Monthly Archives: June 2013

There’s a lot more to life than just working to support yourself

I Just received my daily email from and this is the first time I have ever reposted anything from an email… But I don’t think I could have said it better or as eloquently as Steve Jones has done below…


There’s a lot more to life than just working to support yourself. Sometimes you need to do just that, but often we have more flexibility to enjoy and appreciate the world around us.

We can take joy and pleasure in the experiences we have, the people we encounter, and the accomplishments we achieve. However there’s another part of life that I think is important for everyone, and that’s giving of yourself to help others.

I believe that almost everyone should volunteer their time or resources and give back to society. We should all work to make this a better world for everyone.

Whether this is through a church, a non-profit, your local community or some other way, we are all better off for the efforts.

I also believe this isn’t something you do constantly throughout your life, though if please feel free to do so. Some of us will volunteer when we are young, some when we retire. The important thing is that when we are able to do so, we act.

Giving of yourself helps others, and it can provide you with positive feelings. It can also be good for your career. This piece talks a bit about the traits of those people that give, and it seems they often find their own personal success grows. This is because the way they view themselves, their time, and their accomplishments, changes when they help others. Volunteering can reduce stress, and may help you enjoy your job more. That last item might be the most important reason of all.

This is something you can learn to do, by making time to help others at work, or in your life. Please be sure to balance this with the rest of your life, but you might find that taking a little of your free time to help others ends up improving the quality of your life, well beyond the price you pay in accomplishing less yourself. However please volunteer because you want to, not because you want to look good or add an item to your resume. Give because you want to give.

Steve Jones from SQLServerCentral.comJoin the debate, and respond to today’s editorial on the forums

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Steve, this is a great editorial!!! I was just having this conversation with my son Jonathan earlier today,we have a responsibility to give back to our communities in which we live and to make the world a better place. You could not have summed up my thoughts any better as I look back at the past few years, where I have been very blessed to be part of a team and to be able to to give back to the folks who enjoy being a part of the community..

Thank you !!!




Microsoft Technical Communities – Leaders & Speakers Wanted

Many folks already know. But, I have found that there are still quite a few community leaders and speakers that may not be aware of the benefits to joining the Microsoft Technical Communities or that it exists. I made this assumption once I noticed all of the User Groups and Events that are not listed yet?

Part of the reason may be that UGSS has evolved into Microsoft Technical Communities and folks haven’t registered, just click on the link below and if you’re a Microsoft Community Leader (User Group or Event Organizer) or Community Speaker please register. I was a member of the UGSS but never received any information from the change to the new site, well maybe I did and don’t know. The cool thing is now we are getting the attention, time, training etc that will help all of us within our communities even more…. Once you have registered you will receive an email from MSTC within 3 days…

BTW – This is the only way I know of to request and receive re-imbursement for a part of the expense of supporting our community from Microsoft.. 



After you sign-in, just click on the type of UserID your using and you will get further instruction, just click next and enter your UserName and Password and you will receive a WebPage like the one below where you can choose a role Community Leader or Community Speaker. Information will be filtered based on the role you choose. This actually caused me to walk through the site a couple of times. However, you can choose both roles..



In order to get full access to membership, you will need to complete your profile.  Your profile is not saved until the last page when you click Submit.  Your Microsoft Technical Communities Profile is used to customize this site. The information you indicate below will filter the content that you receive so that you will only see information that is of interest to you. Keep your profile up to date so you can get the most from your Microsoft Technical Communities experience. Please note that your personal information will be visible to other community members on the website.


Read and Accept the EULA and click next, read and accept the Code of Conduct and click next, Read and Accept the Terms of use and click next, complete your Registration and Profile information note you should have your MCP, MVP, MCT IDs available as necessary






Once you have completed the registration process you can begin by associating yourself with the Microsoft UserGroups in your Community If your UserGroup isn’t listed, spread the word today to all of your user Community Leaders but don’t forget your favorite Speakers as we need your love too…




SPSSV SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley June 22nd Session Schedule

I have included the SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley Session Schedule below. I hope to see everyone there or at Build 2013 next week in San Francisco. I will be uploading my Session Presentation to SlideShare tomorrow with links to the SharePoint 2013 Demo Builds that you can find to download on Codeplex @


Our book on Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 was just listed this morning on the Microsoft Press Blog Site


Dive into the business intelligence features in SharePoint 2013—and use the right combination of tools to deliver compelling solutions. Take control of business intelligence (BI) with the tools offered by SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft SQL Server® 2012. Led by a group of BI and SharePoint experts, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for understanding how to use these technologies best in specific BI scenarios—whether you’re a SharePoint administrator, SQL Server developer, or business analyst.

Manage the entire BI lifecycle, from determining key performance indicators to buildingdashboards Use web-based Microsoft Excel® services and publish workbooks on a SharePoint Server. Mash up data from multiple sources and create Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) using PowerPivot
Create data-driven diagrams that provide interactive processes and context with Microsoft Visio® Services

Use dashboards, scorecards, reports, and key performance indicators to monitor and analyze your business
Use SharePoint to view BI reports side by side, no matter which tools were used to produced them

Also, I will have a bunch of O’Reilly and Microsoft Press Coupon’s with 50% off Codes that I will be handing out to you in addition to 16 x 16GB Flash Drives that are are full of Content from SharePoint 2010 and 2013 including the SharePoint 2013 Demo Builds.

So, lets have fun and enjoy the awesome weather of Silicon Valley Southern California


I look forward to hanging with all the SharePoint Peeps without you I wouldn’t have any friends, its kind of what happens when you bury your head in SharePoint Development for 9 years, I am so lucky and blessed that I have been given this opportunity to learn from all of you. Thank you for friendship and your time this weekend…


If you want a signed copy of the book and you missed the last book signing 2 weeks ago in New Orleans for TechEd NA please leave a comment and I will see what I can do to get it done…


Ohh a couple of last minute updates have you seen the new Microsoft Forums Sites

If you haven’t check it out they have been give a much need facelift, its take a little bit of getting used to but definitely is a step in the right direction






MVPs represent the best and brightest in technical communities, generously sharing their deep knowledge and hands-on expertise with people around the world.






MVPs Showcase Windows Azure to Thousands

Xbox MVP Helps Kids in the Hospital and Troops Overseas Stay in the Game

  • Read more…

  • It also includes sections on stuff Like Community Champs.

Community Champs


Have fun SharePoint ROCKS!!!!

-Ivan @iasanders

SharePoint 2013 Demo – Content Packs on Codeplex

Hi All,

For everyone who wanted the Self-Service Business Intelligence Demo Builds and those of you that don’t. I have tried to make it easy to install and configure a Windows Server 2012 DC with DNS, SQL Server 2012 with the 3 AS Roles (Tabular, PowerPivot, and Multi-Dimensional).. So that any Business User can  complete the installation and have fully functional PowerView, PowerPivot, PerformancePoint Dashboards for use as demonstrations

You can download the first five Content Packs from the Codeplex Links below:

Active Directory

SQL Server 2012 SP1

SharePoint 2013 Demo Build

Self-Service Business Intelligence

PeoplePack – UserProfile Provisioning

You can also check out the Videos on How to install Hyper-V on Windows 8 and Create your first Hyper-V Virtual Machine, Add The Content Packs for Active Directory and SQL Server 2012 SP1 with the videos and SharePoint 2013, Self-Service Business Intelligence, PeoplePack – UserProvisioning and more coming soon..

I have included a couple of the Videos below, but they are also available on the Codeplex download pages listed above for each Content Pack that has been completed

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Demo –

PeoplePack – UserProfile Provisioning


Have fun. I hope the videos help…




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