March 2018 Meeting

March 20th 5:30pm

Topic: You forgot the custom solutions (and other migration considerations)
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Nick Brattoli
Sponsor: Provisions Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details

In this session, Nick Brattoli talks about SharePoint and Office 365 migrations, including things like:

  • Situations where SharePoint or Exchange migrations could be needed
  • Things to consider when planning your migration
  • Different migration methods (and when to use what)
  • How to use the new Microsoft Migration Tool

If you are going through a migration, or are considering it, you’ll want to attend this session.

Be sure to forward this meeting info to your colleagues and friends!


Sponsor Details

Provisions Group

Provisions Group is a Nashville leader in IT consulting and recruiting. Our talent recruitment resources in Nashville are unmatched, and our ability to combine those resources with deep strategy and consulting makes us a remarkably powerful problem-solving machine. But there’s another reason companies choose to work with Provisions: because we value, above anything, our relationships. There’s a common misconception that technology is about hardware and software. Like few others, we know that it’s about people. And that understanding is hard to duplicate. If your company has a strategy or recruiting issue, no problem is too large. No distance is too great. And no challenge is too difficult for Provisions Group to solve. Put the Provisions Group recruiting and consulting engine to work for you.


Speaker Details
Nick Brattoli

Nick Brattoli is an Ohio native, Office Servers and Services MVP, MCP, and self-employed Consultant, as well as the Collab365 Community Manager. He’s worked in the IT Field for 15 years, 9 of which have been SharePoint-focused.

Over the years, he’s worked in a variety of industries, such as Healthcare, Finance, Law, and Manufacturing. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and works in many different fields, doing a wide variety of SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure projects. In his free time, he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, goes on adventures, works on nerdy projects.

 

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February 2018 Meeting

February 13th 5:30pm

Topic: Security and Compliance in SharePoint/Office 365: The Four Microsoft Products You Need in Your Arsenal
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Scott Edwards
Sponsor: Summit 7 Systems
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

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Topic Details
For modern organizations, the most common chasm between security plans/plans of action and an actual compliant IT ecosystem is product management and configuration. National compliance speaker and cloud pro, Scott Edwards, will provide a breakdown of where the world of compliance is heading (GDPR, FAR, ITAR, etc) and help make sense of Microsoft Office 365 security features and how they integrate with various Cloud environments (namely SharePoint). Topics and areas to be covered:

  • Security and compliance issues in 2018
  • Compliance model
  • Breakdown of Office 365 security product offerings
  • Roadmap review and Q&A

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Sponsor Details

Summit 7 Systems (S7S) is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner, built to help mid-size to large organizations transform the way they work through the use of cutting edge cloud technologies and intelligent governance. The S7S team – led by an 11x Microsoft MVP – supports organizations through complex security and compliance implementations (DFARS/NIST 800-171/ITAR), diverse migrations, business process transformations, and ongoing management and maintenance of on premises and cloud infrastructure. S7S is also a Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and Microsoft Managed Partner.


Speaker Details
Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards is a national expert and speaker on regulatory compliance and implementation with Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. He is an accomplished computer engineer and organizational leader, and maintains communication with the Microsoft Government Cloud team to discuss latest industry hurdles and best practices.

Scott’s technical experience was honed at NASA as a Senior Computer Engineer and the Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager for the NASA Datacenter. Scott received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and his Master of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Information Assurance at James Madison University. Scott proudly served as an Officer in the US Army Signal Corps with both the 2-227th Aviation Battalion in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 1-6 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Fort Bliss, Texas. Currently, Scott is the President and Managing Partner of Summit 7 Systems – a Gold Microsoft Partner Company.

 

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December 2017 Meeting

December 5th 5:30pm

Topic: Automation Using JSON in SharePoint Designer Workflows
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Jim Bob Howard
Sponsor: Rezult Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
Use REST services and create intelligent looping to automate processes, using the Dictionary as a JSON object to streamline processing and avoid redundancy.

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Sponsor Details

Since 2001 Rezult Group has been a full service I.T. recruiting firm specialized in placing highly sought after resources in Contract / Contract to Perm / Permanent positions throughout the greater Nashville area. Our strength lies in our ability to connect local talent with local companies by forging strong relationships with the area’s top talent and top employers. We are committed to partnering and supporting the local technology community to help drive Nashville to be one of the nation’s premiere technology hubs. To learn more of to connect with a Technology Recruiter please visit our website www.rezultgroup.com.


Speaker Details
Jim Bob Howard
Jim Bob Howard is first a husband and father. For fun, he gets to work and play with SharePoint. Jim Bob has invested almost 25 years in software development and website management for companies of all sizes. For the last 8+ years, he has applied his expertise to SharePoint UX/UI Development and Architecture, and in his current role as SharePoint Practice Director for JourneyTEAM in Nashville, TN. Jim Bob is heavily involved in the SharePoint community globally, having organized SharePoint Saturdays in Austin, TX, and Nairobi, Kenya, and serving as a Board Member of the Nashville SUG; and spoken on SharePoint at more than 20 events..

 

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October 2017 Meeting

October 10th 5:30pm

Topic: Rethinking Document Management in Office 365
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Peter Baddeley
Sponsor: Keller Schroeder
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
It is time to challenge yourself to think differently about Document Management, so that you can get the most out of the capabilities of Office 365. Scrap you network folder mindset, don’t get caught up with lots of meta data and don’t worry about building a navigation. Instead take the red pill and be welcomed to the real world of document management in Office 365. This session will explain why keeping it simple allows you to get the most out of Office 365, by demonstrating key areas like document authoring, collaboration, navigation, mobile working and security. It will advocate a simple four step approach which you can be used to guide your business into this new world of document management.

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Sponsor Details
Keller SchroederKeller Schroeder is a technology company in the performance improvement business. Our mission is to leverage technology tools and services to help our clients more successfully achieve their objectives. Founded in 1978, Keller Schroeder is an employee-owned information technology consulting services firm, a value-added reseller, and systems integrator of hardware and software products. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, we have a cross-industry market focus including a concentration of clients in manufacturing, finance, utilities, and healthcare. Our client base ranges from local and regional businesses to global enterprises.


Speaker Details

Peter delivers solutions on the Microsoft platform, primarily focusing on SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. He lives in Cambridgeshire (United Kingdom) and can often be found on Twitter (@Baddaz) or his blog (www.baddaz.com). Peter is one of the organisers SharePoint Saturday London and one of the founders of ProvisionPoint (www.provisionpoint.com). He shares his project experiences at local user group meetings or at international events.

 

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September 2017 Meeting

September 12th 5:30pm

Topic: How we did it: Leveraging SharePoint search and content management out of the box
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Virginia Hovde
Sponsor: Rezult Group
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
Want to see how we used SharePoint completely out of the box to design an enterprise content management and collaboration system? All the way down to pages designed to be easily maintained by content owners? Have you struggled supporting customizations from version to version? Getting people to really own their content?

Come see what we were able to accomplish when challenged to build a simple, standard and sustainable out of the box SharePoint solution. The outcome is a broadly deployed yet connected architecture we can build on for years to come.

Slides can be downloaded here: Search and Content Management Out of The Box Virginia Hovde Sept 2017

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Sponsor Details

Since 2001 Rezult Group has been a full service I.T. recruiting firm specialized in placing highly sought after resources in Contract / Contract to Perm / Permanent positions throughout the greater Nashville area. Our strength lies in our ability to connect local talent with local companies by forging strong relationships with the area’s top talent and top employers. We are committed to partnering and supporting the local technology community to help drive Nashville to be one of the nation’s premiere technology hubs. To learn more of to connect with a Technology Recruiter please visit our website www.rezultgroup.com.


Speaker Details
Virginia Hovde
Virginia Hovde is an IT Professional with a wide variety of experience in Fortune 500 companies. She started her career in Marketing and Sales before moving into IT in roles from the service desk to application development then into the SharePoint arena 10 years ago. In that time she has moved from highly customizing SharePoint to using it primarily out of the box.

 

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July 2017 Meeting

July 20th 11:30am – Lunch Meeting

Location: Flying Saucer, 111 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203– MAP
Cost: Bring money for your own lunch

Lunch Details
This month we are meeting for a social and networking time – discuss your Office 365 & SharePoint successes and get some help from the community on items that you might be struggling.

Bring your own lunch money – there will be NO free food/drink at this event (unless we have a generous donor!). Also bring some money to cover parking if you use the lower-level lot. Flying Saucer will validate up to one-hour, but you will need to cover the rest.

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June 2017 Meeting

June 13th 5:30pm

Topic: SharePoint Saga: Why We Went to and Came Back from the Cloud
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Shantell Ogden
Sponsor: Cardinal Solutions
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
Hear the unique SharePoint Story of SPX Corporation, a leading global manufacturing company, at the June User Group. Our speaker will be SPX’s IT User Experience and Communications Manager Shantell Ogden.

The discussion will highlight lessons learned from SPX’s SharePoint journey—a journey that has included:
– Launching SharePoint on-premise
– Moving SharePoint to the cloud
– Splitting SharePoint environments in the cloud
– Moving SharePoint back on premise

Considering a move to the cloud? Find out the pros and cons from a company that has been there, and back!

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Sponsor Details

Cardinal SolutionsCardinal Solutions is a national IT Solutions Provider that delivers custom applications, strategic guidance, and training to help businesses work better, smarter, and easier.  With over 450 employees across seven offices, we lead with our experience and expertise in digital solutions across mobile, web, analytics, and cloud. Collaboration with clients through an Agile process allows us to create the right solutions that users embrace and help advance businesses.


Speaker Details
Shantell Ogden
Shantell Ogden is a creative and inquisitve professional known for building highly-effective marketing and communications programs from the ground-up.

She has more than 19 years of diverse experience, working in IT for Fortune 500 companies such as Nissan North America and SPX Corporation, and other technology start-up ventures.

At SPX Shantell is responsible for envisioning and developing training/adoption programs for global applications, as well as internal IT communications.

 

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May 2017 Meeting

May 9th 5:30pm (In-person & Online)

Topic: Creating & Upgrading SharePoint Workflows
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: Daniel Glenn, MVP
Sponsor: Microsoft
Cost: FREE (free food too!)

Topic Details
For a long time, we have been using workflow for automating business processes in every version of SharePoint, while using various tools to create them: out of the box workflows, SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, & third-party applications like Nintex and K2.
Now that SharePoint Designer will no longer updated and there is a push to move to the cloud, what are we supposed to do now to automate tasks and business workflow?

What if you aren’t moving to Office 365 and just want to know what tool you should use to create workflows moving forward?

Should you migrate your existing SharePoint Designer workflows to Microsoft Flow or a third-party tool? What would that process look like?

Should you continue to build workflows using SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016?

In our time together, we will review those questions and more so you can be confident in your path forward with process automation, no matter what version of SharePoint you are using or where it is hosted!

Be sure to forward this meeting info to your colleagues and friends!

If you are attending remotely – via Skype for Business – you will be emailed the meeting link the afternoon of the event.


Speaker Details

Daniel is a Microsoft MVP and is passionate about building technical community with his various roles in user groups and as the Director of SharePoint Saturday Nashville.

Daniel is the Collaboration Practice Leader for InfoWorks, Inc. and has been building workflows & SharePoint solutions for more than 14 years. He has deployed intranets and extranets for corporations large and small using every version of SharePoint throughout his career and has multiple technical certifications focusing on SharePoint and Office 365.

Connect with Daniel on Twitter @DanielGlenn and on his blog at DanielGlenn.com.

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March 2017 Meeting

March 14th 5:30pm

Topic: SharePoint 2016 New Options
Location: 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN 37209 – MAP
Speaker: James Curry
Sponsor: Summit 7 Systems


Topic Details
New options available in SharePoint and SharePoint Online include the Modern UI, which has been available in SharePoint Online and is now available for SharePoint on premises with SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1. This is an important feature set for a hybrid SharePoint scenario to maintain a consistent look and feel. SharePoint 2016 also includes expanded Feature Pack 1 MinRole options, such as reducing the number or servers for a MinRole deployment from 8 to 4. The advantages of MinRoles, farm topologies, and how to mirror the new MinRole deployments without using Feature Pack 1 will also be discussed. Finally, the SharePoint Patterns and Practices Responsive UI plugin provides a quick, supported, and effective way to make standard SharePoint site mobile friendly. Combined with Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2013 or Office Online Server in SharePoint 2016 these provide a way to take your current SharePoint implementation and Office documents on mobile devices today.

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Sponsor Details

Summit 7 Systems is a premier Solution Provider based in Huntsville, Alabama and proud to serve customers all over the world. We offer consulting and implementation services, specializing in Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, Nintex, and Office 365.


Speaker Details
James Curry, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), is a respected computer scientist, author, and consultant with over 15 years of experience. James is an Enterprise Architect with Summit 7 Systems where numerous government agencies and companies in the finance, entertainment, health, manufacturing, utilities, and education sectors utilize his expertise and talents. James was first introduced to SharePoint during his employment with NASA where he wrote the software to manage the NASA wide area network. He fine-tuned his SharePoint expertise as an Instructor Manager for Mindsharp while also consulting with Summit 7.

James is also a well-known lecturer and educator who presents SharePoint sessions at user groups and conferences, including sessions for Microsoft and the SharePoint Best Practices conference. He is passionate about teaching and writing and is a contributing author to multiple SharePoint books published by Microsoft Press. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his beloved wife Suzanne and wonderful daughter Cate.

 

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February 2017 Meeting

***Online Lunch Time Meeting***

February 14th 11:30am
Topic: Understanding and Leveraging Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Suite
Location: Online Meeting (link sent before meeting)
Speaker: Sean P. McDonough
Sponsor: SharePoint Saturday Nashville


Topic Details
The Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Suite is a product offering that receives a lot of attention and “air time” from Microsoft nowadays. Although many enterprise architects, technical decision makers, and IT Pros have heard about EMS, many don’t know exactly what it is and what it does. In this session, we will be looking closely at EMS and the growing set of identity, security, data, and device management problems that it addresses. We will look at each of the workloads and capabilities within EMS, how they work, and some practical examples of solutions involving each. We will also clear-up the confusion that frequently arises in understanding where Office 365 ends and EMS begins. By the end of this session, you will understand what EMS is, the role that it plays in secure cloud solutions, and why it is a natural fit for consumers already leveraging Office 365 in their day-to-day operations.   

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Sponsor Details

The 4th Annual SharePoint Saturday (SPS) Nashville will be on April 8th, 2017. Register now: SPSNashville.org

We need Sponsors! Be part of the largest Office 365 & SharePoint event of the year in Middle Tennessee! Connect with technology professionals who could be your next employees and network to learn what is coming in the collaboration space. Details: http://SPSNashville.org/sponsors


Speaker Details
Sean McDonough

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer for PAIT Group, a Cincinnati-based Microsoft partner providing SharePoint solutions and consulting. Microsoft certified MCP, MCTS, and MCPD, Sean has over two decades of experience developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems. Unable to take anything except the deep dive into any role, Sean has acquired a diverse and expansive skill set as consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist through the years. Some might label his passion for all things tech related as borderline ‘obsession’, but it is equal only to his desire to share those discoveries and experiences with others as author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. Sean is also a Microsoft MVP in both the Office Development and the Office Servers and Services categories. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or on Twitter (@spmcdonough).

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