Swetha Sankaran, Leadership role as president-WSPDC, LinkedIn recommendations #wspdc

Today is one of those days, where you feel like all the efforts you put selflessly do have good karma associated with them that the universe keeps track of and gives back at a most desired time and place.

#blessed and #humbled to be surrounded by some of the kindest people I’ve met via IT usergroups in Northern VA and Washington DC at Microsoft Corporation events. So many great things to be thankful for and this touched all our hearts today, immensely.

Thanks Jason and Tim! Your recommendations filled my family with pride and joy & that meant a LOT to me. 🙂
I have very few memories of my dear departed dad,

1.  But, his advice ‘When you pass-away, you should ensure that your footprints are left behind for others to follow and remember you by, as a leader that lead by example and not as a spectator’ is deeply rooted in my mind. I think I’m slowly,softly but surely imprinting my own prints in the world, one foot at a time.
2.  Second he passed on by example. I might have been three or four at that time and was pestering him to take me home after a very long walk in the hot sun. We were almost near our destination where he spotted a really tired, shriveled looking older lady looking lost by a bus stop. He wanted to go ask if she was OK, I protested saying I want to go home, for which he patiently explained how it is important to not just help those that ask for, but to be there for those that are in need of help but can’t ask or even don’t know how to. She didn’t even have sandals in the hot tar road. He gave away his sandals, gave money for her trip, waited till the bus arrived and specifically instructed the conductor to drop her off wherever her hometown was. He gave the money he had and then the lady thanking him profusely with teary eyes, held me tight and gave me a kiss.

She blessed me and said I should be as good and kind as he was. I, to this day remember that incident and so many other incidents when my mom literally gave away ALL that she had to support those that were in need on several occasions and literally built from scratch-successfully that too, all the while she herself didn’t have much to build up on, but confidence and family support.This is where I come from, who I am and will always strive to be. This is why I am the way I am too I guess. Could be perceived as right/ wrong, its all just a relative term and to each owns interpretation isnt’ it!? 🙂

Immaterial of the outcomes of any voluntary or involuntary actions or reactions mine, be some desired and the rest imposed upon, I must say, The Universe has been consistently kind to me and I am grateful for all that it brings my way. Family, friends, acquaintances and adversaries. They all enrich my life, and aid me in becoming a better human being.

What I have here and now, that guiding angel whoever it be,always seems to have my back, are that continues to keep me going strong, chiseling me to its desired perfection. All relative ofcourse, but all heartfelt and genuine. God bless you all kind folks out there. who expressed their opinion of who they think I am. As always I will strive to give my BEST and then some more, leaving no stone un-turned to do justice for all the kind words.

May peace of mind, love and laughter be with you always and for ever!

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Thanks again Jason, Tim, Rima and above all Mack Sigman, who has been my huge support!
Hope to be successful in any service role I undertake, for I truly believe I can make a difference and anyone that knows me, know my passion for this. 🙂

Hope to continue collaborating even more with you all via WSPDC-FEDSPUG and I am positive that our community will only grow stronger than ever on the cloud and in-person.

Can’t wait to see you all soon! Have a blessed eve and weekend! 🙂

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Empowering every student to achieve more with Office 365 and SharePoint

Whats happening? Great things as always. Immaterial of what form they take and come our way.

This past year or so I have had the privilege of interacting closely with a few very well respected and recognized Microsoft SharePoint MVP/SMEs/ Office 365 leaders, reaching out to seek their advice and guidance to learn from their experiences. Every single one of them I connected with have been a big support, guiding and generously sharing their valuable time and resources without expecting anything in return from me.

Giving selflessly is a very gracious act. HUGE shout out to Mack Sigman, Rima Reyes,Tim Ferro, Scott Shearer and several other countless experts whose contributions I continue to follow and learn from. This helps me give our Office 365 end-users the best possible solution and user experience that is easy to maintain, sustainable, safe and enables them to manage and modify content independently.  This way they can get the solution that fits ‘their‘ needs while being device agnostic and save time.

I really appreciate all the support we have been getting from everyone. Our department has worked tirelessly to make this possible for our users.

 Check out the post  Microsoft For Education-Success story blog share – “Using SharePoint Sub-sites for Student Productivity” by Cynthia Miller
All our hard work pays off  when we save money, go green and use our saved greenbacks to give back where it is better deserved-to serve our future generation.

We will continue to work hard doing our very best to enable cloud collaboration for those that are interested in using Office 365 Apps and SharePoint for BYOT plan and classroom/team needs. “Check out our Superintendent’s plan in the below link welcoming student devices.” Amazing thing isn’t it! 🙂

Makes me very happy to know what we do makes a big difference in the lives of our children.

Recently, awesome Ms. Rima Reyes shared a personal experience as President of Women in SharePoint DC which I found to be very inspiring as well and wanted to share with you all:

It is about a person from another country who was living here and was on food stamps. Hearing about Women In SharePoint DC out-reach user group effort which allows women interested in learning SharePoint to attend many Microsoft industry leader’s speaker sessions for free, attended the sessions. #WSPDC also gives away free O’Rielly IT books for attendees, this person who got IT books from session, starts reading it, learns, gets certified, finds employment as help-desk staff and gets off of food stamp.

This is the power of IT learning. It could be Office 365/SharePoint or anything technology related, its a skill that we all need to get comfortable with, using our software and devices for success in our current work place environments and get ready for a brightly connected future. 🙂

Connecting with people, encouraging them to learn essential skill sets, supporting them as well is where my passion lies. Educators are doing great things for our children, more and more of our kids are becoming very savvy with technology and mobile devices. Office 365 and SharePoint collaboration helps with allowing kids to use their devices to interact with their school staff as their school deems fit and appropriate.

I feel so fortunate to know Office 365 & SharePoint well enough to support & make a difference in our school system  here at LCPS. We rock and so does Microsoft for Education.

Access Services Application and Office 365 SharePoint Online

The SharePoint Concierge – Scott Shearer

Giving us an awesome demo on how to use Access Services with SharePoint Online. Using templates, macros that auto-magically transforms to stored procedures that then updates the table. Cool stuff eh!

Not to be confused with Access.  Access services offers us quite a lot of custom forms and gather data with several data type and easy cascading options as well.

Cant wait to try our Access Applications and Reporting, Good to know that BI is available for us as well. I thought we did not have in our enterprise licensing till now. Hmmm…. 🙂

Want to play with

  •   Microsoft Access 2013 Inside Out
    • by Jeff Conrad & Microsoft Access
    • lots of information on Access services in the book

Who would use this and what for?

If you want to keep track of stuff(whatever stuff you need to keep track of)  then Access Services could be your answer. Not much for enterprise applications deployment but if you are venturing into maintaining in your environment/site level/small group with data that is not sensitive.

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LoudounSPUG ‘Access Office 365 and SharePoint Online’ 10/6/2015

What? ‘Office 365 SharePoint Online Access Services’ talk by Scott Shearer

When? Tuesday, October 6, 20156:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where? TrainACE, 45195 Research Place, Ashburn, VA

Why? Cause we are cool and we rock Office 365 & SharePoint apps. 

How? via  FEDSPUG-LoudounSPUG  ShareGate gives us Pizza and drinks too! 

What if you don’t understand? Well, you will at our next session or the next/ the next.

Feel free to share the info to peeps you think will like to attend!  ‘Cause ya know sharing is caring! 🙂

SwethaSan