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2014 Microsoft MVP Award!

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Its official, I just received the notification included is an excerpt:

Dear Ivan Sanders,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”
Mike Hickman Director Community Engagement Microsoft



Wow another year, this has been the most incredible award I have ever been privileged to receive. I have met so many awesome people. It was a little surreal at first as I was getting to hang with all of my heroes

Thank you for recognizing my community contributions for the 5th year in a row…

 

Cheers,

 

-Ivan

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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

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service


Well I guess reposting from email now twice, though most people interested in this information probably already know –Ivan

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service.

 

As IT trends and business dynamics have evolved, so has Microsoft’s set of offerings for IT professionals who are looking to learn, evaluate and deploy Microsoft technologies and services. In recent years, we have seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources. As a result, Microsoft has decided to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service and will discontinue sales on August 31, 2013.

 

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More background on Microsoft’s decision to retire the TechNet Subscription service and the implications for current subscribers is available on the TechNet Subscriptions Retirement FAQ page.

Subscribers with active accounts may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes.

We are committed to helping customers through this transition phase and will remain focused on providing IT professionals with free access to a broad set of TechNet assets that support the needs of IT professionals around the world.

Improved Free Offerings for IT Professionals Include:

  • TechNet Evaluation Center: Free evaluation software with no feature limits, available for 30-180 days. Includes rich evaluation resources and TechNet Virtual Labs, which enable you to evaluate software without the need to install bits locally.
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Please note, MSDN Subscriptions provide a paid set of offerings that are also available for those who require access to evaluation software beyond what the above free offerings provide.

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SharePoint Technologies August 2012 Technical Rollup

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This week on Channel 9…..SharePoint 2013!

Microsoft Premier Support UK – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspremuk/

Documents – SharePoint Technologies

SharePoint 2013 Links, Downloads and Resources

Downloads – SharePoint Technologies

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973397

  • Microsoft Internet Information Server IIS DownloadCENTER
  • This is your single source for finding Microsoft Internet Information Services tools, samples, extensions, filters and modules created by Microsoft and the IIS community. http://www.iis.net/downloads

New KB’s Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

MS12-050: Description of the security update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: July 10, 2012 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596911

SharePoint Designer 2010 – None this month

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 – None this month

Its been an awesome month starting with the public release of SharePoint Server 2013, Windows Server 2012 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC, and the RTM of SQL Server 2012. 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome year thank you Microsoft.

Just a quick update on my upcoming speaking schedule with more details to be provided soon…

SharePoint Saturday Redmond WA. September 22nd 2012

  • SharePoint Saturday Bend OR. October 6th 2012
  • SharePoint Saturday Sacramento CA. October 13th 2012
  • The SharePoint Conference 2012 Las Vegas November 12th – 15th 2012

As I mentioned I will provide more details after the September 1st when the first draft of the second edition of  Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 with O’Reilly is due…

Cheers,

-Ivan

My Upcoming Speaking Schedule

 

#SPSOrlando Creating Business Intelligence SharePoint 2010 & SQL2012 & Windows 8 http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/orlando/Pages/meetings.aspx
please join us for this Business Intelligence session on the SharePoint and Office set of BI features to build and integrate data-driven spreadsheets and applications with SharePoint 2010. This session will cover topics such as SharePoint 2010, with Windows 8, and SQL2012 PowerPivot, PowerView PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Excel Services, KPIs, and much more…
June 09, 2012 – June 09, 2012
Orlando FLA

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  • #RMTT Developing List Definitions and Event Receivers in Visual Studio 11
    http://www.rmtechtrifecta.com/
    This session demonstrates how to create a List Definition with a corresponding List Instance, and then attach an Event Receiver to the list to perform some tasks. The objective of this session is to learn how to build List Definitions, List Instances, and Event Receivers using Visual Studio 2010 and how to use the Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2010.
    • Create a SharePoint List Definition Project with List Instance
    • Customize the SharePoint List Definition and List Instance
    • Add an Event Receiver
    • Enable the Developer Dashboard
    • Use the Developer Dashboard
    May 19, 2012 – May 19, 2012
    Denver Colorado

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#SFVSPUG Search and Enterprise Content Management
http://sfvspug.org/SitePages/Home.aspx 
This session discusses strategies and techniques for deploying taxonomies in SharePoint 2010 and also includes a discussion of how to jump-start a taxonomy project by using pre-built foundational taxonomies. How many of you have copied contents from File Shares only to find that you can still not find anything just not find it faster?

I will show with a few simple steps how to implement automatic tagging or in place tagging so you don’t have to wait for your next migration or force management to use s spreadsheet to identify every document by using Boolean search not just synonyms as part of your Term Set.

If you choose to only use the Enterprise Keyword Settings on every document library I will give you a script to enable this feature on every document library. If you choose to use your own site columns I will provide a script that will make your Content Type the primary and apply it to every document library, then show how to modify the search result refiners so that you can drill through your search results. You don’t have to wait to make search work today
December 3, 2011 – December 3, 2011
May 9 2012
San Fernando Valley California

I hope to see many old faces and meet many new and these upcoming events. SharePoint is all about community

 

-Ivan

SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles "The Race To Collaborate" Schedule

 

Just click the schedule below for the full PDF version…….. Don’t forget to register!!!

Also, I have 8 Kingston 8gb Flash Drives to give out if your into Business Intelligence, Like Windows 8, and want more of SQL2012 then you might get one full of All Kinds of FREE Content that should help you with everything SharePoint 2010.

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-Ivan

#SPSLA Presents: SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

clip_image008“THE RACE TO COLLABORATE” 

A Free, IT Community Event Happening Saturday, April 14th on the Campus of Cal State University, Long Beach.

Business leaders in the greater Los Angeles area, looking to expand their networks and exposure should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 14, 2012. The team behind the SharePoint Saturday LA (SPSLA) community, lead by Nedra Allmond and Wahid Saleemi, are hosting a free, all-day event on the campus of California State University, Long Beach inside the University Student Union featuring Keynote Speaker, Mark Miller, founder of two of the largest, online SharePoint communities in the world. Also included are interactive workshops, guest lecturers, Microsoft Health Check and more; beginning at 8:30am and runs until 5:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect with other SharePoint users, admins, developers and architects, to learn from experts and MCM’s and MVPs, and to get introduced to various vendors and service companies serving the SharePoint community.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at the venue, and free Wi-Fi will be provided by the facility. Giveaways and prizes will also be provided throughout the day.  We are giving away tickets to the:

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!!!

Cal State Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Registration and MAP

Nedra Allmond,

SPSLA Co-Chair
nallmond@live.com
(310) 426-8522

Wahid Saleemi,

Committee Co-Chair
wahidsaleemi@sharepointexperts.org
Office: 213-261-0339

My upcoming speaking engagements or if you miss me in Los Angeles:

· April 14th SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

· April 28th SharePoint Saturday Houston

· June 2nd SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley

· June 9th SharePoint Saturday Orlando

· June 11th TechEd Orlando

· June 26th TechEd Amsterdam

 

My presentation topics are all Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010, Windows 8, and SQL 2012. In addition, to PerformancePoint, PowerPivot, Excel Services, Reporting Services and Dashboards, including some new features like PowerView and the architectural and performance differences of SQL 2012 VS. SQL 2008r2 or put in another way the reasons you should consider upgrading your SQL environment today and only use SQL 2012 for all new implementations of SharePoint…

I look forward to seeing everyone at #SPSLA and learning more from all of my friends more about SharePoint. It’s off to the races and time for Gentlemen to Start Your Engines…If you happen to be the lucky winner of the Long Beach Gran Prix tickets I will definitely see you there… Last all if you miss me or can’t find me, please look me up or send me an email at one of my contacts below: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and my Microsoft MVP Profile are accessible by clicking the icons included with my signature below:

 

Cheers,

Ivan Sanders
SharePoint (MVP/MCT), Developer / Architect, & Evangelist – Dimension Solutions

Cell: 949-375-7316   |  Office: 949-734-0799

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My 2012 MVP Global Summit Experience (Wrap Up)

I have been blessed, I got to hang out with with the guys who were doing SharePoint before anyone knew what SharePoint was. Though they may not know it, they were my hero’s, and the only source of information in the 2002, 2003. I am just lucky to be one of the team, During my time at MVP12, I arrived early to attend the first Office 365 Conference and hand with folks like Christian Buckley, Owen Allen, Fabian Williams, spoke with Joelo for a brief minute as he was headed to SPTechcon..Got to hang with Erica Toelle, Jeremy Thake (Jeremy I hate you, lol),, Corey Roth, Wouter, (we missed Wictor, but for a good cause).. The rest of the week flew by with breakfast @ 6am not finishing until 530 with Microsoft ten going out with your friends, and the release of the consumer preview of Windows 8.

Maurice Prather and I drove to Frys just so In could get another SSD Drive to build on my laptop with Windows 8 . When you talk about someone that is probably the most knowledgeable person I have had the opportunity to work with on a project and had the most impact on me its Maurice, and and then my work recently Jim Duncan who Maurice introduced me to in 2007 (we played Halo in his base on a 10ft projection screen) as while on a project in San Jose.

What was different from last year and previous experiences

Everything, all of the PGMs listened to what we had to say and al lot of the DEVs from the PG were onsite with us listening to everything we thought. This is huge cultural change for Microsoft at least for someone on the outside looking I since the beginning.

Since 1994 when I left telecommunications to become involved in the Computer Industry with Online Connecting Point and Jeff Tietser in 1994. Microsoft has become a better, better, and Partner and software Company to work with not selling vaporware but the real deal. The only sad part was when Microsoft was forced to slow down development due to regulation not improve the product as quickly as possible as it was impossible for the competition to keep up. Well that and the .COM bust was by far worse than anything else.

Then

I remember doing huge projects (huge at the time) for American Honda North America, Nestle North, Kaiser California. Warner Bros where we where in the case of Kaiser 30k desktops / Laptops a month for 6 months and every server in California replacing Novell, with Nestle or Honda North America we replaced all Servers, Desktops, and laptops with nothing more than the Resource Kits to create a website where you could in the case of Kaiser type in the doctors name or phone number and know whether his system had to be deployed into a webpage. If it was able to be upgraded the user would be notified when they arrived in the morning of their new password (this was the most intensive part besides building the website, it required the most people), we would would move all of their GroupMail to Exchange, Novell file shares to NTFS shares, and rebuild their laptop desktop with every app installed, GPO Policies based on the Security Group locked down every application and the doctor could only access the applications of the security Group he was in.

In almost all of these cases Microsoft would attempt to say that we had somehow violated their Support Agreement and or license, in every case we eventually convinced Microsoft that we in know way violated their Support Agreement or Licensing agreement (Imagine the clients reaction from the communication) an no they couldn’t charge the client for every application deployed unless they had access to the application.

This was just one example another is SIDs everyone thought SIDs were a huge issue when cloning a master image in reality  it was only an issue if your master image had ever been joined to the domain prior to it becoming an image. Due in part to our discussions with Microsoft there was a subsequent change of the agreement and  a new industry was born. Now we have tools that make migrations easy or easier they still take planning and execution. imho I am sure there were many others pushing for the same thing and we were not alone

In the mid 90s thanks to Tyler Bryson and Aaron Sloman things began to change in Southern California they listened to what we were planning and helped us do things that would have taken much longer with the local office support (they were ALWAYs available). Like migrating site server from NT4 to Win2k where if you remember you couldn’t even rename a site server without breaking it and this was Win2k in advance of any HPO Drivers for the 2500s.

Now

When working with Microsoft now, they listen to all complaints regardless of the the source. MVP12 was one of the best experiences I have had due to the honest and open communication with all levels of folks from the PG during the sessions, the content itself, but most of all getting to spend time with all of the folks that know SharePoint at least as well as myself and in most cases better.

Note: My apologies Todd Bleeker I think I gave you the SQL2012 RCO instead of the RTM version, oops…

To list all of my friends here would fill the page so I will just say thank you to the SharePoint MVP community for being my friends, helping to resolve my issues, and in general putting up with obnoxious personality. In my imho the SharePoint Server MVP Team is the best and the brightest of all the MVP Teams and groups in general

Thank you

Ultimately, I would be not just remiss, but rude if I didn’t thank Microsoft for bringing all of use together Once a year and for deploying the resources to build such a great Community not just listening, being open and honest, but.  There really is nothing like all us being in the same place and time in Redmond and the Microsoft Campus.

My thank goes out to the MVP community for its support and I miss you guys, thank you for signing my MVP Hockey Jersey from last years MVP11, I luv you guys and look forward to learning more from each of you…

In the next few months I’m presenting at #SPSLA, #SPSHOU, #SPSSSV, and Hopefully Orlando and look forward to seeing many of you at one of the events if not several. I’m Sure we see each other at multiple SharePoint Saturdays, Teched, DevConnectioins, Build, SharePoint Conferences, and of course online etc.

Thank you Microsoft for everything you have done over the years and everything your doing to help make the Community stronger, more agile and listening to the opinions from all of us in the trenches.

 

Cheers,

-Ivan

Introducing the Microsoft Matchmaker Program

Introducing the Microsoft Matchmaker Program

 PartnerPoint

The Microsoft East Region Team has just announced the launch of their new Matchmaker Program.  It is an exciting new program that we have been following closely, and allows partners to safely share opportunities they come across while working with their customers that might be outside of their competency, and in return receive new opportunities from other complimentary partners. 

View our recorded Webcast!

We recently held a member webcast with Allison Dawson from the Microsoft team sponsoring this program, and here are links to the slide deck and recorded webcast for your viewing pleasure: 

Deck: http://www.partnerpoint.com/portals/0/docs/matchmaker_deck.pdf

Webcast:    http://www.partnerpoint.com/portals/0/docs/matchmaker_webcast.wmv

Microsoft Matchmaker Program has officially launched across the US!

Microsoft Matchmaker is a Partner-to-Partner lead sharing tool designed to facilitate the process of creating and passing leads between Microsoft partners.  Ultimately, our goal is to enable you, our MSPP partners, to better represent the breadth and depth of Microsoft’s products, solutions and partner ecosystem to meet your customers’ needs.

We are celebrating the launch of Microsoft Matchmaker by announcing the Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive for Microsoft Dynamics leads!

Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive – $40,000 Available

Platform Partners can get a $250 cash incentive (up to $40,000) for each Microsoft Dynamics Qualified Lead entered into the Matchmaker referral tool between April 1, 2009 and June 15, 2009.  Attached is a one page document to help you identify Dynamics opportunities in your accounts!

Lead must be qualified by an Inside Sales Specialist and accepted by a Microsoft Dynamics Partner during the evaluation period of April 1, 2009 to June 25, 2009.  See Incentive Guidelines for more information.

Why use Microsoft Matchmaker?  Matchmaker will:

· Help you achieve trusted advisor status with your customers by connecting them to the right resources to meet their complex business needs

· Make your organization discoverable to other partners who are looking to pass leads

· Enable you to pass leads to other partners who are better suited for the engagement based on their competencies

· Allow you to showcase your organization’s certifications, competencies and partner affiliations

· Help you build long lasting relationships with other partners in the Microsoft Partner Program for mutual benefit

· Give your Partner Account Manager visibility into the opportunities you submit or receive

· Enable Microsoft to quantify the revenue impact MSPP partners have by working together as one partner ecosystem

 

SEO Webcast Series

Our SEO Webcast series has been quite a success. We have given three targeted webcasts on SEO/SEM related topics for Microsoft Partners, and have more to come. You can register for future events or download recorded versions of past events here: HERE