Hack Productivity 4 Announced!

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DevPost and Microsoft have just announced Hack Productivity 4.  Developers are invited to build a work productivity app using the Office 365 developer products, tools, and APIs. Existing apps are eligible if they’re updated to include new features or functionality after the start of the submission period. There are over $35,000 in prizes, including cash and exposure.
Hack Productivity 4
Build productivity-boosting apps using Office 365 Developer Products, Tools and APIs
– Prizes: Over $35,000 in cash prizes
– Deadline: August 7, 2018
– Learn more and register at officehack4.devpost.com

Shop With A Smile!

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Today, our non-profit organization, Alphabits Incorporated, received a donation from Amazon through their Amazon Smile campaign.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you can designate a percentage of your qualified purchase to be donated to a charity of your choice.  This program does not cost you anything except that you designate your charity, and use the URL smile.amazon.com to shop.

As a non-profit, dedicated to providing free and low-cost technical training to our community, we depend on donations from our corporate sponsors and others to fund our various meetings, conferences, and classes.  This is another way to help raise money, and I ask, that when you shop at Amazon, please use the URL http://smile.amazon.com and designate Alphabits Incorporated as your charity.

Here’s a direct link to shop for us!

Thank you!

David Petersen

Sept 2017 Meeting

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We lost our meeting place for September so, we will not be having a September meeting.  Please keep checking back for our October meeting announcement.  We are still planning on having a meeting on October 5th at the Microsoft Office.

As always, we continually need speakers for our meetings.  Please consider volunteering to present to the group what you are currently doing with SharePoint.  A user group is only as strong as its members and it takes active participation from everyone to keep this group going.

To submit a presentation idea, please click Speaker Submissions and complete the brief form.  I will be in contact right away.

If you would like to learn about a particular topic, please submit a Topic Suggestion and we will attempt to find a speaker to speak on that topic.

August 2017 Meeting

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The July user group meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 11:30pm.  Please arrive early to get a name tag from security.  Use the link below to register for the free meal.  We would like everyone to register by Tuesday at noon so we know how much food to order.

Topic:  How Tenaska uses SharePoint as their EDM

Come to our user group to hear how Tenaska uses SharePoint as their Electronic Document Management system.

Presenters: Tracy Dittman and Babu Shafi

Lunch is served at 11:15am, meeting begins at 11:30. Please arrive early to check-in with security.

Register

July 2017 User Group Meeting

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The July user group meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6 at 11:30pm.  Please arrive early to get a name tag from security.  Use the link below to register for the free meal.  We would like everyone to register by Tuesday at noon so we know how much food to order.

Topic: Dealing with data in SharePoint
When building SharePoint applications, we often need to either move data between environments or interface with external data. We may even need to migrate whole site collections. This session will give a general overview of different tools and methods that you can use to either move large amounts of data in SharePoint or interface with external data sources.
Methods discussed will be
1. 3rd Party tools like:
a. Ontolica Fusion
b. Layer2 Business Data List Connector
c. Metalogix Content Matrix
2. Microsoft tools like
a. Powershell
b. Access
c. Excel

Since we only have an hour, we can’t dive into each one in detail, but it is our hope that you learn about the different ways to work with data and which methods will fit into your environment.

Presenters: David Petersen and Bill Lang

Lunch is served at 11:15am, meeting begins at 11:30. Please arrive early to check-in with security.

Register

June 2017 User Group Meeting

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Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Location:  Microsoft Office, 2111 South 67th Street, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68106
Lunch is served at 11:15 am, meeting begins at 11:30.  Please arrive early to check-in with security.

Topic: SPS Omaha Recap and Q & A Session

We will use this meeting as a time to ask all of the burning questions you have about SharePoint/Office 365 and anything else.  We will do our best to answer all of your questions.

Please register by noon on Tuesday, June 6 so we can make sure we have enough food.

Register here

April 2017 User Group Meeting

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Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Location:  Microsoft Office, 2111 South 67th Street, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68106
Lunch is served at 11:15 am, meeting begins at 11:30.  Please arrive early to check-in with security.

Topic: PowerShell for the SharePoint Admin and Developer​

PowerShell is a tool that every SharePoint Admin and Developer must have in their toolkit.  In this session, we will look at an introduction to PowerShell, some useful cmdlets to get acquainted with the shell, and some practical application of PowerShell in a farm.  As time permits, we’ll show how you can use PowerShell to replace (some) timer jobs with a process that runs outside of the SharePoint process.

Presenter: Paul Baker

Paul Baker has been working with SharePoint since WSS 3.0. He has experience as a SharePoint Administrator, SharePoint Developer, and some work in the BI realm. Paul has worked as an instructor and SharePoint consultant, where he enjoyed helping organizations get the most out of SharePoint. He currently works at Boys Town, where he helps to maintain the existing SharePoint infrastructure and architect systems and solutions to meet business needs in the future.

 

Presentation Slides:  Start-SPPowerShell