sustainable SharePoint adoption,  here’s an article I wrote for CMSWire.

One of the techniques I employ when delivering SharePoint training or presentations is to sing/rap. Why you may ask? here’s three reasons why I do it.

Most recently, I have gotten a couple of requests asking for a copy of my latest “remix” that I performed at SharePoint Conference 2012 and SHARE Conference Australia 2012 – It’s a remix of a couple of songs that I think y’all are familiar with:

(thanks to DJ Kevin for the fantastic remix)

So if you would like to use this for your training/adoption initiatives, GO FOR IT! Here are the resources for you:

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

5 Steps to Best Engage at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston #wpc13 #mspartner

1 more day to go and it’s the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston! Over 16,000 people are expected to attend this annual event! It’s quite overwhelming and you may be at a loss on how to best connect and engage with your fellow attendees.

I’ve been fortunate to have attended multiple WPC events in the last few years and here are the 5 steps I learned on how to best engage with folks at WPC:

Step 1: Connect with Social Media

A lot of the real-time WPC13 updates and communications happens in social media specifically on Twitter. If you don’t have a Twitter account, go ahead and create one now. Then start following the official WPC account, the #WPC13 hashtag and if you like, follow me as well 😉 Also, check out the latest #WPC13 stats.

If you want to learn more on how to best maximize social media at #WPC13, check out this 15-min video I created for Microsoft Project Conference 2012:

Step 2: Setup your WPC Connect profile

With WPC connect, you can setup your profile and find out who else is attending. You can reach out to folks and schedule meetings at the event.

Microsoft Outlook

Step 3: Schedule sessions and see who’s attending

Once you’ve setup your WPC Connect profile, use the session and meeting scheduler to schedule sessions you want to attend. Even better, you can interact with the speaker and session attendees prior to the session directly on the session page:

VMware FusionI’d also like to invite you to attend some of the sessions that I am delivering:

Mon, Jul 8

4:30pm-5.30pm  EL02: Maximize Your Personal Brand
Room: GRBCC 340AB
Track: Emerging Leaders

Tue, Jul 9

10:30am-11:30am BL09: Lead the enterprise social revolution: how to drive sustainable adoption
Room: GRBCC 310AD
Track: Business Leadership

3:35pm-3:55pm US34t: Getting Social in the US
Room: Enterprise Social Theatre
Track: US Subsidiary

Wed, Jul 10

2:30pm-3:30pm US09: Delivering solutions and driving revenue with enterprise social in the U.S.
Room: HOA: Ballrooom of the Americas E
Track: US Subsidiary

4:35pm – 4:55pm BL19t: Three ways to deliver enterprise social success with mobile technologies
Room: Enterprise Social Theatre
Track: Business Leadership

Step 4: Network, network, network

There’s lots of great opportunities to meet and network! From the session rooms, to the dining hall and even the hallways. This year, you can even connect with fellow partners at the WPC13 Commons

Step 5: Participate in after hour activities

As you may already know, connecting with your fellow WPC13 attendees doesn’t end after the daily sessions end. There are a lot of after hour activities during WPC.  I’d like to invite you to these  after hour events:

Sun, Jul 7: 7pM-10pm WPC13 SharePint

Wed, Jul 10: 5:30pm-8pm HSPUG Fundraiser for SnowDrop Foundation

Stay tuned on social for last minute parties and happenings. I guarantee that it will be a lot of fun! Check out how much fun I had during #WPC11 Enterprise Party:

See you in Houston!

See You on May 21 in Dublin @ Ready Steady PMO Conference #pmot

I’m very excited to let you know that I’ll be speaking at next week’s Ready  Steady PMO Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

storm-technology_logoI love that the its entire focus is on practical tips, techniques and tools that will enable you to tap into the value of a full blown enterprise project management strategy without the long lead times, upfront financial investment and hefty resource demands.

Ready Steady PMO is brought to you by Storm Technology . I have the honor of kicking off the event showcasing the value of Project Online and how your organization can quickly benefit from it.

Additionally, here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Getting to “go” – top tips on what to do to get the fundamentals of a PMO in place without the serious frustration and financial outlay
  • Starting smart – first-hand insight (touch it, feel it, see it) into Project On-Line to see how the impossible is now possible minus the long lead-times and hefty technology investment
  • Visibility and value – quick wins along the way that make getting real visibility into projects easy and make status reporting stress-free
  • What’s hot and what’s not – pan-European insights into who is doing what, what’s working and what’s not in the world of project and portfolio management.

Here’s what you need to know:

When is it? – 21 May 2013 – 9.00am to 2.00pm
Where is it? – Microsoft Head Office, Sandyford, Co Dublin
How to register – simply email
Other benefits – you can earn five professional development units (PDUs) towards maintaining your PMP credentials

Looking forward to see you!

May 20 Webinar: #ReimagineSPDev: A better way to customize SharePoint 2013


One of the exciting things with SharePoint 2013 is the ability for organizations to utilize and build apps. Not only is this available for internal usage, it can be made available publicly through the Office Store.

Here’s a great resource that provides an overview and detailed guidance on developing apps for SharePoint 2013.

Additionally, I’d like to invite y’all to a FREE webinar on May 20 that provides a great overview of  the history of SharePoint customizations and where the SharePoint development platform is going. The session will also highlight the benefits of the cloud app model and answer any questions that you may have.

The webcast will be broadcasted on Channel 9.

So what are you waiting for? Register now!