Weekend Plans in Tulsa & OKC – Oct 20-22, 2017 (Podcast)

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Hello and welcome to this episode of Weekend Plans in Tulsa & OKC. I’m Ken Lane. This week, we’ll be looking at some events unique to this weekend, October 20th through the 22nd, 2017.

Before we get started, we need to pay the meter by letting you know that this show is brought to you by the friendly folks at OakTree Staffing & Training in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Whether you’re looking for your next career role, your next new talented hire, or Microsoft certified training for your team, OakTree has your back. You can learn more and reach out to them at oaktreestaffing.com. Let’s get into weekend mode!

Starting with an event happening all weekend long in Tulsa, we hope you’re ready for the Linde Oktoberfest. This is the big daddy Oktoberfest in Tulsa at the River West Festival Park equipped with imported beer, wine, and all sorts of fun ala Deutschland. Also, stop by the markets for authentic German goods and update your stein collection. The fun runs through Sunday and you can find out more at tulsaoktoberfest.org.

This Friday, the Nimrod Write Night is where the area’s published and aspiring writers can come together. Acclaimed authors Laura van den Berg and Jericho Brown will be in attendance and present for panel discussions with many others. All of these festivities will be taking place at the Tulsa Garden Center with more information at nimrod.utulsa.edu.

Also happening on Friday evening is a performance of “Faust” – the acclaimed piece for composer Charles Gounod at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. For more fun at the PAC — on Saturday and Sunday night, enjoy “Fun Home” – a broadway play based on the 2006 graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. For more information these shows and others, visit tulsapac.com.

Starting on Sunday and going through the 25th is the Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival at Circle Cinema. This festival is presented by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and explores Jewish culture through film. For full list of showtimes and rundowns, head over to circlecinema.com.

To get your live music in Tulsa this weekend here’s just a sampling of what you have in store:


– Josh Abbott Band at Cain’s Ballroom

– Dane Arnold and the Soup the Colony

– Nic Armstrong and The Thieves at Mercury Lounge

– Sons of the Dust at Blackbird On Pearl


– The Weekend at the BOK Center

– Damion Shade, Marie Curie & Petty Fox at the Colony

– Drugstore Gypsies at Mercury Lounge

– Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots at Brady Theater


– Red Dirt Rangers, Burney Sisters and Seven Feathers at Guthrie Green starting at 2:30 pm

– Paul Benjamin’s Sunday Nite Thing at The Colony

– The Ghost of Paul Revere at the Vanguard

For some events unique to this weekend happening in Oklahoma City, all weekend, the Oklahoma City Ballet will be performing the classic Swan Lake. Set to score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, this ballet standard is one you and your family won’t want to miss. For more information, visit okcballet.org.

Shifting gears a bit, the OKC Thunder will face the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena this Saturday night. For more, visit okcthunder.com.

For some great tunes in the 405, the Turnpike Troubadours will be at the Criterion on Friday night. Saturday night will be a tough decision between the Beach Boys at the Riverwind Casino in Norman or John Fullbright at the Blue Door.

Make sure you stay tuned to next weekend’s show as we’ll be bringing you the most spooktacular events that Tulsa and Oklahoma City have to offer.

Once again, we would like to say thanks to OakTree Staffing & Training for keeping the lights on with this program. Do you think it’s time to look for a new job? Could your team use some additional IT training? OakTree Staffing & Training can absolutely take care of your needs. Visit oaktreestaffing.com and tell them Ken sent you.

Until next Tuesday, I’m Ken Lane and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.


Who is Power BI Meant For?

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Power BI has made data analysis open to all.

Making business decisions has always required the proper foresight of the entity holding the purse strings. If a return on investment cannot be adequately assured, whether that be in form of funds or effort, chances are slim that anyone has the incentive to pursue what could potentially benefit their organization. Thanks to innovations in data analysis and collection, the capability to analyze data and make informed decisions is possible to anyone. At OakTree, one of our favorite tools for analyzing and sharing data in a visual way that anyone can comprehend is via Microsoft Power BI. Let us explain why we feel that learning Power BI and taking advantage of its many features is definitely worth any organization’s time.

People are creating more data than ever.

As the average person continues to utilize technology for nearly every aspect of their daily lives, from deciding what to buy or how to spend every moment of their day, this has provided organizations more information about their target demographic than ever before. It has been estimated by the year 2020, the amount of data created by humans will have grown tenfold — upwards of 44 zettabytes or 44 trillion gigabytes. Every transaction, Google search, social media correspondence — each one these activities makes an organization’s perception of their audience even clearer. As more pieces of the information puzzle of fall into place, the lens of opportunity is focused.

More data means a greater need for data management.

In days gone by, a customer may have received a mailed catalog if they had previously signed up for a mailing list to receive a discount. The ages of gathering information began in part within the world of strategic branding of the 1960s. The technology available to capture and organize an entity’s target demographic was extremely limited. In order to keep up with advances in capturing data, new technologies have been developed in order to allow organizations large and small make the most of the data they receive. This is where Microsoft’s Power BI is heralded as such a useful tool.

Power BI allows users to input virtually any style of data into a single tool. Not only can this data be imported manually, but can also be set up to be automatically gathered onto its central cloud-based system. From there, processes can be managed that transform raw data into user dashboards and gorgeous visualizations — the span of which is only limited one’s own imagination. From the spreadsheet to the KPIs and gauge charts, even the rawest data can be thoroughly utilized by even the least specialized team. Power BI is meant for anyone who wants to make the most out of their data — from business analysts to developers, marketing specialists to CEOs. Any decision maker who relies on data to make their next move can benefit greatly from employing Power BI.

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When one imagines an immensely powerful tool that allows users to capitalize on crucial analytical data, one would also assume this would come with a hefty price tag. Not only is this far from true for acquiring Power BI, but also for getting started learning all about how to use the business analytics program. As a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner, OakTree IT Training is excited to present a free 30-minute Power BI Desktop Webinar. Download Power BI for free and get started learning it for free with this webinar from your friends at OakTree.


Weekend Plans in Tulsa & OKC – October 13-15, 2017 (Podcast)

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Howdy friends and welcome to this episode of Weekend Plans in Tulsa and OKC – Friday the 13th Edition. In this episode, we’ll be talking about all of the fall festivities happening from Friday, October 13th, 2017 through Sunday the 15th.

Before we kick things off, I wanted to let you know that this episode and all of the others episodes of Weekend Plans is brought to by your friends at OakTree Staffing & Training. Whether you’re looking for your next big career move, to expand your own team, or to provide training for the team you currently have, OakTree has your back. OakTree is also pleased to let you know about their professional payroll solutions for your organization as well as training room rentals. Learn more about all of these services at oaktreestaffing.com. Ok, let’s get on with the show.

Starting in Tulsa with events happening all or most of the weekend, it’s a good weekend for geeks in Tulsa (present party included).
All weekend long, make sure to check out the XPO Game Festival 2017 at the Cox Business Center. This event brings together gamers, developers, and enthusiasts for panels, gaming competitions, and even a retro gaming lounge. Learn more at xpotulsa.com.

The pop culture fun doesn’t stop there! Put on your best Wonder Woman costume and come down to the Tulsa Pop Culture Expo at the Wyndham Hotel at 10919 E 41st Street. This event will feature all sorts of cosplay along with screenings of Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, along with panels, booths, and contests. Meet and greet with John Anderson, Justin Nimmo, Tom Waite and Chase Masterson. Get the whole scoop at t-popexpo.com

If it’s films you’re into, the Tulsa American Film Festival at Circle Cinema is your spot for some of the greatest Native America, Latino, and Oklahoma-based student filmmakers. Enjoy panel talks from film professionals and after parties for feature films. Additional info is available at tulsaamericanfilmfest.com.
This Friday, the Tulsa Oilers Hockey team take on the Kansas City Mavericks at the BOK Center. Learn more at tulsaoilers.com.

The Guthrie Green gets spooky this Friday the 13th with a showing of, you guessed it, Friday the 13th. The show starts at 8:30 pm.

For some athleticism for a good cause, runners can start their Saturday morning in Owasso for the Hance Henrie Memorial Run, a run part of the Tulsa Run Series. This run memorializes the late Owasso college student and runner Hance Henrie who was tragically killed by a drunk driver. This run benefits LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma. The run features a fun run, 5k, 10k, and 15k pumpkin challenge. The run begins at First United Methodist Church at 106th and Highway 169 with sign up at 7:30 am. Learn more about LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma at LifeShareOK.org.

More movement for another good cause is the Walk to Defeat ALS walk at the Guthrie Green. This walk benefits the ALS Association. Sign up starts at the Guthrie Green at 8 am with the walk starting at 9:30 am.
Explore Downtown Tulsa from a historical perspective this Saturday with the Second Saturday Architecture Tour this Saturday at 10am. This month’s theme is Modernism. Learn all about some Tulsa’s most notable structures at a leisurely pace. Learn more or sign up at tulsaarchitecture.org.

For some great music inspired by a late Tulsa music legend, enjoy Tom Skinner Skyline Music Festival this Sunday at The Mercury Lounge and the Shrine. Both venues will feature artists inspired by Skinner including Mike McClure Band, Annie Oakley, Desi & Cody, Jacob Tovar, Grazzhopper, and many many others. The tunes start at around 3 pm and continue into the evening. See the full lineup at reddirtrelieffund.org/skyline.

Just following the high holidays, experience Jewish culture this Sunday at the Shalom Fest at Temple Israel right next to Utica Square. Enjoy cultural food, music, and learn all about Jewish life in Tulsa. Learn more at templetulsa.com.

For music in Tulsa this weekend, enjoy:
– the Combsy album release featuring Lauren Barth, Brian Haas and Annie Ellicott at Fassler Hall
– KALO at the Mercury Lounge
– Dylan Stewart w/ Buffalo Rogers at The Colony
– Borgore at Cain’s Ballroom
– Jack Ketch And the Bilge Rat Bastards at the Vanguard
– Sons of the Dust at Soul City
– El Dub at Blackbird on Pearl
– Freakjuice at Mercury Lounge
– Hughes & The Springfield Two at George’s Pub in Jenks, OK
– Kalyn Fay Band with Lauren Barth at the Colony
– St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Cain’s Ballroom
– Kidz Bop at the BOK Events Center
– Dead Metal Society at the Vanguard
– Unwed Sailor with Holy Void at the Yeti
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Let’s see what’s happening in Oklahoma City this weekend.
It wouldn’t be October without Pumpkinville at the Botanical Gardens. Running through the 22nd daily, bring the kids and experience the garden’s autumn transformation with a hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating, cider pressing, and even ghost stories. Learn more at oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.

The fall festivities continue with yet another Oklahoma City fright (feel free to consult last week’s episode for more spook houses running throughout the month). Get scared at the Terror on 10th Street Haunted House. Gets your nerves delightfully rattled. Learn all about it at facebook.com/terroron10thstreet — with “10” written numerically.

Attention cat lovers as this weekend is the Red River Rascal Cat Show this Saturday and Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel at 401 S Meridian Ave. See all sorts of different cat breeds square off in competition — doing what, I’m not really sure. Can you make a cat do anything? Anyways, you can learn more at redriverrascals.weebly.com.

Do you like to laugh? Do you like the OKC Thunder? Well, enjoy some aspects of both at Russell Westbrook & Demetrius “Juice” Deason present the “Why Not?” Comedy Show at the Tower Theatre this Friday night. Get the full line up at towertheatreokc.com.

For some music this weekend in OKC, enjoy sounds of St. Paul & The Broken Bones at The Jones Assembly and Mastodon at Diamond Ballroom.

Just to let you, friends – this episode only exists thanks to OakTree Staffing & Training in Tulsa, OK. Whether you need help finding the next job of your dreams, finding the worker of your dreams for your team, and getting your team the training of their dreams, OakTree is here for you. Check them out and chat with them at oaktreestaffing.com.

My name is Ken Lane and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.


Reasons To Move To SharePoint 2016

While it seems like you had just upgraded to SharePoint 2013, some have been hesitant about making the move to SharePoint 2016. While it is important to weigh the benefits against the inconveniences that come with upgrading a program that already does a fantastic job, some of our favorite added features of SharePoint 2016 will help you make up your mind.

What is the Difference Between SQL and MySQL?


If you’re new to the world of database management, it can be difficult to wrap your head around all of the different forms of lingo being thrown around. Two different languages you may have heard mentioned are SQL and MySQL. Beyond just what these two languages are, you may be wondering how they function or what is best for your needs. Let’s jump right into it.


6 Job Interview Mistakes That Will Keep You Unemployed (In 6 GIFs)

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Stand out from other job candidates by avoiding these mistakes in the job interview.

Simple mistakes made in the job interview room can lose you an opportunity faster than anything. Some of the more prevalent mistakes made by an interviewee are due to poor preparation,  communication, or odd behavior. Understanding common mistakes made by past interviewees can help you identify your weaknesses in these areas and prepare to nail your next interview.

Rambling To Prevent Uncomfortable Silence

In an interview, you will be asked questions that pertain to the job you are seeking. The answers you provide to these questions should only relate to what they ask of you. If you are asked about your experiences with former team members, provide a short and concise answer that gives the information the question sought and that information only. The interviewer did not ask that question with the intent for you to begin a story of how close you and your buddy were in your last job and the things you did on the weekend. Try not to ramble and keep your answers to answers only, not stories.

Over-sharing in the interview

One can say the previous example might have over-shared, but you can still over-share without rambling. When a question is asked, answer the question. If the interviewer asks, “Tell me about a time you have failed before,” answering the question with the time you cheated on your fiancé is not the answer they were looking for. Answer questions with answers only relevant to the job you are seeking. It’s a professional interview, not a personal one.

Ripping on your former employer

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If you have a problem with your former employer, the interview room is not the place to vent. If asked why you left your former job, be honest as tastefully as possible. Ripping your old boss in front of what could be your future boss only makes you look bitter and petty — features unattractive to any employer.

Leaving your cell phone on

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You’re in an interview and in the middle of an important conversation your phone rings. Guess what that does to your chances of landing that position? All the apologies in the world won’t replace the fact you showed lack of consideration and preparation to think to turn your phone off in an interview. If you actually pick up that phone or return a text message, don’t be surprised when you’re not called back. It’s common courtesy to turn off all phone notifications during a job interview. The safest route may be to turn your phone completely off.

Not dressing for success


Dressing properly for an interview is important because it represents status and how you view yourself. Before an interview, assess whether or not the company has a more casual or formal workplace setting. If you’re not sure of the desired workplace attire, err on the side of overdressing. While you may be the perfect candidate, a first impression is not subject to do-overs.

Not researching the company

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Just as the interviewer for the company is researching you, you should definitely research the interviewing company. Go beyond the company website. Reach out to friends and colleagues within the business to gain insight on the companies culture and inner workings to have a better understanding of what type of company you are applying to. This will also help at the end of an interview when asked if you have any questions for the employer. Having knowledge of the company will help you generate questions relative to the position open.

Still Need Help? Don’t Worry – We Have Your Back

Properly preparing for questions and situations such as these can help ensure you don’t make those mistakes. Staying flexible allows you to answer in a way that shows that you aren’t a robot. For additional help in nailing the interview, reach out to the Tulsa staffing firm, OakTree Staffing, help you nail the interview and score the position to help propel your career.

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