Date archive for 2014

My 2014 Year in Review and What’s Coming Up Next

by Wendy Neal - on Dec 26th 2014 - No Comments
2014 Year In Review

2014 was a busy year for me!  It was my first full year at a new job, in which I have learned a tremendous amount.  In March I attended the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas and was honored to be interviewed on Channel 9, which was broadcast throughout the conference. On the blogging front, in June I migrated my blog from...

Great list of Women in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math)

by Wendy Neal - on Dec 22nd 2014 - No Comments
Women in STEM

I recently came across this list on Listly that contains women who are in one of the STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, or math) and wanted to share.  There’s nearly 200 women on the list!  If you’re a woman in STEM (or anyone in STEM, actually) looking for like-minded women to network with, check it out. There...

Creating pages vs. sub sites in SharePoint

by Wendy Neal - on Dec 13th 2014 - 28 Comments
Creating pages vs. subsites in SharePoint

Whenever I’m speaking about or conducting basic SharePoint user training, there is usually some confusion surrounding the use of pages vs. sub sites. I frequently get questions like “What is the difference between a sub site and a page?” and “When should I use a page vs. a sub site?” In this post I will explain the difference...

Take a Look Inside Office 365 [Infographic]

by Wendy Neal - on Dec 2nd 2014 - No Comments

I ran across this Office 365 infographic on the Evoke IT blog the other day.  It does a nice job of summarizing what Office 365 is, all the pieces that make up Office 365, and describes each piece. For example, Office 365 can be your office from anywhere. If you have a Wi-Fi connection or phone coverage you are literally a click away...

My slides for SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities #SPSTC

by Wendy Neal - on Nov 24th 2014 - 2 Comments

On Saturday, November 22 I presented a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities called “25 Usability Tips for SharePoint 2013/SharePoint Online Sites.”  I want to thank everyone who attended my session, it was definitely a packed house! I have a passion for web site usability in general, and over the years I’ve noticed...

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities #SPSTC

by Wendy Neal - on Nov 18th 2014 - No Comments

I’m very excited to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities this Saturday, November 22 in Bloomington, Minnesota. When I first heard that it was scheduled for the end of November this year, I wondered what I was getting myself into.  Even though they got a lot of snow in the past couple of weeks, it turns out the weather...

Beta Testers Needed: Organization Charts for Office 365

by Wendy Neal - on Oct 22nd 2014 - 1 Comment

TeamImprover, the company behind the organization chart web part that I reviewed back in July last year, have launched an online version of their organization chart tool for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. TeamOrgChart.Com is available for trial now and the company is looking for early adopters to help refine and shape the product. To...

Fun with SharePoint Calculated Columns

by Wendy Neal - on Oct 2nd 2014 - 4 Comments

I recently had a client requirement to send out an automated company-wide birthday greeting email whenever it was someone’s birthday.  I decided to use SharePoint Designer to create a workflow that sends an email, and then run it on a timer job that runs nightly.  This timer job would pull all employees that have a birthday that...

Choosing between OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365 [Infographic]

by Wendy Neal - on Sep 2nd 2014 - No Comments

The other day my colleagues and I were discussing OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, as our clients have started asking us about cloud services a lot lately.  About a year ago at this time, we had forecast that our clients, comprised mainly of small to mid-size businesses in eastern Iowa, would probably not start asking about or needing...

Creating user-friendly forms in SharePoint – Part One

by Wendy Neal - on Jul 27th 2014 - 4 Comments

List and library forms in SharePoint aren’t the most user-friendly straight out of the box, unless you know how to configure them correctly.  In my recent presentation for SP24 (Top 20 Usability Tips for SharePoint Sites) I talked about a lot of things that site owners could do to make their sites more friendly for their users....