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 Name Veronique Palmer  Blog Views from Veronique
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I have to give a big thumbs up to Woolworths who reacted instantly to the blog I wrote last night on food being thrown away.  I got calls and emails from the CEO office and representatives this mor...
I walked into Woolworths in the Mall of Africa this afternoon, just in time to see the deli staff throw an entire plate of gorgeous pineapple pieces into the dustbin. This was followed instantly by...
10 Years in SharePoint Today!      17-Nov-2016     231  
Today is my 10 year SharePoint anniversary!  Where did the time go….?  What a journey it has been.  You know how sometimes you wonder if you are on the right path, or imagine that you should ...
P.E.A.C.E Suburbs #LoveMustRise      31-Oct-2016     292  
Last night was hell on earth here.  The Diwali celebrations descended into an outright war in our neighbourhood and it did not end well for anyone.  People were screaming, shouting; crying, being t...
#LoveMustRise South Africa!      18-Oct-2016     271  
The news has been inundated with calls to things that “must fall”.  Some of these are followed with violence and destruction of property amounting to hundreds of millions of Rands.  I f...
Be Free!      27-Apr-2016     375  
It’s Freedom Day in South Africa.  Apart from the political agenda the rest of the country celebrates, my wish for you is the following: May you be free from people who lie and steal from you...
“I’m Going to Make Millions”      17-Mar-2016     407  
We hosted a stand at the My Business Expo last week.  We were privileged to have hundreds and hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-ups at our stand all day.  We got to hear so many stories and plans...
The Kitten Diaries – Day 2      21-Feb-2016     374  
I am in love.  Never had cats before, let alone kittens. Lemonade and Lollipop are just the coolest kittens anyone could hope for.  Although I adore all animals and have always been more of a dog p...
Why We Need PETernity Leave      20-Feb-2016     472  
For the first time in decades I am a proper pet owner – a new mother of 2 kittens and 2 puppies. Due to a mix up at the shelter, I only came home with 2 kittens and 1 puppy till next week.  E...
Tell Someone, Today, and Everyday!      06-Feb-2016     395  
It’s been a while since a I wrote anything thanks to a bout of writes block, but I was finally moved into action by a conversation I had yesterday.  Before we get started, may this be an amaz...
The JT Foxx Post Has Been Removed      30-Nov-2015     468  
As I was threatened with legal action by them if I did not do so.  Filed under: Thoughts on Life ...
~ A MAJOR RANT! Go get a drink first. ~ For the second time I just saw South Africans push each other out the way to buy “the promised land” from a fork tongued American salesman.  I fe...
They, Them and There      22-Nov-2015     443  
Have you noticed how we insist on assigning a location and demographic to the woes of the world? Add to that all the bad news repeatedly shoved down our throats by mainstream media and you get a pr...
Money Money Money, Must Be Funny…      14-Nov-2015     1260  
Why is money such a dirty little secret?  Have you noticed that no-one will talk actual money with you, apart from saying they’re broke; or if they’re wealthy, they won’t say a th...
Settling Down – One Month In      08-Nov-2015     425  
One month today since moving to The Right Fork.  Things have started to settle down and a routine established. I started a Facebook page to document the day to day happenings of transitioning to th...
Transitioning to a new lifestyle – it sounds so good in theory and I’m sure it will all end well, but the changeover is quite an assault on the senses. Sleep becomes a distant memory.  ...
The Right Fork Lives!      18-Oct-2015     407  
Ten months and one week after making the decision to move, it’s finally done – the great adventure to find a new home and start a better way of living!    The process aged me 100 years ...
We Are Not “Resources”      04-Sep-2015     424  
Human “Resources” …. when did that happen?!  It drives me insane. Why is it called the Human Resources Department?  To take the humanity out of it allowing some companies to perfo...
Power Tools for Beginners Course      16-Aug-2015     464  
Hands down the best money I have spent this year, was the Power Tools for Beginners course presented by DIY Divas.  It was a morning workshop for women to learn about tools.  I have never felt so e...
Beekeeping Course Day 2      16-Aug-2015     456  
The adventure continues. Catch up on Day 1. New eggs stand up straight in cells, by day 3 they are lying down in a C shape. Eggs are white and you can see them against the black of the cell.  (The...
Beekeeping Course Day 1      16-Aug-2015     437  
The plight of bees globally is pretty common knowledge these days.  It’s something you hear, but not necessarily pay any attention to.  I signed up for a beekeeping course with Walkerville Be...
Perfumery Course      16-Aug-2015     465  
Margaret Roberts is a walking legend! She runs courses at her Herbal Centre and one day when I grow up, I wanna be just like her.  She’s in her 70’s and more vibrant that I have ever be...
Thoughts on the Tianjin Explosion      16-Aug-2015     461  
I have been riveted by the events of the gigantic explosion that took place in Tianjn, China 4 days ago.  The footage of the explosion has truly shocked me and the last time I felt this affected wa...
There are some things that you just find out the hard way – trying to get finance for anything once you own your business will be one of them. Six months of – not knowing where I am goi...
This SharePoint Blog is Moving…      10-Jul-2015     1158  
In case you missed it, all my SharePoint blogs have moved to Lets Collaborate News & Blogs.  Here’s what we’ve published recently: So you think you don’t have time for ShareP...
Office 365 Adoption Stats from Microsoft      17-Jun-2015     460  
The #SPBiz conference has just kicked off and here are the Office 365 stats as released by Microsoft during the keynote by Mark Kashman. Filed under: Office 365 ...
Choices      05-Jun-2015     493  
I think there comes a point in everyone’s lives where they have to choose sides, and  I don’t mean with political parties, or rugby games… While we have free will, we have been ca...
11 Ways to NOT Migrate to Office 365      28-May-2015     444  
Every now and again we get to hear fantastical SharePoint tales and bear witness to some really odd behaviour. Here’s our latest top 11 ways to ensure your attempt at moving to Office 365 / S...
Changes to Office 365 Item Level Navigation      18-May-2015     438  
Yet another bizarre change from Microsoft! The menu option on items has just changed in Office 365. Instead of making it easier, they have made it harder!  Why not just have one level off an item l...
Change to Permissions in Office 365      14-Apr-2015     545  
(Posted to new blog first) Microsoft has rolled out a change to permissions.  You can now decentralise adding users to sites. While this is all well and fine, doesn’t this defeat the object...
Well, it’s only taken 6 months, but we finally went live with our new website this afternoon.  Read more about the lessons learned on the new company blog.  PS : We believe this is the only c...
True Costs      01-Apr-2015     490  
I’m having one of those ‘despairing at the world’ weeks.  It just completely baffles me how we can allow something so beautiful to be so destroyed for the sake of money and greed....
5 Ways to Help SharePoint Help You      26-Mar-2015     430  
It’s all too easy to blame technology for everything, but it’s all driven by us in the end. Here are some tips to getting the most from SharePoint: 1. Understand your computer Do you kn...
Create a Subscribe Button (Alert Me Work-Around)      05-Mar-2015     481  
When you try and create an alert, the link doesn’t change, a form pops up for you to fill in.  So if you try copy that link to put onto a button, it will just open the list. To get around tha...
Bad News      22-Feb-2015     594  
Has anyone ever called you fat?  Stupid? Ugly? Even just once?  How did it make you feel? Imagine someone told you this 24 times a day, every day, for years.  How would you be feeling about yoursel...
Taming Your Quick Launch      20-Feb-2015     548  
Quick Launches tend to get long depending on the business requirements.  In SharePoint 2013, the headings aren’t quite as nice as they were in previous versions in my opinion. So break them u...
Adding Exchange Rates to Your Site      18-Feb-2015     451  
It’s common to want the Rand/Dollar etc exchange rates on intranet or team sites. After much searching to find one that works half way decently, I found Exchange Rates Widget!  It really coul...
List and Library Search Boxes      18-Feb-2015     438  
While the idea of these list and library search boxes is nice, it would have been nice if they actually worked properly.  They will not pick up any results unless you are in an All Items / All Docu...
Getting Started With Office 365      01-Feb-2015     453  
Depending on what options of Office 365 / SharePoint Online / Exchange Online you have chosen, you will see different things, but you get a dashboard.  Now depending on when you got Office 365 and ...
New List and Library Considerations      01-Feb-2015     418  
There should be some sort of thought and planning process taking place when creating lists and libraries to store data in SharePoint.  While there are many questions one can and should ask, if you ...
Understanding the desired attributes and skills of SharePoint people is challenging for many businesses when they don’t know anything about SharePoint.  How do you hire someone for a role you...
Awarded SharePoint MVP for the 5th Year      02-Jan-2015     426  
New Years Day has been a real pleasure the past 5 years running. :-) Congrats to all other renewed and new MVP’s!!  May it be an epic year.  Filed under: Awards ...
Season’s Greetings      21-Dec-2014     421  
It’s been a while since I blogged, I know.  So much to do, so little time and now it’s almost the end of the year.  Blogging will recommence in January 2015. In the meantime, if you cel...
Rest in Peace Dave Coleman      30-Oct-2014     564  
The SharePoint community has lost a great member with the passing of Dave Coleman yesterday.  He was a true gentlemen and one of the kindest, sincerest people I’ve ever met. He always had a k...
What SharePoint Level Are You On?      12-Oct-2014     430  
There are endless SharePoint jobs around town from end users to architects.  As SharePoint becomes more and more pervasive in business, it makes its way onto KPI’s / performance appraisals / ...
Are You Holding Someone Back, or Being Held Back?      04-Oct-2014     406  
“A leopard never changes his spots”, “you’ll never change”, “people don’t change”, “that’s just the way you are”, “you aren&#...
Are You Living In Fear?      28-Sep-2014     483  
The internet is a terrible and wonderful place all at the same time.  It’s our global consciousness with nowhere to hide from our magical and monstrous side. It has never been easier to be vi...
Office 365 Personalisation Changes      22-Sep-2014     395  
New changes have been brought in to customise your experience.  Click the settings cog next your picture and Office 365 Settings. Check out all the options to personalise your experience.  Update y...
Earthlings, We Have a Problem…      17-Sep-2014     1117  
It doesn’t matter any more where you live on this incredible planet of ours – from Chile to China, Denmark to Durban – our planet is seriously messed up! And if we don’t sta...
8 Pains Felt by Business Users Learning Technology      09-Sep-2014     435  
It’s not easy to find an IT person with the patience to teach end users a new system – any system – and most especially SharePoint.  These are direct quotes I’ve had from st...
5 Tips to Revive Your SharePoint Passion      08-Sep-2014     378  
Soon as you’ve been in SharePoint for a couple of years, you hit a slump.  You get bored with what you’re doing, stuck in your ways and start irritating yourself. That’s because y...
Lets Collaborate – Keeping SharePoint Real      08-Sep-2014     372  
At LC we’ve had the tagline “more than just SharePoint training” for a couple of years now. We felt that it was just not cutting it any more.  We have evolved over the years, defi...
#SPSJHB Wrap-Up      07-Sep-2014     396  
The 4th annual SharePoint Saturday Johannesburg took place yesterday. Business Connexion totally saved the day again by offering their venue when we were in a bind for one.  This is the 2nd event ...
Dear Mr / Ms Boss, Thank you for empowering your staff in such a cool way.  They will learn skills here that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. However, there are some things you...
Too Many SharePoint Choices? How to Narrow Them Down      15-Aug-2014     1110  
When it comes to SharePoint, there are usually at least 4 or 5 ways of getting the job done. While this is cool for variety, it is bewildering for people new to the technology.  How are you suppose...
Vertical Promoted Links in SharePoint 2013      14-Aug-2014     817  
SharePoint 2013 has nice little tiles called Promoted Links to link to stuff all over your sites.  However, they all display horizontally when you add them to your page. Silly Microsoft for not pro...
Troubleshooting SharePoint      14-Aug-2014     367  
We all know that SharePoint loves to throw curve balls at us every so often.  One day everything is working fine, the next it just stops – no explanation.  And then you get those oh so comple...
It’s that time of year again, how quickly it arrives!  The South African SharePoint Saturday circuit kicks off on 6 September in Johannesburg, (followed by Cape Town and Durban). We have some...
Types of Dashboards in SharePoint      17-Jul-2014     453  
Beginners to SharePoint get easily confused by all the new terminology and the large feature set of SharePoint.  Dashboards are one of those areas that cause miscommunication. There are 4 types of ...
Right SharePoint, Wrong SharePoint      17-Jul-2014     387  
What do plumbers, electricians, car mechanics and consultants have in common? No matter which one you go to, they will tell you the other previous one did it wrong and you have to do it again from ...
Lets Collaborate Turns 5 Years Old Today!      15-Jul-2014     452  
We did it!!  We made the all crucial 5 year milestone where less than half of businesses that start are still surviving.  And we’re thriving! Here’s the lowdown on the journey : I wal...
Converting Capitals in Word and Excel      12-Jul-2014     408  
So back to our company telephone lists that can be such a mess, or any list type information in this case.  Quite often the values are all typed in capital letters.  Capital letters are shouting, n...
This is a common answer when asking why the technology has been chosen; or the other common one, “so we can do social”. The thing is though, that no-one stops to ask the obvious questio...
Hopefully one of your considerations in building an intranet takes the company’s collaboration, communication and documentation maturity level into consideration so you can adjust the complex...
Taking Charge of Your Career      26-Jun-2014     389  
Just read a very thought-provoking article on LinkednIn called The End of Careers as We Know Them by Ray Williams.  The end bits of advice struck a cord with me. They are also a great addition to m...
Just when you thought you hated your job and were trapped with nowhere to go, SharePoint falls into your lap and your whole world changes. That first month of SharePoint excitement can carry and en...
Share Conference 2014 Favourite Quote      24-Jun-2014     374  
Hands down the best quote at the conference was by Marie Wessels on  her session about integrating SharePoint and SAP : “Thou shalt not toucheth SAP on its funny place”.    F...
SharePoint – a Business Within a Business      24-Jun-2014     419  
In my session at the Share Conference last week, I was talking about not letting the SharePoint tail wag the dog, and that we need to remember that the software should be used to support business s...
Celebrate Small Business      24-Jun-2014     431  
Have you noticed how small businesses are always trying to look bigger than they are? Why is that?  What’s wrong with being a small business?  Every single big business on this planet started...
On Your Marks, Get Set, #Share2014!      15-Jun-2014     335  
Filed under: User Groups / Conferences ...
Fallen Idols      11-Jun-2014     388  
Have you ever put someone on a pedestal and then be totally crushed when they disappoint you? Friends, lovers, family, colleagues, business partners, life partners, bosses – there’s usu...
Subfolder Hell on SharePoint?      25-May-2014     424  
Many users end up duplicating their fileshare structures on SharePoint, this is not ideal and it is better to use metadata where possible. Once the concept of metadata has been embraced, users inva...
Your Responsibility as an Employee      21-May-2014     395  
We talk a lot about culture in companies.  People leave jobs or don’t get jobs because of a wrong culture fit.  It is said that the culture of a company is established in the first 10 people ...
Office 365 – Library Menu’s Changed      14-May-2014     342  
The menu options on SharePoint 2013 libraries have just been changed. Filed under: Office 365, SharePoint 2013 ...
“They” and “Someone”      14-May-2014     419  
Whenever there’s some kind of injustice in the world that causes outrage, people are always running around saying “someone should do something”.  And then we’re always refer...
Office 365 My Sites Changed      12-May-2014     369  
Heads up that the look and feel of your My Sites in SharePoint 2013 have changed a bit – the picture, search block and edit your profile links have all moved. Filed under: Office 365, SharePo...
We’re a Bunch of Block Heads!      27-Apr-2014     426  
We wake up and look at our phones. Some people get up and turn on the TV. We get to work and look at computors or laptops all day.  We sit in tiny square cubicles looking at walls. We got to meetin...
Email Documents as Attachments from SharePoint      25-Apr-2014     446  
There are occasions where you’d need to email a document living in SharePoint to someone outside your company.  If you don’t have an extranet environment or SharePoint 2013 external sha...
3 Sides to Every Story      22-Apr-2014     430  
Stories … isn’t it amazing how they do the rounds and end up completely different to how they started?  We cause so much damage by spreading stories and not getting the facts from all s...
Multiple Lines of Text Fields Gotcha      03-Apr-2014     374  
We use Multiple Lines of Text (MLT’s) for so many things in SharePoint don’t we. However, creating views around those fields is not so friendly. It’s so often that we want to see ...
Going Through Changes      02-Apr-2014     282  
Filed under: Leadership ...
Going Through Changes      02-Apr-2014     332  
Filed under: Leadership ...
The New Résumé: It’s 140 Characters      01-Apr-2014     401  
According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is the new elevator pitch on our skills when job hunting and is becoming a bigger recruitment platform. You do realise that you will be Googled if you...
The New Résumé: It’s 140 Characters      01-Apr-2014     394  
According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is the new elevator pitch on our skills when job hunting and is becoming a bigger recruitment platform. You do realise that you will be Googled if you...
Internal vs External Energy      31-Mar-2014     403  
Have you wondered why your intranet adoption plans are failing?  Among the myriad of critical success factors to be covered, have you thought about sources of energy? External energy is all the ra ...
Internal vs External Energy      31-Mar-2014     390  
Have you wondered why your intranet adoption plans are failing?  Among the myriad of critical success factors to be covered, have you thought about sources of energy? External energy is all the ra ...
If you are upgrading to SharePoint 2013 and use Site Columns, you need to go check the settings post the upgrade. In SharePoint 2010 you can use renamed site columns all over any of the subsites in...
If you are upgrading to SharePoint 2013 and use Site Columns, you need to go check the settings post the upgrade. In SharePoint 2010 you can use renamed site columns all over any of the subsites in...
It is a sad fact that there are rather a lot of over-inflated egos in the IT industry. I’m not sure why this is, or if it is like this in every industry.  But when it comes to IT, (and in thi...
It is a sad fact that there are rather a lot of over-inflated egos in the IT industry. I’m not sure why this is, or if it is like this in every industry.  But when it comes to IT, (and in thi...
Date Format in SharePoint 2013      23-Mar-2014     384  
Do the new date formats drive you nuts in SharePoint 2013? You can change them back to the old format.  Go to the column settings and tweak the Display Format to the one you prefer, (and do this fo...
Date Format in SharePoint 2013      23-Mar-2014     375  
Do the new date formats drive you nuts in SharePoint 2013? You can change them back to the old format.  Go to the column settings and tweak the Display Format to the one you prefer, (and do this fo...
You Cannot Fake SharePoint!      27-Feb-2014     448  
Random IT / Web Design / Graphics Business : “We’ve just got this big client that we have to implement SharePoint at.  Quickly send us a quote and come give us 3 days of training”...
You Cannot Fake SharePoint!      27-Feb-2014     388  
Random IT / Web Design / Graphics Business : “We’ve just got this big client that we have to implement SharePoint at.  Quickly send us a quote and come give us 3 days of training”...
Tell the Truth on Training Evals      25-Feb-2014     395  
Sometimes it isn’t helpful to just be polite when you don’t like something – going to training is one of those times. If you attend training and get given an evaluation form to ra...
Tell the Truth on Training Evals      25-Feb-2014     375  
Sometimes it isn’t helpful to just be polite when you don’t like something – going to training is one of those times. If you attend training and get given an evaluation form to ra...
An MVP With Heart      14-Feb-2014     358  
Howz your Valentines Day treating you?  Personally, I’ve hated Valentines Day pretty much my entire life.  Do you know I used to not go to work if this day fell on a week day? I used to dread...
An MVP With Heart      14-Feb-2014     387  
Howz your Valentines Day treating you?  Personally, I’ve hated Valentines Day pretty much my entire life.  Do you know I used to not go to work if this day fell on a week day? I used to dread...
List of All Veronique’s Blogs      07-Feb-2014     406  
It’s only taken exactly 5 years and 7 days of blogging – but I’ve finally found a way to list all my blogs after numerous requests from readers.  The WordPress themes are woefully...
I believe it is safe to say that the highest volume of support calls in SharePoint Land is still around permissions.  Ellen van Aken wrote a great blog series that showcases why this is such a tric...