Finally, the No-Code SharePoint Solution You’ve Been Dreaming Of

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “How can you as a SharePoint power-user, or even as a developer, make some really powerful solutions without the use of programming or coding?” Then you’re luck. Asif Rehmani, VisualSP founder and CEO, has been teaching on these topics for many years. At the 2015 SPTechCon in Austin this February, Rehmani will present two sessions related to no-code development in SharePoint.

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  • 8:30 – 9:45 am: “Create Powerful No-Code SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows in Office 365 and On-Premise”
  • 12:00 – 1:15 pm: “No-Code Solution Creation Options for Non-Developers in SharePoint 2013”

 

 

 

SharePoint is such a robust program capable of solving many different kinds of problems— which has both benefits and a drawbacks. Power users and SharePoint developers appreciate the program’s wide capabilities, but typical users may be daunted by the options presented to them.

SharePoint for Non-Programmers

That’s where Rehmani’s presentations come in. He understands that not all SharePoint users are developers or know how to code. But, as a SharePoint Server MVP, he knows that SharePoint can solve many business problems, even without knowing how to code. So long as an end user grasps the basic building blocks of SharePoint, “those building blocks can be put together nicely without extreme programming or Visual Studio, to make some really powerful solutions for your group, for your team, for yourself.”

Rehmani and his team want to ensure that SharePoint becomes and remains a valuable investment for the businesses that choose to use it. For example, companies could use it to seamlessly integrate their marketing automation software with their CRM. But instead, too many businesses allow SharePoint to become “shelfware” because they’re too frustrated by its intricacies.

That’s why Rehmani’s company, VisualSP, provides “help system software which plugs into SharePoint,” among a number of other helpful products and resources. VisualSP will also have a booth presence at SPTechCon this year. Attendees are welcome to stop by learn more about the company’s offerings, take a demo of their SharePoint Help System (a one-of-a-kind platform that installs as a HelpTab directly in the SharePoint ribbon providing in-context, on-demand help for end users), and get their badge scanned for a chance to win great prizes (including a new HDTV). Beyond that, interested parties are encouraged to learn more about the ways that their company (formerly known as SharePoint Videos) “empowers, educates, supports, and trains” a wide variety of SharePoint users.

To learn more, listen to the embedded TechnologyAdvice interview.

 

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This interview was provided by TechnologyAdvice, an Inc. 5000 company that connects buyers and sellers of business technology through meaningful relationships. Interview conducted by Clark Buckner.

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Is SharePoint 2013 Hybrid Right for Your Organization?

To Go to the Cloud or Not…that is the question!

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Going to the cloud is not for everyone. However, the benefits in regards to costs and maintainability are very real if and when the organization does consider moving to the cloud.

There are many things to consider and questions to ask when the situation does arise. For example:

  • Are the cost savings worth it for moving our business to the cloud?
  • How secure is the cloud? Is there only a public cloud or is there a private cloud option as well?
  • Do we have to conduct all our business in the cloud or can we only move some portions and not others?
  • If a ‘Hybrid’ scenario is do-able, how will our on-premises environment communicate with the services in the cloud?
  • What exactly does ‘the cloud’ look like?

 

FabianHeadShotwMVP1Fabian Williams, SharePoint Architect, Microsoft MVP will be teaching “Implementing SharePoint 2013 Hybrid” class on Oct 9, 2014 – 11am to 3pm Eastern. Fabian has been speaking and consulting on this topic for a long time now and is excited to share his knowledge and experience.

The course, which targets ITPros, Business Managers and Technical Decision Makers (TDMs) goes into the How, What and Why of doing Hybrid. The course content goes into great detail about what one should know BEFORE embarking on this task, and what one needs to have in preparation for this venture. Then Fabian will show the actual implementation of hybrid services and discuss live with class participants the pros and cons of the various scenarios. The goal of the class is to help attendees understand the importance of Hybrid as we enter this era of Mobile First Cloud First where employees, customers, partners demand access to information from all form factors be it phone, tablet, desktop browser, real time and responsive.

 

Earlier this week, Fabian did an interview with Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice (they provide expert knowledge on employee training software solutions, coverage on Tech Conferences and much more) to discuss SharePoint as it relates to these offerings, One Drive For Business, Yammer and BCS.

Listen to the full article here.

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Class Details:

Implementing SharePoint Hybrid for Search, Business Connectivity Services, OneDrive for Business and Yammer

Thursday, October 9, 2014

11am to 3pm Eastern

REGISTER NOW!

Course Outline:

  • What is Hybrid?
  • What you need to know before you embark on Hybrid
  • Configure your On Premises SharePoint
  • Configuring your Office 365 SharePoint Farm
  • What Service Applications may be consumed in Hybrid
  • OneDrive for Business and Hybrid
  • Yammer for the Enterprise and Hybrid
  • and much more…

In addition to the live class and Q&A, students also receive the following: FREE 30 days access to SharePoint-Videos.com (890+ video tutorials currently), Plus a complete recording of this class and PowerShell scripts for configuring on-premises and cloud environments

Hope you can join us in this class. Learn More

 

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Asif’s interview with Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice

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SPTechCon is just 2 months away, but the excitement has already started building…

In this interview, Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice and Asif Rehmani from SharePoint-Videos.com talk “SharePoint”…and discuss the exciting things to come at the upcoming SPTechCon.

Buckner and Rehmani talk about how things have shifted within SharePoint over the past decade. They talk about where SharePoint is today, and what we can expect of SharePoint in the future. They speak about current challenges and opportunities.

One specific challenge they discuss is the lack of “help” and guidance currently provided within the SharePoint platform. And, because SharePoint provides so many opportunities, it can actually become mind-boggling for end users…people tend to wander and it becomes difficult for users to really understand what to do, and how to do it “right”. SharePoint-Videos.com tries to solve this problem with their signature product, VisualSP which provides in-context “help” delivered via the SharePoint ribbon.

The also talk about what attendees can expect from the SPTechCon show and why would one want to attend.

Rehmani states, “At SPTechCon you are swimming in the ocean of SharePoint with the folks who are using it, the folks who are writing about it, and the folks who are developing it…Being in that ocean and drinking from this pool of resources is amazing. I get that feeling every time I attend SPTechCon and that’s why I continue to do it”

Listen to the full interview:

See Clark Buckner’s full Calendar of Events

 

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Microsoft Cloud Show

A couple of the biggest names in the SharePoint community have recently started up a new initiative called the Microsoft Cloud Show.

Andrew Connell and Chris Johnson have been around in the SharePoint community for a Really long time now and are very well respected in the community. It’s great to see them start up an initiative like this to keep the community informed regarding the whole Microsoft cloud direction – something that many people and organizations are still trying to get a good grasp on.

The video below provides a quick intro of the show. Check it out.

 

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SharePoint Resources on the web

Over time, I have been gathering links to various SharePoint resources on the web. I usually share it my students. I’m listing them below. Hope it helps some people out there.

SharePoint explained very nicely and simply in this video

SharePoint in plain English

 

Microsoft’s main SharePoint related beginner sites

Check out the main SharePoint Website from Microsoft.

Then check out some success stories shared by Microsoft at Discover SharePoint.

 

Ramp up on SharePoint

To get started on SharePoint, you might want to take some formal SharePoint training. There is really no substitute for hands on training if you can afford the time and expense. I would recommend looking at the available classes here: http://www.criticalpathtraining.com

Can’t travel or need on-demand training? I would recommended to start with this jump start page and watch some beginner video tutorials:

https://www.visualsp.com/sharepoint-easy-start/

Check out the EndUserSharePoint site for Lots of great articles produced by the SharePoint community:

https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

SharePoint environment for practice

To try out scenarios, create prototypes and demos, use the completely pre-built SharePoint environment created using CloudShare:

http://tinyurl.com/asifcloudshare. Here are some visuals on exactly what’s in this cloud-based virtual machine: https://www.visualsp.com/pre-built-sharepoint-2010-demos-in-cloudshare/

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Deploy the whole virtual machine in your own environment (if you have the hardware available). These are independently created by individuals in the SharePoint community and not officially supported by Microsoft:

http://gauravmahajan.net/2014/08/17/sharepoint-server-2013-sp1-virtual-machine-download/

http://www.sayed-ali.com/Blog/Post/7/Download-SharePoint-2013-RTM-Trial-Virtual-Machine-
 

SharePoint on-demand support

When working with SharePoint, you will have questions that you just want to go and ask someone. The best place to ask those questions is the SharePoint Forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/sharepoint/. Microsoft employees and MVPs are often in the forums answering questions.

You can also find on-demand video tutorials on SharePoint-Videos.com for quick show-and-tell. Also, additional tutorials available on Microsoft’s Channel 9 site: http://channel9.msdn.com/search?term=sharepoint

If you need immediate help with a project, look into hourly SharePoint remote consulting/mentoring: https://www.visualsp.com/remote-consulting/

Become part of the Bamboo Solutions community: http://community.bamboosolutions.com/

Consider picking up some SharePoint books as well:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sharepoint+2010&x=0&y=0

 

SharePoint Certifications

There are a few certifications that exist for SharePoint as well. These will give you the credibility you need in your role. You can find them here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sharepoint-server.aspx

 

Customer Reviews for SharePoint Vendors

It’s hard to decide which SharePoint vendor to go with when it comes to SharePoint consulting, training, products and other services. Check out the SharePoint Reviews site: http://www.sharepointreviews.com/

 

SharePoint Conferences

Attending a SharePoint conference is a great way to really dive into it all. Check out this blog entry for info on regularly held SharePoint related conferences:

http://blog.visualsp.com/the-sharepoint-conferences-you-should-attend/ (more have popped up since this blog entry)

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