Upcoming Speaking Events

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be presenting at a couple of upcoming events.

I will be presenting my session Developing FAST Queries at SharePoint Saturday NY on Saturday July 28th at the Microsoft Offices in Manhattan.

I will also be presenting a pair of new sessions at SharePoint Saturday The Conference August 22nd-24th at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church, VA.  My first session will be Enhanced Site Findability which covers techniques for making sites easier to find using the search features, and the second session will be Enhanced Content Personalization and Targeting which covers techniques for mastering the highly personalized and targeted content pages that perform well for all users.   This marks the third year in a row I have been selected to speak at this epic event.

I am definitely looking forward to both events and they are sure to be highlights of the summer conference events.

SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints Now Available

My book, SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints has been officially released and is now available both in print and as an electronic download.


What you will learn from this book

You will see how to build the following SharePoint projects:

  • An Effective Intranet Site for your organization that maximizes the site’s ability to aggregate content and is highly effective at communicating important messages
  • A Workflow Out of Office Solution that allows users to manage their out of office dates and automate task assignments to a delegated resource
  • A Company Forms Site with the definition of form content types and organizing the forms into a usable interface 
  • An Engaging Community Site including custom features that can be used to enhance collaboration and provide an information sharing system
  • A Site Request and Provisioning System to help governance and compliance activities
  • A Project Site Template to support project initiatives and track Issues, Tasks, and Contacts
  • A Project Management Main Site that can aggregate the key metrics and status information from the project management sites previously created
  • A Task Rollup solution that can aggregate tasks from the specified sites
  • A dynamic Site Directory solution that leverages Search



The hands-on example solutions in this book are based on fictitious business development briefs, and they illustrate practical ways of using SharePoint in various business scenarios.

A chapter is dedicated to each example SharePoint solution covering step-by-step instructions for building the SharePoint solutions, aided by the extensive use of screenshots.


While it is late to the party for this product cycle, I think there are some great examples that will serve developers for years to come. 

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2012 Wrap-up

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2012 was another great event and went pretty smooth despite the challenges of a new location.  The organizers really did a great job with planning on this one!

While I was very surprised how few of the attendees had experience with FAST, I’m optimistic that over the next year or two people will see the power and flexibility it can provide users.

Here are my slides from the event. 

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