Becky BertramMy name is Becky Bertram and I am owner of Savvy Technical Solutions, a consulting firm focused on custom SharePoint sollutions, based in the greater St. Louis area. I am a 5-time Microsoft MVP and an instructor of SharePoint courses at CAIT, at Washington University. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in discussing SharePoint solutions, Office 365, or technical instruction.

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Jul 28
Hello, Hackathon

If you've never participated in a hackathon before, now's your chance! On August 13, GlobalHack, LaunchCode, and Propsper Women Entrpreneurs are teaming up to put on a hackathon for beginners in St. Louis. Go to https://hellohackathon16.splashthat.com to learn more and sign up. The tickets are $25 but if you use the discount code ProsperHack you can $10 off your ticket.

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From the web site:
Join LaunchCode, GlobalHack and The Prosper Institute on Saturday, August 13, 2016 for a beginner-friendly event where you’ll work in teams over the course of a day to design an app or website that solves a real-world problem. You’ll use prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, and anything else you think of to visually present your idea to the community. Participants will work in small teams (up to 4) and will have ~6 hours to prototype your idea and present it on stage. During the event, you’ll learn how to use industry design tools, network with like-minded people with diverse backgrounds, and work to solve a real-world problem as a small group. This event requires no coding experience, and is open to individuals of all skill sets and backgrounds.​

May 24
Introducing Project Madeira

About a month ago, Microsoft quietly released a new software as a service (SaaS) into its product catalog, called Project Madeira. This service, powered by Azure, provides small and medium businesses access to lightweight tools that allow them to track things like sales, inventory, finances, and more. This product integrates seamlessly with Office 365 so that users can manage things like creating and sending quotes and invoices and manage customer information right from Outlook.

Read the rest of the article I published on IT Unity​.


 

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May 13
SharePoint Saturday St. Louis 2016

It's that time of year again... time to sign up for SharePoint Saturday St. Louis. The event will be a week from Saturday on May 21st at the SLU Workforce Center from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Register now!

I'll be presenting on PowerApps and Flow as I've done at other conferences. 

See you there!

May 02
Microsoft Flow and PowerApps Released to Public Preview

​On April 29, 2016, Microsoft released two new services into public preview: Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. This is a milestone for Microsoft in its current drive to give power users the tools to create no-code solutions that connect to external data sources not only within, but also external to, the Microsoft eco-system.

Read the rest of the article I wrote for IT Unity at https://www.itunity.com/article/microsoft-flow-powerapps-public-preview-3261.

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Apr 05
April St. Louis Office 365 User Group Meeting

Join us for this spring's Office 365 User Group meeting for St. Louis. We'll be meeting on Thursday, April 14, from 3 p.m. -  5 p.m. at the Microsoft office in Creve Coeur. Register now on EventBrite.

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Mar 17
Presenting at Cloud Saturday Chicago

CloudSat_logo.pngI'll be presenting my PowerApps presentation on April 30th at CloudSaturday in Chciago.​ Unlike many of the events I speak at, which focus on Office 365, this event will also cover topics from just about any cloud platform you can think of, such as Salesforce, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, IBM’s cloud offering, as well as Azure and Office 365.

The event is taking place at DeVry University in Addison. Register now.

Mar 15
Presenting at Collab365 2016 Summit

Collab365.pngI'm very excited to be presenting my Intro to PowerApps lecture at this year's Collab365 2016 Summit.​ The Summit is a free, virtual training event that you can attend from the confort of your desk, from May 10-12. Day 1 will focus on IT Pro topics, headlined by Microsoft product manager Bill Baer​, Day 2 will focus on Developer topics, headlined by Product Managers Sonya Koptyev and Jeremy Thanke, and Day 3 will focus on topics for business users, headlined by Product Manager Mark Kashman. This year the event is being managed from the Redmond campus and speakers such as myself will be delivering "on demand" style lecutres. This is a great way to get FREE access to some great content from Microsoft and leading speakers in their fields. Register now​! ​

Feb 16
My First SharePoint PowerApp

​In this presentation, you'll learn how to create your first PowerApp, by connecting to a SharePoint list in SharePoint Online.

 

 

Jan 18
"Praise" a Colleague in Office 365

Want to congratulate a colleague on a job well done, or thank them for something they did? Soon you will be able to offer praise to your colleagues via their Delve profile page. This feature has been rolled out to some First Release tenants and will be coming to an Office 365 tenant near you.*

When you take a look at a person's profile in Delve, you'll see a new section called Praise, where you can add a new "praise" message. This will open up a pane on the right side of the page, from which you can type a message and select the type of kudos you're passing along, such as "Thank you", "Expert", "Outstanding", "Great job", "Teamwork" or "Excellent Idea". (Think of this as the stickers you received as a child in grade school from your teacher!)

 

Once you have sent your praise, it will show up on their profile.

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Additionally, the recipient of the praise will receive an e-mail notifying them of it, which you will receive a carbon copy of.

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*I noticed that there is a note in the Office 365 Admin Message center saying that Praise will be temporarily turned off for First Release tenants because there need to be more administrator controls on the functionality, so this functionality may take a little longer than expected to roll out to "regular" tenants.

Jan 08
"Introduction to SharePoint Online" Course from Opsgility Now Available!

IntroToSharePointSlide.jpgI recently completed writing and recording an online course for the online training company Opsgility that's an introductory course to SharePoint Online. This 10 module course covers the basics of using SharePoint Online, including how to work with related applications such as Office 365 video, Delve, and OneDrive.  Each module contains a recorded lecture that's about an hour in length, as well as a hands-on-lab you can use to get experience with the topics covered. 

The course is meant either for end users who want to know the basics of how to use SharePoint, as well as for IT professionals who have been tasked with implementing Office 365 and want to know how SharePoint Online works so they can support their user base.

Topics covered include:

  • Working with site columns, content types, lists and libraries, and document templates, and Office Online products
  • Understanding site collections, sites, site templates, pages, and add-ins
  • Learning about how SharePoint can be used in conjunction with overarching organizational goals such as compliance, governance, utilizing business intelligence, and more.
  • Understanding library synching and OneDrive
  • Configuring search and using the search index
  • Working with Office 365 Groups, Video, and Delve

If you would like to take this course online, please visit the following link: https://www.opsgility.com/courses/player/introduction-sharepoint-online. To access the course, you'll need to purchase a license to the Opsgility site. The license will give you access to the entire library of courses.

If you are interested in having me deliver this training personally, please contact me. I'm happy to deliver this course to you remotely or to come onsite and deliver the course to you in person.  

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