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vSharePoint May 2013

Hey folks,

We are full steam ahead for May 9th. Hope to see you there.


6:30 - 7:00 - Meet and Greet
7:00 - 7:45 - First Presenter
7:45 - 8:15 - Pizza!
8:15 - 9:00 - Second Presenter


Rob Morrison, IT Manager (Maintenance, BI, SharePoint), BC Ferries

Title: BC Ferries SharePoint Implementation – Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Overview: BC Ferries went live with SharePoint 2010 in January 2011. Rob will share his experiences and challenges with not only getting a government organization using current technology, but also moving from a “need to know” to a collaborative culture. Some of the challenges should be fairly common so it would be good to hear from you on how you overcame them at your company as well.

Bio: Rob recently moved to Victoria and joined BC Ferries in April 2010 after spending 10 years with Teekay Shipping. While with Teekay (one of the largest crude oil, LNG, “super tanker” companies), Rob was fortunate to work out of Glasgow, Scotland for the last 5 years looking after IT Operations for the region. Rob has had brief stints with; Electronic Arts looking after IT studio support and playing video games, IBM rolling out a GSM network in Saudi Arabia while getting a suntan, and 360networks where he still has the “R” from the company sign after they went bankrupt.


Sean Wallbridge, SharePoint MVP, itgroove

Title: The book of 5's

Overview: I've been compiling various "Top 5 lists" as I get asked often what I use most, what I think about most, etc. when approaching various SharePoint customers.  So I thought I'd share some of these and solicit feedback as we go as I'm sure others will have their own to share.  Some examples include: 5 reasons to upgrade to SharePoint 2013, 5 reasons to go to the cloud, 5 reasons to avoid the cloud, my 5 Favourite 3rd party components, 5 tips to get SharePoint user buy in, 5 roles to hire for to build a solid SharePoint corporate support team, my 5 Favourite muppets - the list goes on ;)

Bio: Sean is the President and Principal Consultant of itgroove and is a 5 Time SharePoint MVP and Evangelist. Sean likes to characterize himself as a "SharePoint Jedi" (there are no experts, just those who continue to explore the enormous ways of the SharePoint force) and there is no better way to describe Sean's enthusiasm for SharePoint!

Sean and itgroove ( specialize in bringing an informed, professional SharePoint experience to the small and mid-size companies that form the backbone of business in British Columbia and Canada. In addition to being a SharePoint MVP, Sean has a rich background in the Windows world and carries many certifications including CISSP, MCSE, MCT and MCSA. Sean has lived and worked internationally (Bermuda) and still carries on an international consulting practice from his base at itgroove in Victoria.



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  • Dave T.

    Great session, well informed and good networking. Excellent!

    May 13, 2013

  • Tammy R.

    This was a great meetup. Very informative presentations, and looking forward to continuing Sean's Top 5!

    May 10, 2013

  • Gerry B.

    Great meetup! Great presentations with lots of interaction. Great networking. LOVED IT!

    May 10, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Agreed - a good combination, each presentation so different and therefore stimulating in different ways.

    May 10, 2013

  • Margo A.

    Brilliant. Two great presentations. Really good to see both 'real life' applications of SharePoint and to learn what's coming next. Thanks

    May 9, 2013

  • Sean W.

    Great and insightful presentation Rob!

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Tanya M.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it!

    May 8, 2013

  • Manny M.

    I will be in Vancouver. Catch you next month.

    May 7, 2013

  • Gerry B.

    looking forward to it!

    May 6, 2013

  • Dave T.

    Looking forward to the session.

    April 29, 2013

  • Tammy R.

    Really looking forward to top 5 3rd party components. I'd even venture a split between FE user-pleasers and BE admin tools if you have a mind to differentiate.

    April 29, 2013

    • Sean W.

      will add it to my homework. ;)

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • Margo A.

    Look forward to this one - missed March and April - out of town

    April 4, 2013

    • Sean W.

      Cool see you then. Details posted soon

      April 20, 2013

  • Sean W.

    We've got two great topics on deck. More details when I get near a laptop (sitting at a Disney hotel at the moment sucking back a fruity concoction).

    1 · April 20, 2013

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