Now Announcing Sector SharePoint Solutions

Sector Learning Solutions, BC’s leader for Microsoft SharePoint training, is proud to announce the launch of its new Sector SharePoint Solutions business unit. Sector SharePoint Solutions is specifically designed to meet the needs of companies, crown corporations, and health authorities who require skilled SharePoint consulting services and customized SharePoint Training for their existing systems, as well as help with migration to SharePoint 2013.

Microsoft SharePoint has become the collaboration tool of choice for many organizations, large and small, looking to improve processes, retain corporate knowledge, and increase employee efficiency. SharePoint is a flexible, powerful platform which, in the hands of a specialist, can be quickly adapted to support corporate communications and business processes as corporations grow. Sector SharePoint Solutions will provide clients with consulting services, customizable products, and training to deploy or enhance SharePoint and increase efficiency, company-wide, every day.

“As a company, we found that many clients were asking for similar SharePoint functionality, such as streamlining cumbersome processes or implementing green initiatives by using SharePoint to reduce corporate carbon footprints. These requests led to the creation of several products which can be integrated into any SharePoint architecture, including Office 365. I am excited to be passing on a savings to our clients by creating a robust framework for each product which is quickly customizable to their specific needs. During these uncertain economic times, our products and services provide companies with a cost-effective ways to leverage one of the most powerful Microsoft tools out there, SharePoint, to increase employee efficiency and improve their bottom line,” said Gerry Brimacombe, CEO, Sector SharePoint Solutions.

Sector SharePoint Solutions has productized four of the most popular SharePoint solutions that will improve the processes of any company, ministry, or crown corporation. Its product catalogue launches with:

• Time Tracker HR Tool (Sector Time Tracker)
• Leave Tracker HR Tool (Sector Tracker)
• Event Registration Tool (Sector Signup)
• Paperless Meeting Manager (Sector Summit)

“Businesses today depend on employees being able to access information in a timely and secure manner from a variety of devices. Sector Learning Solutions has a proven track record of leading the way in providing user-friendly SharePoint training for a range of industries. Combining that reputation with the new product catalogue, and customized services, offered by Sector SharePoint Solutions truly provides customers with a unique offering of affordable software, and training options, unseen in the British Columbia marketplace today,” commented Manny Mandrusiak, Director of Business Development, Sector SharePoint Solutions.

More information about Sector SharePoint Solutions is available at:

About Sector SharePoint Solutions:

Sector SharePoint Solutions is a business unit of Sector Learning Solutions (Sector Learning), a privately-owned company known for delivering top-quality training and consulting services. Corporate clients like the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), the Northern Health Authority (NHA), and various Provincial government offices rely on Sector to keep their staff on the cutting edge of how they can continue to leverage SharePoint technology to better empower staff. The end-user training Sector Learning was delivering quickly grew into providing customized SharePoint solutions like registration systems and paperless meeting systems. As Sector Learning’s SharePoint business grew, so did the need to create a separate business unit to address those demands from the public. Sector SharePoint Solutions currently provides consulting services and products to private businesses, municipalities, school districts, government agencies and health authorities in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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For editorial and product information contact:
Gerry Brimacombe, CEO
Sector SharePoint Solutions
951 Alston Street
Victoria, BC Canada

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Office Closed on September 2, 2013 for Labour Day

8 hours

The office and training centre will be closed all day on Monday, September 2, 2013 for the Labour Day statutory holiday.

Labour Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated in honour of the working class with its origins in the labour union movement, which advocated for an eight hours work day to allow for eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest.

-Manny Mandrusiak,
Director of Business Development,
Sector Learning Solutions

Four Steps to a Professional Document

Almost everyone who works or has worked in an office environment has used some type of word processing software at one time or another – some of you may even work with such a program almost all day, every day. So, those of you who do are likely aware that using software like Microsoft Word allows us to create polished, professional documents in a (potentially) minimal amount of time. We can type the contents of a document, adjust the margins and spacing, create tables, and even add graphics. You may not have considered that, in order to make you that much more efficient at creating your documents, there are four golden rules to follow before you begin:

  • Planning
    Just like most everything else in life, planning saves you time and effort. Figure out what it is you want to say and then say it clearly. Include enough information to achieve that purpose without overwhelming your reader. Organize your ideas in a thoughtful, logical way; sometimes, working your way backwards can help. Decide how you want your document to look – the type of document you’re writing (e.g. business letter or research paper) will be the determining factor, of course.
  • Creating and Editing
    Once you’re past the planning stage, you’re ready to start typing. Here comes the hard part – try to hold off on editing and even formatting (step 3) until you’ve finished typing the document. Once you’ve entered your content, you’re ready to edit. Keep in mind that spell- and grammar check will only get you so far; your document should ALWAYS be fully read with human eyes prior to completion. If possible, get a colleague to look it over for a sanity check. It’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to miss something if you’ve been slaving away at it for hours on end.
  • Formatting
    How you format your document will depend on what type of document you’re working on; however, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. I recently wrote a post about formatting your Excel workbook, in which I talked about the most important aspect of the workbook – the data. Well, the same rules apply when it comes to formatting your Word document. There’s nothing wrong with making your documents “pretty”, but you want to make sure you’re not overwhelming the content of the document itself. Try to avoid garish colours – they can sometimes annoy your reader and make your document difficult to read. Ensure your document is readable on both black-and-white and colour printers. You also want to make sure you understand your printer’s limitations; colours that look great on your monitor may not print quite as well.
  • Printing or Distributing Online
    Before you go to print, display your document in your print preview window. If you print right away before previewing, you risk wasting time and paper. With print preview, you can immediately see how the page will look printed and can adjust scaling, margins, spacing, and paper size as necessary.

Let us know if you’ve got any tips or tricks of your own! Send us an email:

Katie Caplan
Office Manager & Instructor
Sector Learning Solutions

Formatting your Excel Workbook: Best Practices

Have you ever opened up a workbook that kind of looked like Christmas threw up all over it? If it’s not formatted appropriately, it can make it pretty difficult to make sense of the actual data that’s contained in it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had students tell me that the number one goal is to “make their workbooks look pretty”. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to do that, it’s important to remember the most crucial aspect – the data. When you get caught up with fonts, shading, borders, and the like, it’s easy to lose sight of that. The workbook should be formatted to make it easier to read, establish a sense of professionalism, draw attention to specific points or elements within the workbook and provide continuity between the worksheets. If you have too much formatting, it can overwhelm the data, while too little can make it harder to understand. ALWAYS REMEMBER: when it comes to formatting, the end goal is not just to make the workbook “pretty”, but to accentuate the important trends and relationships in the data you’re working with. Here are some tips to help you along:

  • Use similar colours to differentiate types of cell content and to direct users where to enter data
  • Avoid garish colour combinations that could annoy the reader and be difficult to read
  • Ensure output is readable on both black-and-white and colour printers
  • Understand your printer’s limitations and features; colours that look great on your monitor may not print quite as well
  • Be sensitive to your audience: about 8% of all men and 0.5% of women have some type of colour blindness and may not be able to see text with certain colour combinations; red-green colour blindness is the most common, so try to avoid using red text on a green background or green text on a red background

Interested in learning more about formatting in Excel? Come and attend our FREE webcast! For more information, just send us an email with your name, phone number, and company name (if applicable). We’ll send you all the information you need to sign up. Please note: the webcast is based on Microsoft Excel 2010; however, the information you’ll learn in the session will be applicable to Microsoft 2007 and 2013 as well.

If you’ve got any Microsoft Office tips and tricks you want to share, let us know!


-Katie Caplan
Instructor & Office Manager
Sector Learning Solutions

Office Closed on August 5, 2013 for BC Day


The office and training centre will be closed all day on Monday, August 5th, 2013 for the British Columbia Day statutory holiday.

The provincial holiday was created to recognize the pioneers in the province, and gives British Columbians a day to relax with friends and family members.

– Manny Mandrusiak,
Director of Business Development,
Sector Learning Solutions

July 2013 vSharePoint Users Group Meeting at Camosun College


The July Victoria SharePoint Users Group meeting is:
Thursday, July 25, 2013
11:30 am – 2:00pm and a NEW VENUE of:
Camosun College
Wilna Thomas Building (Building 9), Room 101
3100 Foul Bay Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5J2
Parking Fees: $0.50 for 15 min  or  $3.00 for 4 hours
Reserve your spot today.

11:30 to 12:00
– Meet & Greet, and grab a snack.
12:00 to 1:00 – Speaker # 1 – SharePoint Apps for the End UserColin Phillips (itgroove)

Colin-PhilipsOverview: There’s been a lot of talk about Apps in the new SharePoint 2013, and a lot of people are still confused about what they are, how they can benefit end users, and why you’d even need them.  This presentation will help you understand their value (for both the end-user and the business), how they work in your environment (on premise or in the cloud – Office 365), and will give you a first-hand look at a handful of apps, and how we use them in house (at itgroove) to benefit our own processes.  This presentation is meant for business users to understand what Apps mean to them (sorry developers, we’ve already done a dev session on apps).

1:00 to 2:00 – Speaker #2 – TBA

This month’s prize will be another brand new, unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone.

 Eight spots have already been reserved – Reserve your spot today.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

Office Closed July 1 for Canada Day 2013


The office and training centre will be closed all day on Monday, July 1st, 2013 for the Canada Day federal statutory holiday.

Canada Day is celebrated in honour of the anniversary the day the British North America Act came into effect – July 1, 1867. This Act united three colonies into a single country called Canada within in the British Empire.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions