Azure Table Storage Primer

As companies continue to move to the cloud we are constantly finding new and better way to meeting requirements and deliver rock solid solutions.  Over the last year there is one area where my team has found some great capabilities that I believe are currently under utilized by SharePoint and Office 365 developers, and that is Azure Table Storage.  For those that are not familiar with it, Azure Table storage is a service within the Azure Storage group that stores structured NoSQL data.  It is incredibly fast, inexpensive, and NoSQL gives you the capability to store content with flexible datasets.  We have started to rely on this for both internal products as well as client consulting engagements.  Thanks to the technical leadership and innovation from Jake Dan Attis we have started to find a number of creative uses for the service, some of those solutions I’ll be blogging about over the next few months.

In the meantime, here is a good primer for Azure Storage:

Along with some great links for working with Azure Table Storage:





Microsoft Ignite Pre-Conference Thoughts

Just hours away from this year’s Microsoft Ignite Conference and I am nearly ready for the week.  I expect it to be a busy week filled with lots of new and exciting announcements, likely more than in the past few years.  There is a lot going on at Microsoft with the release of SharePoint 2016, major advanced in Office 365 and related development tools and approaches. 

This marks my sixth SharePoint/Ignite conference going back to 2008 in Seattle.  The changes to the product and ecosystem in that time is simply amazing, but the development of the overall community has been something special so attending these events gives me the chance to reconnect with a lot of long time friends, colleagues, and collaborators. 

This year I have will have my hands full helping to promote some new exciting solutions with B&R Business Solutions as well as partner solutions from Beezy and Nintex.  You can find me each day working the Beezy booth (2044) where I will also be delivering a number of sessions and participating in some panels, information is below. 

Monday, September 26th
1:00 – 1:30pm Driving Platform Adoption Through Managed Services
Mike Oryszak & Christopher Regan, B&R Business Solutions
Abstract: Make the most of your cloud investment by leveraging managed 
services to help drive user adoption and enablement. In this session learn how 
targeted expertise and support can be provided as part of a bundled service 
offering to help users get the most out of your investment while keeping costs 
predictable. This offering can include licensing Office 365 and our partner 
solutions from Beezy and Nintex plus user enablement and support services.
3:00 – 3:45pm Panel: How Communities Drive Innovation
Mike Oryszak (B&R Business Solutions), Richard Harbridge (MVP, 2toLead)
Maximo Castagno (Beezy) 
5:00 – 5:45pm Panel: What Does it Mean to Build a Digital Workplace?
Mike Oryszak (B&R Business Solutions), John White (MVP, UnlimitedViz), 
Mike Fitzmaurice (Nintex), Michelle Caldwell (MVP, Avanade)
Tuesday, September 27th
12:00 – 12:30pm Taking Knowledge Management to the Next Level
Mike Oryszak & Christopher Regan, B&R Business Solutions
Abstract: Organizations are always looking to harness the knowledge of their workforce 
by providing new and easy-to-use tools to their employees to collect and surface 
relevant content. In this session we will step through some common knowledge 
management opportunities that any organization can leverage as well as some 
common pitfalls that should be avoided. Armed with this information you can 
help take your organization’s knowledge management capabilities to the next level!
3:00 – 3:30pm   Driving Platform Adoption Through Managed Services (repeat)
Mike Oryszak & Christopher Regan, B&R Business Solutions
Wednesday, September 28th
12:00 – 12:30pm Formalizing Idea Management in SharePoint
Mike Oryszak (B&R Business Solutions), Christian Buckley (MVP, Beezy)
1:00 – 1:30pm Taking Knowledge Management to the Next Level (repeat)
Mike Oryszak & Christopher Regan, B&R Business Solutions
4:00 – 4:45pm Panel: Finding the Right Cultural Fit for Collaboration
Christopher Regan (B&R Business Solutions), Mark Kashman (Microsoft),
Jennifer Mason (MVP, Planet Technologies), Richard Harbridge (MVP, 2toLead),
Christian Buckley (MVP, Beezy)
Thursday, September 29th
2:00 – 2:45pm Panel: The Future of Knowledge Management in Office 365
Mike Oryszak (B&R Business Solutions), Susan Hanley (MVP, Susan Hanley LLC)
Richard Harbridge (MVP, 2toLead), Jordi Plana (Beezy)

Hope to see many of you there!

SPSATL Presentation – Introduction to Delve

Here is my recent presentation for the SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2016 event cover an introduction the Delve features within Office 365. I’ve found that this is a powerful feature that often goes under utilized, hopefully it can help spur some ideas on how you can leverage it in your environment!

SPSNYC / SPSATL Presentation – Unlock the Value of Your Content with Optimized Search Results

Thank you to everyone that attended the session. There were some great questions and follow on conversations so I hope that everyone learned a lot!

Below is the slide deck from the presentation.

SPSNYC Presentation – Developing Custom Display Templates

Thank you to everyone that attended my session Create Tailored Results w/ Custom Display Templates at SPS NYC 2014.

You can find the source display templates in the following zip file:

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