Speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 #SPSUK

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

This year I’ve been invited back again to deliver a SharePoint session at the 5th SharePoint Saturday UK event in Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 29th November 2014. This will be my 4th time speaking at this FREE one-day event and its always been a pleasure to contribute and catching up with SharePoint enthusiasts and training along the way! I want to thank the organisers and sponsors for bringing this event and the volunteers who contribute endless energy – well done folks! This year there are 5 session tracks (Business, Developer, IT Professional, Information Worker and Social) and some sessions will be delivered by well-known speakers.

My session ‘Improving productivity with SharePoint centric Office collaboration tools‘ is going to focus on plethora of features and productive tools from Microsoft that are on constant release with tools such as Delve, OneDrive for Business and Yammer driving optimum SharePoint productivity experience with nuggets of demos!

For those who have never visited SharePoint Saturday UK event before, SharePoint Saturday Events (SPSEvents.org) are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals for End Users, Power Users, Project Managers, Business Analysts and many more. So what are you waiting for? Get registering and hope to see you on 29th November!

To keep up with the latest event updates and developments you can follow on Twitter at #SPSUK and @SPSUK

Below are some of my presentations delivered in the past years and you can take a look at the slide decks on @techChirag Slideshare.
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Office Delve – discovery and search tool without doing anything

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Following the announcements from SharePoint Conference earlier this year of a new feature, this week saw the first release of Delve (formerly Oslo) which is a discovery and search tool that is capable of accessing OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Outlook and more. Currently Office Delve can be accessed via browser and is a feature part of Office 365.

Delve aims to solve the problem of information silos by bringing all of the above content mediums that is useful and contextually relevant through your interactions with content and people, into a visually engaging card-like experience application.

Delve is built on Office Graph (data layer), in which it interacts with content and signals and applying machine learning principles to gain insights and proactively presenting the information in several intended views:
– Presented to me
– Modified by me
– Shared with me
– Trending around me
– Liked by me
– Viewed by me

Delve not only enables you to search content but also people with intended activity driven views from Office Graph:
– We both work with
– Working with
– Peers
– Manager
– Directs

Having taken Delve for spin, below are my notes and observations:
The first release of Delve contains only the following views: My Work, Shared with me and small list of people. Though more views are planned.
SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are the only content mediums connected to Office Graph at the moment.
The real benefits of Delve can only be realized with the uptake of OneDrive for Business and sharing content with your colleagues, in which Delve make it easier to surface content from everyone’s OneDrive for Business. An important point to note here is that Delve honors the permissions in respective content mediums and does not alter permissions.

There is also preview documentation available for Delve API to conduct graph queries through SharePoint Search REST API using GQL (Graph Query Language).

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/dn783218(v=office.15).aspx

Delve Q&A
Few days after Delve release, Office 365 Technical Network organized an online event on Yammer (YamJam), containing great conversations with questions and answers from participants. My view of conversations can be found there with rapid responses from MS folks!
The recurring themes of discussions were:
– Privacy concerns
– Office Graph customisations roadmap
– Delve results integration to SharePoint Search result pages
– Hybrid scenarios
– Allowing Delve to federate between Office 365 tenants

Expect a summary report from Office Delve team soon in readable format! For detailed questions and answers, head to Yammer Delve Public Group
To keep up with Office Delve on Twitter, the hashtag is #Delve and twitter handle is @OfficeDelve

More info on Delve:
Introducing Delve and the Office Graph

http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/11/introducing-codename-oslo-and-the-office-graph/

What is Delve?

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/what-is-delve-FX104369201.aspx

Delve – Next Generation Discovery and Search

Palace to Palace 45-mile Cycling Challenge #palace2palace

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Hey folks! I’m raising money for The Prince’s Trust and have set a target of £120 through taking part in Palace to Palace (Buckingham Palace to Windsor) 45-mile Cycling Challenge on 5th October 2014.

I’ve setup the fundraising page for you to donate easily. Alternatively you can donate via texting from your mobile – Text CPTP66 £1,£2,£3,£5 or £10 to 70070 to sponsor me today.

The Prince’s Trust help disadvantaged young people in the UK to change their lives and get into work, education or training.

Please help me to support the amazing work they do. So any change you can spare will be much appreciated. On the day with me will be my colleagues from Avanade UK who will also be participating in this amazing event!

Thank you in advance!
Chirag

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SharePoint Conference 2014 Keynote Summary notes #spc14

March 4, 2014 3 comments

So after the last SharePoint conference back in 2012, this week sees another edition of SharePoint conference (#SPC14 @SPConf) in Las Vegas. Channel 9 MSDN was the channel for me to consume the live keynote delivered by former US president Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) and Microsoft Chief Jeff Teper (@JeffTeper). Interestingly, back in 2008 the keynote was delivered by Bill Gates and yesterday we had another Bill delivering the keynote!

For me the biggest headline was that there will be new On-Premise SharePoint version in 2015 – Great result!

The post summarises some of the key points that I took away & discussed in the keynote and what the future of SharePoint looks like!

A quick glance at Twitter stats before the keynote started showed that there were 19 million #SPC14 impressions and after the keynote this figure rose to 26 million – the excitement just kept energising! You can follow the current twitter stats at http://techchir.ag/1dgrvwG (thanks @meetdux)

Office 365 is now the fastest growing commercial product in Microsoft’s history, thus beating SharePoint, however, in my view SharePoint is still rich and very much baked in throughout Office 365 functionality.

Below were some of the points Bill Clinton discussed:

  • You cannot refuse anything just because you can’t do everything – more often we forget to ask what are we trying to achieve
  • Bill is grateful to Microsoft for being part of Clinton Initiative for 8 years where the technology has enabled variety of programmes around the world
  • Whilst today’s technologies brings us closer, there is increased growth of  inter-dependencies to get things done
  • There will always be a gap with what Governments can provide and what private sector can produce – technologists are critical part of this to create strong bridges
  • Technology is always needed for Public Sector Investment and Private Sector Innovation

The second half of the keynote was delivered by Jeff Teper and below were some of the main developments that paves the way ahead:

  • Office 365 phase 1 has been very much part of building the cloud infrastructure and services (SharePoint, Exchange and Lync). Here on, phase 2 is all about focussing on transformation and productivity networks
  • Future of SharePoint: 1. Social Workplace 2. Personalised Insights 3. NextGen Portal
  • Oslo app and Office Graph innovations were demonstrated by Julia White where information is beautifully overloaded – thus give me actions to deal with!
  • iPad was used to demonstrate some cool demos, and thus losing the opportunity to sell Surface tablet!
  • PowerBI with powerful visualisations were demonstrated, and thus being every Information Poor’s friend!
  • New Video portal in Office 365 announced
  • Contextual Apps development across Office 365 suite with strong focus on OAuth, OData, REST, HTML5
  • Whilst there was no mention of “No code” nor InfoPath’s death – Access Apps is powering ahead and receiving more attention
  • Availability of Multi-factor authentication in Office 365 and hybrid solutions with federated identities as well
  • OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) available as standalone product
    So plenty of announcements and updates were given and there are probably more that I may have missed, nevertheless, there is a lot to unpack in the coming months and years, but the focus still remains protected for providing solutions to solve business problems with accelerated technology landscape.
    More details on the yesterday’s keynote can be found at Office365 blog – Technology enabling new ways of working http://techchir.ag/1ks2zqO
    Below is the glimpse of some twitter attractions during the keynote yesterday!
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Enjoy!

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK 2013

October 7, 2013 Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be speaking for the third time at SharePoint Saturday UK event and want to thank the organisers. This year the event will be held on Saturday, 9th November 2013 at Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, which is bigger with more sessions than in previous years. My session “Lighting up SharePoint with Office 365 Project Online” will demonstrate Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution based upon Project Online for Office 365 integrated with SharePoint and covering the key configuration tasks to successfully manage projects, communication and reporting based on real world scenario.
This year there are 7 tracks: Business Intelligence, Business, Cloud, Developer, End User, IT Pro and Real World Case Studies. The speaker line up is great with industry experts and MVPs with plenty of knowledge and experiences to gain from that will make real difference!

So get registering and hope to see you in my session! – SharePoint Saturday event is funded by sponsors and free to attendees.

For latest updates and developments you can follow us on Twitter at #SPSUK and @SPSUK

UPDATE: Slides from SPSUK available after a fantastic session and feedback!

Power View in Excel, SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server Reporting Services

Originally posted on PointBeyond:

This is another quick post to outline what Power View is and options for using in Excel and/or SharePoint, specifically with 2013 Microsoft technology stack. Though the information presented in this post is available on various Microsoft web pages, I’ve lifted the key pieces of info and summarised in this post with useful links to videos and articles, so you don’t have to look for it everywhere!

What is Power View?

Power View is an interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience that encourages intuitive ad-hoc reporting. For working demos you can visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/Products/PowerView.aspx.

How do you access Power View?

Power View is available in Microsoft Excel 2013. It is also a feature of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 as part of the SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition.

You can access Power View in Excel in SharePoint Server…

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Database Performance Metric Provider SharePoint 2013 Timer Job causing 15 seconds page load

Originally posted on PointBeyond:

Recently, I came across a performance issue in my SharePoint 2013 development environment (RTM) with SQL Server 2012 causing every page to take about 15 seconds to load.

My SharePoint 2013 development environment has all the service applications deployed in line under the hood, with more than enough CPU and memory available, despite this the issue of 15 seconds page load still remained.

Many areas of SharePoint 2013 can be enhanced to gain performance improvements, but my issue was specifically related to a SharePoint timer job “Database Performance Metric Provider”. After some quick research, I found that this timer job is not even listed on TechNet Timer job reference (SharePoint 2013) and should not be confused with the“Performance Metric Provider” Timer Job – this is different!

Having checked the SQL Server error logs, I found the message “Using ‘dbghelp.dll’ version ‘4.0.5’” being logged about 5-6 times a minute – flooding SQL error logs…

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