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August, 2009:

SharePoint Pod Show Interview

So today, the SharePoint Pod Show guys posted the Pod Show that I did with Rob Foster while in Nashville, TN.

(If you don’t listen to the PodShow you should go to www.sharepointpodshow.com and start listening.)

So after the interview I have been waiting anxiously to hear the show and hoping that I actually sounded intelligent. And then today, I finally got to listen to the full show.  It was great and I just wanted to put a quick post out to thank the guys.

I had a great time doing the interview with Rob!

So I just wanted to say a really big thank you to Rob Foster and Brett Lonsdale and Nick Swann of the SharePoint Pod Show for extending me this opportunity.

Best Practices Conference in DC 2009

I have been so busy and travelling so much lately. But in doing all of this I have been having a blast.  Last week I was in Washington DC, okay Reston, for the Best Practices Conference.   All I can say was this conference was GREAT!!!  If you have never been before I suggest that you add it to your SharePoint conference wish list.

Each time I travel for a SharePoint event, I meet so many great people as well as see more and more people that I have met and consider friends.  At the Best Practices conference, I again got to see old friends and meet new ones.  I must say that these events seem so different to me than normal technology events (not that I have been to a great number of those).  The feeling of being a part of a giant family where you can disagree and agree all at the same time.

It is such a unique experience and definitely one of my favorite things about the SharePoint world. I had such a wonderful time at the Best Practices Conference this year. I would like to thank the Mindsharp crew for all their hard work on putting together this conference.

The Best Practices conference focuses on how to use the SharePoint technology in the best ways. Hence the name Best Practices.  I learned so much for some many great speakers.  The topics were so wide spread that I had a hard time deciding which sessions to attend.

Since lately I have been trying to learn more about SharePoint Development though, I decided to focus primarily on the SharePoint developers track.  I was also able to live blog the event for EndUserSharePoint.com .  Thanks so much to Mark Miller and the Bamboo Nation boys for their Media Sponsorship.

There were so many great SharePoint people at this conference that I might forget a few, but here is my best ability to call them all out:

Brett Lonsdale, Laura Rogers, Lori Gowin, Ruven Gotz, Paul Schaeflin, Dux Raymond Sy, Scott Singleton, Paul Culmsee, Andrew Woodward, Dan Usher, Zlatan Dzinic, Sarah Haase, Sara Windhorst, Don Zielke, Rick Taylor,  Mike Ferrara, Christina Wheeler, and Darrin Bishop.  Oh my gosh though,  there were so many other great SharePoint people there.

This next week looks like it will be a busy one for me.  My internal marketing replacement at CTS starts this week, plus I have to travel to Mobile to teach a MOSS University session on Wednesday. So, a busy week ahead and only a week and a half until I leave for my vacation in NYC before SharePoint Saturday NYC.

Best Practices Conference

So, it is early on a Sunday morning. And when I say early, I mean the sun isn’t even out yet and I wonder why I am.

And then I remember it is because I am headed out of town again to see old friends and meet new ones at the SharePoint and SQL Best Practices Conference in DC.

So I’m off to do something that I love again. Travel, SharePoint and meeting people. What more could a girl want?

(other than some more sleep and a cute new pair of shoes that is)

I will post more during or after the conference.

DevLink Conference in NashVegas!

So, this week I have been up in Nashville, TN at the DevLink conference.

I know what you are thinking, Cathy at a Developer Conference? It just doesn’t make sense. But wait there is a SharePoint track this year. Okay, now it makes sense.

So, I’ve been here feeding my SharePoint addiction. And having a blast doing it! It is always great to see friends and make new ones. After all, it isn’t everyday that a girl gets to hang out with so many great guys!

Eric Shupps, Rob Foster, Dan Usher, Rob Windsor, Jeremy Sublett, Becky Isserman, and Kevin Dostalek. So much fun.

And we even got to party with Rick Flair on Thursday night at Tootsies on Broadway.

Thanks to the organizers of DevLink for putting on a great event! I learned so much and now there is code swimming in my head.

SharePoint Saturday Birmingham

Wow, so there’s been quite a bit of buzz in the SharePoint community here in Birmingham.  I have been here and there and everywhere.  Nevertheless, I wanted to post a quick update about the SharePoint Saturday in Birmingham on November 21, 2009.

Due to some circumstances, I will no longer be involved in the SharePoint Saturday event in Birmingham, AL in November.  This also means that this will not be am official Birmingham SharePoint User’s Group event.

I think that the SharePoint Saturdays are a great opportunity for the community and I continue to be involved in them as well as encourage everyone to attend so as to network and continue to expand their knowledge about SharePoint.  While the SharePoint Saturdays are free to individuals and wholly sponsored, the information presented is some of the richest available to the community, providing real world scenarios and solution approaches.  Not to mention the opportunities to meet others in your area who are working with SharePoint or interested in SharePoint.

There is considerable amount of work and coordination that goes into planning one of these events and the people who host them are working tirelessly to make sure the event does well and that attendees leave with something that they can apply to their every day work.

If you are still interested and want more information about the Birmingham SharePoint Saturday November 2009 event, please visit the website at: www.sharepointsaturday.org

SharePoint Saturday Baltimore

Wow, so the week right after SharePoint Saturday Ozarks, I was off again to Baltimore.  Here I would be meeting up with Eric Harlan and his Baltimore SharePoint Users Group for what was sure to be a superb event.

I left on Friday after only one minor flight snafu.  My travel agency had mistakenly booked my flights to and back from Baltimore both on Sunday.  Lucky for me, it wasn’t a full flight so they were able to fix this mistake quite easily.  Thanks so much to a very friendly Southwest Airlines ticket counter staff for their help.

Once I hit Baltimore, I went to pick up my rental car and then on to my hotel.  Dan Lewis had recomended this new hotel called Aloft for me to stay in.  It was quite swanky and fun.  I was glad to be there.  The only problem that I had was that the hotel was right across the street from the Arundel Mills mall.  Now for any of you not familiar with the Mills mall line, I am sorry.  But come on boys, you can’t book a girl right across the street from a giant mall and expect her to not go.  So after check in, with a few hours to kill off I was across the street to the mall.

After shopping for a little while it was on to the speaker dinner in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Driving to the dinner was a fun adventure.  There was a really big soccer game happening at the Ravens stadium and there were people everywhere you looked in downtown Baltimore.  But I made it to the restaraunt only a few minutes late.  And boy was I glad that Eric and his crew had set up valet parking for us.  It kept me from being even more late.

The dinner was wonderful and I had a great time meeting everyone and hanging out.  There were so many twitter faces there that I could finally put tweets with actual people.  The only downside was that I can never find enough time to get around and actually chat with each speaker.  I did get to briefly chat with Dux, Susan Lennon, and Dan Usher at dinner.

After dinner, the intrepid group decided to go out and see what Baltimore had to offer us.  It was a great time and led to a dance floor attack on one of our crew.  I had such a good time just hanging out with the guys and getting to know them.

The next day it was time for the SharePoint Saturday event.  After getting to the event, I had a little while before my session was scheduled.  I made a point to attend and live blog Mark Miller’s (endusersharepoint.com) session.  It was convienent for me as his session was right before mine in the same room.  It was a great session and I learned a lot about some no code graph solutions.

Then it was on my own session.  I think it went pretty well.  I had some great questions from the crowd.  The only problem was again Virtual Machine drama.  I am working on fixing this by putting my VM in the cloud too.  I am tired of it crashing right before each session.

Here is my session from SharePoint Saturday Baltimore.

After the day was over, we all headed to SharePint for some good times and the social hour aspect of SharePoint Saturday Baltimore. Dan Usher, Dan Lewis, Mike Watson and I detoured to the hotel first.  By the time we got to the SharePint location, the power had gone out due to a thunderstorm.  So it was off to a new location and to find some Baltimore crab cakes downtown.

The crew ended up being a lively bunch on Saturday night: Joel Oleson, Michael Noel, Fabian Williams, and many others joined in for our dinner excursion and some people even continued on the evening with us for the party after.

All in all, SharePoint Saturday Baltimore was a great event full of wonderful people, lots of SharePoint information and good times.  I was glad to put a lot of faces with twitter names and to meet so many new people.

I am looking forward to my next trip and meeting more people and talking and learning more about SharePoint again.

SharePoint Saturday Ozarks

So, the week after SharePoint Saturday Toronto, I was off with the girls to SharePoint Saturday Ozarks.

Laura Rogers, Lori Gowin and I took off on a road trip to Harrison, Arkansas. On the way, by the way thanks to my company CTS for the great rental car, we recorded some “on the go style” videos. Thanks to Laura for posting these on YouTube.

We had a lot of fun on our trip up to the Ozarks. Once we got there on Thursday night, we checked into the Hotel Seville. This was a great local hotel. My room was one half of the party suite, but I really enjoyed the fact that my room had no windows. Great sleeping cave! I slept great.

We got to the Ozarks a day early so on Friday I worked and Laura and I took a road trip. We went off to pick up the SharePint keg. Along the way we picked up some hats as a nod to Eric Shupps. We also met a really nice Budwiser guy who loaded the keg into our car.

After a fun afternoon. We all met up in the hotel restaurant for the speaker dinner. What a great time this was!

I really enjoyed meeting people to go along with the Twitter names. Such as Mike Watson, Eric Shupps, Joy Earles, Mark Rackley, John Ferringer, Sean McDonough and many others. After a great night of socializing it was time for the main event!

Saturday morning came around and off we were to talk about SharePoint! As you might know, this is one of my favorite things to do.

My session on SharePoint branding: how master pages and themes work together went great! I had a great group of attendees and they asked a lot of great questions.

Here is a link to my presentation. I still owe a screencast which I am working on.

SharePoint Saturday Toronto Presentation

In Toronto I gave a basic introduction presentation to Branding SharePoint.  You can find my presentation slides here:

SharePoint Branding 101 – Toronto

SharePint Saturday Toronto

So as many of you know, we SharePointers like to be social.  Well, SharePoint Saturday was no different.  I had such a great time visiting the great city of Toronto.  I met so many great people and we had such a great time.

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I especially want to thank Rob Windsor, Richard Harbridge and Ruven Gotz for taking me out on the town and showing me Toronto!

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The CN Tower.  It was cool to see it change colors all night long.  I have been up in the tower before and so we skipped that this time around.

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The Ontario College of Art and Design.  I don’t know about you, but this cool architecture was really a neat thing to see.  Toronto had lots of really great architecture. But you know what, I don’t think that I could go up and study in this building.  I would be afraid that the pick up stick looking legs would at one point snap and I would come tumbling down.

TorontoSharePintDowntown6 Me hanging out with Richard Harbridge and Rob Windsor on this sculpture.

TorontoSharePintDowntown5Me and Richard Harbridge and Ruven Gotz hanging out on this statue outside the Art Museum.

TorontoSharePintDowntown2So after walking around we went up to this cool bar and had a couple more drinks.

TorontoSharePintDowntown4I was a little confused as to why there was a plastic monkey in my drink. It was the last thing I expected when I ordered my Belini 🙂