Sessions

Baby-Stepping Into the Cloud with Hybrid Workloads
Level: 100
Track: Business
As organizations begin to think about their roadmap toward the cloud, they need to consider how best to move away from their on premises infrastructure investments. There are multiple paths into the cloud, depending on the goals and needs of the business. This session walks through some of the various hybrid options – what they are, what they take to implement, and the risks, feature gaps, and overhead for deploying them.
Create an End User Adoption Strategy
Level: 200
Track: Business
We all know that End User Adoption is an important area of focus in your SharePoint project. In this session we will take a closer look at the End User Adoption work stream on a SharePoint project, and the associated roles, responsibilities and tasks for the project plan. We will also review case studies to demonstrate how these differ based on the size of the project and the specific needs of the organization. You’ll walk away from this session with a tactical formula you can follow to create your end user adoption strategy and templates to support the process.
Cross site collection navigation and site directories
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint OOB does not really provide any good method to help organizations create a common navigation or site directory that crosses over site collection boundaries.

This session will demonstrate how to extend the managed metadata navigation to implement a common navigation menu that can be used across site collections and how to use indexed properties on sites to create a search based site directory. Along the way we will get our hands dirty with a little JavaScript, JSOM, CSOM, PowerShell and Search customizations.


Speaker(s)

Kyle Petersen
SharePoint Architect
PDX Portals
In 45 minutes we build a SharePoint User Centric Design kit that you can use on any project.
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
In a 45 minute UCD design session we are going to build out templates for you to take home. These will cover the Pre-Project, Discovery, Design, Development, and Validation phases.

You will come away with a single kit (SharePoint 2013 Project Site Template) that will jump start your project management process and allow you take Agile to the next level.

Artifacts the audience gets from the session:
UCD Project Planning PPT
SharePoint 2013 Project Site Template
Project Plan Matrix Excel File
Project Intake Workflow

Intranet Design
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
SharePoint is the intranet platform of choice and one of the most commonly-used tools of organizations. Users go there to find the information they need to perform their day-to-day functions, from HR to Help Desk Wikis to Travel Request forms, and much more. As much as intranets are used, any improvements in design will go a long way to making users more efficient and happier; since they can focus on their core responsibilities and see the intranet as a useful tool, instead of a hindrance to find the information they need. This session looks at several real-life case studies and goes over what works and what can be improved. This includes branding, search, mega menus, and site design. SharePoint 2010 and 2013 will be covered.

Speaker(s)

Michael Doyle
SharePoint consultant
Keynote: The SharePoint Roadmap
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
What is the roadmap for SharePoint? What is happening with on prem, and what is coming with the cloud? How has Microsoft's social and customer relationship management stories evolved as SharePoint's story has evolved? Following in the footsteps of past SPSBend keynotes, this session will be led by SharePoint MVP Christian Buckley, with Brad Geldenhuys from GTconsult in South Africa, and will answer these questions and more about the future of SharePoint.
Making Sense of SharePoint and Business Intelligence
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
- What tools make up the Microsoft "Business Intelligence" stack, and how do you use them?

- How does Power BI for Office 365 change the landscape and licensing of reporting tools?

If you find yourself asking these questions, you won't want to miss this presentation.

Martin Wells from the Marquam Group will help you make sense of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack by describing the various tools and explaining in simple terms how you can leverage them to provide effective reporting and analytics. Mr. Wells will demonstrate how SharePoint is positioned as the presentation layer for meaningful reporting that can be decentralized yet managed.
New Best Friends: Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010
Level: 100
Track: Business
Project Server 2010, built upon the SharePoint Server 2010 platform, puts the ability to take advantage of a simplified, familiar and easier user interface, flexible and adaptable project scheduling, portfolio analysis, integrated resource management, active team collaboration, and dynamic reporting, all on a scalable and unified platform in the palm of your hands.

Project Server 2010, with its enhanced feature set and integration with SharePoint Server 2010, provides a scalable solution for efficient management of multifaceted, interdependent projects and resources. Now teams, of any size, can participate in projects, in their assigned role, and are truly connected as they can collaborate, communicate, update, revise, and analyze within one platform.

Speaker(s)

Leadership & Success Expert
Thriveology
Optimizing SQL Server for SharePoint 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Session Abstract:    Knowing the vast majority of the content accessed via SharePoint is stored in SQL Server, and also knowing an incorrect configuration of SQL Server can have a detrimental impact on the performance of SharePoint it is important to understand the integration of these two products. Regardless of whether you have a dedicated DBA, or the SharePoint administrator is also the DBA, there are critical SQL Server configurations that can be made that will improve the performance of SharePoint. Often DBA’s are familiar with how to manage SQL Server, but may not be familiar with some nuances that SQL Server has when integrated with SharePoint. In this session we will demonstrate how some default SQL Server settings negatively impact SharePoint and what changes can be made to improve the performance of SharePoint. These changes include database file settings and SQL Server instance settings. We'll also examine how to properly install SQL Server and SharePoint so they work together as efficiently as possible. This discussion will introduce the Best Practices framework that will allow your SharePoint administrator and/or your DBA to configure SharePoint and SQL Server to provide optimal performance for your SharePoint implementation.

Speaker(s)

Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
SharePoint 2013 Apps
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint Apps are the new way to create applications in SharePoint 2013. SharePoint Apps are the intended replacement for Sandbox Solutions. These work well both in on-premise and cloud SharePoint installations. These apps can also be used inside Office Applications.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
SharePoint Business User Best Practices
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The following tips and best practices have been put together based on the author’s own experiences working with Small, Medium, and Large Clients solving their issues and/or results of questions (and the answers given) during delivery of SharePoint Projects during the last 10 years. Presented in an easy to understand format, these Best Practices are intended to help you understand the importance of some of the seemingly simple details that will provide you the most results for connecting to and collaborating within a SharePoint environment. This session is aimed at the business user who collaborates, creates and shares Sites/Lists/Libraries and documents in SharePoint.
The Office 365 Migration Chronicles
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
How easy would it be to migrate our SharePoint on-prem to the cloud? If you have asked or been asked this question, come to this session. The O365 Migration Chronicles will take you on the roller coaster ride of your SharePoint life. Learn from CSG Pro's successes and failures and the good, the bad, and the ugly on how to migrate to SharePoint online.

Speaker(s)

Fernando Melo
Sr. SharePoint Consultant
CSG PRO
Tips for User Adoption of Document Management
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
It’s a SharePoint story heard around the world: you’ve installed SharePoint, with all of its potential, yet everyone still uses it as a file share. In this session we will discuss proven tips and tricks for getting users to start adopting versioning, metadata, document templates, and approval workflow in SharePoint. We will also present demos about these features that you can take back to your end users to aid your adoption efforts. After this session you will have the tools you need to break through the file share boundary!

Speaker(s)

Understanding and Using Yammer
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
This Yammer 101 session will address why organizations are using Yammer, how it is used, and where it ends up overlapping with SharePoint as a collaboration tool. This session is geared towards end-users who have not yet used the Yammer, or for IT strategists who want understand why Yammer works. Attendees will understand how to sign up and configure their account, customize their feeds and notifications, and the various features that facilitate effective collaboration.
Understanding SharePoint workflow and Nintex
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Nintex Workflow is one of most popular apps in the SharePoint store, what is it and why are organizations using Nintex? In this session Steve Dark from Marquam Group will provide an overview of SharePoint workflow options and the Nintex product. He will describe automation considerations, and provide a demo of in-place business automation examples on this platform. This session is targeted at individuals considering expanding their business process automation capabilities, or who are using Nintex.

Speaker(s)

Steve Dark
Lead Workflow Architect
Marquam
Why SharePoint is the Future of Everything
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Every device, every network, every office, every app. It’s going to be on SharePoint. SharePoint is ascending to a new level which is reserved for Operating Systems, it’s now seen as a platform and no longer an application. This is great news but we need to understand why. I will unpack the future of SharePoint and everything else in this session
Your Branding SharePoint Initiation
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Need to brand your first SharePoint site, looking to see how you should have tackled your last SharePoint branding project or what to know what new tools exist in SharePoint 2013 for branding? In this discussion we will look at an overview of branding SharePoint 2013 on premise and in the cloud. We will look at new tools such as composed looks and design manager as well as see and learn how SharePoint 2013 has built upon existing technologies such as Master Pages, Page Layouts and .net / SharePoint controls. We will look at no code branding solutions available with composed looks to full customization in both collaboration scenarios and publishing portals, from planning and concept through implementation and redeployment.

This introductory session is geared towards those looking to learn how to use the available tools and techniques to custom brand SharePoint 2013 on premise and in the cloud. Experienced web designers looking to brand SharePoint to seasoned SharePoint developers will walk away with what they need to start branding their SharePoint projects.

Topics discussed include:
•    Branding SharePoint overview
•    Composed Looks (our themes replacement)
•    Custom Master Pages and Page Layouts
•    The new SharePoint Design Manager

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