This spring I had the great privilege of speaking in front of a great room of people at SharePoint Saturday Montreal. At this conference i outlined how easy it was to build a great solution from conception to implementation using just PowerApps, Flow and a few connectors. In the space of half a session (I had to do some talking too ;-p ) I build a full solution using PowerApps, Flow, SharePoint and Azure Database. As promised here is the slide deck from my presentation.
The other day a friend of mine, Daniel Glen, asked if I could step in last minute to help out remotely for a presentation to the Nashville O365 User Group. I of course said yes and then promptly dumped all the stuff I had to do that night on my wife (oops). I sent Daniel the tickle trunk of presentations that I was ready to do last minute and I was surprised when he selected Leading Practices for Building Anything SharePoint or O365. It’s an older presentation and one I was actually considering pulling out of my active list. However, as I was reviewing it I found that the core of the presentation still held true with anything you should do with O365 and SharePoint. In many cases, any project could use some or all of the concepts I discussed.
Well the presentation went over very well. It’s a really good group of people there in Nashville and even though I was 2600km (1615+) miles away I can honestly say that session was the most fun I have had yet giving that presentation. Thanks Nashville. Let me know when you need another speaker.
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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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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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.