So I have some wonderful fun things to share with you all, but let me start with a quick apology. It has been over a year since my last blog post. I’m so sorry. I keep promising myself I will do better, but then I get busy and forget. There’s no real excuse, just my lack of commitment. I can’t promise to do better, only that I will keep telling myself to do better. Hopefully that’s going to take effect some day!
On with the news….
First Let me say I’m very excited to announce that I’m speaking at The SharePoint Evolution Conference in London. This is always one of my favorite events of the year. It’s a smaller conference by scale, but it provides some of the deepest content and closest contact and intimacy with the speakers. I know as a speaker I love being able to talk and interact and share after sessions, before sessions, and at other times.
I will be presenting two sessions that build on each other. These sessions are:
Content Types, Managed Metadata, and You, Part 1
In order to keep your SharePoint environment from becoming used as "just another file share" there are things you can do to make it more valuable and usable. Understanding how content types work and implementing them in your environment helps you and your users to make sense of the content. Add in the benefit of working with Managed Metadata to create and standardize the terminology and your environment can be easily searched, understood, and utilized. This session will focus on understanding content types, implementing them, planning and using metadata term sets, and how you can help build a richer SharePoint environment.
Content Types, Managed Metadata, and You, Part 2
Even with the value that content types bring, your users are still comfortable working with folders and file shares. They are used to that type of structure. Working with Managed Metadata you can help your users to move into a different way of thinking and finding their data. In this session we will look at how we can use Managed Metadata navigation within content libraries to help sort, refine, and find data. Managed Metadata also gives us the capabilities to create a catalogue type environment, and we will look at how we can accomplish this. Working with search, we will see how this can be used as well to create solutions specific to your business needs. You will be able to show your users how they can get the experience they want, and still have an environment that is well organized and maintained.
The other thing I am so excited about for this year’s conference is that we are going to be able to have a Women in Tech panel! All of the women who are speaking have agreed to participate, to share, mentor, and inspire the other women who are in this field. There are so many organizations that are focusing on encouraging girls and women to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. This is an opportunity to share what inspires us to adopt these careers, how we stay motivated, and how we can motivate each other. Two fabulous organizations have partnered with the team at SharePoint Evolution Conference to make this possible: Women in Tech at IT Unity and Women in SharePoint.
This is exciting, but wait, there’s more! If you haven’t already registered for the SharePoint Evolution Conference, and you’re a woman, you can register now for 10% off. You need to hurry, though, because this is fast approaching and you don’t want to miss out.
Register Here and use the code: womenintechevo
And the good news just keeps on coming!
I have also been given the privilege of speaking at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago this May. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you probably know that Microsoft took many of its conferences, like the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, MEC and a few others and rolled them in some mystery mix of spices and popped them in the oven and out popped Ignite, which promises to be yummy goodness for all of the technology crowd.
I’ve got one session that I’m co-presenting with the fabulous Laura Rogers: Driving User Adoption from a Technical Standpoint for SharePoint, Exchange, and Office 365. Laura and I have been friends for a long time and coworkers for part of that time. We have seen a lot of the changes that have come, and worked from both the IT side and the business side to see the frustration that can come out of the change. We’ll try to help IT Pros learn about some of the small configuration changes you can make in your environment that will help you mitigate some of the chief complaints from your users. Everyone Wins!
Here’s a sneak peak video we made introducing ourselves and a little about our session.
If you haven’t registered for Ignite, the full conference passes are already all sold out. However, you might want to check and see if there are other options that may interest you, such as Exhibit Hall Passes. You don’t want to miss out, there’s going to be a TON of knowledge shared and a lot of networking opportunities. Oh, and I hear there’s going to be quite a bit of fun had after hours!
I look forward to seeing you at one or both of the conferences. Please feel free to find me and introduce yourself. I look forward to it!