It’s Official.  I’m joining Perficient one of the Top Microsoft Partners!

“Dear Joel,

On behalf of Perficient, Inc., I am pleased to make you this written offer of employment for the position of Director with Perficient’s MSFT CS US (and Canada) team…

We are confident you will find Perficient to be an excellent company in which to invest your time, talents, and energies.  Perficient invests in our people through training, the opportunity to work with advanced technologies, and to work with other creative people.  You will make a great addition to the talented team that is building Perficient into one of the leading technology management consulting firms in North America.

Anticipated Start date: 6/24/2019″

Super excited to get started.  I will not be moving.  I will be working in their national or North America practice, and yes they support me in my global efforts as well.  I definitely see this as a great opportunity to help them and continue on the path of digital transformation for the world.  With their help, I’ll be able to do even more for the community.  This is a Win/Win/Win.

Over the past decade Perficient has grown through acquisition… you may recognize any number of the more than 30 acquisitions… here are few notable ones: PointBridge Solutions, Northridge Systems, speakTECH, Genisys Consulting Inc., Southport Services Group, Clarity Consulting, Market Street Solutions, and Enlighten. You probably know Blue Rooster (16 Employees and the Product Rise) which is one of the top Intranet in a Box solutions, they bought the product and the employees who came with it, but not the company or brand.

Who is Perficient?  They are the industry’s best kept secret, but don’t take my word for it.  Here’s some information I’ve clipped information below from the Perficient website and wikipedia to better explain the company and relevance to you.  You can read more about it on the Perficient site which I highly recommend.

“Perficient, Inc. is a consulting firm serving enterprise customers throughout North America. The company’s efforts include enterprise mobile applications, creative services, marketing, digital strategy, Internet of Things, information technology, management consulting, custom development, and platform implementations.

The firm primarily performs project-based work, a large portion of which involves business intelligence and portal collaboration. Perficient also has offshore capabilities.

Perficient is a Microsoft National Solution Provider (NSP),  Microsoft Gold Certified partner and has been recognized as U.S. Partner of the Year, Global Messaging Partner of the Year, U.S. EPG Office 365 Consumption Partner of the Year, and Performance Partner of the Year. Perficient employs more than 450 Microsoft-focused consultants including more than 125 certified Microsoft Cloud consultants. Perficient became known for its experience with cloud migrations and deployments related to Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Intune and Dynamics.

Perficient has offices in North America, Europe, India, and China.”

Those asking… What does this mean?  I say, this is what it sounds like.  I’m going to be getting back more involved with the community, more speaking, more webinars, more community events and more customer experiences and outreach.

 

Perficient
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQ: PRFT
S&P 600 Component
Industry Management consulting
Outsourcing
Founded 1997
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
CEO Jeffrey S. Davis (CEO)
Revenue US$498.4 million (2017)
Number of employees ~3000

Perficient is in the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600

Picture: Property of Perficient.  This happened on the day I got my offer.  Perficient rang the bell at the close of the NASDAQ.

Q&A and Recording from SharePoint Conference 2019 Panel

Thanks for joining me and my Expert, MVP and RD friends on the Panel.  Below you’ll find slides, recording, and the Q&A.

#SPC19 Recap Slides feel free to download:

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SharePoint Conference 2019 Experts Panel Recap Video Recording

Questions and Answers from SPC Experts Panel:

Not sure I understand the difference between Home Sites, and the Communication site?

Home sites are a landing page for your Intelligent Intranet and there is only one per user per tenant.  You can have many communication sites and they don’t have all the new personalized webparts designed for this new homesite.

Is there any point to the Yammer Q&A if Yammer adoption has never taken off in your company? (v. QnA)

If you aren’t using Yammer, then the Yammer Q&A feature won’t mean much for you.  You need to decide what is right for your organization.

 

Our firm is not using Teams because we still have issues with the messaging component of Teams still does not meet our EKM or equivalent security requirements.  This really handcuffs us in a lot of ways and would love to know if and when these concerns will be addressed? 

Not sure what your security requirements are, but there is a lot more being done to focus on security and compliance for Teams and a lot was announced at SPC19.  I encourage you to track down your specific requirements.

 

Would like to understand what 90% of the Fortune 100 means – How they are using Teams and in what capacity?

We don’t have any additional detail on Microsoft’s numbers.  That’s a great question.

 

Just have issues with the design of the Home sites and what I perceived as limitations on what customizations we can make on them…

We have a lot of questions ourselves and this is also something Microsoft will be working out.  They have an advisory board that is helping them.  I encourage you to get involved in the prerelease if you can to provide your requirements or feedback.

 

Good day ! 99 % of Admins will be using SP2019 as migration path from SP2016 /2010, so my questions are

  1. My Site provisioning – at SP2016 Microsoft introduced site master fast provisioning using default template of site master. sp2016 uses template 9 or 10. Migrating to SPO2019 how can we keep same look ?

SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019 have a new approach to branding with Modern.  When on premises you can absolutely change the master page, but in SharePoint online that’s not recommended if you can avoid it.

 

Will you have any tool to migrate MySite provisioning template from SP2016/2010 to 2019?

My sites have dramatically changed between the legacy versions of My site to the new 2019 OneDrive, but Microsoft just sent some updates related to their SMAT tool and mysites.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointmigration/mysites-to-onedrive-migration-guide

 

Next question : SP farm + mirroring DR farm

There is more redundancy in the Online services.  If you’re trying to do mirroring in on premises look at AOAG.  Yes, they do have guides to help you setup proper DR.

 

Any improvements will be done for SP 2019?

SharePoint 2019 launched last year.  There was a SharePoint 2019 session you should track down.

 

At 2016 we must break AG SQL to patch service applications DBs , did someone address those issue for SP2019 ?

I’m not familiar with this issue, but they definitely have improved in 2016 and 2019 over 2013.

https://www.slideshare.net/thesqlgrrl/unbreakable-sharepoint-2016-with-sql-server-2016-availability-groups

 

Is there a link to a reference or quote on SharePoint being biggest consumer over azure.  I have an exchange fan boy I want to show.

SharePoint is the biggest consumer OF Azure not over.  It was mentioned in the keynote.  180,000 VMs.  Not sure how many VMs Exchange has, or if they are willing to share those numbers.

Vlad has an ondemand page: https://absolute-sharepoint.com/sharepoint-virtual-summit-2019-keynote-on-demand-from-spc-2019

 

How is this different from hitting the “Sites” link in office 365, that shows you frequent sites, favorites etc.

Home sites has a lot of new parts.  Only the rail on the right side is the same as the SharePoint Home of today.

 

Would this be replacing the “sites” functionality?

No, but that that is evolving as well.

 

 

I work for the only company that is authorized to sell Hololens 2 in the US, and we are getting a lot of interest in using it with Dynamics. As those users start implementing their VR apps, they will begin showing in SPO also

They will integrate more and more.  The Dynamics Remote viewing app as an example allows you to choose files in OneDrive or SharePoint.  Teams also has connections to Dynamics and the new functionality in biz apps portals will provide additional abilities.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to show the integration.  There’s a great story and that will continue to get better when SharePoint spaces ships.

 

Where can I find info about PowerApps and doc library?

https://powerapps.microsoft.com is a good place to get started with PowerApps.

 

Good morning! Will the recording of this webinar be shared?

Yes, all attendees and here’s a link:

 

Please share the 12 blog posts link?

 

I think home sites helps to tie together all the hub sites

That’s a good analogy and one of the points.

 

Are any of these file storage performance improvements applicable to the on-prem SP2019 architecture, or are they purely cloud-based improvements?

Yes, many improvements in SharePoint performance overall.  Refer to Ignite for more on SharePoint 2019.  Not much said about already shipping products.

 

Can we have more audit logs for Flow? We need some administrator logs, like, who create data policies, environments…

Go to user voice and vote up or log your opinions.  There were a lot of new administrative features and controls that were added.  I recommend checking out the session on Office 365 Administration.  Many of the speakers who were not Microsoft speakers also shared their decks.

 

So this is the new ROOT site collection?

I wouldn’t go that far.  Microsoft recently released the ability to make a communication site your root site collection.  This is a new release.

 

There are SO many areas MS can focus on without this needed “spaces” app. i mean users can even integrate ToDo with OneNote with any consistency and Flow and PowerApps are still being dabbled

Lots of people don’t understand the need for SharePoint spaces.  Check out the keynote example.  It’s a good one.

 

In Toronto, we do need innovative soltions for the Health sector, (practicioners level), EMR, XRays, etc. with a high level of privacy within the context of cybersecurity. Is there some rodmap for segment of the ‘industry’, (Health)?

Looking forward for the private channels development. Please keep the team informed. For HEALTH ,otherwise, all these excellent features may not be applicable. Four our business, it’s very important.

 

Who was the person doing the Teams architecture blog series?

@joeloleson

 

Was there anything notable, feature-wise, for Yammer @ SPC19?

Yes, Q&A Bot and marking a post as a question or an answer.  Refer to the Yammer session for more… yes there was a yammer session.

 

People don’t always agree on the insight to be imparted to the ML model.  Is there a ‘conflict resolution’ process envisioned?

In Machine teaching the answer is yes.  It’s about teaching.

 

Are they sharing some of the SPC19 conference sessions somewhere?

Yes, on the sharepointna.com site.  Wouldn’t be surprised.

 

Do we have a schedule of the events in the Poll? I would love to know about California Based SharePoint Focused events

There are industry events at https://www.cmswire.com/events/  Visit http://SPSevents.org for upcoming SharePoint Saturdays across California.

 

Are private channels ever coming to Teams?

Yes, they are in preview.

 

Does MS still throttle the upload speeds for the Mac version of the OneDrive client?  It was about 10x slower than the Windows OneDrive client in our tests last year, posing a problem for adoption among our Mac users.

There are some settings in the client to throttle the speed, but Microsoft doesn’t throttle the upload speeds.  There are a dozen reasons why one machine could be slower than another.  I’d highly recommend opening a support ticket if you can reproduce this issue.  I couldn’t find anything else reported on this and performance is definitely something that Microsoft is focused on.

 

How can we get rid of the :x/:r gibberish that Microsoft introduced in the SharePoint Online URLs last year?  So annoying for documentation.  We have to manually edit links every time.

There have been efforts to optimize the URLs and to be able to rename site URLs.  No other mention of URLs in the event.

The SharePoint Conference – Microsoft Search in Real Life #SPC19

I’m excited to be speaking at the upcoming SharePoint Conference.  Be sure to block out my session on your calendar!  If you haven’t time is running out!  Register now for next week’s SPC2019 in Las Vegas use OLESON for discount.

Microsoft Search in Real Life BRK102 Breakout: 60 Minute Microsoft Search Premier Ballroom 309 Thursday 5/23 | 8:30 – 9:30am Joel Oleson

joel at spc19

Session Title: Microsoft Search in Real Life

Microsoft Search is poised to change enterprise search by featuring search across Windows, Office, and SharePoint Online in addition to various other services. In this session, I’ll dive into the vision, the features, and the reality.  Search is a huge undertaking, but it is confusing to know where to invest to take advantage of the greatest of what Microsoft has built.  Out of this session you’ll know what has already shipped that you can go back to work to take advantage of in Microsoft Search.  You’ll also see examples of what is possible today.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand the Vision and Promises of Microsoft Search
  2. How to get started today on your search strategy with Microsoft Search
  3. Get started with Search and get value immediately with simple configuration and a plan for integration

Read more

Welcome to Microsoft Search Intelligent Search for the Modern Workplace

Microsoft Search Cohesive and Intelligent Command and Navigate

Read the article I wrote for CMSWire and get a good look at Microsoft Search

Microsoft Search… Vision of Next Generation Command and Discover

Microsoft introduces us to a new tool combining the Artificial Intelligence of Bing’s search engine, as well as the insights provided by Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Search gives you the ability to discover your inquiries across a myriad of Microsoft’s various platforms such as Office, SharePoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Windows, and of course Bing.

Microsoft Search is not just for links and search inquiries like bing, but also enhances your ability within a program such as in word where you can search for the tools like spelling and grammar checks in the task completion features. The task completion feature also assists by searching for tools relevant to the task you wish to complete such as rotating an image as you search for tools when selecting an image.

With Microsoft Search you can also search for relevant information and apps with instant query predictions that allow you to quickly re-access your various documents, applications, and even contacts. Microsoft Search understands contextual information from your recent behavior and search through its incredibly advanced AI features that enable it to become a personal assistant to you and your network of capabilities. You can easily search for contacts in Yammer, Microsoft Teams and more. As you search for colleagues and team members you’ll be provided with relevant contact information, files you share, conversations, and events. “You can even start a Microsoft Teams conversation, place a phone call, send an email or get a map to their office location right from an adaptive card, accelerating productivity and reducing the time you spend searching for the right answer.”

Since Microsoft Search is not an asset for one set application, it works across all your connected apps providing a framework for accessibility from any point. This is evident from Microsoft’s quote giving the example of “if you’re working in Word and want to reuse information from a presentation that a colleague shared from OneDrive, there’s no need to switch to OneDrive and search for that presentation, you can simply search from Word” allowing you easier and faster access to your files and contacts, blending your various assets and tools into one seamlessly connected arcology of information databases.

With Microsoft’s recent design changes to SharePoint including a focus on the simplistic and chic, Microsoft Search is conveniently placed in every Microsoft Office application and in Windows 10 and all of the online Office apps, and even allowing you to access relevant information and contacts directly from Bing’s search engine.  It’s quite extensive the vision for Microsoft Search.  Personalization in all of these interfaces with corporate access that’s security trimmed is the design from the beginning.

Microsoft Search is an exciting tool that consolidates the best parts of each application into easily reachable places, saving priceless time and releasing you from the headache that comes from searching through thousands of files and documents to find one specific piece of information. Gone are the days where you stand at the speaker podium in awkward silence for five minutes as you search for your powerpoint presentation. At this point, wherever you are, just enter the keywords into the search bar and let Microsoft Search do the work for you.

I encourage you to join me in Las Vegas for Microsoft Search in Real Life

 

 

Join the Ministry of Silly Walks Flashmob at #SPC19

And Now for Something Totally Different… Those who know me know I’m a HUGE fan of community and love to put on silly things.  Some remember the Infopath funeral for good or for worse.  Others may remember the year we sang our hearts out “Don’t Stop Believing” when we were concerned SharePoint was taking a back seat to things like Yammer and becoming simply “sites” in Office 365.

This year I want to do something totally different and even more Silly.

Silly Walks Featured Photo

I’m assembling a Ministry of Silly Walks for a Community March Through the Exhibit hall at #SPC19 on the first day May 21 at lunch time.  Eat your lunch quick and meet us at the entrance of the expo hall… don’t miss the music.  We start marching at 1:01pm sharp.

What is a Silly Walk?  Haven’t heard of Monty Python?  It’s an international Phenomena see more on the Monty Python website on International Marches.  I want this to be the biggest one ever.

How do I register or get involved?  You can register on #SPCSillyWalks on Eventbrite or on The Facebook Events for #SPCSillyWalks

I’m looking to recruit the true Monty Python Fans.  For those of the Organizing Committee Ministry I will get us Bowler Hats and Mustaches.  I’m working with Apps 365 as sponsor for T-shirts for attendees.  They are totally on board and love it.  Any other vendors who want to help.  Please reach out.  We can always use more swag.

When: May 21, 2019 at 1PM Pacific Time (Las Vegas)

Where: MGM Grand SPC Expo Hall Entrance (more details provided to those who register, but registration is not required)

What should I bring: Plan to bring a funny hat, suit coat, umbrella, and whatever other silly props along with your best silly walk
Remember to register on #SPCSillyWalks on Eventbrite or on The Facebook Events for #SPCSillyWalks

Not yet involved at SPC?  Get registered and use my invite code for a discount.  It’s going to be a blast.  I’m speaking on SharePoint Search.  More on that in another post.

Register for SharePoint Conference North America May 21-23 Discount Code OLESON

Want to be part of the Flying Circus Band?   I’m looking for Flying Circus style Tuba player, Trombone player, and a whistle chorus etc… (Song is “Always look on the bright side of Life”) various percussion options.

If you’re absolutely confused.  It’s probably a problem with your walk and we at the Ministry can help you with that.

monty python swing dance GIF

Reach out to me joel.oleson@outlook.com or on twitter at @joeloleson

Need some practice or inspiration on Silly Walks?

Here’s some history on Silly Walks

Here’s the original Hillarious and Fantastic Monthy Python Sketch from 1970.

#SPCSillyWalk #MontyPython

 

 

Tribute to Tom Castiglia, True Community Leader, Gone but Not Forgotten!

Update: See more stories, memories, photos, videos and a memorial for Tom at https://www.forevermissed.com/tomcastiglia/

When I first moved to California, there was one person who made a big impression on my life and it’s never been the same.  Tom Castiglia, President of the SharePoint User Group, and Founder of the .NET User Group in San Diego was all about community.  The first month I was there I had offered to help Tom and the SharePoint Saturday San Diego event committee.  I had some crazy ideas about doing a speaker party on the beach with fusion Hawaiian food and fire and hula dancers.  Tom didn’t shut me down despite the fact I accidentally planned a trip to Colombia and Bolivia over the top of that weekend.  I heard everyone had a great time, but Tom helped me pull it off without hesitation.

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Up bright and early for SharePoint Bloggers breakfast before the keynote and on the second row…  Tom had Passion!!

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The next month I was at the User group with some rough news.  I was in the middle of trying to buy a house with an unknown closing date.  It was during the committee meeting for the user group that I brought up I was out of work and looking.  I didn’t really have any time to make anything happen…  Tom reached out and I believe he stuck his neck out to take a chance on bringing me on at the small San Diego based business.   A day later I was talking to Neal and Arjay and the following Monday I was working with him at Hershey.  I was able to keep our house and with no drama my prayers were answered.

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Some of the Hershey SharePoint team at a recent little reunion.

 

We’d share a room at the upcoming Ignite event, and nearly every waking moment of that event we were together.  My SharePoint friends were his friends, and the San Diego User Group and SharePoint crew got really tight.  Haaron Gonzales, Chris Givens, Randy Williams, Galen, Tony, Ron… you couldn’t find a tighter community.  We adopted David Leveille when he moved to San Diego.  He had a client in San Diego and lived with Tom and Martha for over a month.  Who does that?  Tom (and Martha).  1

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While I was working with Tom at Hershey we had more than a few lunches together.  We shared a lot together.  I saw his work ethic first hand.  A hard worker with a passion for community and friendships.  He told me all about his Old Pros group, and I saw it first hand.  Those guys would do anything for each other.  Very tight knit group.

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The next year in Atlanta for Ignite, Tom, Galen and I got glowing light sabers and we fought with our lazer swords under the laser light show.  Tom believed in my crazy ideas and backed me up when I was feeling spontaneous.  That’s a rare thing.

 

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I went to more baseball games with Tom in the past few years than the rest of my life combined.  He sure loved baseball.

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Tom knew how to make people feel wanted and how best to organize an event.  Last years SharePoint Saturday San Diego Zoiner opened his home for the speaker dinner.  It took things to a much more personal level.  Something I’ve strove for.  This community is more than a bunch of geeks.  It’s family.  We all know that.

 

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It didn’t take much to convince Tom to join me on a crazy adventure to SharePoint Saturday in Cuba.

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Politics doesn’t divide the SharePoint Community.  Tom, Rob, Chris and I met with the Cuban SharePoint folks who sacrificed to tell their stories.  I cherish the memories of walking through the dark streets of Havana with Tom.  He put a lot of trust in me.  It was one of the first times they’d left Ben alone and for so long.  Tom tells the story that Ben had a secret, but due to their strong relationship, he couldn’t hold it a secret for long and Tom would handle the situation like a good father would.

Tom was the glue that has kept the community here in southern California together.  Through ups and downs and thick and thin…  Even when Microsoft said we couldn’t keep meeting in San Diego, he pushed to get us what we needed to keep going.  He has put his own money into buying pizzas on more than one occasion, traveling to SharePoint events all over the country and beyond.  His impact cannot be measured.  As a Nintex vTE he helped people for free all over the world, and those developers and engineers are deeply indebted to his graciousness and technical knowledge.

 

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Tom invited me and a few SharePoint friends to his 50th birthday party.  This wasn’t the first birthday he invited me to.  During the first year we moved here, he invited me into his home and my little boy Dean danced and danced at his party.  We all felt comfortable at Tom’s house…  We could be ourselves.  Being at Tom’s house belt like being at home…  being there felt like family.

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Only a week ago, Tom helped me do some shopping and helped me throw the biggest party I’ve ever had.  I had commitments on Thursday and Friday and he took time out of his week to go shopping mid week.  Super nice guy.  Tons of Love.  He opened his heart and we’ll never be the same.   I miss my friend, but know he’ll be waiting for us all for a big party on the other side… with a brass cup and some ginger beer.  I’m sure he’s working with the Angels on their Records Management in the meantime.

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Tom, I’ll miss your non judgmental smile and your never give up and do what it takes to make it work personality.  I promise to do what I can to keep the community together, and I’ll never forget the way you made us all feel… loved.

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If you know or were inspired by Tom, I invite you to attend Tom Castiglia’s Funeral which will be on Tuesday February 5th at 10am. http://tomcastiglia.eventbrite.com

Saint Gregory the Great Church, Scripps Ranch, 11451 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego, CA 92131

How can you help? In the beginning the recommendation was to donate to the American Heart Association. Even better, now there is a Go Fund Me to help with Funeral and Burial expenses… Thanks for anything you can do.