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Welcome to the Houston SharePoint User Group!

We are a talented community of Houston area people that have an interest in SharePoint.  We meet monthly, every third Wednesday, at the Microsoft Houston offices to network, discuss, collaborate.  After our meeting, we continue with our Social to continue our collaboration and have some fun!

Please note that the parking at the Microsoft Offices has changed. We still park in the same garage, but only on the first floor. No tickets necessary, but you will not be able to get to higher floors of the garage.


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Presentations for November 2014


Antonio Maio General Presentation
A Practical Guide to Information Governance with Microsoft SharePoint 2013

by Antonio Maio, Protiviti

Many enterprises seek to achieve a robust and predictable level of information governance for their SharePoint environment. An information governance plan can provide great benefits to the organization: it provides specific policies and procedures for end users and site owners, guiding them on the appropriate methods to work within SharePoint; it also provides guidelines for the SharePoint administration team on how to manage SharePoint in a predictable way and how to effectively deliver new services to the organization through SharePoint. However, successfully achieving a mature level of information governance requires participation and cooperation from many areas of the organization, as well as a thorough understanding of SharePoint capabilities. Developing an information governance plan can be a time consuming and challenging task. This session will discuss the reasons why mature information governance is so critical to the success of enterprise SharePoint deployments. As well, it will provide practical steps for working with stakeholders to develop a robust information governance plan.


Jeff Fried Technical Presentation
Supercharging SharePoint for Success with Search

by Jeff Fried, BA Insight

Effective search implementations can significantly increase the findability of content across an organization, bringing together silos of information while delivering a unified user experience that provides a return on value from today's "Big Content".

This session will help you succeed with search implementations across your organization and will provide a perspective on how to improve your user experience, as well as a preview of what is coming. Specifically, it will cover:

  • Patterns and best practices for successful discovery and findability
  • How to transform SharePoint into a Unified Information Access platform with the addition of external content and text analytics
  • The latest developments rolling out from the Microsoft Enterprise Search Group, including hybrid search and the Office Graph, and how to prepare for them