Date, Venue and Speaker #1 confirmed.
“Making a Training Database the Easy Way” - Tom Benjamin, SharePoint Systems Officer at Capital Regional District (CRD)
Presentation #2: "Office Web Apps and More! - The Office in Your Pocket" - Colin Phillips, SharePoint Consultant at itgroove
“Making a Training Database the Easy Way”
The “training database” started its life as an Excel spreadsheet. We wanted to improve on it because there’s only so much you can do in Excel. On the wish list were a training course calendar, self-service registration, email reminders, and the ability to view “my” training records. That’s was pretty easy really: three lists and a workflow or two. And we could throw in an import of the spreadsheet to create the historical data, statistics on the amount of training that was being delivered, a course sign-in sheet, course/trainer feedback, and a manager’s view. And it could all be done within HR's $5,000 budget. It’s surprising what you can do without needing a “real” database or custom programming.
So far the training courses and records that have been included are all part of free corporate training provided by the HR department and rely on staff signing up if they are interested. Now we want to enhance this system to handle mandatory training, where we as an employer must be able to prove that staff were offered and took training that is required for the job – confined space entry, first aid, that kind of thing. And that sort of training is more controlled: administrators and managers need to plan training for their staff up to a year in advance, and to schedule classes and book staff on the training themselves. With SharePoint the answer is quite simple: add another list or two and write some more workflow.
Who is Tom Benjamin?
Tom’s life with SharePoint began about 3 years ago, and it’s been an interesting ride, with lots learned and lots more still to learn. Before SharePoint Tom had worked in IT for close to 30 years, mostly as a web developer with extensive experience in information architecture, solution development, user interface design and the effective use of technology for communication.
"Office Web Apps and More! - The Office in Your Pocket"
Office Web Apps (also referred to as Office Online) is a set of web-based applications mimicking the most popular suite of office applications in the world. The toolset includes Word, Excel, PowerPivot and more. In this session we'll explore more about these tools, how they're different from their desktop cousins, why you should care about them, and some of the other options as well - including some on-premise considerations for those SharePoint users who are not in the cloud.
Who is Colin Phillips?
Colin is a SharePoint Consultant with over 11 years’ experience from both an information technology and software development background.
Colin’s current SharePoint specializations include building complex automated workflows in InfoPath and Nintex, and designing stunning branding for Intranets and Team Sites. His recent Microsoft Office 365 Certified Professional designation has expanded his skill set from on-premise environments into the Microsoft cloud.