Our first formal meeting went great! Here are some highlights.
Richard Harbridge gave a great talk on ShaerPoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What you need to know about Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS). Great Speaker, Great Topic.
We also discussed what topics we want to cover and here is our list.
Real world business solutions - perhaps an open discussion
Walk through of features
Exploring the experience of different SharePoint roles from a developer to admin as well as an end user
Best Practices, Tip of the Week, Pitfalls - open discussion from the attendees
So on that note SharePoint Super Star Laura Rogers will be presenting to us and the Orlando SP UG via webinar:
Form Approval Process - Best Practices
In your company, forms are everywhere, and they usually have some type of workflow associated with them. Approval workflows are a very common request in SharePoint, and there are several different ways to go about creating this process. SharePoint Designer and InfoPath are common tools that are used to not only create the business form, but to run it through an approval. Depending on the business requirements, there are different best practices involved. In this session, attendees will learn how SharePoint 2010 and InfoPath 2010 can be leveraged the most efficiently to create an approval process that is best for the specific project. Improvements from 2007 to 2010 will also be discussed.
Her presentation starts at 7 so we'll have some discussion beforehand.
I have left some of the Florida based info below.
Hope to see you there,
For non-Tampa folks
I realized that some of you are not local but apart from the announcement of the Tampa group I can also announce that there are going to be another SharePoint Saturday in South Florida starting on December 4th in South Florida at Nova University in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Right now we have calls for speakers and sponsors out so if you are interested in either please let either I or Chuck Hughes know via the site. If you can't make that one we are also initial phases of coordinating SharePoint Saturdays with other user groups for Orlando, NASA, and of course SPS Tampa will be back for sure in 2011. I will send out those announcements as they come in.
If you need or want more info on other user groups here are the links to those:
South Florida: http://sfspug.com/default.aspx
If you prefer to get only Florida SharePoint community mails, let me know so I can get you the announcements you want.
On that note, there is a Florida SharePoint Community Central Portal in the works that we hope to be the source for all news for our community endeavors.
If you are unable to make the Tampa meeting we hope to see you at SharePoint Saturdays coming throughout Florida.
If you have any questions please contact me.
When & Where
Michael Hinckley MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, has over 10+ years specializing in solution architecture for organizations that span from small businesses and global corporations. He is currently the SharePoint Practice Program Manager at Tangram. Michael is a recognized speaker and evangelist for Microsoft SharePoint and Business Intelligence stacks. He organizes SharePoint Saturdays throughout Florida and runs the Tampa SharePoint/Office User Group. He is a contributing author for the book Microsoft SharePoint for Business Executives: Q&A Handbook.