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  • SUGUK - Nottingham Dec 2nd CANCELLED due to bad weather.

    All, Please be aware that the SUGUK event on Thursday 2nd of December in Nottingham is cancelled due to the current bad weather.

    We will look to re-run this event very soon, so please watch the forums as ever.


  • 13th April – SUGUK / UKTechdays Cinema Nights

    We’re very excited to announce a SUGUK event with a twist this month as we team up with Microsoft to celebrate the imminent launch of SharePoint 2010 and MS Office 2010.  As official fringe events to the MS UK Tech Days week, we will be gathering in various cinemas up and down the country to mix SharePoint 2010 discussion with the Easter blockbuster movie – Clash of the Titans 2010!!  This is jointly funded by Microsoft and Combined Knowledge and, as per usual SUGUK events – it won’t cost you a penny (refreshments aside).


    Please check the regional forums for further details, but each event will follow a similar pattern of kicking off with a SharePoint 2010 Ask the Experts session, followed by the feature film.  I for one, remember the original Clash of the Titans film as a kid, and am looking forward to the remake.


    As always we will be joined by experts and MVPs to field you queries/questions on SharePoint 2010.  There will also be SharePint / meal events afterwards – see regional threads for further details.


    Space is limited to 100 people at each event, so visit the threads and sign up fast!!


    For more information and sign up, please visit:


    Nottingham -

    Reading -

    Teeside -

    Manchester -

  • SUGUK new regional leaders

    Here's a quick intro to the regional leaders for the future SUGUK events:

    London - Matt Taylor:

    My name is Matt Taylor and I’m an independent SharePoint consultant based in Maidstone. My wife and I have two young boys who keep us very busy but when I do make a little time I like nothing more than a round of golf with friends. I started my career training to be an accountant but got sidetracked by automating Excel spreadsheets which turned me towards a much more interesting career in IT. Once I discovered SharePoint there was no looking back and it’s all I have done for the last 4 years. Through my work I get involved in all areas of SharePoint projects from planning and designing through to development, customisation and implementation. I love discussing and sharing ideas and experiences with fellow SharePoint professionals and so I am really excited about getting more hands on with the group.

    South England - Ian Woodgate:

    If you’re south of the M4 and not in London or Wales then welcome to our region! One of our core aims is to encourage participation and new local speakers, so if you’ve something to say then do get in touch with us, even if you’ve never presented at an event before. Also we’ll be having a range of presentations, so some evenings will focus on the basics and introduce people to SharePoint, and others will be more technical deep dives. Your region coordinator is me, Ian Woodgate I’ve been working with SharePoint since 2001. I’ve a development background and these days focus more on SharePoint strategy, planning, and architecture. I work for a Microsoft partner and live in Wimborne, Dorset.

    Midlands - Mark Macrae + Steve Eyton-Jones:

    Mark: Hi, I have been working with SharePoint Technologies as a developer/engineer since 2003 and currently co-direct a Microsoft Gold Partner which specialises in SharePoint, CRM and Business Intelligence. I have been attending SUGUK events since 2006 and I’m now very happy to be hosting the regional events for the East Midlands, based at our offices in Nottingham. We have run two very successful events in Nottingham so far, and look forward to discussing a wide spectrum of SharePoint 2007/2010 topics in the coming months. Our aim is to host a regular event approximately every 8 weeks, build up a regular audience and we will be encouraging the audience to drive the content and speak. In addition to the regular events we hope to run vendor nights and potentially some daytime/weekend workshops. As always with SUGUK , a warm reception and free food/drink are always part and parcel of our events, and we always host a SharePint event afterwards at the local alehouse. We will also be joining forces with Mark Stokes (SUGUK North West) to set up some Leeds based events, hoping to start early in the new year. Steve: I’m a director at Novotronix Ltd – a Midlands based Microsoft Gold partner specialising in SharePoint solutions. I’ve been working on SharePoint projects now for around 8 years – amazing to think how the product has progressed! I’m responsible for taking over the organisation of events in the West Midlands which will normally be held in Birmingham although happy to move around the region as and when appropriate. I’m particularly interested in looking at what end users can get out of the technology and how it can be adapted to meet their needs, and intend to combine end user focussed presentations with other more technically focussed ones. Our events will run approximately every 2 months to compliment those running in the East Midlands. The next event will be in Birmingham in early December – more details coming soon.

    North West - Mark Stokes:

    My name is Mark Stokes and I have been working in the SharePoint Arena as a consultant since the beta's of SharePoint 2003. After moving from London to Manchester I have felt that the North it not as well represented with community events as it could be. With a lot of major, high profile projects going on, on both sides of the Pennines, I felt it was a good idea to build up that community. Representing all areas of SharePoint we are looking at putting together a diverse set of presentations over the coming months to satisfy as much of our community as possible, including the impending release of SharePoint 2010 public betas whilst keeping our feet firmly on the ground and covering MOSS 2007 as long as it is prevalent in the marketplace. With our first meeting pencilled in for Tuesday November 11th in the centre of Manchester we are expecting a good turnout, and have a very high calibre of presenters in attendance including two people with Microsoft Certified Master credentials in SharePoint

    Scotland - Chris Forbes:

    Chris Forbes is a director of a Scottish based Gold Partner based through-out Scotland and has been a software developer for over 14 years. In more recent years has become entirely focused in MOSS07 and has been working with SharePoint since the tail end of SP2003. With a passion for SharePoint, .NET and best practices Chris is keen to grow the Scottish SharePoint community and share and learn real life experiences working with SharePoint. When he's not doing SharePoint you can usually find Chris mountain biking down one of Scotland's many hills, and with any luck appearing in the next series of BBC's Total Wipeout! (Doing his bit to dispel the myth that all IT people are geeks!)

    I'm afraid that Dux hasn't got his UK visa returned on time for Thursdays meeting so we are having to move it to a virtual event. You can now watch the presentations from the confort of your own home or office starting at 7pm. For details please check here: Title: “Best Practices in Gathering Requirements for SharePoint Projects” Time: 7pm GMT Livemeeting Details: 1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser: 2. Copy and paste the required information: Meeting ID: QWJ4C3 Entry Code: w=TR\/3 Location: It seems that all the UK visa processors are on holiday at this time of the year!!! If you have a blog we'd really appreciate a mention of this change as we do not want anyone turning up at Microsoft's offices on Thursday evening!
  • SUGUK - request for new organizers

    Steve Smith and I have been running SUGUK for over three years now. We've seen the group grow from a few members meeting at a pub in Paddington to around 200 people attending meetings in London and sessions organized around the country.


    We've thoroughly enjoyed running the group, and the friends we've made doing so. We've decided however with the release of SharePoint 2010 in the near future now is a good time to step down from our roles as organizers and give some other people the chance to get more involved in running the group and putting together sessions and meetings.


    We plan to do this in a fun and democratic manor. We're looking for two people - someone based close to London and someone in the midlands or north/Scotland area. If you'd like to take on a leader role then we ask you to submit:


    1, Name

    2, Location

    3, Your ideas and plans for the user group over the next 2 years.



    We'll then publish this information in a Survey Application so all SUGUK members can vote and choose the new leaders! Steve and I will help the chosen two to organize the first meetings, setup contacts within Microsoft etc...


    Please get applications/questions to us by September 4th by emailing them to and


    Look forward to receiving your emails!

  • Nottingham User Group Meeting Cancelled

    I'm afraid the user group meeting for July 2nd has been cancelled due to a presenter dropping out and low sign ups.

    We'll look to reschedule it in September once the holiday period is over.

    Many thanks
    Nick Swan
  • North West User Group Meeting - May 28th

    We're looking at kick starting the community up in the North West of England so this will be the first meeting of many. Mark and Jamie are on board to help organize and grow the community so please get yourself along to the first meeting up there. To find out more and to sign up please see this forum post:

  • Microsoft Project User Group

    The Microsoft Project User Group is holding a meeting in London on 28th April. If you'd like to learn a bit more about how MS Project, Project Server and SharePoint all live together make sure you get yourself to the event:

  • Manchester Sharepint (beer) event - Tuesday 31st March

    Work in the North West and fancy a quick drink and chat about SharePoint, then sign up for the Manchester SharePint Event:

    As some of you may have seen we are soon to be launching a new job site specifically for SharePoint - the site is already up at .

    We've had a few issues recently with recruitment consultants posting jobs that haven't existed to get people to submit CV's. Not a good practise and something we'd like to get rid of. What I am proposing is that we lock down the jobs area of the forums and redirect people to

    Each posting of a job on the new site requires a small fee. This fee should :

    1, Stop people making up positions and fishing for CV's
    2, Improve the overall quality of job posting and information available to you.

    I'd be interested in your thoughts on this before we make a decision on what to do. Please feel free to leave a comment here or email me at

  • Michael Noels Slides

    Many thanks to everybody who came along to the meeting on Thursday - another great turnout. Especially a big thankyou to Michael for traveling over from San Fran to deliver a great session. Here are the slides he used:

  • London User Group Meeting - Feb 26th

    Details of the next user group meeting in London have now been posted up. Michael Noel is visiting us from the US and will be going through some Farm Best Practises and we'll also have a Q & A panel session afterwards so make sure you bring your problems and questions along. For more info and to register please see here:

  • Skills to build up on - sharepoint survey results.

    We've just posted the results of the SharePoint Survey - many thanks to those who completed it. Some interesting results - and as strange things are happening in the economy, some hints as to what skills may be worthwhile learning.

    Workflow got an amazing high result - both as a component being used and also customized. If you're a developer get open visual studio and start learning SharePoint workflow. This can also been seen on the forums as there are quite a lot of workflow questions there.

    50% of organizations don't have a governance plan? Something you can perhaps help them with? A disaster waiting to happen?

    How to manage your development processes. Deploying from Dev -> staging -> production. If you are hot on this it seems people could use your help and guideance!

    Anyway here are the full results with some comments added by me:
    SharePoint Survey
  • Slides available - SharePoint Search

    The slides are now up from Ben's presentation the other week in London
  • Slides available - Large scale collaboration with MOSS

    Rickard has made his slides from last Tuesdays presentation available:

    Also worth following his blog as he's promised to provide more information in the future
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