Category Archives: Awards

Microsoft MVP and MCC Awards

Wow, Thank you to all of the folks at Microsoft on the team that support us and especially the SharePoint PG & Melissa without whom I would not have made it this far, to all the folks at O’Reilly who made co-authoring Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 possible, to all of my friends and fellow MVPs past and present who take their Saturdays off to volunteer and attend the SharePoint Saturday Events around the world, to INETA and all of the Microsoft SharePoint User Groups on the West Coast but especially those in California :), to all of the ISVs like telerik, metalogix, CloudShare, Jetbrains, DevExpress, K2, Axceler, CorasWorks, Surfray & AvePoint and many more who all of us and the events, and to all of my friend and associates that are both supporting and looking for answers in the Microsoft Software Developers Forums

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The Microsoft Community Contributor badge is given to those who make notable contributions to Microsoft online communities such as TechNet, MSDN and Microsoft Community.

The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants who voluntarily contribute their time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

Each day around the world, Microsoft Community Contributor recipients contribute to Microsoft online technical communities in a range of ways, including providing helpful answers, translating online resources into local languages and serving as moderators.

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Thank you !!!

 

-Ivan

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

I Just received my daily email from http://www.sqlservercentral.com 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…

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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

This single editorial will ensure that I continue read with enthusiasm all of the email I receive from SQLServerCentral.com. To submit an article, rant or editorial, log in to the Contribution Center

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 !!!

 

-Ivan

 

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..

https://www.technicalcommunity.com 

 

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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..

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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.

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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

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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…

SmileSmileSmile

 

-Ivan

Don’t Miss a good friend of mine tonight at SPUG San Diego Zlatan Dzinic, SharePoint Solution Architect Hitachi Consulting

Dear SharePoint Colleagues,

Join us for the San Diego SharePoint User Group (SanSpug) meeting on Feb 5th, 2013 at 6PM. Our meeting will include the following topics:

·         Introduction to SharePoint 2013 Search

SanSpug meetings are held at New Horizons Learning Centers and start at 6:00 PM.  Be sure to tell your business colleagues and friends!

7480 Miramar Road

San Diego, CA


Feb 2013 Featured Speaker(s):

Zlatan Dzinic, SharePoint MVP, Hitachi Consulting

Zlatan will review and demonstrate the new features of SharePoint 2013 Search.

Sponsored by:

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The San Diego SharePoint User Group (SanSpug) was founded to serve the unmet needs of the Southern California SharePoint Community.  We are a formally structured group made up of members and an elected executive team.  Meetings are free to attend by all, but access to our more exclusive content and events will be presented only to our valued members.  The SanSpug mission is to strive to show and display unique and highly targeted SharePoint content of all flavors.  The information you will walk away with from our meetings will always be rich and interesting!

Meeting Agenda:

Time      

6:00 – 6:30 pm      Social Networking

6:30 – 6:45 pm      Opening welcome

6:45 – 8:30 pm     SharePoint Search 2013

8:30 – 8:45 pm      Closing Announcements

8:45 – 10:00          After meeting socializing in La Jolla

For more information, please see San Diego SharePoint Users Group, or contact Chris Givens at chris@sanspug.org.  Also check out our Social Pages:

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-Ivan

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SharePoint Saturday – Utah January 19th

Join us SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  Follow Us On Twitter #SPSUTAH

SharePoint Saturday Utah is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint topics.  SharePoint Saturday Utah is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

Come join us on January 19th! at the Miller Campus bears the name of its benefactors, Larry H. and Gail Miller owners of the Utah Jazz and Miller Enterprises which includes other sport and businesses in the region.

9750 S 300 W. Sandy, UT  84070 Phone: 801-957-5200

The Miller Campus houses SLCC’s Culinary Institute, continuing education classes, The Miller Business Resource Center, The Miller Business Innovation Center and a conference center. 

If you can take Friday off all your favorite SharePoint Peeps will be hitting the slopes at Brighton Park. 

Brighton Resort 12601 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Brighton, Utah 84121 Phone: 801-532-4731

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I will be speaking on the Practical Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2013

Registration is Open: http://spsutah2013.eventbrite.com/#

 

-Ivan

The next SoCal IASA chapter meeting Thursday November 15, 2012

Hi All,

I will be at the SharePoint Conference next week and will be unable to attend.

The next SoCal IASA chapter meeting will be Thursday November 15, 2012 at Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, pizza and networking 6:30 pm. Meeting cost is $5 to help us cover the cost of food and beverages. RSVP by emailing to Mike Vincent if you plan to attend.


UI/UX: The Art of Business
Having spent the majority of the last few years deeply involved in the UX community as well as holding an Executive position in a successful UX company, Kim will outline the processes that make a User Experience company succeed. She’ll further define the difference between a functional UI and a compelling UX. Kim will address common pitfalls to avoid, speak about the negative reaction many developers have to the UX field, provide tools to assist the ideation process, and give you important UX/CX tips to help you understand what all this UX-nonsense is all the fuss nowadays!


Kim Schmidt
Kim SchmidtKim Schmidt is the Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Corporate Evangelist, Microsoft Liaison, Key Strategist and Implementation Expert at UXSynergy, a part of d2bnetworks. In that capacity, Kim has formed a group of highly-talented designers and developers that create visually stunning, intuitively interactive applications using state-of-the-art technologies.

Kim has been a contributing author to David J Kelley’s “Hacking Silverlight” and Lynn Langit’s “Smart Business Intelligence Solutions using Microsoft SQL Server 2008”, and has written many articles published on many sites such as {interact}Seattle, vnext.org, and many other places.

In her day jobs, Kim wears many hats, including promoting one of the best outsourcing companies (in her humble opinion), but her passion is in Technology and Product Evangelism. Kim ran LASLUG (The Los Angeles Silverlight User Group) with the late Expression Blend MVP Victor Gaudioso, is an Executive Officer of vnext.org, and is the Executive Officer of vNext_OC, Orange County’s local vnext group.

Kim holds the prestigious honor of being voted the “National Association of Professional Women’s 2011-2012 Woman of the Year for Technology”. She also has two sons who would blow your mind away!

 

-Ivan

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San Diego SharePoint User Group (SanSpug) meeting on Nov 6th, 6PM.

Hi All,

I will be presenting tonight in San Diego at the SharePoint Users group on Business Intelligence then and now… Please, Join us for the San Diego SharePoint User Group (SanSpug) meeting on Nov 6th, 2012 at 6PM. Our meeting will include the following topics:

· Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 and 2013 by Ivan Sanders, SharePoint MVP

SanSpug meetings are held at New Horizons Learning Centers:  Be sure to tell your business colleagues and friends!

 

  • 7480 Miramar Road
  • San Diego, CA

Meetings start at 6:00 PM

Nov 2012 Featured Speaker(s):

Ivan Sanders, SharePoint Consultant and SharePoint MVP

Sponsored by:

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The San Diego SharePoint User Group (SanSpug) was founded to serve the unmet needs of the Southern California SharePoint Community.  We are a formally structured group made up of members and an elected executive team.  Meetings are free to attend by all, but access to our more exclusive content and events will be presented only to our valued members.  The SanSpug mission is to strive to show and display unique and highly targeted SharePoint content of all flavors.  The information you will walk away with from our meetings will always be rich and interesting!

Meeting Agenda:

Time      

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm     Social Networking
  • 6:30 – 6:45 pm     Opening welcome
  • 6:45 – 8:30 pm     Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 and 2013
  • 8:30 – 8:45 pm     Closing Announcements
  • 8:45 – 10:00         After meeting socializing in La Jolla

For more information, please see San Diego SharePoint Users Group, or contact Chris Givens at chris@sanspug.org.  Also check out our Social Pages:

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-Ivan

SharePoint Conference 2012

You don’t want to miss the SharePoint Conference this year because you don’t want to miss my session but if you do happen to miss me you should be able to find me at the Microsoft Business Intelligence area, RackSpace, ShareSquared, Datafacet, or in one of the many sessions… 

I have included the official unofficial Business Intelligence Area schedule below

Register NOW

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Business Intelligence by Day

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Guns N Roses at Night

More Info AboutGuns N' Roses - Appetite for Democracy

 

-Ivan

 

Have a spooky SharePoint day with the Utah SharePoint Users Group! with Norm Warren

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Utah SharePoint Users Group

Have a spooky SharePoint day with the Utah SharePoint Users Group!

Join us to take the “scare” out of Business Intelligence and SharePoint.  BI specialist Norm Warren of Ancestry.com will guide us through self-service BI utilizing Excel 2013, SQL 2012, and SharePoint 2013… Costumes are optional…

Who:                   Norm Warren

What:                  Using Excel 2013 + SQL Server 2012 + SharePoint 2013 to provide business solutions                with self-service, interactive reports

Where:                Westech – 3665 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

When:                  October 30th, 2012 (Tuesday)

Using Excel 2013 + SQL Server 2012 + SharePoint 2013 to provide business solutions with self-service, interactive reports

The image shows the end-to-end lifecycle of a project using Office 2013, SQL Server 2012, and SharePoint 2013 to provide business solutions with self-service business intelligence.

Norm Warren works for Ancestry.com to help people discover, preserve and share their family history. He is organizer and co-author of a 2nd edition of Business Intelligence in SharePoint for O’Reilly/MSPress. He earned his Master’s degree in computer information technology and recently earned his MBA with an emphasis in financial accounting. He was previously a solution specialist for PerformancePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Server 2010 at Microsoft.

I wish I was there……..

Happy Halloween!!!

 

-Ivan

Wow I won the Annual INETA 2012 Q2 Champion Award

How cool is INETA…

INETA Community Champions

The INETA Community Champion Award is an annual award given to those who give to the developer community. It is awarded on a quarterly basis and lasts for twelve months. Members record their numerous contributions to the community. At the end of each quarter the top contributors will be selected to receive the INETA Community Champion Award.

Looks like there were 4 other winners this quarter… http://ineta.org/

My Profile was deleted??? Argh that was pain to keep updated. But at least I have experience now and hopefully I will not make any mistakes… LOL

 

 

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Thank you INETA!!!

 

-Ivan