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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Datapolis sponsors SharePoint Omaha User Group

Datapolis sponsors the April meeting of SharePoint Omaha User Group this Thursday, April 3rd. We invite all the SP users in Omaha area to come to Bluecross Blueshield at 11.30 AM, meet the community and learn a few new things about workflows and our solutions. Our partner Kay Wise will be there to have a presentation about SharePoint workflows and how to use them in process improvement. You can find more details here.

Topic : Process Improvement through Workflows: Connect the click points.

Consider real-life customer complaints facing a telecom company and imagine how to improve their order entry and fulfillment process using SharePoint workflows. See how data flow diagrams and workflow diagrams can improve communication with process participants. With a focus on design considerations and using workflows for more than just approvals, the presentation will describe a simple workflow for the telecom company and two more complex running workflows: one for simultaneous posting of content in two languages to an internet site and another to coordinate a publishing process.

Speaker : Kay Wise

Kay Wise has been processing information since she added page numbers to her Mother Goose book and indexed her favorite nursery rhymes. But her education in the field started at age 35 when she spent seven years assisting with an artificial intelligence project at Creighton. In 1982 at ACI, Kay designed and helped develop a relational database, client-server programs, and internal processes for software management, cost accounting, and billing. In 1989 Kay opened The Wise Choice Consulting Co. where her clients included the City of Omaha, and where she volunteered as chair of Infotec. In 1992 she joined First Data where she was promoted to Director of Financial Systems and later Director of the Software Engineering Process Group. Between 2001 and 2008, Kay retired to teach time management and project management, volunteer with the League of Women Voters, write about Positive Politics, and paint landscapes in oil and acrylic. During this period she also installed and ran SharePoint 2003 on an old laptop.

In 2006 Kay’s husband, Kenneth was asked to come to Dubai to organize a think tank, called Dubai Consulting Research & Media Center, (b’huth). Kay convinced management there that they needed SharePoint and workflows. She designed internal processes and organized teams to produce daily, weekly and quarterly research reports. Researchers, writers and translators, most working from home in a half dozen different countries, use SharePoint to coordinate their contributions to various publications. Having worked with Datapolis for workflows at b’huth and impressed by the company, Kay offered to edit English and provide local representation for Datapolis after she returned to Omaha in the summer of 2013.

Kay’s formal education includes a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in English, history, and education, and a master’s degree in history with subsequent coursework in psychology, computer science and fine art. She is also trained in project management, the Weinberg school of Quality Software Development, the Software CMM, and Six Sigma.