Hong Kong SharePoint Conference 2011

I am pretty excited that I will be presenting this year at the upcoming Hong Kong SharePoint Conference 2011.

The session I am presenting is :

SharePoint 2010 Performance and Health Monitoring

An amazing amount of new and exciting features were added to SharePoint 2010 for IT Professionals, a major investment being Server Health and Monitoring Infrastructure. In this session we will look into these features in-depth, focusing on guidance for keeping SharePoint installations healthy and running at peak performance. We will go into detail on supporting features such as Diagnostic Logging, the Developer Dashboard and the SharePoint 2010 Logging Database; illustrating how to successfully use these features and more, to troubleshoot issues quickly and accurately. If you have a production environment running SharePoint 2010, then this is a session not to miss!  

If you have the opportunity to make it to this conference, I would highly recommend it and tickets are still available!


Have You Registered? Under 2 weeks to go!

Be part of the very first Hong Kong SharePoint Conference…join us at the SharePoint event of the year!

Great sessions and speakers from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, USA, and New Zealand

Introductory sessions
Come along to the introductory sessions to hear real life stories about the University of Nottingham, working with Office 365, governance, social computing and how to create massive user adoption!

Extending sessions
Visualising business data, best practice document management, Project Crescent, and text analytics for search.

Technical sessions
Learn great tips and tricks from the experts on PowerShell, web parts, development, infrastructure monitoring, migration and more!

Check out the agenda now

Dux Raymond Sy

Dux Raymond Sy
Empowering Your Organisation with SharePoint 2010

Experience the power of one of the most sought after SharePoint speakers and learn how you can empower your organisation using SharePoint 2010.

Thinking of implementing SharePoint or do you already have it? Either way, don’t make the same mistakes as everyone else around the world! Invest some time to get things done right!

Come along to the 2 day Master ClassSharePoint Governance and Information Architecture with Paul Culmsee.


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Early Bird Price EXTENDED

Conference Day:
Friday 11 Nov 2011

Conference Price:
Early Bird Price: $HKD250.00
Group Discount: for 5+ people
Regular Price: $HKD300.00

Conference Location:
Harbour Grand Hotel

Thank you to our gold sponsors!
AvePoint, K2, OpenText, Pingar

Event managed by SPevents, a division of envisionIT (NZ) Ltd in association with the Hong Kong User Group and is run BY the Community FOR the Community.
Phone: +852  2121 2688

Hong Kong SharePoint Conference, 11 November 2011

TechEd 2011 Wrap Up

As many people will know we just wrapped up another TechEd Australia for 2011.  This year was one of the best TechEds I have been to, but I may be biased as I felt this year had a huge IT Pro focus – something that I felt had been neglected in recent years and which made me really keen to attend next year, as I think with Windows 8 technology on the horizon, it is going to be amazing!

Some of the highlights for me were the Keynote.  Purely as an attendee in the IT Pro plenary keynote, I felt somewhat special as we were shown information on the next version of Windows which had not yet been released to the public.  There are some videos with more information on some of this that can be found here courtesy of Alan Burchill’s SmarterGeek site.

I was also lucky enough to get the opportunity to present on Private Clouds and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 in my session “From Bare Metal to Silver Lining with SCVMM 2012… Today!“.

Have you wondered what it would take to build your own private cloud? Going from bare metal to Hyper-V to a Cloud used to take a significant amount of time and expertise, but with the soon-to-be-released System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, building a private cloud is easy and inexpensive, and with the beta of SCVMM 2012 you can do it right now!

 Join Mark Rhodes as he demonstrates provisioning of a Private Cloud, taking a blank server from Bare Metal to Silver Lining. This session will explain the core technologies of Data Center Fabric and Private Clouds with Hyper-V R2 and SCVMM 2012, and include comprehensive demonstrations of all of the steps necessary for you to go home and build your organization a Private Cloud, today!

If you are interested in catching this session, I will be presenting at the Brisbane Infrastructure Group on Monday evening.  More information and a link to RSVP can be found here.  Hope to see you there.

If you are interested in seeing the session, you can view a recording, however I strongly recommend coming along as its not really the same thing!

A few days at the Microsoft Evangelism Academy

I had the privilege of being invited to attend the inaugural Microsoft Evangelism Academy last week in Melbourne, run by the DPE team at Microsoft.

The people in attendance were (aside from myself)

The event was organised by Andrew Coates and Sarah Vaughan from Microsoft and run by Steve and Melony from NRG Solutions.  Steve and Melony have in the past have been involved with speaker training for the TechEd Australia events.

The idea of this Academy is to, in Microsoft’s words, take technical “gurus” and turn them into “super gurus”.   It was an intensive three day course, focused on helping us become great speakers with lots of exercises and activities to firmly put us outside our comfort zones. The program does not just end there either, it continues until August next year during which we have :

  • Monthly conference calls
  • Monthly 1 on 1 catchup over the phone with a mentor
  • 1 day of group training in Melbourne every 3 months
  • Talk at UserGroups, Conferences and whatever we can!

Microsoft also provided what I think is one of the greatest tools available today to a public speaker, a small MinoHD video camera. This enabled us to get our own instant feedback on what we like or dislike about our own speaking styles.  This kind of feedback is gold to a speaker, I was able to instantly identify several things I disliked about my speaking style as well as pick up on a few things I did not even realise I was doing, such as gesturing with my thumbs and swaying slightly. 

So what did I come away with? After 3 days I had a card with a list of tips that I found helpful, which are outlined below :

  • Don’t be afraid to be Different!
  • Don’t spend too much time on “About Me” as it can detract credibility. If you are on stage you already have credibility
  • Have a good start and a good finish. The first 100 words will be more powerful than the next 1000.
  • Don’t be afraid to change the environment. Own the space!
  • If you are presenting on multiple topics or points, move to a specific space for each point and return to it if you return to the topic. (Spacial Anchoring)
  • When preparing aim to present for exactly the time you are presenting for, or 10% less.
  • Don’t be afraid to link to other presenters to establish rapport with your audience.
  • Showing is better than telling.
  • Build up a library of stories that can be told on any relevant situation.
  • Make eye contact with as many people in the room as possible.
  • It can be very powerful to hold eye contact for an entire point or paragraph with one individual, but do not make them feel “stared at”
  • Do not tinker with your tech before your presentation, welcome your audience, get out from behind the podium!
  • Stand still or Move with purpose.
  • Don’t forget to Pause – A good pause is far more effective than words.
  • Less is More!
  • Recovery is more important than delivery, and you get to practise it a lot more!
  • Build up a presentation kit and checklist to make sure you are prepared every time
  • Walk for 7-10 minutes before you present, to build up energy
  • Use gestures deliberately, not accidentally
  • Stand with feet at shoulder width
  • Point your feet at whatever has your attention. If you have attention on your audience, they will pay attention to you. If you have your attention on your slide, they will pay attention to your slide
  • Let your visuals augment You, not the other way around
  • The room is yours, feel free to change it how you see fit, even if that means restricting access to the back seats, or even turning the room around
  • If you are talking on a negative point, do not make eye contact with the audience, talk to the floor. And do this in a sacrificial space, that you will not return to
  • Don’t be afraid to be theatrical, everything looks way less dramatic from the audience
  • Gesture BIG!  It will appear smaller from the audience.
  • Stand with your hands clasped in front of you, or by your sides

This is only a tiny fraction of what I learned in the 3 days and I can tell you that I will never again look at a presenter the same way, nor will I ever present again in the same ways I have in the past. I am already looking at some of my prior presentations wondering how I can make my presentations really stand out.

This training really put me outside of my comfort zone, which immediately forced me to learn and while I did find it difficult I really enjoyed the whole thing. The final activity was a huge example of this as we had to pick a random topic and speak for 3 minutes on it, to members of the general public, at South Bank in Melbourne.  This also had the side benefit of removing any possibility of me ever being embarrassed or nervous prior to speaking to an audience again.

This was captured on video and I have uploaded it to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqcZGHDRedM

I picked the topic of “Three things about me, and try to pick which one of them is false”. While I think I spoke reasonably well within the constraints of the stress this activity generated, upon reviewing it I can see a half-dozen things I wish I had done better and hopefully with practice will improve on.

I am really looking forward to working on my presenting over the next year and it will be interesting to see where it takes me! 

Also lastly, A massive thanks to everyone involved! this is probably the most exciting thing I’ve seen from Microsoft in the community space in a long time, and I am really proud to be part of it.