Slide Deck – SUGUK B’ham 11/5/16


It was a great pleasure to present at the SharePoint User Group and pass on my findings regarding the #FutureOfSharePoint.  A few points that aren’t on the slide deck.

It was great to see Microsoft themselves supporting the community and we get a message from Jeff Teper wishing us all the best for the event.


It is always good to see people tweeting and on Facebook while you are speaking and thanks to those did.




Speaking at SUGUK Birmingham – 11th May


I enjoy travelling to different SharePoint User Groups in the UK and hope to one day to achieve the next thing and speak at a community event aboard but there is nothing like home!

Wednesday 11th May will see the SharePoint User Group UK host an event in Birmingham just a few miles away from where I live.

The evening session will see Penny Coventry speak about “What’s New for End Users in SharePoint 2016” but before that I will be talking about and getting your thoughts on what Microsoft unveil at their “The Future of SharePoint” event on the 4th May (May the 4th be with you).

The session will most likely not be demos but I’ll share what was talked about during the events presentations and I’ll give as much information as I can about it.  I also like to use my sessions to get your feedback so we’ll ask for your opinion during this and gage each other’s thoughts.

Get signed up and look forward to seeing you there

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#SUGUK //Build/ Special 30th March, Manchester


A few weeks ago I was catching up with the leader of the north west area of the SharePoint User Group Mark Stokes and we were chatting about the up coming /Build conference in San Francisco and how much we would love to go (we can still get flights if someone can get us a ticket and buy us some aeroplane seats). Instead we got chatting about if we could get a live stream going of the event at the next SharePoint User Group in Manchester.

Well we’ve made it happen and at an earlier time of 5.30pm (rather than the usual 6.30pm) we will be streaming the conference from the Outsourcery offices in Manchester. For those of you who know the conference and time zone difference between the UK and PST, we are starting the stream an hour late but you wont miss anything.

We’ll provide food during the keynote and at the end we’ll take 30 minutes to chat about some of the announcements made. Then of course we can continue the conversation at a SharePint.

Get registered here – SharePoint User Group UK


SharePoint User Group London 31st March 2011


This Thursday I will be speaking at the London SharePoint User Group.

My session is the first time I will be talking about Office 365, what it is and what you can do with it from a SharePoint point of view.  We’ll also take a quick look at Exchange and an even smaller look at Lync and how these work within the offering.


Steve Smith (SharePoint MVP) from Combined Knowledge is also speaking about “The Search Service Decoupled”.

Come sign up and get involved in this great community.

Details are here on the SharePoint User Group UK Website.

SUGUK: 101 Question before Implementing SharePoint in Education



Last night on the 18th March the SharePoint User Group held their first meeting in Leicester round the Education market space.  It was a great meeting with over 30 people attending asking many questions. 

Richard Willis also presented on SharePoint Learning Kit and the new features in the recent update to 1.4.  You can find more on Richard on his blog at and SharePoint Learning Kit can be downloaded here

I spent the hour asking 101 questions that will help you both to install SharePoint from an IT Pro all the way through to how would you gather information to upload for staff, pupil and parents to access.  We asked questions on day to day operations and on going training.

If you were up able to attend you can still see the question from the presentation slide that I have uploaded to SlideShare.

Speaking at SharePoint User Group: Education


Just a quick post to let everyone know I will be talking about SharePoint in Education at the next Midlands SharePoint User Group on 18th March 2010.

101 Questions before Implementing SharePoint into Education
Questions that can be asked both from a technical and end user adoption point of view. Have you got everything you need for your SharePoint or having trouble getting all your staff and students on board? Maybe its just one of these questions and answers, that you need for your own school that will drive you adoption through the roof.

Please register here

My Top 5 User Adoption Tips, SUGUK, 10th September


Thanks to every who attended the SharePoint User Group in Nottingham on Thursday.  It was the first time I had done this talk so I hope you found it useful.

Here are few of the points that I talked about

Building a custom CSS or master page is a key part of your portal.  So end users can recognize that it is your portal.  The standard blue can be a bit boring as well and as IT Pro and Dev’s we can get a bit bored with the blue.

I recommended a blog post that would help in building your own CSS.  Click here to visit Heather Solomon’s blog with all the CSS references.

Another tip I showed was from again from Heather Solomon’s blog where you can activate multi drop down menu in your navigation.  Visit this page to find out how. 

I recommended surveys as an informal way of getting your users onto your site.  Think about ways you could get your users onto your site, RSS, images from the summer or Christmas party.  This will draw your users to your site and then they will start looking at what else they can do.

I’ve posted my slides on slideshare here