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vSharePoint October 2012

Ok folks, we've got everything lined up for October 18th. As always, if you are interested in speaking at a future event, please contact Sean Wallbridge @

On Deck

  • Heidi Bergstrom -Getting to the Fun Stuff– Push/Pull Strategies using Social Collaboration and Multimedia

One of the beautiful things in SP 2010 for non-technical content creators is the OOTB tools that enable us to create both engaging and useful multidimensional sites. Gone are the days when we use SharePoint strictly for document repositories and basic team coordination – with easily created blog sites, note boards, streaming media, and the ability to aggregate targeted social media feeds you can create a site that enables a whole new level of collaboration and sharing in your organization. Heidi Bergstrom will present examples of how to leverage the social collaboration tools on your site and demonstrate simple strategies for feeding targeted social media streams as well as how and why to curate content for your audience.

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  • Keith Tuomi - SharePoint Acceleration | Performance for the Rest of Us , Part 2 - Revenge of the Milliseconds

SharePoint has become "the portal" for a growing number of information workers. Rolling out an upgrade to SharePoint 2010 (or consolidating 3rd party software silos) can bring glory and positive ROI to stakeholders, but it’s important to remember that the exponentially important connection is the SharePoint system to the end users who make the business run on all levels. Everyone from the Mail Clerk to the CEO is used to instant web system response times from the example set by web giants like Google and Yahoo. If your portal is becoming the subject of water cooler naysayers, it’s not too late to fix things!

The good news is that SharePoint 2010 uses a fantastic set of performance-enhancing methods to try and reduce the dull, glazed look between mouse click and information retrieval. Issues due to underlying plumbing misconfigurations are contributing factors to a bad user experience, but a surprising amount of cases of a "slow" SharePoint system can be attributed to factors that fall in the sphere of control of Admins, Content Managers and even the end-users choices in software.

Keith will expand on his previous Performance presentation, which described classic web browser & content issues that can plague SharePoint as well as any other web application, and will here move up the ladder into problems SharePoint admins and developers can tackle. He will attempt to demystify the infamous 5000 item limit in lists, explain common settings that can bog down your SharePoint site, and show how to understand and take action with the SharePoint Health Analyzer.

About the Speakers

Heidi Bergstrom
Director, Corporate Planning
Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government

Heidi Bergstrom is the Director of Corporate Planning for the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government. Before coming to government in 2007 she worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit/charitable sectors as well as for large corporations including Corus Entertainment as a Creative Services Manager in television production and Campbell’s Soup in marketing. Heidi’s training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from York University as well as two years full time at the Toronto School of Art, a Diploma in New Media (Internet Site Design, Multimedia Production, 3d Animation), and she is currently pursuing an Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Victoria.

Keith Tuomi
SharePoint Consultant
itgroove –

Keith Tuomi is a Microsoft-focused Developer and web systems expert who has been making Bulletin Boards, Websites and Applications since the late 80's. He's lived and worked abroad in places like Germany and Saudi Arabia, and recently returned home to BC to discover the great combination of itgroove and SharePoint. He is currently learning, blogging, and helping clients achieve success with SharePoint under the mentoring of itgroove's head Microsoft MVP, Sean Wallbridge.

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  • Margo A.

    Great - real world information. Thanks Heidi and Keith.

    October 18, 2012

  • Gerry B.

    Hey everyone! Sean asked me "Can you host next week? I'm going to be Microsoft." (Yes, those are his exact words...) So I guess I'm going to be vSharePoint :-)...Of course with help from you all and especially Heidi and Keith. See you tomorrow!

    October 17, 2012

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