vSharePoint April Edition

  • April 17, 2014 · 11:30 AM
  • Capital Regional District (CRD)

Venue confirmed. Date confirmed. Speakers confirmed.


11:30 – Networking & Pizza
12:00 – Presentation #1
12:40 – Break
12:50– Presentation #2 
1:30 – Last Prize Draw


Presentation #1: Mike Gregotski, Technical Marketing Lead at Esri Canada – “ESRI Maps for SharePoint” (with Nathan Enge and Blaine Castle)

Esri Maps for SharePoint is a free download that lets you quickly and easily map your SharePoint data and see it in a different way. Built on the Microsoft Silverlight platform, Esri Maps for SharePoint can add spatial information into an organization’s enterprise Microsoft SharePoint Web site

• Understand and communicate relationships and patterns visually through dynamic maps. 

• Analyze regions or points and enrich your organizational data with demographics and lifestyle data to get an even more comprehensive view.

The presentation begins with an overview of how the ArcGIS Map Web Part integrates into a SharePoint Web site. Attendees will then learn how to design a SharePoint Web site that contains geospatial data from SharePoint lists. The seminar will conclude by examining how to take address information in Microsoft Excel and Word documents and display them on a map in SharePoint.

Who is Mike Gregotski?

Mike Gregotski is a Technical Marketing Lead, and has worked for Esri Canada since 1998.  As a member of the Technical Strategy Group in the Toronto office Mike’s duties include the development and delivery of presentation resources that highlight the benefits of implementing Esri’s core technology.  Mike previously worked in Client Support where he supported clients on ArcIMS, ArcSDE and ArcGIS software. Before joining Esri Canada, he was a Mapping Coordinator with Transcontinental Distribution in Mississauga. Mike has also obtained Desktop and Enterprise level Esri Technical Certifications.


Presentation #2: Bruce Norman Smith, SharePoint
Consultant at itgroove – “Adoption & Training – Outlook & SharePoint - head to head"

Every business user loves email and MS Outlook, but they’re often nervous about using an enterprise content management (ECM) tool like MS SharePoint.  In this presentation Bruce will show the incredible parallels between Outlook and SharePoint.  He’ll argue that SharePoint may have actually grown out of the success of Outlook!

By stealing this presentation and giving it to your business users, you will make the unfamiliar SharePoint more accessible.  This should smooth out your business user adoption!  It will also help you move your organization beyond a basic use of SharePoint for document storage to a more intermediate adoption of content types and web parts.

Who is Bruce Norman Smith?

Forged in Winnipeg, honed in Ladysmith & Vancouver, and battle tested in Montreal & Gatineau - Bruce now calls Victoria his home.

Bruce’s customer service, governance and logic skills came from working as a sales person in small family retail businesses, and studying the History of World Religions at UBC & McGill University (BA’04).

Bruce’s technical skills started at an early age during the Logo/Turtle boom of the early 1980s, and quickly developed into a passion for videogames.  A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS ‘08) rounded out these early skills with training in business process analysis, database design, xml metadata development, and records management/archival theory and methods.


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  • Kelly M.

    Slide Share links are ready!

    Esri Maps for SharePoint (Mike Gregotski) - http://www.slideshare.net/itgrooveservices/esri-maps-for-share-point-april-2014

    Adoption and Training – Outlook and SharePoint ~ Head to Head (Bruce Norman Smith)-

    April 28

  • Keith T.

    Great intro to Esri for SharePoint, and nice to see Bruce on the podium.

    Thanks to Tom for hosting on short notice!

    April 21, 2014

  • Doug B.

    Excellent introduction to group and topic

    April 17, 2014

  • Sean W.

    Great presentations

    April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can not make this time. But the geospatial data mapping sounds very interesting. I am using geocording for my data analysis.

    April 16, 2014

    • Kelly M.

      We will miss you! Hope to see you out at a future event. :)

      April 17, 2014

    • Sean W.

      C'mon back and come out to the Office 365 group next week. Lots of crossover

      April 17, 2014

  • Margo A.

    Sorry can't make it this month. Hope to attend some time in next month or so.

    April 16, 2014

    • Kelly M.

      We look forward to seeing you again Margo.

      April 17, 2014

  • Kelly M.


    The CRD office is at 625 Fisgard St (midway between Government and Douglas). Parking - Bikes and Cars:
    There is a bike lockup at the front of the building, a parking lot opposite (UPark $2 per hour, usually pretty full) and one up the street (City of Victoria Centennial Square Parkade, 2.5 to 3 hours is $5.50); on street metered parking is limited to 90 minutes.

    Visitor Passes:
    Anyone attending should sign the visitor log at the front desk (say they are attending the VSUG meeting and put that as the “contact”) and get a visitor badge; then take the elevator to the 6th floor, turning right out of it.

    April 11, 2014

  • Kelly M.

    I'm sad to announce that we've had to move the vSharePoint meeting from our usual venue in the Arena because the lead singer of Hedley (the band) has bronchitis and rescheduled their concert to the same day of our event. As the vSP space is generously donated by the arena, we've reached out to the community.

    I'm happy to announce that Tom Benjamin, SharePoint Systems Officer at the CRD was kind enough to secure a boardroom at the CRD downtown office (625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC) for the April meeting. We've used the space in the past, and it's top notch! I will follow up with some instructions on directions, parking and visitor passes. Thank you again to Tom and the CRD for their generous donation!

    April 11, 2014

  • Kelly M.

    To clarify (in case there's any confusion): A new (separate) Meetup group has been created "Victoria Office 365 User Group". It's first meetup will take place on Thursday, April 24th. Details here:


    April 3, 2014

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