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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Updating your SharePoint Newsfeed from Lync 2013

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Filed under .NET, Lync, Productivity, SharePoint

If you are not familiar with the SharePoint 2013 Newsfeed, it allows your SharePoint users to keep their team up to date on what is going on and what they are working on. It is a great tool for increasing social collaboration in the workplace.


Other team members can see a quick feed of their colleagues updates through out the day.


Another Microsoft Office product, Lync, provides a “What’s happening today?” field that also lets you update your colleagues on what you are up to. Pretty similar to what the SharePoint Newsfeed does. Read More »

Troubleshooting SharePoint 2013 upgrade issue “Content database cannot be upgraded due to use of the obsoleted External Binary Storage feature”

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Filed under SharePoint, Software Architecture

I’m in the middle of a large upgrade project for a client. They are currently live on SharePoint Enterprise 2007 and are upgrading to SharePoint 2013.

The process is very well documented via Technet but in summary we migrate to SharePoint 2010 first and then migrate from there to 2013.

The SharePoint 2010 migration piece went very well, there were missing features and custom deployments that needed to be fixed of course but the site is now successfully running on a SharePoint 2010 test farm with no issue.

So next I setup our test 2013 farm to begin the initial test migration to SharePoint 2013. After testing the root content database I fixed any missing features and deployments. However when I attempted to run the upgrade I got the following error:

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Are you getting what I’m putting down??

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Filed under Growth & Development, Uncategorized

It has been several years since my University days, but I think back to my intro Organizational Management course and vividly remember a topic we covered on effectively communicating in the workplace. I remember scoffing at the idea of talking about such a common sense topic. People should just know how to communicate effectively with others. Communication is so basic and such a huge part of our lives as human beings. We spend so much time communicating with one another through various mediums yet there are people out there that aren’t great at communicating effectively. And when I say effectively, I mean getting your intended meaning across to another human being. Should be super easy, right?? WRONG.

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The Basics of Business Analysis

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Filed under Growth & Development
As Quercus’ resident UX Specialist, my recent venture into the BA world has been an interesting one. Working with the fantastic business analysts we have here as mentors has been incredibly beneficial, but when I heard about the Basics of Business Analysis course being offered at Grant MacEwan I couldn’t help but attend.
The course offered a high level introduction to the ideas and theories behind business analysis. Thanks to a great instructor, Dune Nguyen, the content was not only fascinating, but also easily applied to scenarios to situations outside the BA world. Dune offered some tips for success which can prove useful no matter your role:

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The Official Release of Visual Studio 2012 LightSwitch HTML Client

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Filed under .NET, LightSwitch, Productivity

Helping People Do Their Jobs Better, Quercus Solutions Inc

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 has been officially released. This means that the RTM of the new LightSwitch HTML client tools. This update will give developers the ability to create HTML5 and Javascript clients using Visual Studio LightSwitch.


A few important resources for you the look in to:




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