DAYSPUG Presentation October 9th 2012

Last night I spoke to a great crowd of SharePoint folks at the Dayton SharePoint Users Group (DAYSPUG) in Dayton, Ohio. I knew most of the folks in attendance from other local SharePoint and PowerShell events, so it was nice to see everyone again.

This time instead of talking about PowerShell, which by the way I love to do – I decided to present on Microsoft InfoPath. I have a presentation I have used a few times now that in my opinion is a great intermediate view of what you can do with InfoPath and SharePoint 2010.

The topic is called “Funnel your Info down a new Path“, and it focuses on different types of forms available to you in SharePoint 2010. It was a pleasure to go west to Dayton and present to other Microsoft enthusiasts!

Here are my slides from Slideshare.

Thanks again to Tony Maddin and the rest of the DAYSPUG members for welcoming me to speak. See you all next time!


Microsoft Heartland Region SharePoint Conference 2012 – UPDATE

Another Heartland Conference in the history books, and this one was by far the most impressive one yet – and I’ve been to all 3 so I can say that. 🙂

Turnout – amazing.
Topics – fantastic.
Speakers – phenomenal.
Food – delicious.
Weather – eh, it’s Ohio what did you really expect?

I was pretty happy with how my presentation turned out, as I had a packed room and very little to complain about in terms of issues. IE crashed on me right square in the middle of my first demo, so that was fun. I also had issues trying to create lists, as the create dialog which launches in a Modal dialog did not play well with the projectors. Instead of allowing the create.aspx page to launch in the modal, I had to revert to my 2007 tricks and go straight to /_layouts/create.aspx?IsDlg=0. No big deal.

In terms of my presentation, I felt the contents of my demonstrations were very well received, and the crowd seemed to understand the value that InfoPath can bring. If you were in attendance and disagree or have questions, please ping me either as a comment to this post, on Twitter or via email and I’ll clarify if need be.

All of that being said, here is a quick and dirty description of my presentation (taken straight from the agenda slide).

Quick intro to Microsoft InfoPath 2010
How does it fit into the SharePoint 2010 Story?
What licensing do I need?
4 Types of forms in SharePoint
DEMO – Creating a list form
DEMO – Creating a library-based web service form
DEMO – Funneling Info down a new Path
Gotchas, Tips & Tricks

Here is a link to my slides on SlideShare

Microsoft Heartland Region SharePoint Conference 2012

Tomorrow is the 3rd annual, Microsoft Heartland Region SharePoint Conference!

I am honored to be speaking at what should be a fantastic turnout. We have speakers from all over the United States, who all have one thing in common – their love for all things SharePoint.

My presentation will be on InfoPath and how businesses can leverage it in multiple ways across their organization to increase productivity while giving their users a brilliant, engaging platform to interact with data. This will be the first public use of this newly assembled InfoPath presentation, as I’m stepping out of my infrastructure and PowerShell comfort zones a little. That said, I’m extremely excited to give my interpretation of what InfoPath can bring to a business.

I will certainly be tweeting during the conference, and will post again after the conference – that post will include an update on how the presentation went, slides from the presentation, and probably much more.

I hope if you’re reading this that you are one of the nearly 300 registered attendees, and if so – please stop by and say hello tomorrow!