Jan 25
Join me on Feb 15th in Toronto to learn about the features in Office 365 from the ground up!

​Join me at Toronto SharePoint User Group (TSPUG) on Wed, Feb 15th, 2017 to learn about Office 365.

Topic: Office 365 for Business demystified for the average technology and business professional

Abstract:
(IT Pro, End-User, Business) Are you feeling overwhelmed by the big push to move to the Office365 cloud? Are you just not up to speed on the major features, applications & technology advances to Office365 cloud that Microsoft seems to be releasing on a weekly basis (i.e. Mail, Planner, Delve, Teams, Yammer, etc.)? This session aims to give the average technology and business professional a high level and up to date overview of many of the major Office365 for Business features and applications as well as how you can get started with them. It also aims to give a quick overview on when you would use each feature.

Schedule:
6:00pm – Pizza and social
6:30pm – Introductions and Q&A
7:00pm – Feature Presentation
8:30pm – Prizes and closing

Register now!

 

 

 

Jan 25
Join me in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa for the first ever aOS Canadian tour!

​Based on the long standing European aOS Community conference tours, the first annual Canadian aOS community tour is happening this Februrary!

The aOS Canadian Tour 2017 is a conference taking place in four different Canadian cities, over the span of five days. Starting February 6th we will tour from Quebec City, to Montreal, Ottawa all the way down to Toronto with some of the most influential speakers from Europe and Canada.

We are aiming at delivering over 60 sessions to over more than 360 attendees and share our knowledge about some of the most common challenges organizations are dealing with when integrating Azure, Office 365 or SharePoint in their digitization strategies.

The aOS Canadian Tour is a free event aimed at both technical and non technical audiences but with a focus on the business challenges and the value technology can bring to the organization. Our main objective is to share our experiences and expertise with people trying to make their organization more productive and efficient by using technology.

Register now as slots are filling up fast!

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Nov 30
MVP Reconnect Program announced by Microsoft

​Are you a former recognized Microsoft MVP?  This new program from Microsoft is for you.

Over the years, Microsoft has received feedback from former MVPs that they were looking for ways to stay in touch with the program and with their peers. This program is an extension of Microsoft’s commitment to the MVP program and another way to recognize the expertise and engagement that folks contribute to technical communities.

Read more about it in the below link and if you are a former Microsoft MVP, I highly encourage you to sign up.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/stevengu/2016/11/03/announcing-the-mvp-reconnect-program-the-2016-mvp-global-summit/

Nov 28
Join me at SharePoint Saturday Ottawa to learn about Office 365 for the average technology and business professional

​Please join me at our annual free, SharePoint Saturday Ottawa on Saturday December 3rd, 2016.  I am presenting on the following:

Session:  Office 365 for Business demystified for the average technology and business professional

Abstract: 

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the big push to move to the Office365 cloud? Are you just not up to speed on the major features, applications & technology advances to Office365 cloud that Microsoft seems to be releasing on a weekly basis (i.e. Mail, Planner, Delve, Teams, Yammer, etc.)? This session aims to give the average technology and business professional a high level and up to date overview of many of the major Office365 for Business features and applications as well as how you can get started with them. It also aims to give a quick overview on when you would use each feature. 

About SharePoint Saturday Ottawa:

​SharePoint Saturday Ottawa is an annual event where you can join SharePoint/Office 365 architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. SharePoint Saturday Ottawa is an educational, informative, and interactive day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint/Office 365 professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint/Office 365-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint & Office 365!

Register now!

Oct 05
While setting up your SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Preview Environment, you receive 'ClientSideApplicationId' does not exists in list or list item

In order to develop new client-side web parts using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) preview, you will need the following correctly setup:

  1. An Office 365 Developer Tenant (note that it must be a developer tenant via the Office Dev Program)
  2. A working App Catalog site in your tenant
  3. A developer site collection
  4. An uploaded workbench.aspx file to the library
  5. A site column in your "Documents" document library called "ClientSideApplicationId"

If you try to browse to your site (i.e. https://mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/dev/Shared%20Documents/workbench.aspx) and miss or forget step #5 , you will get the following error:

Sorry, something went wrong

'ClientSideApplicationId' does not exists in list or list item

All of these instructions can be found here.

Oct 03
Microsoft Ignite 2016 key highlights & takeaways for the common Office 365 & SharePoint consultant

​Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta proved to be quite eventful this year.  I thought I would put together some key highlights & takeaways (based on my own opinion) for the common Office 365 & SharePoint consultant from this year's event.  Note that many of the features listed below might only be in preview or may not even be released till next year.

 

1.      Modern Teams News articles capability to easily post rich multimedia content and view news aggregated across all of your teams, groups and sites online or through your mobile phones powered by Microsoft Graph

https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/enriching-the-mobile-and-intelligent-intranet-with-team-news-apps-for-android-and-windows-and-more/

2.      New "People card" capability in modern document libraries and OneDrive browser showing rich sets of details about a user such as contact info, expertise, organizational hierarchy, document, etc.
https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/connect-to-expertise-and-content-with-new-people-experiences-throughout-office-365/
3.      Modern team sites that are mobile friendly with site creation capabilities that automatically create an associated Office 365 group for your team, with quick links and activity views.  This comes with easy to create publishing pages and associated modern web parts based on the new SharePoint Framework

4.      Office 365 site collections and groups now support 25 TB of storage

https://blogs.office.com/2016/08/31/new-capabilities-in-sharepoint-online-team-sites-including-integration-with-office-365-groups/

5.      Customizable web parts are back and Microsoft is actually using them themselves! SharePoint Framework based web parts that are now are actually easy to add and use with a user friendly and reactive toolbox in your team site publishing pages.  Furthermore, they will be backwards compatible with classic experience and work with open source tools and JS frameworks
https://dev.office.com/sharepoint
6.      A now useful new SharePoint Site Contents page which includes insights for your SharePoint site including site visits and trending content
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/The-SharePoint-Site-Contents-page-ba495c1e-00f4-475d-97c7-b518d546566b?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
7.      Capability from modern document libraries to download multiple files as one "zip" file

8.      OneDrive browser client now will allow you to browse your SharePoint sites and Office 365 group libraries à Termed the new "Discover view"

9.      OneDrive now uses the new sync engine to sync your SharePoint site document libraries for working offline

10.   OneDrive choice to take a folder offline using new shared folder sync capability with ability to take the folder offline and not count against storage quota using the concept of "file stubs"

11.   Activity view in OneDrive that shows the most recent activity and sync status as well as Shared with Me view in File tabs in Office

12.   File previews and thumbnails within Office Online in OneDrive browser view

https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/sharepoint-innovations-further-advance-intelligence-and-collaboration-in-office-365/

https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/sharepoint-online-sync-preview-headlines-ignite-announcements-for-onedrive/

13.   For all the folks still using InfoPath, more justification that Microsoft is pushing towards the alternative of modern lists (with a nice new dragging capability to add metadata) with support for integration of Microsoft Flow and PowerApps.  Furthermore, they have promised the ability to embed PowerApps in SharePoint in 2017.

https://blogs.office.com/2016/07/25/modern-sharepoint-lists-are-here-including-integration-with-microsoft-flow-and-powerapps/

14.   The release of the first on premise SharePoint Server 2016 "Feature Pack" which is promised to be more frequently released and bring many of the existing cloud Office 365 features to your on premise environment
https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/announcing-feature-pack-1-for-sharepoint-server-2016-cloud-born-and-future-proof/ 
15.   A new Office 365 App Launcher with a tabbed layout with "Home", "New" and "All" filters as well as search, pinning and drag & drop customization capabilities
https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/27/introducing-the-new-office-365-app-launcher/ 
16.   Location based conditional access for Office 365 which is a really cool ability to restrict access to documents based on IP address or network location
http://www.microsofttrends.com/2016/09/27/microsoft-introduces-location-based-conditional-access-for-office-365/
17.   Yammer integration with Office 365 groups

18.   Sharing files from OneDrive or SharePoint in Yammer
https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/26/yammer-strengthens-team-collaboration-through-integration-with-office-365-groups/
19.   MS Office Excel client co-authoring coming in 2017

20.   You can add "links" or "short-cuts" directly to your SharePoint libraries

Sep 23
Mark your calendars - SharePoint Saturday Ottawa 2016 on Dec 3rd, 2016

Please join us for another great SharePoint Saturday Ottawa on Dec 3rd, 2016. 

It is sure to be a fun filled, informative and educational day focused around Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint technologies.  There will be some great speakers, sponsors and of course prizes as well.

Register now to secure your spot.

 

SharePoint Saturday Ottawa 2016 Events Web Site

Jun 20
Speaker at SPSToronto 2016 on Records Management and Compliance in Office 365/SharePoint Online
Please join me at SharePoint Saturday Toronto 2016 on July 9, 2016 at Microsoft HQ in Mississauga.
 
This year's event co-incides with the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference / MS W​PC 2016​ (July 10-14), so we expect a ton of attendees, great speakers as well as sponsors so be sure to attend.

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

 

Register here

My talk is on an Introduction to Records Management in Office 365

Level: 200
Track: IT Pro           
This session is an introductory session geared towards IT Pro's and Business Users who are interested in how Office 365 can facilitate their Records Management and Security Compliance needs. Microsoft Office 365 has been built from the ground up with concepts of security and data usage compliance in order to meet your organization's legal, regulatory, and technical requirements. Setting up policies and enabling services to meet your Records Management needs throughout the various capabilities of Office 365 (SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, etc...) will be covered in this session.



Mar 30
Join me at SPS Montreal for a talk on Records Management in Office 365

​Please join me at SharePoint Saturday Montreal 2016 on April 2nd, 2016 at Collège Maisoneuve

You work directly or indirectly with SharePoint, Office 365 or Azure? Join a group of architects, developers, integrators, business people and community managers revolving around SharePoint in the holding of the 4th edition of SharePoint Saturday Montreal to be held April 2nd 2016.

Register here

My talk is on an Introduction to Records Management in Office 365

Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Retour d'expérience/Business
This session is an introductory session geared towards IT Pro's and Business Users who are interested in how Office 365 can facilitate their Records Management and Security Compliance needs. Microsoft Office 365 has been built from the ground up with concepts of security and data usage compliance in order to meet your organization's legal, regulatory, and technical requirements. Setting up policies and enabling services to meet your Records Management needs throughout the various capabilities of Office 365 (SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, etc...) will be covered in this session.
Dec 07
The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again

​Sometimes in SharePoint when you are submitting a list form, editing a publishing page and just saving a list item, you will get this message:

"The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again"

Many blog posts will tell you to reboot your SharePoint servers, perform IIS resets, change IIS settings and resetting search but sometimes it might just be as easy as an illegal character from a copy/paste.  In my client's case, they kept on copying and pasting from a PowerPoint presentation and had an illegal character.  You can see this if you paste it into Notepad first:

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Remove the illegal character, and you should be good to go.

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