The Web Services team at Orange County Public Schools has reached the half way point in the conversion of school web sites to SharePoint. We began this project last year with pilots and planning to build templates to help schools quickly and easily convert their web site content to branded SharePoint sites. We built out all the school sites based on the templates in early January and began training at the end of January. Training was staggered because we could only train about 20 people at a time. Therefore, training was just recently completed. We are basically requiring schools to convert their sites within 6 weeks of training. While some have fallen behind, most have complied. With over 160 schools to convert, we just recently edged over the 50% mark of schools that have gone live. Our planned deadline to have all schools converted is by the end of June.
I will be speaking at SQL Saturday #15 in Jacksonville on May 2. The SQL Saturday event format was started about a year and half ago by Andy Warren as a local free event for SQL Server enthusiasts. Whether you are just learning SQL Server, have years of experience, or would like to try speaking in front of a group of co-enthusiasts, you need to come to the next SQL Saturday event near you. They typically are run by your local SQL Server user group, and if you did not know you had one, now is the time to find out about it. With several simultaneous tracks running throughout the day, you are bound to find something of interesting, learn something new, and hopefully meet some new friends. You can get more information at www.sqlsaturday.com. I hope to see you there.