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My videos @ Collab365 Community

This is just a quick note to let you guys know about the launch of Collab365 Community, an amazing community where you can fine Over 500 hours of Office 365, SharePoint and Azure videos.

I’d also like to invite you to my profile there where I have 3 recorded sessions from SPBiz, SP24 and Collab365 conferences.


You can visit my profile from :

Stay tuned!


Speaking at InspireX, Las Vegas, Feb 22-24, 2016

InspireX has been finally announced and I’m super excited to be part of it and even to be selected to speak there!


So, What is InspireX?
InspireX is a great chance to connect, interact and learn from a community of Nintex and Drawloop customers, partners and employees to help you solve workflow challenges, and maximize the value of your solutions. It’s also a chance for you to hear inspiring keynotes from Nintex CEO John Burton and renowned futurist Mike Walsh.

And what are you speaking about?
Well, I was so lucky to have my both submissions accepted, here is a little bit of information on them:

Application Lifecycle Management for Nintex Solutions
Monday, February 22, 2016 – 1-2:30 pm
Are you facing difficulties deploying Nintex solutions between your different environments—Dev, Test, Staging and Production? Over several demos, we’ll help you extend the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) techniques for SharePoint to support and deploy Nintex solutions – including the process to create Custom Actions in C#. We’ll also cover how to get started with automating the build and packaging of Nintex workflow and forms along with your SharePoint artifacts in WSPs, deploying the resulting packages to Virtual Testing labs, then automatically running automated tests against the solutions.

Getting the Most Out of the Nintex Repeating Section
Monday, February 22, 2016 – 3-4:30 pm
Repeating sections are very cool and powerful if you want to create 1: many relationships within your Nintex forms. However, they come with some difficulties when parsing, using and displaying the records stored within them. This session introduces you to best practices for using the Repeating Section Control and introduces you to powerful and easy-touse third-party solutions that were created by the Nintex community to enrich and simplify working with them.

Do you have a Conference Agenda?

Monday, February 22, 2016
 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: Nintex Workflow Platform Jumpstart
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Welcome and Nintex Keynote
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sessions, lunch and breaks
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Guest Keynote
10:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Sessions, lunch, breaks
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Attendee Party
How can I register?
Just click here
Download detailed session information and agenda here.

Collab365 Global Conference – Agenda

This is just a quick note to let you know that the agenda of Collab365 has been announced. You can check it out from here.


Here is my session information:

Title: Light Up Your Office 365 Intranet with 10 Cool Apps
Date & Time : 10/8/2015, 9:00:00 AM (Dubai Time)

Description: SharePoint is the intranet platform of choice and one of the most commonly-used tools of organizations. Users uses Intranets to find the information they need to perform their day-to-day functions, from HR to Help Desk Wikis to Travel Request forms, and much more. Attend this session to discover 10 cool SharePoint / Office 365 apps (Add-ins) that can be used to boost team & personal productivity, help your workforce cut back on meetings and email chains and get the different teams within the organization to work together in flexible and collaborative workspaces to get things done wherever, whenever.

If you haven’t already secured your free place – hurry on over to the Registration Page so that you don’t miss out! By registering you can also enter the Registration Raffle and win a Surface, Fit Band or one of many others prizes!

Major Strategy Change: Microsoft opens up .NET, Releases free Visual Studio & Supports Linux, Mac, iOS and Android

Yesterday Microsoft made a few big announcements at their Connect event to expand its horizons in the cloud and to open up their tools & platforms to a much broader audience than ever before.

Here is a quick summary for the announcements:

  • .NET Goes Open Source and now available on GitHub
  • Developers can write .NET code and target Windows, Linux or Mac OS!! (This one is my favorite)
  • Free Visual Studio Community 2013(Has all features of Visual Studio Professional, supports extensibility and supports iOS and Android app development)
  • iOS and Android projects are first class citizens in Visual Studio 2015.

It is a major strategy change; this is not the company I knew for years! I am super excited and even more committed to Microsoft now J

Read the announcements here

[SharePoint4MEA : Arabic Video] Hardware & Software Requirements for SharePoint Server 2013

And here is another video from SharePoint4MEA Team.


Title : Hardware & Software Requirements for SharePoint Server 2013

Description :

SharePoint Server 2013 provides for several installation scenarios. Currently, these installations include single server with built-in database installations, single-server farm installations, and multiple-server farm installations. This video describes the hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013 in each of these scenarios.

Presenter : Mahmoud Hamed
Publisher : SharePoint4MEA
Language : Arabic

For more SharePoint learning, please refer to our YouTube channel.

Successfully Completed Salem™ Certified Practitioner Online Course

If we are connected on LinkedIn, you have most probably seen my announcement about beingSalem Certified Practitioner. After completing the course I’ve also been granted full membership of the World Association of SharePoint Business Strategists. This is something that I’m really happy to be part of, I believe that this group can do a lot to bridge the gap between Customers’ business needs and SharePoint as a technology platform.



Since the announcement, I’ve received different questions from many SharePoint folks about the course & the certificate that I thought of publicly sharing the answer on my blog.

First of all, I’d like to note that I was given this opportunity complementary for my independentcontributions to the SharePoint community. I was never asked to write or tweet about the framework or the course in return so rest assured that what you are reading now is my unbiased point of view.

What is Salem ?

Salem™ (Sequenced and Logical Enterprise Methodology) is the unique, design protected visual consulting practical framework of 15 inter-related organizational business services that are themselves constructed of around 80 sub services. The framework is supported by a number of service channels that handle the delivery technologies. The Salem™ framework service modules are simple to understand for any audience and as the framework itself is factorial so it has huge numbers of sequential delivery variants so creating the ultimate flexible service roadmap for SharePoint or /and the social enterprise.

What made me really keen to learn and study the framework was Gartner’s rating for it in itsCompetitive Landscape: Microsoft SharePoint Consulting and Implementation Services, North America and Western Europe.

How was the course ?

The beauty of the course lies within its simplicity as well as the different learning formats it provides. I’m a fan of trying & mixing different formats for learning and studying. The course provides Word Documents,  PDF’s, Slide Decks, Videos and more. I really believe that what I’ve studied can be easily tailored to serve as a Consulting Framework for any Business Productivity/Collaboration platforms since it enforces simple business language for consultancy or pre-sales engagements.

Who is the course for ?

If you are seeking to learn how to strategize, design and build a highly-effective, business-aligned, task-driven, logical and sequential business service roadmap and strategy for any Business Productivity & Collaboration Platforms for your clients, this course is definitely for you.



Next Steps:

This was my first Salem course and I’m really planning to take more courses in the near future, I’ll keep you updated about my thoughts on the following courses as well as my findings on how they can be leveraged on the ground in my next posts. Stay tuned and please feel free to drop me an email in case you have any questions.