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 Name Wendy Neal  Blog Wendy Neal's Blog
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Articles from Wendy Neal's Blog

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In the age of increasing digital overload, business users find themselves constantly being distracted with too much information coming from multiple systems. An organization may use many different...
The user experience for employees in today’s digital workplace is very app-centric. An organization may use Outlook for their emails, Office 365 for sharing and collaborating on documents, Sa...
As SharePoint matures at a lot of organizations, companies want to be assured they are realizing an adequate return on their investment. Efforts to increase user adoption and information worker pr...
Thanks to everyone who attended my session at the Collab365 Summit global online conference on Thursday, May 12. There were lots of great questions and discussion in the chat room. It was a very i...
I am speaking at the Collab365 Summit this week      09-May-2016     433  
I’m very excited and thrilled to be speaking at the Collab365 Summit global online conference held on May 10-12, 2016. The Summit will be streamed live from Microsoft’s headquarters in...
Sponsored: Enhancing SharePoint with Content360°      19-Apr-2016     692  
SharePoint has become a leading collaboration tool for businesses of all sizes all over the world. Nearly 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies now rely on SharePoint to empower their employees and ...
Join me for a FREE webinar with CardioLog Analytics on Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 pm eastern. During the webinar we will discuss one of my favorite topics – improving SharePoint usability &#...
Recently I was trying to programmatically start a SharePoint 2013 workflow within a timer job. When the timer job ran, the workflow attempted to start but ended in a Canceled state. When clicking ...
My 2015 Year in Review      01-Jan-2016     629  
Wow I can’t believe 2015 is over! It seems like just a few weeks ago I was writing my 2014 in review blog post. I guess time flies when you’re having fun. Or when you’re busy. An...
The other day my daughter’s Safari browser on her iPad was stuck because she couldn’t close one of the tabs. It was some bogus web site with a popup message that said she had contracte...
One of the challenges that businesses face are the time and costs associated with managing emails separately from other business documents. Email storage space is expensive, and with multiple copi...
Top session at Collab365!      09-Nov-2015     559  
The stats have come in for the Collab365 Global Conference and I’m honored and thrilled to learn that my session, Enhance the Usability of Your SharePoint Site with JSLink, was the top sessio...
Reporting in SharePoint using out-of-the-box methods is not a great experience. You’re only able to access a single list, and you can’t aggregate your reports across multiple sites very easily. Yo...
Have you ever wanted to add a color picker to a field in your SharePoint list? When I was creating my GTD Dashboard solution I had a list that contained a hex color code field that I would later us...
Thanks to those who attended my session today at the Collab365 Global Conference. As stated in the session, normally when you think about enhancing the usability of your SharePoint site, JSLink isn...
Next month I’ll be presenting a session at the Collab365 Online Global Conference event! Collab365 is your gate​​way to ​​​24 hours of SharePoint, Office365, Azure learning and more! And the ...
A few weeks ago one of my blog readers sent me a question regarding SharePoint calculated columns. He was trying to format a date column and it was working fine as long as the date wasn’t bl...
Writing IF conditional statements in SharePoint calculated column fields are not like you would write using a traditional programming language structure.  In an earlier blog post (Fun with SharePoi...
Many of you have been asking me if you can re-watch the full video from my session at SPBiz last month (Create a GTD Dashboard in Office 365 to Get Things Done).  I’m happy to say that there ...
The GTD Dashboard site template that I demonstrated at the SPBiz conference in my session called Create a GTD® Dashboard in Office 365 to Get Things Done is now ready for download! Getting Things D...
Creating reusable site templates in Office 365 is a great way to make sure that your subsites are consistent and uniform. Last month I created a site template from one of my Office 365 sub sites, a...
XpoLog – Turning Log Data into Action      29-Jun-2015     526  
XpoLog, a privately held software company and recent receiver of the “Cool Vendor” title from Gartner Inc., has created a tool that truly understands log data, unlocks its hidden value, and helps c...
Today I presented my session Create a GTD® Dashboard in Office 365 to Get Things Done at the SPBiz Conference.  There were some technical difficulties when I tried to switch from my slides to the b...
Wow I can’t believe that the SPBiz SharePoint Business Virtual Conference is only 12 days away! I meant to blog about it much sooner. SPBiz is a virtual online conference running two days on ...
On March 26, Andreas Grabner of Dynatrace and I co-presented a live webinar titled “Driving SharePoint End-User Adoption: Usability and Performance.” If you weren’t able to attend...
Next week, Andreas Grabner of Dynatrace and I will be co-presenting a webinar on SharePoint performance, usability, and user adoption. Please join us on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT...
Many organizations use SharePoint as a tool for managing documents, collaboration, or even an all-out Intranet.  As SharePoint becomes more mature in an organization, it’s beginning to becom...
As a proud memeber of the European SharePoint Community, I recently recorded a video for their How To with SharePoint 2013 video series. The video I created is called How to Create a User-Friendly ...
The Real Cost of Usability      25-Feb-2015     658  
The other day I read an article on CMSWire.com that really resonated with me. The article stated that one of the reasons that the current perceptions of IT performance by executives is so low is be...
I recently wrote a custom SharePoint timer job and had no problem deploying it to my development environment using Visual Studio. But when I deployed to my production server and then tried to activ...
Handy Tip for Testing SQL Connectivity      31-Jan-2015     556  
I was recently trying to troubleshoot why my custom SharePoint application could not connect to a database, and I found this great tip on the ASP.Net forums that I wanted to share for when you can&...
I frequently write and speak about SharePoint site design and usability.  This stems from my passions on web site design and usability in general. The following infographic from QuickSprout focuses...
My 2014 Year in Review and What’s Coming Up Next      26-Dec-2014     574  
2014 was a busy year for me!  It was my first full year at a new job, in which I have learned a tremendous amount.  In March I attended the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas and was hon...
I recently came across this list on Listly that contains women who are in one of the STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, or math) and wanted to share.  There’s nearly 200 women on...
Creating pages vs. sub sites in SharePoint      13-Dec-2014     4593  
Whenever I’m speaking about or conducting basic SharePoint user training, there is usually some confusion surrounding the use of pages vs. sub sites. I frequently get questions like “What is the di...
Take a Look Inside Office 365 [Infographic]      02-Dec-2014     578  
I ran across this Office 365 infographic on the Evoke IT blog the other day.  It does a nice job of summarizing what Office 365 is, all the pieces that make up Office 365, and describes each piece....
On Saturday, November 22 I presented a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities called “25 Usability Tips for SharePoint 2013/SharePoint Online Sites.”  I want to thank everyone who ...
Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities #SPSTC      19-Nov-2014     582  
I’m very excited to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities this Saturday, November 22 in Bloomington, Minnesota. When I first heard that it was scheduled for the end of November this...
TeamImprover, the company behind the organization chart web part that I reviewed back in July last year, have launched an online version of their organization chart tool for Office 365 and Microsof...
Fun with SharePoint Calculated Columns      02-Oct-2014     547  
I recently had a client requirement to send out an automated company-wide birthday greeting email whenever it was someone’s birthday.  I decided to use SharePoint Designer to create a workflo...
The other day my colleagues and I were discussing OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, as our clients have started asking us about cloud services a lot lately.  About a year ago at this time, we had...
List and library forms in SharePoint aren’t the most user-friendly straight out of the box, unless you know how to configure them correctly.  In my recent presentation for SP24 (Top 20 Usabil...
Content syndicator Repost.us is shutting down      10-Jul-2014     498  
It was a sad day for bloggers and website owners who had been taking advantage of Repost.us to publish free quality content to their sites.  On June 21, Repost announced that they were shutting dow...
Here is one to chalk up to the “I-should-have-known-better” category.  The other day I needed to make some permissions changes to a SharePoint list, and the items within this list had s...
Migrating my blog from Blogger to WordPress      03-Jul-2014     474  
Recently I migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and I was surprised at how simple it was.  While the actual migration of the posts and comments was as easy as clicking a couple buttons, the...
You may or may not have noticed, but recently I migrated my SharePointWendy blog from Blogger to WordPress. In the process my site got a complete makeover as well as a new name (Wendy Neal’s...
I ran into a weird issue while working with SharePoint 2013 the other day.  I wasn’t able to edit the web part properties of any web parts on wiki pages.  When highlighting a web part in Edit...
Cloud Computing Advantages That Your Company Should Not Miss Out On by Sarah Shore Basically, the benefit of installing cloud computing systems in your business is unified communications, more eff...
11 Characteristics of a User-Friendly Website      21-Jun-2014     487  
I found this great article on website usability that I wanted to share. Several of these tips I mentioned in my presentation for SP24:  Top 20 Usability Tips for SharePoint Sites – specifically th...