Jun 17
June 2015 User Group Meeting

Thank you everyone for joining us in June. Our sessions were

Session​​​ 1: What's Up Next for SharePoint?

A lot of announcements came out during Microsoft’s Ignite conference across a wide array of services. With these came news about SharePoint 2016 as well as some additional services that will provide more connectivity between SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 providing more seamless interaction in hybrid scenarios. In this discussion we covered topics from infrastructure and development as well as other things such as the upcoming release dates, links to videos, etc. ​

Session 2: ECM Strategy with Office 365/SharePoint

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is a formalized means of org​anizing and storing an organization's documents, and other content that relate to the organization's processes. Implementing good ECM strategy in an organization can be a bitter pill at best. We talked about how you can sell 'making a commitment to ECM' a great return on investment and how Office 365 can make it even easier to do. We looked specifically at what the newest features in Office 365 (and SharePoint 2016) can do to help you make good ECM a reality.​

Thanks to all our speakers, Cory Williams, Dean Gross, Jotam Batista and David Brown.

Thanks to our sponsor Cardinal Solutions and to Packard Place for providing the location. 

About the Spons​​or:

At Cardinal, we leverage our extensive experience to imagine, develop, manage, and deliver technology solutions that advance your business. Your work can move forward with confidence. We can guide you there.

What we do:

  • ​Agile Enablement
  • ​Business Analysis & Strategy
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Enablement
  • Custom Application Development
  • Enterprise Social & Collaboration
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Project Managment
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Web Design & Development

Oct 15
October 2014 Meeting

We welcome all SharePoint Pros to join us and help answer any questions our members may have regarding SharePoint. We also recieved an update on SharePoint Online changes from the last month thanks to Dean Gross.

​Our sponsor for the event was TEKSystems 

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, we understand people. Every year we deploy over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals—while optimizing their IT workforce strategies.

Microsoft Support Services

MSS is a focused delivery approach to Microsoft Technologies. In Charlotte, NC there are three market experts with a specialization in .NET, SQL, and Sharepoint recruiting.

Microsoft Gold Partner

TEKsystems is a part of the Microsoft Gold partner network.​​

Thank you to Duke Energy for providing a meeting location.

Sep 17
September 2014 Meeting

​We had a good audience for our September meeting with our main session covering the SharePoint Business Analyst presented by Vicki Rodas and Mike Mckernan from Cardinal Solutions. Cory Williams followed up with a summary of the SharePoint Online Updates for August-September. This session may be a recurring topic at our meetings and if not it will be it will be posted to our Yammer network.


This SharePoint BA presentation provides an overview of the SharePoint Business Analyst, what they can do for your projects, and the skills, responsibilities, and tools essential to a business analyst. It is the their hope that this will build the case for why your organization needs SharePoint Business Analysts.


Vicki and Mike share many of the same skillsets, yet come from very different backgrounds.  Vicki is a veteran SharePoint user with a firm understanding of business analysis.  Mike is a seasoned business analyst with a firm understanding of SharePoint. Together, they have been working on developing a SharePoint Business Analyst program and training material at Cardinal Solutions Group to teach the foundations of business analysis in the SharePoint World.  They believe SharePoint Business Analysts are crucial to the success of any SharePoint project.  SharePoint Business Analysts must understand the SharePoint platform and be skilled at interacting with stakeholders by gathering requirements effectively to determine if solutions can be built leveraging out of the box functionality or if they require development.

We are planning on 2 sessions. Details coming soon

​Our sponsor and host for the event was Cardinal Solutions

Cardinal Solutions is an IT Solutions Provider that delivers custom applications, strategic guidance, and training to Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of industries. Close collaboration with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and MicroStrategy helps us create and deliver better solutions for our clients.

At  Cardinal, we leverage our extensive experience to imagine, develop, manage and deliver technology solutions that advance your business. Our offerings include:

  • Mobile & Web Applications
  • Agile Enablement
  • UX Design
  • Business Intelligence
  • Enterprise Social
  • Portals & Collaboration
  • Web Experience Management
  • Project Management
  • Requirements Analysis

By collaborating with clients through an Agile process we are able to create the right solution that users embrace. Cardinal also provides strategic guidance, training, and mentoring for our clients.

Jul 16
July 2014 Meeting

We had a great session today with approx. 40 in attendance to hear Ben Curry from Summit 7 Solutions talk about SharePoint 2013 Farm Architecture and Visual Studio for Admins. 


If you need to know how to architect your 2013 server farm and are unsure due to all of the requirements like search, multiple Web applications, Host Named site collections, and the rest of the service apps, then this session is for you!  The first half of the session will focus on how to properly architect your farm to meet your needs including Web applications, Service Applications, and how to scale them appropriately. The second half of the session will focus on the testing tools in Visual Studio. This session is primarily targeted at administrators and architects, but most developers and project leads will also learn points relevant to their tasks.


Ben Curry (CISSP, MVP, MCP, MCT) is a well-known author and enterprise architect specializing in knowledge management, ECM and collaborative technologies. Ben is a Managing Partner at Summit 7 Systems, a company focused on the next generation of Microsoft products. Ben's innovative thinking resulted in receiving seven consecutive Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awards from Microsoft for SharePoint Server. In 2014, he received an additional MVP for Office 365. Ben's philosophy is that the best solutions are inspired by the best ideas and he encourages his team to continuously generate and share ideas. His numerous publications embody his philosophy.

Our sponsor for the event was Summit 7 Systems.Summit 7 Systems

Summit 7 Systems is a team of business and technology experts that empower you to overcome any barrier between your organization and success.  They are a Microsoft Certified Partner with multiple Gold competencies specializing in Business Productivity Solutions.

Summit 7 Systems will help your organization determine a strategy for success by clarifying your vision and providing a roadmap to make the solution to your business needs a reality.

The solutions provided by the expert team at Summit 7 Systems improve the efficiency of collaboration between your business units and provide a user-friendly experience for locating the relevant information within your organization.  Our team specializes in the strategy, vision, design, implementation, support and enhancement of the following:

  • SharePoint Platform Solutions
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Enterprise Search
  • Business Process Management
  • Internet Solutions / Web Content Management
  • Extranet Solutions
  • Intranet Solutions

Thanks to Microsoft for providing the rooms.

​Join us at our next meeting on September 17th and September 20th for SharePoint Saturday.

Jun 18
June 2014 Meeting

This was our first evening meeting and while attendance was low we still had some good information. We will be looking to getting you information sooner in the future so that you can plan accordingly

We had two speakers from Knowledge Lake covering their solutions and Amy Sawtell spoke once again covering Nintex workflow in Office 365.

This meetings sponsor was Knowledge Lake.

"KnowledgeLake is an innovative software and services firm specializing in helping Microsoft-driven organizations solve their document-intensive business challenges through expert guidance, council, services and enterprise software solutions. KnowledgeLake provides the business expertise and technology needed to help clients efficiently capture, store and manage process related documents as part of an over-arching Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vision."

​Thanks to Kelly Jones and Michael Kelly for help with the location.

Dont forget to join our Yammer network to ask questions or continue conversations.

Jun 02
May 2014 Meeting

​Our second meeting of the year provided us with two great presentations.

Amy Sawtell from Cardinal Solutions discussed Access Services in SharePoint 2013.

Brian Gregor, a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) from Microsoft discussed Profile Photos in SharePoint 2013.

If you would like to view the presentations and continue the discussion please join the Past Presentations group on our Yammer network.


We thank our meeting sponsor RDACorp.

​About the sponsor:

RDA helps its clients leverage technology to get their businesses moving. With a focus on the full lifecycle of business intelligence and custom application development, we help clients assess the best platforms, then design, build, implement and support software solutions. Our deep experience with cloud, on-premises and hybrid platforms enable us to provide solutions that optimize to the cost, scale, mobility and security requirements of the business​

​Also a thanks to Mike Brannon and National Gypsum for providing the meeting location.

Our next meeting will be June 19th, and will be our first evening meeting.

If you havent already please join us on Yammer and LinkedIn and follow us on twitter @caspug.

Mar 19
March Meeting

​Our first meeting of the year was a big one. We literally turned on the new website during our meeting. Its not much but its up-to-date and its powered by Office 365 SharePoint Online. We also announced our new Yammer network, some of you were already joining us prior to the meeting. We are over 100 members now and hoping to grow more, so please share with others. We also announced our new twitter account @caspug please follow and share with us. Also stay tuned for changes to the public web site.

We thank our meeting sponsor RDACorp.

​Future-Proofing SharePoint

​"​Preparing for the SharePoint App Model and the Cloud"​

​​​Shannon Davidson and Chris Stratmann from RDACorp​​

Microsoft's App Model has changed the way SharePoint manages applications both on the front and back end. In this presentation RDA discussed how the App Model functions and demonstrates how it can be used in SharePoint 2013. 

If you would like to view the presentation and continue the discussion please join our Yammer network.

​About the sponsor:

RDA helps its clients leverage technology to get their businesses moving. With a focus on the full lifecycle of business intelligence and custom application development, we help clients assess the best platforms, then design, build, implement and support software solutions. Our deep experience with cloud, on-premises and hybrid platforms enable us to provide solutions that optimize to the cost, scale, mobility and security requirements of the business​

​Also a thanks to Kelly Jones for setting up the meeting location.

Nov 18
November Presentations

​Power Up with PowerShell

Kelly Rusk, CapTech

This presentation covers the basics of working with PowerShell and SharePoint.

What's new in Workflow for SharePoint 2013

Jamie Rance, RDA Corp

This presentation covered new features available in SharePoint 2013 and a demo showing how to create a Vacation Calendar with workflow.