Winning the Right to Seek Executive Support - My Keynote from SHARE 2012 in Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

When I was in Atlanta for the inaugural SHARE conference a couple of weeks ago, I presented a keynote entitled Winning the Right to Seek Executive Support.

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User Adoption Strategies for CIOs and IT Managers - Lunchtime Session in Atlanta on April 23

Michael Sampson - Currents

When she heard that I'd be in Atlanta for the Share 2012 conference, Lisa Duke from Simplified Technology Solutions asked if I'd be willing to present on user adoption at a lunchtime session on Monday April 23—we discussed the tentative details, and I agreed. The event will be held at Morton's Steakhouse, Downtown Atlanta, on April 23, 2012.

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Keynote Panel: Real-World SharePoint Governance (Share 2012, Atlanta)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the final SharePoint content session for the day, Jeremy Thake (AvePoint) is hosting a panel discussion with Richard Harbridge, Sarah Haase, Susan Hanley, and Adam Quinn. Question 1. Define governance in 140 characters or less. Susan: IT assurance, user guidance. Richard: required to get the most out of SharePoint. Adam: the balance between what users want, and what the technology offers. Sarah: define plan, revise the plan, do the plan. Question 2. What drove the need for a governance plan?

Upcoming Speaking in Engagements in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Raleigh

Managing Communities

After taking a speaking break for a few months, it is time to get back on the road. This fall, I am joining the Social Media Masters tour from Social Media Club. The conference series bills itself as “an advanced level conference for marketing and communications professionals.&# It’ll hit five cities and I’ll be speaking [.]. Managing Online Forums (Book) Press

The Connection Between Metadata, Social Tools, and Personal Productivity (Christian Buckley, Axceler) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

Christian Buckley from Axceler is talking about the connection between metadata, social tools, and personal productivity. Note that Christian is one of the co-authors of Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects. Key points: - is a Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP. Before Exceler, was at Microsoft. Prior to that was a consultant, involved in start-ups, etc. question: how productive are your end users on SharePoint? -.

Speaking at. Share 2012 in Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

In mid-April, I'll be in Atlanta to speak at and participate in the inaugural Share 2012 conference in the US. I can't recommend Share 2012 in Atlanta highly enough. I will be presenting two sessions: Keynote on April 25 , entitled Success with SharePoint: Earning the Right to Seek Executive Support. Many IT departments have installed SharePoint and are now wondering how to make the technology deliver business value.

Scrumban Classes Scheduled in Atlanta

Evolving Web

These lead to better prioritization, better estimation, and cleaner organizational relations.Along with our partners at Lithespeed, we have scheduled the first Scrumban training courses on June 11 - 12, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Scrumban extends the famliar agile methodologies in Scrum with the rigor and performance improvements of Lean design. The Scrumban hybrid, described in Corey Ladas' popular book , is taught in this two-day course.

Atlanta Masterclass on SharePoint for Collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Atlanta here I come. I will be running a full-day master class on SharePoint in Atlanta on March 26. " As part of his whistle-stop tour of the US and Europe, Michael Sampson, author of "Seamless Teamwork: Using Microsoft SharePoint Technologies to Collaborate, Innovate, and Drive Business in New Ways", will be in Atlanta on March 26th, 2009, at the exclusive invitation of ThoughtBridge, a National Microsoft Gold Managed Partner. ".

Productivity Delivered (Share 2012, Atlanta) #share2012 @sharepoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gideon Bibliowicz, Senior Product Manager from Microsoft is talking about "Productivity Delivered." Gideon is now in the SharePoint product team, but spent 14 years in IT in the Israeli army earlier in his career. Was involved in developing a medical system in SharePoint. Gideon's key points: - have sold more than 125 million licenses to over 65,000 customers - in just over 10 years. people don't know enough about what SharePoint can do. Many think it is just a file share. -

Coming Up Over the Next Two Weeks - Seattle and Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

the Share 2012 conference in Atlanta, at which I will be speaking on executive support and running a post-conference workshop on user adoption. I've been quiet here for the past 10 days, because I've been completing the final preparation for my trip to the United States, which starts on Monday. (I I have also been working on a couple of posts for The Smarter Office blog, but they haven't been published yet.)

Delivering Success with SharePoint: Jumpstart Session (Share2012, Atlanta)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Dux is kicking off the Share 2012 conference in Atlanta. The conference starts tomorrow morning, and this afternoon is the pre-conference jumpstart. There's about 180 people attending. Key points from Dux: - there have been lots of SharePoint licenses sold over the past 10 years, but 80% of installations see it as the new file server. - (1) SharePoint empowers the business user. They can create project sites without having to wait on IT. -. What's so empowering about SharePoint?

Share 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia — Less than 4 Weeks to Go

Michael Sampson - Currents

In 25 days I'll be boarding one of Air New Zealand's Boeing 777-300ER planes and heading to Los Angeles, and then taking a couple of domestic flights in the United States to get to Atlanta. Are you attending Share 2012 in Atlanta ?

The One Thing People Need to Know about SharePoint 2010

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the Share2012 conference in Atlanta last week, Christian Buckley from Axceler asked me the one thing question: "What's the one thing people need to know about SharePoint 2010?"

RedCentral: Automating Coke Cosolidated's Salesforce (Share 2012, Atlanta)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Jody Billiard and Shawn Olsen are presenting a case study on how Coke Consolidated uses SharePoint to support the salesforce. Jody is the Chief Accounting Officer for Coke Consolidated. Shawn is the senior manager for business systems and customer management systems. Coke Consolidated - is different from Coca Cola. Coca Cola - the world's largest beverage company. Has customers across 200 countries. Coke Consolidated - an independent bottler, is owned 35% by Coca Cola company.

Transforming Your Enterprise with SharePoint (Share 2012, Atlanta)

Michael Sampson - Currents

The biggest challenge in the enterprise - what is SharePoint, and what does it mean for the organization? Biggest problem - what is SharePoint? It can mean so many different things. - Key principle: "Technology provides no benefits of its own; it is the application of technology to business opportunities that produces ROI.". Typical implementation - unplanned growth, customization by posers, no executive support, resource constrained, "SharePoint sucks".

Case Study: Find It With SharePoint Search (Mike Brannon, National Gypsum) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

The inaugural Share conference in the United States is almost done. There is one final track session, the keynote, and then the SharePint (thankfully there will be Sprite available) - don't forget the post-conference workshops tomorrow though. I'm attending Mike Brannon's session on SharePoint search. Mike is the Director of Infrastructure and Security. Key points: - National Gypsum is a drywall, cement board. Has 34 locations in North America. 900 employees.

It Doesn't Take a Miracle: Driving Successful User Adoption (Sarah Haase, Best Buy) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the closing keynote for Share 2012, Sarah Haase is presenting on driving successful user adoption. Sarah spoke at Share 2011 in Sydney, talking about Turning the Tide and De-Mystifying ROI for SharePoint. Key points: - user adoption is critically important to SharePoint success. How do we get other people passionately interested in SharePoint? some marketing products that failed - New Coke, Colgate meals. common point - assumed an answer without asking the question.

The Waves of Enterprise Social Networking at eBay (Ramin Mobasseri, eBay) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

The opening keynotes for day 2 of Share 2012 are done. In the first session after the keynotes, Ramin from eBay is talking about their with enterprise social networking. I had the privilege of hearing Ramin speakt at Share 2011 in Sydney in November. See my notes there for what he said in November. Key points from today: - focus - why social? The roadmap, strategy, and key ideas. - why social? The business strategy: -. (1) 1) get knowledge to people immediately. -. (2)

Collaboration, Ideation, Yada, Yada, Yada (Tom Pryzgod, Abbott International) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

There are two sessions left before the final keynote. Tom is presenting on collaboration and ideation at Abbott. Tom is the Senior Director for eMarketing and Marketing Operations. Key points: - how to transform communication, collaboration, and ideation in a regulated world. there's a big regulatory process for setting up a collaboration community - corporate (public affairs, branding, ethics and compliance, legal), international, affiliates, the US group, and more. Everything is discoverable.

Case Study: Implementing an Effective SharePoint Training Program (Angela Chionchio, BMS) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the session before lunch at Share 2012, Angela from Bristol-Myers Squibb is taking about implementing an effective SharePoint training program. Angela is the lead trainer for SharePoint at the Global Development and Medical Affairs (GDMA) division at BMS. Key points: - BMS is a large, global organization (more than 10,000 employees). The GDMA division has about 4,000 employees. Uses SharePoint 2007. Have a very customized approach to SharePoint. Could not use off-the-shelf training content.

You Should Care About Community Building, Even if You Have No Interest in Being a “Community Manager”

Managing Communities

photo credit: marc falardeau I spoke to a small group of staff members at the CNN offices in Atlanta on Tuesday. One of the things that we discussed is why they should, individually, care about building community online, even if they have no interest in being a community manager or working in digital. As part [.]. How Should I Participate

Case Study: Biogen Idec: SharePoint and the NEXT Way to Work (John Lamourex, Janet Heins, Scott Jamison) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the first session after lunch, John and Janet from Biogen are talking about their work. Scott will also be talking - he's from Jornata. John's team handles the back-end infrastructure at Biogen Idec. There are some big changes coming up over the years, and SharePoint plays a big role in making this possible. Janet is an IT Director at Biogen Idec. Scott Jamison leads a professional services firm focused on SharePoint. Key points: - the path to success is not always a straight line.

Lessons from a Decade of User Adoption (Mike Gilronan at Senti, and John Schmottlach, Empirix) - Share 2012, Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

Mike and John are talking about their experiences with user adoption over the past decade. John is the Director of Business Systems at Empirix, and Mike is the Senior Partner at Senti. Key points: - Empirix - $85 million revenue, 275 employees, high tech manufacturing, lots of different tools. seven themes: -. (1) 1) sticky applications - things that bring people back time-after-time. lunch/catering, birthdays and milestores, etc. -.

There's Product Announcements and There's Creative Product Announcements - for iPad Fits into the Latter #sharepoint #ipad

Michael Sampson - Currents

As an aside, at SHARE 2012 in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I was facilitating a mini-session on SharePoint adoption. provides a way of integrating SharePoint documents, data, and people information into Outlook, Lotus Notes, Google, and. now the iPad and iPhone. The team at

Upcoming Speaking Engagements in Atlanta, Greensboro (NC), Las Vegas and Raleigh

Managing Communities

Modern Media Man Summit (Atlanta, [.]. I have been busy booking speaking engagements for the late summer, fall and early winter and as some of them are coming up, I thought that I would share all of them with you, in case you have any opportunity to attend. I hope to have even more to announce soon.

Congrats to Lee Reed

Michael Sampson - Currents

So I send my congrats to Lee on starting with a new firm in the Atlanta area: " Abel Solutions, a leading Microsoft SharePoint solution provider, announced today the addition of Lee Reed to its growing team. Lee Reed helps clients with SharePoint in the United States. He and I met through EndUserSharePoint, and have had some neat conversations by phone since then. We have many similar interests, around effective governance, user adoption, and more.

Microsoft Engages in More Ways with Partners

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Recorded at MGX10 in Atlanta last week. Short video with Jacquie Touma of Microsoft. Jacquie shares some great ways that Microsoft engages with their partners. Jacquie Touma

Share2011 - Opening Comments

Michael Sampson - Currents

In 2012, the conference is also being produced in South Africa (February) and Atlanta (April). This is the second annual Share conference in Australia. Based on the Share 2010 conference last year, The Eventful Group won "Best Asia Pacific Conference 2010" at at awards ceremony in London.

Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture - Ruven Gotz's book is now available

Michael Sampson - Currents

And then I got to meet him again in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, at SHARE 2012. At the SHARE conference in Australia last year, I finally got to meet Ruven Gotz. I knew of him, but SHARE 2011 was the first time I met him in person. I attended and blogged his closing keynote - Effective SharePoint Workshops - and many of the approaches he advocated rang true with my approach to the same issues.

Change of Plans for US Workshops

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have just cancelled the two US workshops -- in Chicago and Atlanta -- and at this time, will be spending a couple of extra days in St Louis instead. before heading to London on Friday night. I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to meeting those who signed up. Obviously, monies will be refunded in full. Thanks to Lee (ThoughtBridge) and Jim (Concurrency) for working with me on these two events.

Australia: Senior Citizens on Facebook over 55’s

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

increase in the number of users from Atlanta – the fastest growing metro. Facebook has seen a surge of 513% of Senior Citizens and over 55’s joining in the USA. Australia too has a massive increase in seniors in Facebook and social networks generally in the last year or two.

Waking up beloved community

Chris Corrigan

And while the leaders i have been with welcome the shift, many congregations are in grieving about the loss of an old way of doing things, Last weekend in Atlanta, the group I was with picked the story of Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones to explore together. Last week I took an afternoon in Atlanta and went to visit Martin Luther King Jr’s Church where love and power awoke together in what King called “beloved community.”

Attending a New Orleans Saints Game in the Superdome

Portals and KM

I was able to obtain a ticket to see the New Orleans Saints play Atlanta through a neighbor. The Saints home games are great experiences and I wanted to see my new home team. The games begin with a three hour rally in Champions Square outside the dome.

Executive Support for New Initiatives—Four Thoughts

Michael Sampson - Currents

On The Smarter Office blog last week, I posted Executive Support for New Initiatives—Four Thoughts, and What's Your Experience? : " In three and a bit weeks I’ll be in Atlanta for the first Share Conference in the United States. The Share Conference is all about bringing together business users who are passionate about doing business better by Microsoft SharePoint well.

Cloud Sherpas Buys WaveAdept (New Zealand's Google Apps Company)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Atlanta-based Cloud Sherpas is the largest Google apps deployment specialist outside of Google itself. Cloud Sherpas, a US-company focused on Google Apps, has purchased WaveAdept in New Zealand to use as its base for expansion in Asia Pacific: " US Google apps specialist company Cloud Sherpas has bought Wellington Google apps company WaveAdept, which will change its name to Cloud Sherpas. It will use the New Zealand company as a springboard into Asia Pacific.

#Share2011 - It's a Wrap #share2012 #sharepoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

The United States Share 2012 conference is on in late April , in Atlanta. Share2011 is a wrap. The first two days were filled with sessions by international and local speakers. You can read the notes from the various sessions I attended.

Understanding Users of Social Networks — HBS Working Knowledge

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

In other words, not anywhere near the media hubs (except Atlanta) and far away from those elite opinion-makers in coastal urban areas.

Master Class Themes: SharePoint for Collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

For times and places, see the master class schedule (Chicago, Atlanta, Vienna, London, and Copenhagen). I will be running public master classes in the US and Europe on using SharePoint for collaboration. The main themes of the master classes are: - How do we use SharePoint to gain an improvement in business performance? - Why micro-governance of SharePoint is not enough, and why macro-governance is the essential focus. -

Michael's World Tour: March and April 2009

Michael Sampson - Currents

Thursday March 26: Atlanta (public seminar, with ThoughtBridge). On March 23, I leave New Zealand for a two-week tour of the United States and Europe. The topic: using SharePoint for collaboration , based partly on Seamless Teamwork, as well as a plethora of other material. Here's my schedule: United States. Tuesday March 24: Santa Monica (inhouse consulting). Wednesday March 25: Chicago (public seminar, with Concurrency). Friday March 27: In transit through New York, to Vienna. Europe.

Changing Dynamics of the IT Workforce—Higher Need for a Focus on Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

If you are heading to Share 2012 in Atlanta next month , I'm presenting a full-day workshop on user adoption strategies for SharePoint. Christian ponders the impact of technology innovation and new collaboration approaches on the IT workforce. He suggests three main changes: more Business Analysts (per my book, Collaboration Roadmap , this would be about business engagement), increased reliance on cloud-based services, and a higher focus on user adoption.