Presenting… the SharePoint Admin Nav Console (SPANC)

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

YouTube Demo If you’re like me, you’ve never really tamed the beast called SharePoint Central Admin. With every version, the UI is changed around and it’s not a site administrators go to frequently enough to allow them to get to know the site inside out. The first seed for SPANC was planted about 6 years ago when I was on site with a client and I was hunting through the options in CA for (then) SharePoint Portal Server 2003. The client just looked at me in that certain way. He didn’t say anything, but I could sense what he was thinking and I envisioned it to be something like this… “Hey, you’re a SharePoint MVP and you don’t know your way around CA?” We all know the answer to that. Yes I do, but I don’t know it blind folded. True enough, there are a select few who can remember where every single link in CA is, but that’s not me. I figure I probably do something in CA maybe 9 times per day. In my own rough testing, I calculated that SPANC saves me about 6 seconds per command I’m searching for. Multiply that over 200 work days a year and we get: 9 x 6 x 200 = 10,800 seconds saved per year or better yet, 180 minutes or 3 hours!!! What could you do with 3 extra (BILLABLE) hours per year? I’ve come to a place in life where I know that time is our most precious commodity and every second counts. All philosophical notions aside, SPANC saves me lots of subtle frustration in CA and that’s why I built it. Winking smile Get it here



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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