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​​​​​​​​Monthly Meetings

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Microsoft Houston offices, to network, collaborate, and socialize. After our meeting, we continue our social activities to further collaborate and have some fun! Our monthly meetings generally consist of two sessions: (1) General, and (2) Technical.

​Meeting Format:

​6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Sign-In, Socialize, and Eat​
​6:15 - 6:30 p.m.Chalk Talk, Introductions, and Announcement​s
​6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Presentation Sessions​
​7:3​0 - 7:40 p.m.Surveys and Room Consolidation​
​7:40 - 8:00 p.m.Prizes, Drawings, Announcements, and Wrap-Up​

Microsoft Houston
750 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 1000 (top floor)
Houston, TX 77042


Visitor Parking: There is free parking across the street from Microsoft's building at 12711 Queensberry; it is next to Brio.  Also, visitors are able to park in the adjoining Garage Parking on the first floor.  Visitors will take a ticket and use the machine to pay for parking; there may be a discounted rate after 5:00 p.m.


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H-SPUG July 2017 Meeting - Wednesday, July 19th 
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Getting to 99.99% Up time Delivering Operational Excellence
Presenter: George Cervantes
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How does one take advice from the top leadership experts and translate into action? As one's responsibilities grow many more factors come into play to achieving both the realities and perception of high availability. The building of professional relationships, managing expectations, helping with setting standards and procedures are all critical components to success. While some will argue this is out of my scope of responsibilities why should I care about the building of professional relationships, managing expectations, helping with setting standards and procedures? The answer is simple because the perception is that no matter where the process breaks down it’s always a database problem. Managing customer expectations what do you really mean by 99.99% up time, translating business requirements to operational realities, commonly overlooked items that impact your 4 nines & avoiding human errors the realities and perception of high availability.


Attack SharePoint: Ideas for how to approach SharePoint Consulting and Development
Presenter: Thor Castillo

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Let’s discuss the tools and resources I use to tackle the various project I see regularly in SharePoint consulting and development. In this session I will show how I approach planning projects, debugging issues, simple to complex development in SharePoint, and more. I will also show where tools like PowerShell, Web Browser Console, SharePoint Designer, 3rd party products and more fit into the projects I work on. Finally, I will share some of my favorite resources for training, problem solving, staying up to date and whatever else it is I do.