Sessions

Achieving End-User Utopia
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, End-User, Business
How the process of designing and implementing a new Office 365 or SharePoint deployment can be used to drive buy-in among those who will ultimately use the end product creation of user experiences that will lead to higher adoptability rates, increasing productivity and ROI. Among the ways to achieve those goals are through intense user involvement at all stages of the design and implementation of a new technology project and ongoing, in-depth training for all users.

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Another attempt to demystify SharePoint governance
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro and Administration
Odds are, you have never heard about Exchange Server governance or, say, Dynamics CRM governance. However, you can always expect to see governance as a topic at almost any SharePoint event, from an online webinar up to the Microsoft SharePoint Conference. Why is that? Does that mean SharePoint requires more attention than business critical systems such as email or customer relations databases?

In this session, we will try to remove the "buzzwordness" from SharePoint governance. We will review several real life examples that can help better understand the real place of formal processes and policies in SharePoint administration. Finally, we will discuss the role of governance in bridging the gaps between IT-specific decisions and organization's business objectives.

Speaker(s)

Ilia Sotnikov
Director of Product Management
Netwrix
Build Custom RESTful Services for SharePoint Apps with WebAPI
Level: 300
Track: Developer
REST and OData are the foundation of data access in a cloud-based world. SharePoint developers are well aware of the new RESTful endpoints available in SharePoint 2013 and may have already consumed some publically-available RESTful endpoints from the Internet. Many apps, however, will require their own RESTful service for accessing custom app data. In this session, we'll cover the fundamentals of creating custom RESTful services with WebAPI 2 and consuming those services in SharePoint apps. Additionally, the session will present approaches for securing your custom services and accessing them across domains. Attendees will exit the session ready to build custom RESTful services for their SharePoint apps.
Build Secure Cloud-Hosted Apps for SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, Developer
Apps for SharePoint were introduced in SharePoint 2013 to maximize the level of capability and flexibility that developers can deliver without risking compromise to the farm. In this demo-intensive session, we will delve into apps that leverage resources running outside the SharePoint farm—whether in another on-premises web server or in the cloud. We will use server-side and client-side code to demonstrate how cloud-hosted apps can securely access data stored in SharePoint using the client object model (CSOM/JSOM) and REST APIs, along with the pros and cons associated with each approach. We will discuss the various permissions models associated with apps for SharePoint including types of app permissions, permission request scopes, and how app developers can manage permissions. We will conclude by building and provisioning a real-world app for SharePoint to Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Danny Jessee
Senior SharePoint Developer
Fulcrum
Content Search Web Part - Get it all in one place and style it!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro and Administration, Developer, Branding and Designer
We've always been limited to show items and documents from our current site or Site Collection. In SharePoint 2013, a new Web Part will make it easier to grab everything and style it the way you want.
-New Features 
-Differences with the Search Web Part
-Things you need to know (Licensing, Availability, etc)
-How it works
In this session, you will learn what this Web Part can do, the various scenarios where it will help as well as how to change the display of the results. Don't stay constrained to your SharePoint site - Search it!
Developing Mobile for SharePoint with Windows Phone
Level: 100
Track: Developer
A survey of connectivity options available to folks who want to leverage their favorite business collaboration platform interacting with their favorite mobile client. I go over everything from "non-app" solutions (stuff already in the smartphone) to C#/CSOM with a few alternatives in between.

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Fun with SharePoint, jQuery, and “jWhatever”
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, Developer
Come find out how to make your SharePoint sites the envy of the neighborhood. Using JSOM or REST to get your SharePoint data, you can then use jQuery and the many packages/widgets built on top of jQuery to create dynamic, friendly, useable and wicked cool interfaces right into your SharePoint pages (no app part iframes here) – either On-Premises or in the cloud! We will explore some of the options and frameworks that are out there and also cover some best practices and gotchas to look out for when using jQuery based components in SharePoint

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How to Build a Yammer App
Level: 100
Track: Developer, End-User
Wondering about what kinds of apps you can build in Yammer and what kind of data is available to you in their REST API? Walk through how to build a simple app for Yammer and how to get it working in your network and beyond. We’ll also touch on how to host the app in Azure including different possible structures for data storage.

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How to Talk to Your CFO About SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: Business
No matter how cool the technology is, no SharePoint project happens without financial sponsorship/approval, and in over 50% of mid-market organizations, the IT function reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

So...
Why does SharePoint matter to financial professionals?
How do you financially justify your project, or priortiize from among competing options?
How do you relate the business value of SharePoint and other technologies to your line-of-business stakeholders?

In this session, you will learn how to work with risk-averse, financially-savvy, financial professionals who don’t have a reason to care (as far as they know) about SharePoint, show them tangible, high-impact answers to the questions "What's in it for me?" and MAKE THEM LOVE IT (mostly).
Intro to Client Side Solutions in SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: Developer
SharePoint 2013 takes a big step away from server side code. With the introduction of the App Model, Microsoft has built a layer between developers and server side access. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean a lack of customizeability. This demo driven talk introduces the why and the how associated with client side development for SharePoint 2013 using jQuery, Knockout.js and REST. The talk will focus on why these technologies are important and how they can help create powerful and interactive customizations. Examples include getting data through REST services; customizing SharePoint lists using JSLink extensions; adding document ratings to search results with Display Templates.

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Introduction to Cloud-Hosted Apps
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In this session, you will learn about SharePoint cloud-hosted apps, which run on a server outside of SharePoint. You'll learn how to build these apps using traditional WebForms or the new MVC 5.0 option, and how to host them on premises or in the Office 365/Azure cloud. The talk will cover OAuth security, debugging, and database provisioning, as well as guidance on when to use Cloud-hosted apps as opposed to other options for developing your solution.

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Introduction to PowerShell for the anxious ITPro
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro and Administration
“What was wrong with my handy STSADM scripts?” “You mean there are things that I cannot do from the GUI now?” “WHAT THE HECK IS THIS VERB-NOUN STUFF?” If you have been thinking these or similar things about the new world order under a PowerShell driven regime, you are not alone. Come learn the basics and how to truly optimize your SharePoint implementation using this powerful ITPro toolset. You will walk away with a new a mind full of new ideas and a pocket full of scripts to get you started.

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Leveraging My Sites and User Profiles in SharePoint 2010 and 2013
Level: 100
Track: Developer
In this session, you'll learn how to customize SharePoint to automate My Site provisioning for greater consistency and governance, and to leverage the User Profiles service for easy navigation of user properties.
The speakers will demonstrate several approaches from real customer engagements, including a SharePoint 2013 app and a full-featured, farm-level solution that can scale for a large enterprise.
Come and see how a little custom code can go a long way to organize and manage SharePoint My Sites and consume user properties in different scenarios.

Speaker(s)

Beatrice Baciu
ECM Manager
RSM US LLP
Making The Leap - When to choose on-premises, Cloud or Hybrid for SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, Business
Deciding if and when you should take SharePoint into the Cloud is troublesome.
The volume of opportunity that the Cloud brings makes the decision process complex and fraught with risk.
Understanding the challenge is vital and mapping out a course for success is something that only experience can bring.
In this session we will cover:
•    The Marketing
•    The Reality
•    Legal & Compliance
•    Security
•    And more
With practical examples of real world scenarios, this session is fast paced and thought provoking for anybody embarking on the journey of “making the leap”.
Managing SharePoint Online (O365) with PowerShell + CSOM
Level: 200
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, Developer
The main objective of this session is to show you how you can leverage both PowerShell and Client Side Object Model (CSOM) to manage your SharePoint Online instance. Either you are a developer or an IT Pro who loves scripting to automate different tasks then in this session you will learn what you need to getting started with PowerShell + CSOM. This demo rich session will walk you though on how you can leverage best of CSOM and PowerShell to manage many tenant specific settings.

Speaker(s)

Amit Vasu
Senior Consultant - Office 365/SharePoint
Independant
No Social? No Business!
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
SharePoint was created for the purpose of collaboration. The root of collaboration suggests the need for more than one person to not only participate but to work together. There are a lot of positive and negative stigmata that revolve around the social aspect of business. Many companies have initiatives to improve communication, but try to keep social out which is counterproductive. This session is to try and debunk some of the myths and bring to light the real issues and benefits.

Speaker(s)

David Pileggi
Passionate SharePoint Consultant
M@DSoft
Optimizing SQL Server for SharePoint 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro and Administration
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.

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Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
PowerBI - PowerPivot, PowerQuery, PowerMap, o365 Power BI Sites
Level: 200
Track: Office 365, End-User
Explore the next great release of the Microsoft BI platform with Power BI. Leverage PowerQuery to explore modern online data sources, gain insight based on geo-location with PowerMap, and finally interactively explore your datasets using search with Power BI sites on Office 365.

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Dave Feldman
Associate Director Collaboration Architecture
Reporting and Data Integration Methodologies and Mechanics for SharePoint and SQL Server
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro and Administration, Developer, Business
First, we’ll review the architecture of SharePoint with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and define the role that the Business Intelligence capabilities play in an organization’s Enterprise Architecture (EA). From there, we will evaluate sample business scenarios and compare and contrast different possible solution approaches. We will design a reporting solution, and then build the solution step by step using SharePoint, SSRS, and SSIS. Finally, we will reflect on the overall approach that we followed and discuss further ideas and possibilities. This session covers high-level concepts as well as practical, hands-on instructions, tips, and tricks.

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Nicholas Bisciotti
Director of Information MA and Product DV
Quantech Services, Inc.
Responsive Design
Level: 300
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, Developer, Branding and Designer
Are you tired of pinching your fingers on your phone to access the information that you need? What if your site could automatically adjust to ensure your users receive the relevant information depending on the screen size and device they are using? These are all possible through new design techniques.
With the need to access information through mobile devices, businesses are striving to catch up with the growing technology. In this session, we will be discussing three main types of design. You will learn the difference between Responsive Design, Adaptive Design and Progressive Enhancement and how to choose the best method for your SharePoint project.
We will review samples of SharePoint sites that have been created with these design methods and the principles behind creating a mobile friendly SharePoint site that will work on all screen sizes from large desktop screens down to smaller tablets and smart phones.
With the addition of Media Queries, HTML5 and CSS3, the possibilities are endless to achieving the functionality and look

Speaker(s)

D'arce Hess
SharePoint Developer
PixelMill
Saving Time by Building a Records Search System
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Is your company struggling to find records across disparate databases, applications, file shares, and paper file cabinets? Based on a real business case in a highly regulated field, come and learn how you can create a powerful record list in SharePoint that reduced the time needed to find documents from weeks to minutes. In this session we will discuss the strategies for developing an effective records taxonomy and a customized search experience by applying content types and managed metadata in SharePoint.

Speaker(s)

Tatiana Baquero
Senior Knowledge Management Consultant
Portal Solutions
Search Topology and Optimization
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro and Administration
Come join us to learn about the SharePoint 2013 Search Topology and how it differs from 2010. In this session we will be diving deep into scripting a high availability search topology, keeping it healthy and manage your day-to-day search operations.

Learn about how to optimize your search for best performance and search relevancy, to support reliable search applications. Together, we will review where Search lives in the farm, the crawl components of search to implement a scalable farm. Isn’t search after all the engine that drives SharePoint?
SharePoint as an Organizational Learning Tool
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
How can SharePoint benefit your company as an organizational learning tool? Although SharePoint has knowledge base functionality in its wiki, blog, and video capabilities, these tools focus on documented knowledge. In this session, we will examine how the social features of SharePoint—such as newsfeeds, community sites, My Sites, and Yammer—capture undocumented knowledge to convert content into conversation. We will also take a look at using additional SharePoint features, such as content types, metadata, and Search, to transform conversation into easily located knowledge. This session will focus on SharePoint 2013 but also applies to SharePoint 2010.

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Theresa Eller
System Administrator III - SharePoint
IBERIABANK
SharePoint Online Management and Control
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration
In this session you will learn how to manage your SharePoint Online (SPO) environment in the browser (the SharePoint Online Admin Center) and by using the SharePoint Online Management Shell (aka, Microsoft PowerShell for SPO). We will cover numerous scenarios and demos for both seasoned SharePoint admins and to the new SPO admins.

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SharePoint Permissions Worst Practices
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, End-User, Business
Don't be deceived by the simplified experience of managing SharePoint permissions! What appears to be harmless can grow and tailspin into a giant mess requiring laborious cleanup. Check out some real life scenarios and learn from the mistakes of others so you don't end up digging yourself into a SharePoint permissions hole.

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Bobby Chang
Technology Solutions Professional
Microsoft
SPC Highlights
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, Developer, Branding and Designer, End-User, Business
Highlights from the Vegas SharePoint Conference.

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SQL Server and Windows Performance Tuning
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro and Administration
SQL Server and Windows have built in tools for performance tuning. This session will review these tools, and other tuning tips and tricks. The focus will be on the back-end database and database servers.

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George Walters
Technical Solutions Professional, Data Platform
Microsoft
The Collaborative SharePoint Community
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
SharePoint 2013 is all about ‘social.’ We’re learning the power of newsfeeds, tagging, following, etc. But, no one is talking about the new Community Site Template implemented in 2013. It’s simple to use. Easy on the eyes, and includes a ton of great online community features that can be available straight out-of-the-box. In this session we’ll talk about five big reasons you should be using the Community Site Template, complete with an in-depth demo and quick steps for setting up your online community.

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Maggie Swearingen
Sr. Manager and Experience Architect
Protiviti
Tips and Tricks for the Yammer Power User
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Yammer adoption continues to rapidly expand, but like any other collaboration platform, most people understand the basic capabilities yet fail to dig down into the “power user” capabilities that help any user to move from causal use to high-productivity. This session walks through 15 tips and tricks to help participants get the most out of the Yammer platform.
Tools to Expedite SharePoint Development
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro and Administration, Developer
Free and Open Source tools used by SharePoint Experts to expedite development. This session includes Visual Studio Add-ins, CodePlex Utilities, and other tools that make our lives easier.
Understanding O365 Identities and Single Signon to build modern cloud app using Azure AD
Level: 100
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration, Developer
Objectives: The session will start with a brief overview on Identity Management, follow up with managing identities – cloud, directory and password sync, federated identities.
Planning for federating identities, both AD and custom attribute stores, custom user stores.
Overview of Single Sign for O365 using ADFS and branding options using ADFS to provide custom login, signout pages and home realm discovery options.
How to leverage Azure AD to build modern cloud application with the new cloud business app template in VS 2012 Update 2

Take Away: By attending this session, you will gain understanding and the importance of identity management planning for O365, extensibility options to support existing identities systems within the organization. How to leverage O365 Identities building custom solutions.
Up Up Up! Upgrade to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
Level: 300
Track: Office 365, IT Pro and Administration
Newly reworked to cover the range of on premises and cloud based deployments of SharePoint 2013. SharePoint 2010 is a much larger and more complex system to upgrade than its predecessors. And Microsoft has added new tools and removed some longstanding techniques used in prior upgrades. Based on dozens of upgrades to SharePoint 2013, we’ll show you how to plan, execute and manage an upgraded SharePoint 2013 environment, with plenty of live demos along the way. We’ll also introduce the tools and techniques you’ll need to migrate content and users to Office 365.
Workflow Manager Tips
Level: 400
Track: IT Pro and Administration, Developer
A new workflow engine is added to SharePoint 2013 and there are many steps to get it installed correctly properly you won't from the first time, in this session, we will get it right.

Speaker(s)

Mai Omar Desouki
PFE [Premier Field Engineer] - SharePoint
Microsoft
Workflow Nirvana in SharePoint 2013
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
Patrick Keating of ICS will be presenting “Five Keys to Workflow Nirvana in SharePoint Online 2013” at SharePoint Saturday Boston on April 12, 2014. This session provides an interactive discussion of best patterns and practices in leveraging Microsoft’s cloud based offering for collaboration and workflow automation. Keating draws from 8 years of Business Development in IT consulting, deep understanding of Microsoft technologies, and his prior study of workforce automation in Japan and South Korea as part of his Babson College MBA studies.

Speaker(s)

Patrick Keating
Director, Corporate Partnerships
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