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We had a great turnout for the Austin SharePoint User Group this past week. James Hammonds (@jameswh3) and I presented SharePoint Conference 2014 in Review. This was our take on what was new, improved and “needs to be paid attention to” stuff from the conference. The biggest challenge was whittling down the conference content into 75 minutes! Here is a link to the Slide Deck. Thanks again to our sponsor HBMG and the rousing and passionate (nearly evangelical) approach Manuel Zarate took to tell us about his company! Read More →

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I am thrilled to have been selected by the SharePoint Evolution Roadshow to be a presenter. Steve Smith and the Combined Knowledge team never fail to put on one of the best SharePoint Conferences year after year. I have committed to the ENTIRE event, that’s 12 cities over two and a half weeks! The speaker lineup is awesome, I am proud to be counted in this fine group. Since we know some folks will be attending in more than one city I am planning on presenting 4 different sessions based on the location of the event. Read More →

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Sources close to Microsoft revealed recently that Microsoft plans to combine their commercial chat and telephony client Skype with their enterprise communications server Lync. Though challenges still exist, industry analysts admit that this has been an obvious move on the part of Microsoft for some time. Consolidation Issues Insiders indicate that some of the major hurdles faced by the teams have been “internal communication” and “collaboration”, while others pointed to lack of a consistent user interface and “connectivity issues”, a source close to the deal indicated it was something else entirely. Read More →

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Do you use Best Bets? In SharePoint 2010 and before? Probably not. Don’t get me wrong, I think the IDEA of best bets is great. It is the implementation that misses on many different fronts. SharePoint 2013 introduces a better approach for Best Bets called “Promoted Results” that is a significant step forward in providing you (as the Search Administrator or Site Collection Administrator) to create a search experience that actually helps your users find the stuff that they seek. Read More →

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To everyone who is was up to the challenge of attending my Thursday morning SPC14 session on Display Templates and Query Rules, Thank You! Thank You for getting up early on Thursday and most of all, thanks for being the best audience EVER!! I still have a few posts to put together on the details of each demo. If I am missing one you REALLY want to see ping me on Twitter and let me know which one I am missing. Read More →

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Every so often I need a simple piece of code to make my life easier. Like “back in the day” when we needed an XSL template that belched every property out into the Search Results, so that we could see what we were doing. This is one of those pieces of code. Create a Diagnostic Display Template Follow the directions that I detailed for creating a new display template in SharePoint 2013. Read More →

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One of the best new features of SharePoint, in my opinion, is the Query Rule. If you haven’t seen one of my search sessions where I talk about Query Rules, you should come to Las Vegas for Dev Intersections. I’ll be presenting a brand new session devoted to just that, Query Rules. (Well, to be completely honest, it’s Query Rules and Display Templates…because they go together like peas and carrots, Bogart and Bergman … you get the idea. Read More →

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My new course, “SharePoint 2013 Search Back to Front” just went live yesterday. I am so excited to have completed this project with the great team at Pluralsight. Their attention to detail and rigorous review process helped me make the class even better. The Course This course is intended to deliver a SharePoint Search education for beginning and intermediate SharePoint Administrator. Targeted at SharePoint 2013 Farm Administrators and Site Collection Administrators, it will help users who are attempting to provision, configure, manage and customize the SharePoint 2013 Search Service Application and Search Center. Read More →

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One sure sign that I have been head down, nose to the grind stone, working, is when friends ping me “Are you OK?” or “Where have you been?” I raise my head, blink my eyes and says, “Oh, sorry, yep, I have been a little busy.” This post should bring you fully up to speed on what’s been going on with me for the past couple months from a SharePoint perspective. Read More →

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This is one of my favorite tips to show during my Conference Sessions. I think it makes the Search UI so much more fun and easy to use when working with people. Oh, and you don’t have to reserve your self to only Search results. This tip ought to work anywhere in SharePoint that you have an email address (actually, a properly formatted SIP address). Presentation The presence awareness of SharePoint depends on a couple different pieces of technology all working together, namely: Read More →

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