Are you planning on going for your SharePoint 2013 MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) or MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master)? Why not jump on the free Microsoft Certification Prep wagon and get the required tests 410, 411 & 412 out of the way before you take the SharePoint 2013 tests?
Microsoft is giving us exam preparation videos, discussion forums and wikis for the core tests mentioned (I said free right?). At the bottom of this entry you'll see the paths you'll have follow to get the certification you want.
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So the new SharePoint 2013 and other core tests… They are much harder than the last bunch for 2010…. Not all tests are alike! While the MeasureUp.com tests are not 100% accurate (meaning a 1:1 match) they can be close. Also keep in mind there could be 10 flavors of the test and the one you're taking might not be what the person next to you is taking. I helped write these tests in the past and can tell you some are harder then others. I have used the MeasureUp.com practice tests to help me study for years now and I give them a 4 out of 5. Note: I've had some issues with the test engine on Windows 8, they said they are working on a fix. PS I get no commission and have no connection to M-Up. I just like their products
J - Happy SharePointing.
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We hope to see you for this week's @ChDevSPUG (make sure to follow us) meeting Thursday, April 18th @6pm.
Join Sudharsan and Gautam as they show us how to build workflows that leverage SharePoint 2013 enhancements.
Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6268682799
Note: Because of the large numbers of attendees we're expecting at this month's meeting it will take place at the following address. It's a half block from the normal group.
Project Leadership Associates
120 South LaSalle, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
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- Thanks Doug Hemminge and Kris Wagner
I really wish I would have seen this sooner but if you're in Chicago the event is Tuesday afternoon in the city. I'm already speaking at the Microsoft SharePoint and Project Conference in the city on Tuesday or I'd be there! Yammer is hot people, I even heard someone on CNN say he saw something on Yammer just like we'd say check out that Facebook post. It looks like costs may vary by city but they come with a free Yammer Certification – Who knew?
Join Yammer and Microsoft as we usher in a new era of the enterprise — one that turns both internal and external business collaboration into a social, mobile, and engaging experience.
Checkout the latest in social technology solutions that will transform the way business gets done. Transform Tour13 provides you with an in-depth look at these solutions and how to implement them in your own organization.
See exclusive presentations and hands-on demonstrations, network with like-minded peers while gaining direct access to industry experts. And as a Transform Tour13
participant, you'll gain practical advice and invaluable guidance on how to customize adoption for your company. Join business and IT leaders across the U.S. for this unique half-day event:
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We will have top-shelf gifts from Yammer and Microsoft for every attendee. A few lucky individuals will receive a $150 value gift card from the Microsoft Store.
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This morning kicked off the PASS Business Analytics Conference and one of the biggest announcements was the release of GeoFlow… Oh, this has nothing to do with SharePoint but I did use the new product to map the attendees for my upcoming wedding. This is some pretty cool stuff! There are more samples below under Sample Datasets.
GeoFlow is a three dimensional (3-D) data visualization tool for Microsoft Excel 2013 that provides a powerful method for people to look at information in new ways. It enables the data discoveries that might not be seen in traditional two dimensional (2-D) tables and charts. With GeoFlow you can plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data on a 3-D globe and over time, and create visual tours to share with others.
You can download and try GeoFlow It's an entirely new way to experience and share insights.
Get started using GeoFlow Preview for Excel by following the Getting Started Document.
Here's where my guests are coming in from J
Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Service Management
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- Thanks Kris Wagner
Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite Webcast for April 12th:
Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Service Management
What: In this webcast, learn how to service and keep Office 365 running efficiently with service incident communication, reporting, and utilizing the Office 365 Team. We will also discuss Office 365 planned maintenance communication, troubleshooting tools and service upgrades. This is a great opportunity to join Microsoft employees and other Office 365 users for a productive discussion.
When: April 12th at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)
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Ignite Webcasts are online technical sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support Staff. You can view all Ignite Webcast sessions here and upcoming sessions here. Ignite Webcasts will provide customers and partners with in-depth technical training for the NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365, launching in 2013. Topics of the training range from new capabilities, design, deployment and management considerations for these technologies. During the event, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn
from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft.
- There is no charge for this event and it is public and open to all.
- For further details regarding this event and other Ignite Webcast, please visit the Ignite Site.
- The webcast recording and materials will be available on the Webcast blog post later in the week.
Make sure to add the webcast events to your calendar today!
· Ignite Webcast – Exchange Deployment and Coexistence
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Are you a SharePoint Developer? Want to learn PowerShell? Come to this presentation and I'll provide an introduction to the PowerShell language, how to use PowerShell with SharePoint, and how to go beyond the built-in PowerShell Cmdlets for SharePoint to bend SharePoint to your will. Learn how PowerShell can be used as a tool for content manipulation and bulk site creation, among other things. Learn best practices in structuring, documenting, and protecting your PowerShell scripts.
About the Speaker (Michael Blumenthal)
Michael is a SharePoint Architect at Magenic. He has well-rounded SharePoint expertise, with SharePoint development, infrastructure, and administration experience. He has designed, implemented, and supported SharePoint intranets, extranets, and Internet sites for clients large (Fortune 50) and small in markets as diverse as Banking, Energy, Government, Healthcare, Professional Services, and Transportation. Michael holds several Microsoft certifications (MCITP: SharePoint 2010, MCPD: SharePoint 2010, MCTS, MCSE, MCAD, MCDBA) as well as the CAPM from the Project Management Institute.
He blogs about SharePoint at http://blog.BlumenthalIT.com/, tweets about SharePoint as @MichaelBL and has contributed three SharePoint projects to CodePlex. Michael has spoken nationally and locally about SharePoint at community events including Microsoft Virtual Tech Days, SharePoint Connections, and SharePoint Saturday Chicago, among others. He is a co-leader of the Chicago SharePoint Users Group (www.CSPUG.org).
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Enterprise Social Business & The Evolution of Work
Jeffrey D. Segebarth, Regional VP NewsGator
#SocialThatWorks is about meeting the demands of the future workplace today. Thriving social workplaces are living organisms that are capable of response to stimuli, growth, and development. In social workplaces, participation is the stimulus and interactions aid growth. The resulting developments are increased employee productivity and satisfaction.
Join Jeff Segebarth as he discusses how social technology positively affects corporate culture, productivity, and employee empowerment. NewsGator customers are paving the way for enterprise-wide social engagement. What's next in our journey?
Jeff Segebarth is a 20 year veteran in the Technology industry with a keen understanding of linking business value to technology solutions. Jeff has been a pioneer in helping large organizations understand the business benefits of Enterprise Social Computing and the value of providing these solutions within SharePoint.
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Collaboration Technology Specialist, Microsoft
You probably already have a few team sites deployed on Office 365 to help people connect and collaborate. But what about the needs of your legal and records management teams? Have a work group that needs a workflow process built out? From workflows and records management to implementing information governance in the cloud, come learn what every enterprise needs to know to take full advantage of Office 365 for all parts of your organization.
Jason Bullock began working for Microsoft in 2000 as a consultant integrating SPS 2001 and STS v1 to provide enterprise document management capabilities. In 2004, he took a pre-sales role where he has and is currently focused on SharePoint and Office, and now Office 365, as a technology specialist. Jason's areas of specialty are social and enterprise content management.
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Yesterday Microsoft released the following post about updates to Yammer and SharePoint Online (Office 365). I've been very excited with what's coming and now I'd love to share some of my experience. With the integration of Yammer we really do get a "Facebook" like enterprise experience that will blow competing products like Jive out of the water. PS: I used Jive at my last place of employment for 9 months and I can say the social experience was ok but collaboration was not so good.
In my images below you can see my "My Site" page, this is my personal hub for who's who and what's going on. To the right you can see People, Documents and Tags I'm following. To the left you can see my options to open new pages (Newsfeed, About me, my blog, Apps I can put on my page and Tasks. I can also can start a conversation or update my status from my My Site page. Here I can tag using Hashtags # and @ Tag people like you would Facebook and Twitter. I can also like items in my news feed for people on content I'm following and this also updates if I like something within a site! Rockin! I really love the changes and I'm also excited to see updates the desktop and mobile clients If that's in the stars.
Updates with # and @
Followed #Tags pulled from Managed Meta Data
Full My Site Page
Reposted from http://blogs.office.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2013/03/19/yammer-and-sharepoint-enterprise-social-roadmap-update.aspx
on March 19
Today's post comes from Jared Spataro, Senior Director, Microsoft Office Division. Jared leads the SharePoint business, and he works closely with Adam Pisoni and David Sacks on Yammer integration.
At last November's SharePoint Conference, we announced our roadmap for enterprise social and talked about three phases of Yammer integration: "basic integration, deeper connections, and connected experiences." (For more details, see the Putting Social to Work post I published just after the SPC keynote.) Today at Convergence 2013 we provided an update to that roadmap, and I wanted to share the details more broadly.
Yammer and Office 365. During the Office keynote today, we demoed the integration of Yammer and Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management). We shipped this update last month, and we love the scenario-social plus CRM is a natural fit. But CRM integration is only one part of a broader set of work we're doing to make Yammer the social layer across all of our products. Our next step is integration with Office 365, and we're now ready to share more details on what will be available when. Here's what you need to know:
Basic Integration. This summer we'll update the Office 365 service and allow customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer. Many customers are worried about confusing their users with two different feeds, and this update will allow them to simply replace the "Newsfeed" link on the Office 365 global navigation bar with a link to Yammer.com. We'll also ship a Yammer app in the SharePoint Store so that end users can easily embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site, creating a connection between groups and sites that will deliver the best of both worlds. The SharePoint newsfeed will continue to be the default social experience in Office 365, but the option to replace it with Yammer will be a valuable first step in the overall integration process.
This fall we'll deliver another update to Office 365 and deepen the integration. Customers will still have the option of choosing between Yammer and the SharePoint newsfeed, but this new, integrated Yammer experience will offer Single Sign-On (SSO) and seamless navigation. In other words, when you click on the Yammer link in the Office 365 global navigation bar, Yammer will appear immediately below with the navigation to get back to Office 365 services such as Outlook and Sites. You will also see the user experiences of Yammer and Office 365 begin to converge (see the concept mock below to get a directional sense). This new Yammer experience will also offer rich document capabilities, integrating the Office Web Apps to add editing and co-editing of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents.
Connected Experiences. As we move into 2014, we'll continue updating Office 365 with new social enhancements roughly every 90 days. We'll start by simply deepening the connections between Yammer and Office 365 services, but over time these incremental enhancements will combine social, collaboration, email, instant messaging, voice, video, and line of business applications in innovative new ways. This is an exciting time and a hot space, and I can't wait to share more about our plans in the future.
Yammer and SharePoint Server. Now of course we recognize that a lot of SharePoint customers are still on-premises. They're working on their upgrade plans and want to find a way to connect their Yammer network with their on-premises deployment of SharePoint 2013. So as part of the summer update, we'll also provide guidance for replacing the SharePoint newsfeed on-premises with Yammer. The Yammer app in the SharePoint Store will be a valuable addition, allowing customers to create connections between Yammer groups and on-premises SharePoint sites. While we don't plan on delivering updates for SharePoint Server every 90 days, many of the enhancements to the Yammer service described above will still be valuable in this scenario. The SSO, updated UX, seamless navigation, and Office Web App integration will all deepen the connections between your Yammer network and your on-premises SharePoint deployment.
What should I do? In my customer meetings over the last few months, people have often asked, "What should I use for social? Yammer or the SharePoint newsfeed?" My answer has been clear: Go Yammer! Yammer is our big bet for enterprise social, and we're committed to making it the underlying social layer for all of our products. It will power the social experiences in SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, and more. Yammer's unique adoption model appeals directly to end users and makes it easy to start enjoying the benefits of social immediately. And because it's an online service, Yammer gives us the ability to innovate rapidly-updating the service quickly as the market evolves. So whether you're an Office 365 customer or running SharePoint on-premises, Yammer will provide the latest innovations and best user experience.
What if I just can't use Yammer? For all my exuberance about Yammer, I recognize that some organizations just don't feel comfortable with multi-tenant cloud services. For these customers, our guidance is to use the SharePoint newsfeed. It provides rich social features integrated with a broad set of SharePoint capabilities. While the cloud lowers the barriers to adoption and allows for more frequent updates, we get that some customers just aren't ready to make the move. (Some customers, in fact, are adamant that they'll NEVER move to a multi-tenant service.) When it comes to the cloud, we're "all in," but we're also realistic. We have a large on-premises installed base that's important to us, and we're committed to future releases of the server.
Acquisitions can be tricky business, but we're extremely pleased with our progress so far. Yammer has continued to innovate and grow their standalone business, and the packaging and pricing changes we announced at the SharePoint Conference last year have made the Yammer service more accessible than ever before. But the most exciting thing for me is that we're just getting started. Today's roadmap update provides a little more insight into how we're planning to integrate Yammer with Office 365 and SharePoint. But we're out to change the world, and there's much more to come.
Are you going? I am, see you there!
Announcing the initial all-star speaker lineup for the PASS BA Conference from across the world of business analytics. Register today!
Top community speakers now confirmed for the main conference program - featuring over 60 business and technical sessions across five topic tracks - include big data ZDNet blogger Andrew J. Brust; BI experts Alberto Ferrari, Stacia Misner, Peter Myers, Marco Russo, and Chris Webb; data mining and predictive analytics gurus Mark Tabladillo and Cristian Vava; data science expert Mark Whitehorn; and Decision Sciences professor, Mathletics expert, and two-time Jeopardy! champion Wayne Winston.
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