Saturday, August 20, 2016

Visual Studio LIVE, OCT. 3-6,2016 in DC, register now with our discount code!

Guten tag WSPDC & FEDSPUG community!

This post comes with some very exciting news. Visual Studio LIVE! event is in DC from
OCT. 3-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

Our community members have a special discount of $500!!!

User group discount code for VSLive! DC: DCUG08

This code is good for a $500 discount on the regular price of registration.

Visual Studio LIVE! home page:

To REGISTER NOW and get $500 discount using DCUG08 code, follow  the link:

Register now, save money and learn a LOT!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 18th,Microsoft Corp. Reston WSPDC-FEDSPUG usergroup session - Dan Usher

Check out our meetup link and dont forget to RSVP and spread the word. 

We feed, you learn, we grow together!! 

The more things change, the more they stay the same... Getting Started with Office 365... again
Dan Usher speaks at WSPDC-FEDSPUG usergroup session on August 18th at Microsoft Corp. Reston. 

Details of the topic 
Are you the administrator for your on-premises SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business systems? Are you considering moving to Office 365 soon? 

Looking to ramp up and understand how to properly configure your environment to allow users to make the best of Office 365? 

Then check out this session to understand the foundations for success. During this session, the basics of what Office 365 is, how it is operated, how to provision an Office 365 tenant, setup directory synchronization and make use of the new experiences will be covered. 

Learning Objectives

In this session, attendees will learn the basics of Office 365 and how to properly select the appropriate licensing plan to meet their needs. Additionally attendees will understand how to properly select the right identity management solution as well as the basics of directory synchronization and federated identity. Additionally with Modern Document Libraries and Lists, we'll dive into the new experiences available on mobile devices and integrations with Flow. 

Focus Area

SharePoint, Office 365 and the Cloud 

Skill Level

Introductory / Intermediate

Speaker Bio

Dan Usher is a Senior Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he is a lead SharePoint Solutions Manager and Architect. 

He has extensive experience with the Microsoft Windows Networking Infrastructure and has been implementing, customizing, architecting and deploying Enterprise collaboration solutions utilizing the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, Office 365 and Azure over the past 9 years. 
Dan is an MVP for SharePoint Server, maintains several certifications to include MCSA Office 365 and MCSE for SharePoint 2013 and is a Certified Scrum Master.

Targeted audience 

Technical Decision Makers, System Architects, SharePoint Portal Administrators, Business Decision Makers 


SharePoint on premises, collaboration solutions, IT operations,Office 365 Sync 

Monday, August 1, 2016

DC Nintex User Group

Check out and RSVP the new user Nintex Usergroup of DC session at Microsoft!

Brad Orluk, East Coast Evangelist for Nintex will share with us details on the newest announcements from WPC in Toronto, and look ahead to what's planned. 
Nintex will be sponsoring a lunch.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Office 365 Development Workshop on Oct 15th, 2016 at Microsoft Corporation, Reston

Sharpen your Office 365 Development Skills

WhenSaturday, October 15, 2016 

WhereMicrosoft Corporation
12012 Sunset Hills Rd # 100
Reston, VA 20190
  • Does your organization have Office 365? 
  • Do you want to learn how to use Office 365 effectively and build solutions that increases your organizations user adoption and boosts productivity? 
  • Do you want to impress your folks with skills that enhances your Office 365 apps/sites taking it above and beyond the out of the box functionalities?
  • Does your mind voice say yes to any one of the above questions? (admit it, its cool! Mine says yes to all and more!) 
Women In SharePoint DC and FEDeral SharePoint User Group got you covered!!!

We have scheduled a workshop for all Office 365 and SharePoint enthusiasts. Microsoft's very own Mostafa Elzoghbi, Senior Technical Evangelist and Most Valued Professional teaches us how to do all of the above and more in the all day workshop!


9:30 AM-10:00 AM: Networking

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cover office 365 development concepts including: Best practices, Office Addins, Office groups, Azure AD Integration and Microsoft Graph.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch.

1:00 PM-3:00 PM: Labs & start coding office 365 solutions

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this first of its kind unique opportunity to learn coding and creating solutions in the cloud for your organization. Spread the word to your colleagues and friends, so they can benefit from this as well.
***Attendees limit: 50, make sure you RSVP***
If you haven't explored Office 365 yet, no worries, this is a good chance to learn about the cloud offerings of Microsoft and you can see the capabilities of Office 365.

Come hangout with the most esteemed and coolest Microsoft Office 365 movers and shakers in NoVA. Its network/breakfast/lunch and learn at its best this time and learning really can't any better than this.

What's more exciting is that we give it to you for FREE! Yep, its that magic word again. 

Why you ask?

Because we are passionate about serving our community and giving back and because sharing is caring!!!

And it doesn't stop there either, we have some AMAZING SWAGS for attendees. 

It is going to be an exciting day filled with a wealth of essential information for continuing professional development in Microsoft Office 365 Cloud.


See you all soon! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Whoa! What an amazing session and lots of information shared on the future of SharePoint and I'm giddy with excitement about the modern cloud first mobile feature rich SharePoint experience, in the cloud, on-premise and in the pocket, SharePoint is now simple-intelligent and untethered!
This blog is an attempt to gather all the new and enhanced offering I heard and await to see in my environment.  "Microsoft wants to empower every person and every organization in the planet, achieve MORE!" - Sathya Nadella
I LOVE that. I have always believed in giving power to users and I am a sincere end-user advocate always putting their needs first, like so many other passionate proponents of IT in today's world. Its refreshing and motivating to hear the same from the leader of such a big corporation whose tools are also being redesigned to enable power users to be more productive in their businesses.
Big shout out to the huge SharePoint community and SharePoint Saturday events that serve as a huge support for users of the product. Thanks to you all organizers and speakers for reaching out to end-users. Here goes the information that I noted down from the future of SharePoint session! These are my understanding/take on what I heard and a means to record what I observed and these are my personal views.
  • SharePoint IS the CORE of Office 365! WOOT! 
  • Groups, Graphs and Governance are the most important 3GS of all times and all things Office 365
  • Look forward to New Mobile apps for SharePoint online for both iOS and android shipping TODAY
  • Quarter: 
    • Ability copy content from OneDrive to SharePoint with a click
    • Windows universal apps-continuum, surface hubs,Hololens
  • Second half:
    • Document analytics
    • Sync SP Online doc libraries with new sync engine w significantly enhanced architecture and reliability
    • Server to on-premise: Next calendar year
  • Mobile apps access to SharePoint Online and streamlined experience - OneDrive mobile apps.
  • At its core SharePoint is still the same with its basic model "Intranet in a boxis being taken forward to modern, intelligent and cloud first world.
  • SharePoint mobile app on iOS this quarter is going to be re-branded and function as Intranet in your pocket. WOOT!
  • New activity feed/site transforms productivity.
  • Mobile first approach to content collaboration.
  • Sites is now renamed SharePoint
  • Revamped enterprise search experience
  • Ability to easily create the types of sites you need:
    Team collaboration - content centric destination for team -web sites, pages, docs, lists, libraries
    Publishing site: Self service publishing site for anyone to create. And look here, creating site, makes us select group email address-akin to site mailbox? Makes sense.
  • Group is a collection of peopleteam site is where the group goes to work
  • PowerApps and Microsoft Flow: process across data
  • Super simple to integrate power-point previews and light weight page creations.
  • Modern page authoring, fluid & streamlined, looks great on web & mobile
  • Move to OneDrive & SharePoint Document library easily
  • Consistent file experience in OneDrive and document libraries in SharePoint
  • New feature called linking where you can copy paste YouTube video, thumbnail preview, easy access to the core file operations at a glance.
  • Doc library has rich history, structure, slicing and dicing and it now includes Content type in drop down among other features
  • Metadata shines through doc lib experience now fast and  fluid-pin it to the top
  • SharePoint LIST:
    Visual refresh of list, Add Flow menu to easily include process logic to libirary and its contents,  Resize columns(yay!), easy enough to add columns, easy edit view.
  • Microsoft flow allows data in content and logic and processes into the business apps.
  • Using flow to connect first/3rd party apps to SharePoint-FLOW Below:
  • Power apps allows to rapidly develop mobile based on data stored in SharePoint from the phone
  • Full spectrum of people customizing SharePoint,End users-can now do lightweight branding of pages,power users can setup flows and developers can easily develop both data layer:REST/oAuth single API end point API for development in the cloud/office graph and UI Layer: JavaScript has become full fledged with TypeScript. Its generalized page and part model as generalized rendering buliding block. Client side JavaScript SharePoint framework that runs on JavaScript. Great way to build sites and portal with modern JavaScript scripts.
  • Next year: Bring the SharePoint framework on top of 2016, Graph APIWeb hooks to insert parts(1st AND 3rd party apps)
  • Security:  Our cloud is the safest place for your data with customer lockbox said:
    • By default NO MS Employee has standing access to your content
    • Users has FULL control over who has access to their data and when.
    • Compliance - rich audit logs, ALL user/admin activity through admin portal
      Intelligent eDiscovery
    • Powerful record management policy that lets us classify the data
    • Leading with cloud first.
    • SharePoint insights consolidates audits
    • Users can set SharePoint security policies on their SharePoint/ OneDrive in devices using InTune.
    • Blacklist and whitelist of domains are allowed to share their tenancy with
      Compliance features: Dynamic access policy based on user/device and location.
    • Granular control over policies to give right level of access
    • Session length policies based on managed/unmanaged device
    • Bring and manage user's own encryption key for their data stored in SharePoint1.png

Saturday, April 30, 2016

SharePoint Fest and May the 4th be with you- THE FUTURE OF #SHAREPOINT #ONEDRIVE

It wouldn't be exaggerating to say that it was a training heaven of sorts for any Office 365/ SharePoint geek. Be it a curious user, an inquisitive beginner or a passionate proponent of Office 365 SharePoint, there were boat loads to learn from the various tracks offered in the conference.
Governance, Security, Development, Search and MUCH MUCH MORE taught by none other than the most respected MVP SMEs of Microsoft and Microsoft product leaders themselves.
What more could an attendee ask for? Wait...what? Training materials from the sessions, as well?
Oh! no got those too AND ALL of them sesssions, immaterial of which track you chose to attend. You get 'em all thanks to the smart planning and generosity of SharePoint Fest conference planners! WOOT! You guys rock!
I got them ALL, therefore, my team & organization gets them all as well. DOUBLE WOOT!
So much to adapt and implement and its all for the better.
BIGGEST TAKEAWAY for me personally were two things
  1. This line by Mr. Benjamin Niaulin "Me/ We and WE+Process is OneDrive/Office365 Groups and Team Sites" This explanation, answered a lot of questions I had.
  2. Info about the upcoming webinar on "FUTURE OF SHAREPOINT & ONEDRIVE".
    ANY organization public, private or in-between, that is doing ANYTHING, cloud(Office 365), Hybrid(On Prem & O365) or On-Premise SharePoint, MUST attend this FREE webinar on May 4th.
    May the 4th better be with you if you want to know what is coming your cloud way, so you can better plan and implement several features and support your end-users with their Office 365 and SharePoint implementations.
What if you can't attend this session you ask?
No-worries, you can always watch the recorded video of the event later.
What if you refuse to watch the video too you ask?
Well, then you'll just be left behind. :) And no one wants that for oneself or their environments. Well all know that second and third hand news becomes diluted. Hearing for ourselves from the ones who ARE the masters of the topic is the best way to stay in the lead.
So, without further ado and after all that build up: Here is what Microsoft has to say about the event-
"Come celebrate SharePoint and see
Keynote speaker: Jeff Teper-CVP OneDrive, SharePoint
Keynote speaker: Jeff Teper-CVP OneDrive, SharePoint
unveil our new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365.
Following the live keynote from San Francisco there will be a number of on-demand sessions detailing our upcoming innovations. Whether you’re a user, IT pro, or developer, we’ll have a lot to share as part of this historic moment."
If this LANDING THE FUTURE OF SHAREPOINT keynote is anything like the keynotes from SharePoint Fest DC Conference, then we all are in for a treat. CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE SESSION- NOW
May the 4th be with you!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sharepoint Fest DC(#SPFestDC) is here!

Hola folks!

Interested in getting hands-on training on Office 365 SharePoint? Look no further!

SharePoint Fest is headed back to downtown Washington, DC and you won't want to miss it!

ee you there!