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 Online Sessions

I am now offering both online workshops and one-on-one online sessions.
Upcoming online workshops

The next webinar is planned for Spring 2013 and will focus on inline navigation (tabs and other menus).
For questions, feel free to contact me directly.
One-on-one online sessions

These sessions are for you if you plan to use one of my scripts and:
- you don't want to waste time reading through the tutorial and prefer to have somebody guide you through the steps.
- the script is not working for you and you can't figure out why.
- you have specific needs that require to slightly adapt the script.
Each session includes a conference call (30 minutes or one hour), a SharePoint sandbox, and follow up e-mails.
To register via PayPal, use the form in the right pane. I'll get back to you to schedule the date and time of the session at your convenience. Feel free to contact me for additional information.
If you have other needs - like information architecture, users coaching or SharePoint customization - you're welcome to contact me directly.

 Blog (RSS feed)

Tips and best practices for SharePoint end users
Proof of Concept: custom layouts for SharePoint forms
One question I get frequently is how to build real world forms with SharePoint. This involves in particular organizing the fields in logical blocks (e.g. Street/City/Zip Code/State) and tweaking the layout to have multiple columns or interactive zones (e.g. tabs). Until last year, InfoPath was the official go-to application for form design. You can still use it […]
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:45:35 +0000

FAQ: How to Remove “Show All”, “Hide All” and “Full Screen” in the SPELL Tabs Gratis Version
    Haven’t tried out the gratis version of the SPELL Tabs yet? Fill out the contact form with your company information, and you’ll receive the solution within 48 hours. The SPELL Tabs interface includes 3 sections: tabs for inline content (bound to Web Parts, similar to the Easy Tabs) tabs for links (navigate to other pages) controls […]
Wed, 07 May 2014 00:02:14 +0000

How to get your Office 365 version number
Last week, the Office 365 home page of one of my customers suddenly turned blank. In the past, my first reaction in this situation was to ask the user what they had changed, and fire the developer tools on IE or Chrome. I often work with power users, and as they say, they know enough about […]
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:59:41 +0000

Get SPELL Cascading Selects 1.1 from my Office 365 site
After the SPELL Tabs two weeks ago, I am now adding a Cascading Selects package to my Office 365 site. I already mentioned the Cascading Selects back in November. It was initially created for demo purposes, to showcase the capabilities of SPELL Form, a module designed to enhance SharePoint out of the box forms. In light of […]
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:08:15 +0000

Get SPELL Tabs 1.1 from my Office 365 site
I am starting 2014 with a new channel to distribute my SharePoint solutions. Since 2011, I have been working on my SPELL program to address some shortcomings of the solutions published in the SharePoint User Toolkit. I made a number of choices that shaped the future of SPELL: A single framework with interconnected modules, rather than independent […]
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:56:20 +0000

About SPELL Newsletter 8 – Cascading Selects
This week I sent out issue 8 of the SPELL Newsletter. The topic of the month is cascading selects. The SPELL Newsletter now has 450 subscribers. Unfortunately, for some reason a dozen addresses are returning me a “delivery failed” message. If you have requested to receive the newsletter but didn’t get any message this week, […]
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:14:02 +0000

Script insertion via a Page Viewer Web Part
Three years ago, I published a post to clarify how scripts (and Web content in general) could be added to a page via a Web Part. It was SP 2010 at that time, and the main contenders were the Content Editor Web Part (CEWP) and the HTML Form Web Part. I concluded the post with […]
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:18:11 +0000

Trick or treat? Group items by month
It’s that time of the year again when the unnatural becomes the norm, so let’s continue the tradition started last year with the SPELL program. Our goal today will be to display list or library items grouped by month, as shown in the screenshot. The deal is that we don’t want any custom code or […]
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:06:07 +0000

Quick Demo: Process Navigation for SharePoint Forms
This month I am releasing version 1.1 of the SPELL library, with two major module rewrites. One of them is the SPELL Form module, which allows to enhance the out of the box SharePoint forms, and now includes features such as cascading selections and inline navigation. I’ll have more code to share next month, but […]
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:52:25 +0000

Quick update: more pocketSOAP testing
The other day, someone on twitter made fun of the name I chose for my demo library, pocketSOAP. That’s ok, and I am actually glad that the name matches the intent. As I have already said, pocketSOAP is just a toy to experiment with SharePoint Web Services. Something else that sounds funny: people sometimes ask […]
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:10:25 +0000

HTML Calculated Column + Client-Side Rendering
Five years after the first release, the HTML Calculated Column remains the most popular topic on this blog. The original page has been visited more than 200,000 times. It is definitely outdated, and in recent years I have pushed several new variations of this technique. The most popular is the color coding solution posted in […]
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:09:32 +0000

More pocketSOAP examples: Pie and Bubble Charts
A couple weeks ago, I introduced pocketSOAP, an experimental JavaScript library that facilitates interactions with SharePoint SOAP services. Today let me share two more examples built on SOAP and the templating engine, combined with Google Visualization Charts, to render charts from SharePoint lists. If you have subscribed to the SPELL newsletter, you’ll find pocketSOAP in your […]
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:28:36 +0000

SPELL Tabs: commercial and free versions now available
This week, the SPELL framework is reaching version 1.0.0, and I am releasing the first component of this new version: the SPELL Tabs, successor of the Easy Tabs. SPELL is not just about new or upgraded scripts, it also introduces a new way for end users to manage their solutions. In the past, the advertised, end-user […]
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:25:49 +0000

Teaser: pocketSOAP, an ultra lightweight library to interact with SharePoint SOAP services
[6/13/2013] Update: I have changed the terminology, from Future back to Promise, to conform to the living standard. Disclaimer: the solution presented in this article is part of SPELL, a coaching program offered by User Managed Solutions LLC. Access to the full set of SPELL solutions requires a paid registration. However, the program also includes […]
Tue, 28 May 2013 19:25:22 +0000

SPELL Nav, the successor of the Easy Tabs
The SPELL library is reaching version 0.8 this month. My main achievement in this release is the completion of the “Inline Navigation” module. SPELL supports SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and Office 365, and to demonstrate it I have updated all my sites: Tabs on my legacy SharePoint 2007 site Vertical buttons on the User Managed […]
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:21:32 +0000

 About this site

They said it couldn't be done...
Did you know that SharePoint allows you to add color coding and charts to your lists, modify the look of your calendar views, display lists in another site, etc.? All of this without SharePoint Designer or server side customizations.
Feel free to explore this site to see the live demos, then head out to my Path To SharePoint blog to read the tutorials.

Note: a few demos are still on my old site, awaiting to be transferred here.

I started working with SharePoint in 2004. In my path to SharePoint enlightenment, I came across blogs like Tariq Ayad's Tangible Thoughts and Todd Bleeker’s 60 Hive. These were eye openers and helped me understand that there was much more to SharePoint than initially met the eye.

Today it is my turn to share my tips and tricks, and contribute to the great SharePoint online community.

 About me

I am a consultant in Organization and Information Systems. In the past 10 years, I have helped companies reengineer their business processes and implement systems such as ERPs and Business Intelligence.

I have been involved in SharePoint deployments since 2004. My areas of interest include collaboration, collaborative Project Management, information architecture, mashups and dashboards.
I also have a passion for teaching. Besides training/coaching users, I occasionally give lectures on Management Information Systems in MBA programs.
In a previous life (before the Internet), I was an engineer and project manager, working on aerospace and nuclear programs.
I am a French citizen and US green card holder.
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