First annual NWA TechFest event was a huge success!

I am proud to say that the NWA community came out and did the first NWA TechFest justice! Due to a few minor glitches in the first run of the touch screen kiosks, we were unable to get an exact head count. It was very safe to say we had over 250+ attendees. The volunteers ran the registration through the kiosks this time, but next time, at the 5th annual Tulsa TechFest – Friday, November 12th, it will be all Self-Service Touch screen kiosks. All the speakers did excellent jobs and the evaluations are still coming in, but they have … Continue reading First annual NWA TechFest event was a huge success!

NWATechFest 2010 Agenda is complete and registration is now open

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the newest city to host a TechFest event – Rogers, Arkansas! The North West Arkansas area has a thriving Developer and IT Pro community. Not to mention it is home to the *Fortune 1* company in the world. Facilities to hold this first event were very difficult to come by economically, but we’ve found a great win-win location: the Center for Nonprofits @ St. Marys. It is owned and operated by The Jones Center. The list of community programs they have is very long and includes things such as a Women’s … Continue reading NWATechFest 2010 Agenda is complete and registration is now open

Want the benefits of the cloud on premise? Don't miss the Application Infrastructure virtual launch event! #Appfabric FTW!

Here is one virtual event that I am definitely looking forward to! The launch of Windows Server Appfabric and Windows Azure Appfabric! Application Infrastructure: Cloud Benefits Delivered http://www.appinfrastructure.com Want to bring the benefits of the cloud to your current IT environment? Cloud computing offers a range of benefits, including elastic scale and never-before-seen applications. While you ponder your long-term investment in the cloud, you can harness a number of cloud benefits in your current IT environment now. Join us on May 20 at 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time to learn how your current IT assets can harness some of the benefits … Continue reading Want the benefits of the cloud on premise? Don't miss the Application Infrastructure virtual launch event! #Appfabric FTW!

Many quick updates and first XSLT sample for SharePoint – Event Management System

Okay. Life has been rolling so very fast lately. Here are a few quick updates to as quickly as possible keep everyone updated: Jan 24, 2009 – Second annual – HoustonTechFest – Presented “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007” and “WCF for the REST of us”! Awesome audience participation! Feb 7, 2009 – Presented at the first annual SharePoint Saturday KC – “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007”. Becky Isserman and team did an awesome job! Attended some awesome presentations. Had some great BBQ with Daniel Larson! March 1-5, 2009 – MVP Summit 09! Totally awesome. Got to see the … Continue reading Many quick updates and first XSLT sample for SharePoint – Event Management System

Get Your Head In the Clouds with SQL Server Data Services Presentation

Yesterday I had the great privilege of presenting to the Oklahoma Chapter of the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners). This was the first time in a few years that I presented to a mostly non-developer audience. I really enjoyed the challenge and hope to have the opportunity to do that more frequently. It is much more challenging, since you have to actually explain something without really being able to dive into code and show exactly what your talking about. Since SQL Data Services along with the rest of the Windows Azure framework is still in beta, I tried … Continue reading Get Your Head In the Clouds with SQL Server Data Services Presentation

2009 Kicks Off Busy As Ever, INETA Speaker Bureau News and a new Geekette is on the way!

Happy New Year! At the pace that 2009 has started off at it is very obvious it will be a very successful year. Bad Economy? Ha! Please help me congratulate the 16 new speakers welcomed into the INETA NORAM Speakers Bureau (in no particular order): 1. Chris Williams 2. Keith Elder 3. Jason Bock 4. Claudio Lassala 5. Rachel Appel 6. Andrew Dunn 7. Chris Love 8. Cory Smith 9. Tim Rayburn 10. Jim Wooley 11. Rob Windsor 12. Amanda Laucher 13. Adam Machanic 14. Stuart Celarier 15. Pete Brown 16. Steve Andrews Thank you to all who submitted applications. … Continue reading 2009 Kicks Off Busy As Ever, INETA Speaker Bureau News and a new Geekette is on the way!

Quest Software’s Pain-of-the-Week: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

I just wrapped up my first opportunity as a webcast presenter. Thanks to the terrific folks at Quest Software. They produce a bi-weekly webcast appropriately titled "Pain-of-the-Week". "These 45-minute online presentations will explore many of those challenges, present real-world use cases and offer solutions and best practices that you can use in your own environment." The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late! SharePoint and SQL Server architecture and maintenance requirements have a lot in common. Both platforms share identical features for configuration, security and management. Join our experts in this webcast to … Continue reading Quest Software’s Pain-of-the-Week: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) changes to ViewState causes stability issues in Sitecore products

I just received the email below from Sitecore regarding stability issues that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) is causing with all Sitecore products. I am glad they sent this out. Hopefully the companies using Sitecore products will see it before they install the Service Pack and lose a lot of time with the issues it is causing. There are a couple questions that come to mind, but the first one is this the only product that will have problems? If you are using a product that is built on top of ASP.NET you may need to be very … Continue reading .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) changes to ViewState causes stability issues in Sitecore products

SharePoint resources continue to see exponential grow

Just 2 days ago now the SharePoint Pod Show pushed their very first podcast. It was definitely great to listen to it and am very excited about the upcoming shows! They’ve created a SharePoint Pod Show FaceBook group so you can let them know what you want to hear as well! A few weeks ago one of the hosts, Rob Foster instant messaged me that he was starting up a SHAREPOINT NATION! FaceBook group and wanted me to start up a SHAREPOINT NATION! LinkedIn group, so I did. It’s a term, a chant, a life style, that Rob coined around … Continue reading SharePoint resources continue to see exponential grow