Using Nintex for Project Management Nirvana – Speaking at the Project Virtual Conference

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I am pleased to announce I will be speaking at the upcoming inaugural Project Virtual Conference, a free global online conference that is dedicated to Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online that will be running for 24 hours.

For those of you that may have missed it, the Project Virtual Conference is a completely free, virtual conference that has been organised by members of the Project community (Prasanna, Cindy, Treb, Ben, Rod, Paul, Julie and Vadim) in their spare time.

The schedule includes a raft of expert speakers including Customers, Partners, Product Team and MVPs. From a quick run through there are some great sessions in there, including a keynote from Sajan Parihar.

My session is entitled Leveraging Nintex for Project Management Nirvana

With platforms such as SharePoint, Project Server and Office 365, organizations have never before had such rich options for managing projects. Ensuring these platforms can be customized to meet your specific needs is paramount. In this session we will take you through how you can leverage Nintex products for SharePoint, Project Server and Office 365 to reach your own organizational Project Management Nirvana.

and will be in Track C on October 23rd at 5:00am UTC which in real time is:

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The fun starts on October 22 at 2:00pm UTC and then runs for 24 hours straight. Oh and did I mention all this great content is free?

If you haven’t already, register today at https://projectvirtualconference.com/register/ and I look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Project Conference 2014 Wrap Up

It’s been a little over a week since the Project Conference in Anaheim finished up and what a conference it was. It’s always great to meet up with the Project Community and catch up on what’s happening, it’s also the only place I know that you can wax lyrical about Project Server without people looking at you as if you’re strange Smile Anyway, I thought I would share some of the highlights with you.

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First up the keynote, there were some great demonstrations, announcements and in a first reveals about future directions and investments for Project. A key announcement was the introduction of the new Project Lite SKU for Project Online, a $7 a month licence of Project Online targeted at users who don’t need all the capabilities of Project Online, but do need to complete timesheets, update tasks, view schedules and interact with collaboration sites. The Project Lite SKU will be available from the 1st May 2014.

Project Lite SKU

The other big announcement in the keynote was a new SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) connector which can consume oData feeds (as provided by Project Online), the SSIS package can then write out to a database hosted in Windows Azure that you can then use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to create enterprise reports.

Microsoft are pushing apps in a big way and there are some great apps out there, it was great to see the Publish All Enterprise Projects app in the keynote (click here to learn more) followed shortly afterwards by a pretty deep demo of Nintex Workflow for Office 365, one of the products I am responsible for in my non project day job at Nintex Smile (thanks Jakob for the better picture).

Publish All Projects in the Keynote

Howard Crow showing Nintex Workflow for Office 365

The sessions at the conference were great, with a diverse range of speakers from customers, partners and the engineering team. I personally enjoyed a few of the workflow sessions and was excited to see so many people getting on board with Demand Management in 2013. It was also great putting faces to names, and of course catching up with old friends and fellow Project MVP’s from around the world.

Alex and the ever stylish Dux Raymond SyHardcore Beer Drinking Project MVP's

I was lucky enough to present a session on behalf of Nintex on how our products could be used to implement organisational process. The session went really well with a great turn out, some good questions and all five demo’s workflow flawlessly.

Project Conference Session

For those of you that came along to the session, thank you, as a final reminder, all the links from the session can be seen at http://bit.ly/nintexpc14. I have a couple of videos of the demo’s I showed that I will push up in the next couple of weeks.

All in all it was a great conference, lots of information, lots of networking, lots of preparation and whilst there, lots and lots of work. Thanks to everyone at Microsoft and Dynamic Events that put the whole thing together Smile

Speaking at the Australian SharePoint Conference Sydney

SPC SYD 2013 I'm speakingI am excited to announce that I will be speaking at the upcoming Australian SharePoint Conference in Sydney on the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint & Project Server 2013.

The abstract for the session is:

If you have ever tried to track work in SharePoint, lists or even on pieces of paper, you are going to love the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint 2013. With SharePoint 2013, your organisation has access to a task management solution that can start simply and scale up to the enterprise level at the click of a button. Come along to this session to get an understanding of these exciting new capabilities and how you can leverage them today.

This is the 4th time the conference has been run. I was lucky enough to speak at it back in 2010 and the quality of speakers, sessions and organisation is unparalleled.

The conference is on the 10th – 11th April at the Hilton in Sydney. You can find out more and register at http://www.sharethepoint.com/engage/AU2013/Sydney/Pages/Home.aspx.