All posts tagged Slide Deck

Business Connectivity Services – It’s Not Dead… Yet

I had a great time recently presenting at CalSpoug’s SharePoint Saturday.  The first session I presented was on SharePoint Business Connectivity Service.  I have done this session quite a few times and I always have at least one attendee state they have never heard of BCS before.  This session was no different.  One of the things I cover is the importance of BCS in different environments.  Many will argue it is an old, unnecessary system.  I do not necessarily disagree with this.  However, I argue it isn’t dead yet.  If you are working with simple data in a SQL Database or even more complex but well-organized data in a database the ease of use within BCS is quickly seen.  In 5-10 minutes you can connect to your data and present it within SharePoint utilizing built-in forms (no custom form development).  Users will be able to read and update the data immediately (assuming permissions are configured already).  There’s more to it than just this and you can take a look at my slide deck to see.

Having said that, I do believe that I see an end to BCS.  PowerApps and Flows make accessing data just as easy and more configurable through the many, many connectors available.  As these connectors mature and the tools grow, the use cases for BCS will slowly disappear.  However, we aren’t there yet.  BCS is still there and still very easy to use.

 

Take a look at my slide deck and if you have questions, please reach out.

 

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Building Modern SharePoint Solutions with PowerApps and Flow – PraireDevCon Session Deck

I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at Prairie Dev Con in Regina on October 16, 2018.  Had some fantastic attendees that I hope came out of my session with a better understanding of what can be done with PowerApps and Flow.  As promised here is my slide deck from that session.

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PowerShell Scripting vs Clicking in the GUI – Presented to the Granite State SharePoint User Group

This evening I had the extreme pleasure of giving a PowerShell and SharePoint presentation to the Granite State SharePoint User Group in New Hampshire.  Presenting remotely was a bit of a challenge as I missed out on the pizza 🙁 and we had a bit of trouble with my demos.  Well not really the demos, more the fact that my laptop could not run the VMs and maintain a Skype session.  Now, this is not a bad thing about Skype.  It actually did really well.  The issue is that I tend to go a bit overboard with my VMs.  For on-prem demos, I run four fully decked out VMs.  I have a DC, SQL Server, SP2016 App and an SP2016 Web server all running on my laptop (yes my laptop is awesome).  That uses up all the resources so I couldn’t display my demo at the same time.

 

That being said I think the session went awesome and I hope everyone enjoyed it.  As promised I am providing the slide deck.  You can access it here.

A huge thank you to Julie Turner and the other members of the user group.  Thanks for joining me.

SharePoint Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Online

I have always been a strong supporter of the SharePoint Business Connectivity feature.  I find that in many cases it allows for easy access to data you would normally have to develop custom solutions for or even pay large amounts of money in licencing for (SAP, PeopleSoft, etc).  BCS brings the ability to present data located in other systems into SharePoint.  A tool that many understand and use daily.  In this presentation I discuss using Business Connectivity Services within SharePoint Online as opposed to on premises.  You can find the slide deck here.  Thanks for attending my session on this topic.

 

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SharePoint Site Architecture – Flat, Deep or Something In The Middle

Hi recently had the privilege to do another presentation with Joanne Klein.  This time we built a presentation off of a post that she had written around whether we should use flat or deep structures with our site collections and sub sites or if we should have something in between when designing a SharePoint site architecture.  It was a lot of fun and we probably could have done entire presentation on just a portion of it.  Either way, I promised our attendees that I would post our slide deck.  You can find the slide deck here.  Thank you very much to everyone who attended.

 

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