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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!


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Presentations for April 2014


General Presentation - Frac Your Data: SharePoint as a game changer for Oil & Gas

by Nate Richards

Competing today requires operating at breakneck speeds. With well counts into the thousands and new, complex wells drilled daily, access to accurate and timely information for production, land management and business reporting has never been more critical. Neither has the need for greater cross-function and cross-company collaboration.

The problem isn’t the lack of data. Your challenge is ensuring the right information – structured and unstructured – is easily available and fully integrated from the field all the way to the back office. As is the case for your drillers, the solution is to “Frac Your Data” for greater business advantage. In this presentation, Entrance President and founder, Nate Richards, will present on using SharePoint as the foundation for an information driven business strategy that delivers big benefits to your entire value chain, from upstream all the way to services.

Covered in this presentation:

  1. Structuring workflows to match the individual needs of an upstream organization.
  2. Building dashboards that put up to date information in the right hands.
  3. Establishing governance and training plans that will keep SharePoint implementations functional for the long term.

Technical Presentation - Leveraging SaaS Applications using the SharePoint App Model

by Brian Prigge

SaaS based applications are becoming increasingly prevalent in the enterprise. Historically, these have been disparate applications that can cause end user confusion and lead to poor user acceptance. With that advent of SharePoint 2013 and the new App Model, developers are able to bring those applications under one roof in either SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server without disenchanting end-users or frightening the IT Pros. As with any new development model, there are significant benefits, but also significant challenges.

In this session, we’ll review the experience and lessons learned from a real-world project to integrate a cloud-based video management service with SharePoint 2013. Attendees will learn important tips and best practices for how to leverage the App Model to augment a SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Online environment, while maintaining a consistent look and feel, emphasizing searchability, and ensuring security.