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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Kansas City this Saturday | Oct 13, 2018

Follow @SPSKC1 My local SharePoint Saturday, SPS Kansas City, is coming up THIS WEEKEND (#SPSKC). I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet: Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in…

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Pittsburgh this Saturday | Sep 15, 2018

Follow @SPSburgh The 3rd annual SharePoint Saturday Pittsburgh (#SPSBurgh) is coming up this Saturday. I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet: Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing…

The ABCs of SharePoint: 26 ways SharePoint can enhance your digital workplace

Now a book! Based on his 100th blog post, Nate Chamberlain presents “The ABCs of SharePoint: 26 ways SharePoint can enhance your digital workplace”. Can you think of something in SharePoint for every letter of the alphabet? This book will help you fill the gaps teach you more about things you could implement in your…

A better way to display “today’s events” from multiple calendars in SharePoint on your intranet home page

today at LMH

Below on the left are two traditional, out-of-the-box solutions for showing Today’s events in SharePoint. Notice how both take up a lot of extra space repeating today’s date (which we don’t need to see at all in a web part called “Today’s Events”) or showing gray space where there are no events. Soak that in – prime real estate on your home page goes to non-existent events. These also may require overlays and other manual labor processes that need adjusted every time a calendar is added or removed.

But on the right is what you could have. It uses search instead and displays events from all calendars a user has access to in one place. It shows only the necessary information on the home page and links to full details. And with a little CSS included in this post, it can look polished and themed. Imagine all you could do with that saved space on your home page…

Also seen above: Adding local weather to your SharePoint intranet home page
and a “this week’s menu” button for your intranet

Adding local weather to your SharePoint intranet home page

I jokingly said at a recent presentation that I thought adding weather to our intranet’s home page was a good idea for employees like me who work in the basement and don’t see much of “the outside.” But it can also help with planning and decisions depending on your industry and daily routines. Accuweather has…

How to create a dynamic “this week’s menu” button for your intranet

People jokingly (or not) sometimes tell me the only reason for which they use the intranet is the cafeteria menu. So on a recent draft of a redesigned homepage, I introduced a prominent “Menu” button that would always be linked to the most recent menu uploaded by dining services.

menu

Previously people would click a link which took them to a document library where the current menu lived, and would open it there. 2 clicks.

I had two goals for this project.

  1. Get it down to 1 click.
  2. Never have to manually update the link for the button. Set it, forget it.

Note: this could easily be applied to newsletters, updates, meeting minutes, etc. Anything that is published on a regular basis that could benefit from an always-current hyperlinked button.