SPS Munich 2015, 10th October


Calling all fans of SharePoint, Office 365 and… beer! SharePoint Saturday Munich – better known as SPSMunich to all those familiar with SPS events – is a little over a month away. On October 10th the inaugural event will kick off and I have to say, it’s looking pretty awesome.

Having organized SPS Stockholm twice with a good friend of mine, Erwin van Hunen, I thought it was about time this much loved event within the SharePoint community came to Munich. I know how much fun these events are, how much you can learn from attending and also how valuable it is to hear from some of the very best from our industry. And with Oktoberfest finishing only a couple of days before, those attending have an extra reason to come along early and sample everything Munich has to offer!

So what can attendees expect?

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Leverage Azure Machine learning in SharePoint

The Text Analytics API, part of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning platform, allows devs to submit text to the Text Analytics API. The API then analyzes this text, and is able to perform sentiment analysis, or keyword extraction. For example, it is able to determine whether a sentence like “Azure Machine Learning is a very powerful tool” is positive or negative. Pretty cool!

In my post I’m going to look at keyword extraction. I thought it would be really useful to integrate this with SharePoint in the following scenario:

Every time a user saves a content page (for example on the Intranet), the Text Analytics API is used to extract all the keywords from this page, and saves it to a different field in the content page. This information can then be used for automatic tagging, tag clouds, and generally improving the search experience.

Curious? Then read the entire article on www.spcaf.com


Creating Office add-ins – using ADAL JS and the Office 365 Unified API

Since my last post on Azure Analytics (thanks to everyone that shared) and now that it is summer and things are calming down a bit, I wanted to play around a little with all the new shiny stuff that is getting released by Microsoft around Office 365, Azure and SharePoint. Today I’m going to focus on creating an ‘office add-in’ for Word.

The purpose of this Word add-in

I’m going to show you how to use the unified API to create a Word add-in. A user can select an email address in their Word doc, hit a button and the add-in will pull back all the information Office 365 knows about that user. I’m using an email address as it is unique for each user.

Read the entire article at www.spcaf.com


Read the entire article at www.spcaf.com

STOP using SPDisposeCheck (or MSOCAF) with SharePoint 2013!

SharePoint apps and farm solutions require all sorts of system resources. These resources could involve memory, system handles or even database connections. Not dealing correctly with them can introduce nasty bugs and performance issues. The .NET CLR supports automatic memory management, using the garbage collector. But other resources need to be dealt with using bespoke code. To help with this many developers and administrators are using SPDisposeCheck.

But beware – that tool is broken and continuing to use it is dangerous!

Curious why? Then read the entire article at www.spcaf.com

How to: Using Azure Analytics to track usage of your Office 365 portal

Are you looking for answers to questions like:

  • How are people using my Intranet?
  • How many people are visiting which pages?
  • How long do they stay on each section?

Then head over to my blog at SPCAF.com to learn How to use Azure Analytics to track usage of your Office 365 portal