Project codename “GeoFlow”– 3-D data visualization tool for Microsoft Excel 2013 #GeoFlow

This morning kicked off the PASS Business Analytics Conference and one of the biggest announcements was the release of GeoFlow… Oh, this has nothing to do with SharePoint but I did use the new product to map the attendees for my upcoming wedding. This is some pretty cool stuff! There are more samples below under Sample Datasets.

041113_1949_Projectcode1GeoFlow is a three dimensional (3-D) data visualization tool for Microsoft Excel 2013 that provides a powerful method for people to look at information in new ways. It enables the data discoveries that might not be seen in traditional two dimensional (2-D) tables and charts. With GeoFlow you can plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data on a 3-D globe and over time, and create visual tours to share with others.

You can download and try GeoFlow It’s an entirely new way to experience and share insights.

Get started using GeoFlow Preview for Excel by following the Getting Started Document.

Sample Datasets

Here’s where my guests are coming in from J

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Office 365 Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Service Management

Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Service Management
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Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite Webcast for April 12th:

Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Service Management

What: In this webcast, learn how to service and keep Office 365 running efficiently with service incident communication, reporting, and utilizing the Office 365 Team. We will also discuss Office 365 planned maintenance communication, troubleshooting tools and service upgrades. This is a great opportunity to join Microsoft employees and other Office 365 users for a productive discussion.

When: April 12th at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)

Webcast Blog Link

Ignite Webcasts are online technical sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support Staff. You can view all Ignite Webcast sessions here and upcoming sessions here. Ignite Webcasts will provide customers and partners with in-depth technical training for the NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365, launching in 2013. Topics of the training range from new capabilities, design, deployment and management considerations for these technologies. During the event, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn
from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft.

  • There is no charge for this event and it is public and open to all.
  • For further details regarding this event and other Ignite Webcast, please visit the Ignite Site.
  • The webcast recording and materials will be available on the Webcast blog post later in the week.

Make sure to add the webcast events to your calendar today!

·         Ignite Webcast – Exchange Deployment and Coexistence

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ChDevSPUG: PowerShell for SharePoint Developers Today (3/21) 6p – 8p: Chicago City

ChiDev_FeatureAre you a SharePoint Developer? Want to learn PowerShell? Come to this presentation and I’ll provide an introduction to the PowerShell language, how to use PowerShell with SharePoint, and how to go beyond the built-in PowerShell Cmdlets for SharePoint to bend SharePoint to your will. Learn how PowerShell can be used as a tool for content manipulation and bulk site creation, among other things. Learn best practices in structuring, documenting, and protecting your PowerShell scripts.

About the Speaker (Michael Blumenthal)

Michael is a SharePoint Architect at Magenic. He has well-rounded SharePoint expertise, with SharePoint development, infrastructure, and administration experience. He has designed, implemented, and supported SharePoint intranets, extranets, and Internet sites for clients large (Fortune 50) and small in markets as diverse as Banking, Energy, Government, Healthcare, Professional Services, and Transportation. Michael holds several Microsoft certifications (MCITP: SharePoint 2010, MCPD: SharePoint 2010, MCTS, MCSE, MCAD, MCDBA) as well as the CAPM from the Project Management Institute.

He blogs about SharePoint at, tweets about SharePoint as @MichaelBL and has contributed three SharePoint projects to CodePlex. Michael has spoken nationally and locally about SharePoint at community events including Microsoft Virtual Tech Days, SharePoint Connections, and SharePoint Saturday Chicago, among others. He is a co-leader of the Chicago SharePoint Users Group (

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CSPUG March Event @ The Chicago MTC March 28, 1p – 4:30p

Enterprise Social Business & The Evolution of Work
Jeffrey D. Segebarth, Regional VP NewsGator

CSPUG#SocialThatWorks is about meeting the demands of the future workplace today. Thriving social workplaces are living organisms that are capable of response to stimuli, growth, and development. In social workplaces, participation is the stimulus and interactions aid growth. The resulting developments are increased employee productivity and satisfaction.

Join Jeff Segebarth as he discusses how social technology positively affects corporate culture, productivity, and employee empowerment. NewsGator customers are paving the way for enterprise-wide social engagement. What’s next in our journey?

Jeff Segebarth is a 20 year veteran in the Technology industry with a keen understanding of linking business value to technology solutions. Jeff has been a pioneer in helping large organizations understand the business benefits of Enterprise Social Computing and the value of providing these solutions within SharePoint.

ECM in the Cloud

Jason Bullock, Collaboration Technology Specialist, Microsoft

You probably already have a few team sites deployed on Office 365 to help people connect and collaborate. But what about the needs of your legal and records management teams? Have a work group that needs a workflow process built out? From workflows and records management to implementing information governance in the cloud, come learn what every enterprise needs to know to take full advantage of Office 365 for all parts of your organization.

Jason Bullock began working for Microsoft in 2000 as a consultant integrating SPS 2001 and STS v1 to provide enterprise document management capabilities. In 2004, he took a pre-sales role where he has and is currently focused on SharePoint and Office, and now Office 365, as a technology specialist. Jason’s areas of specialty are social and enterprise content management.

PASS BA Conference April 10-12 Chicago IL

Conference Sessions will cover data discovery, data exploration and visualization, predictive analytics, big data, information architecture and delivery, collaboration, information strategies, and much more.

Five full-day pre-conference workshops are now also available spanning topic deep dives on:

  • big data and NoSQL
  • empowering business analysts through self-service BI
  • self-service analysis with DAX in Excel 2013
  • architecting next generation information analytics
  • data mining best practices

Register now to connect, share, and learn with over 1,200 business analysts, data scientists, architects, and BA/BI practitioners.

Are you going? I am, see you there!

Announcing the initial all-star speaker lineup for the PASS BA Conference from across the world of business analytics. Register today!

Top community speakers now confirmed for the main conference program – featuring over 60 business and technical sessions across five topic tracks – include big data ZDNet blogger Andrew J. Brust; BI experts Alberto Ferrari, Stacia Misner, Peter Myers, Marco Russo, and Chris Webb; data mining and predictive analytics gurus Mark Tabladillo and Cristian Vava; data science expert Mark Whitehorn; and Decision Sciences professor, Mathletics expert, and two-time Jeopardy! champion Wayne Winston.

The BA Conference will also feature several top Microsoft speakers, including Kamal Hathi, Ashvini Sharma, and Tim Mallalieu.

See you in Chicago
Kris Wagner

Windows 8.1 My Thoughts & My Windows RT 8.1 Upgrade

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Windows 8.1 My Thoughts

So by now everyone should know that Microsoft released Windows 8.1. Today at the Build conference Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, explained (in that awesome loud tone he has) the new strategy moving forward will be faster releases of products in iterations. Hence engineering is moving faster than marketing and this could be a good or a bad thing depending on the organization. This change is similar to Apple OS release methodology where you can purchase an iteration of the OS at a minimal cost. I personally couldn’t be more thrilled with the change because it effects all the products Microsoft sells.

CrewI’m a fan boy of Microsoft so of course I’m happy with this change but I’m also an architect who needs to make sure the solutions I design and recommend meets the requirements of customers. You’d be surprised at the number of customers still on Windows XP and SharePoint Portal 2003 – If you’re a consultant like me maybe you’re not that surprised.

A few days ago I was explaining some of the changes in Windows 8.1 to my other half who said “so basically it’s Windows 7 again”. I think I just said umm something like that but the truth is it isn’t. 8.1 was designed based off feedback from customers much like the Xbox One. Microsoft is hearing what customers are saying and improving the products based on that feedback in a lightning speed fashion — This is HUGE people. It’s our jobs as consultants to help companies (from small business to fortune 5) get to the next generation of products. With 8.1 you can now boot to your desktop, use the traditional Windows 8 touch or have a better experience with a mouse. Get more information and download your copy here.

I love the idea of the Microsoft App & SharePoint Store because I can do stuff like this to my desktop…. Isn’t my nephew adorable in my Windows 8 tiles J
My Windows Surface RT 8.1 Upgrade

First I’d like to point out I have an iPad (latest gen) and iPhone 5, this will matter later on. I bought my Surface RT from a friend last year after Build, yes one everyone got for free at Build (Thanks Anthony :). I started using it for OneNote and Word and the SkyDrive integration. It came with the Touch Keyboard and I just couldn’t get used to it so I bought the Type cover – Must have. Since then I’ve noticed the App eco system has grown, yes even for RT, and I’m using my Microsoft Surface RT more than my iPad. I use it for work and personal stuff. I heart the “Windows Everywhere” experience in Windows 8 because my desktop Windows 8 Enterprise follows me without issues on my Windows devices. The one thing I didn’t like about the RT was it was missing Outlook and I don’t know how to function without Outlook. Well it’s over and I’m so excited to have 8.1 Installed on my Surface.

Here’s all I did and my upgrade process was flawless.

  1. I made a Recovery disk on a USB drive, as recommended, here are the instructions.
  2. Open the App Store and choose to download Windows RT 8.1 Preview. Note: That took about 2 hours to download.
  3. After it was done I choose upgrade, then agreed to the terms, it migrated all my content, had me verify my account via text message and there you have it.


Here are some images of my Surface RT running on Windows 8.1

Start Button, This PC, Outlook… On the start screen you can press any App to make groups.

SharePoint Saturday Chicago (Suburbs) Sponsors & Schedule!

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(Suburbs) Sponsors & Schedule!

SharePoint Saturday Chicago is just over 2 weeks away! The schedule has been posted here!
Thanks to our sponsors and the sponsors around the US.

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  • SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast Tour
    Chicago IL
    August 8-10, 2011
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Verizon Wireless: Verizon Hub

Verizon Wireless – Verizon Hub – Kris Wagner’s SharePoint Blog

Like many other people out there in the world, you may have turned off your landline. It doesn’t make sense when you have multiple mobile phones and we’re all trying to save where we can. We turned our home phone off about 3 months ago because we simply didn’t use it.   The one thing I don’t like about not having a landline would be long conference calls, my BlackBerry just doesn’t cut it for long calls… before you call me out, yes I’m a SharePoint Architect that doesn’t use a Windows based PDA.

For the most part my choices today are VoIP over a cable modem. If we went with a cable modem we’re looking at an increase to our monthly service from $140 monthly to $185 monthly. The other choices are a Skype or Vonage type service, both I still feel have issues.

I’ve been waiting for Verizon Wireless to release a product like T-Mobile @Home and they did, the Verizon Hub comes with a touch screen, widgets, remote access voice mail so on and so on.  The screen and frame remind me of the Nortel OCS touch screen phone.  The hub even doubles as a digital frame when in sleep mode.

Does it directly integrate with Verizon Wireless mobile phones like T-Mobile’s solution?  There seems to be some interconnectivity between the hub and mobile phone but time will tell.  If it doesn’t hook in with my mobile and let me make calls from home then it’s just another really cool looking VoIP phone. The hub device seems to be designed around the idea of collaboration and should have a retail cost of $200.

Verizon Hub


  • Web accessibility to the hub.
  • Calling features (forwarding and transfer to mobile)
  • Check local traffic and weather in the morning before leaving the house
  • Update your calendar and automatically receive a text when an appointment changes or as a reminder not to be late
  • Get directions to the new site when the location for soccer practice is moved
  • Find the number of the new pizza parlor to order a pie
  • Preview the trailers from an upcoming movie that you might want to take the family to over the weekend, then purchase tickets using the Verizon Hub

Calling plans and how this will actually work with mobile phones hasn’t been released but should be in the next few days. I love toys and I often get questioned by the other half, “do we really need that?” and to be honest 70% of the things I buy maybe we don’t need but this might be one we just need.

– Kris Wagner, SharePoint Server MVP
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