Sessions

ADFS, Shared Workstations & Office 365
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
ADFS + Microsoft Online Services (Office 365, CRM, Yammer, Azure) is a great combo, but how do you use it for shared workstations? I'll show you exactly how, using a 'shim' web app that sits between your ADFS front ends and your target service. From there, you can make any decision you'd like. Perfect for retail, healthcare and any other industry that has workers back and forth on shared machines, while other corporate employees still want SSO.

Speaker(s)

John Patrick Dandison
Solution Specialist, Cloud Enablement
Cardinal Solutions
After InfoPath: Options for Creating SharePoint Form Applications
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Forms are essential application components that enable users to access, create and manipulate structured information in order to execute their work functions and activities. InfoPath is Microsoft’s declarative, no-code rapid application development tool, integrated within SharePoint, for creating sophisticated form applications. However InfoPath’s capabilities have not been advanced since the release of the 2010 version, and Microsoft recently announced that it has been officially deprecated and will be phased out. Furthermore, Microsoft has not indicated what will ultimately replace InfoPath. Consequently many organizations have stopped developing form applications in InfoPath resulting in halted projects and hesitation to use SharePoint as a platform for building important applications.
In this session Ira Fuchs will discuss some of the options from third parties that enable power users and developers alike to efficiently create sophisticated form applications that are fully integrated within SharePoint and go beyond what was possible with InfoPath. Some of the enhanced capabilities for form-based application development that will be demonstrated are:

•    Check in/check out capabilities allowing multiple developers to work on a form
•    Versioning of forms, and a development, test and production deployment process
•    The ability to create and update information in multiple data sources simultaneously without writing code
•    Generating and submitting repeating item information (e.g. master/detail) without requiring code
•    A robust visual point and click Expression Builder for creating complex rule statements
•    Support for Tab structured forms and Sub forms.
•    Built in functions for calling external processes (e.g. workflows) and opening or embedding other forms
•    Error handling and debugging facilities
•    The ability to embed and invoke JavaScript in forms
•    Embedded Search capabilities
•    Capabilities for embedding hierarchical menus and tree views within forms

Speaker(s)

Build It and They Will Come: SharePoint 2013 User Adoption
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Everyone has seen the movie Field of Dream where a farmer sacrifices part of his cash crops to builds baseball field. It just so happens after he built it numerous famous baseball players come back from the beyond to play baseball and people come from all around the world to watch and in turn the farmer became rich for charging admission, food, beverages, etc.

SharePoint 2013 and building user adoption share a lot of the same concepts and overall goals to ultimately come out with the same end result. Lots and lots of people from all around the company start utilizing SharePoint and all its features and functionality. In this session you will see first-hand information from a company that I have been working with since they had 2007, 2010 and now 2013. I will review the project and all the steps taken to increase user adoption.
Discovery Sessions
Governance
Build & Implementation
Migration
Next Steps

To prove the success of the overall project I will show various statistics from the previous versions and SharePoint 2013. We will also take a look at some additional successes that have come from this upgrade and increase in user adoption.

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
CSR:CLT -- Investigating Client Side Rendering
Level: 100
Track: Developer
We'll take a look into one of the new client-side rendering features in SP2013 - JSLink. This method of customizing the visual presentation of some SharePoint objects by linking javascript files to them is kind of a 'sleeper' feature; it is not very well documented. However, using JSLink is a flexible, powerful client-side development technique that good developers should understand and know when to apply it. The talk will be example heavy, aspires to stay away from rehashing existing demos/examples, and will show a couple of hopefully creative, useful scenarios for using JSLink to create custom data presentations.

Speaker(s)

John Birgerson
Managing Consultant
Cardinal Solutions
Developing an Access Services App for SharePoint 2013 in under 60 minutes
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
The SharePoint 2013 Access Services App provides a reliable, fast and robust solution for putting relational data into SharePoint without the hassle of designing and developing a complex application from scratch. In this session, you will learn how simple it is to create an Access App for SharePoint, customize it and query the data.

Speaker(s)

How Carolinas HealthCare governs SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the US, with over 60,000 employees. This session will cover how the CHS SharePoint team introduced governance while upgrading from WSS 3.0 to SharePoint 2010. It will then cover the governance and compliance challenges discovered during planning and piloting of SharePoint Online, which CHS is migrating to.
Hybrid Office 365 SharePoint Real-World Case Study
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Ben will present a real-world case study for a large, hybrid environment. During this session, you’ll see a real-world example of solving problems and finding opportunities when moving part of your workload to the cloud. You’ll be introduced to designing federated searching, cloud crawling, navigation synchronization, line-of-business integration, Active Directory Synchronization, social features, governance changes, information architecture changes, and OneDrive for business. If Internet is stable, there will be several live demos along with the presentation. Takeaways from this presentation include an examination of when user experience matters, a look at product features that can help you bridge cloud and on-premises sites, and how organizations solved the social gap between Office 365 and on premises.
Increasing User Engagement Through Social Technologies
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Making SharePoint Social - How to drive higher user engagement from SharePoint's native features to Yammer and O365, and integrated collaboration solutions beyond the Microsoft stack. Benefits and limitations of SharePoint social, Yammer's integration, and options for organizations focused on digital transformations in a multi-vendor, multi-divece, hybrid cloud world.

Speaker(s)

Director of Technical Solutions
Jive Software
Introduction to Workflow on the SharePoint Platform
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
In this session we will dive into using workflow on both SharePoint 2013 on premises and SharePoint Online. This will be an example driven session that will help attendees get started with workflows. We will leverage REST services, and Custom Activities to help make the most of the SharePoint Platforms extensibility features. Time permitting we will discuss 3rd party products such as Nintex and K2.

Speaker(s)

K2's SmartForms - Going beyond InfoPath
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
K2's SmartForms - Going beyond InfoPath
    With the announcement of InfoPath’s retirement, what are the next steps for organizations adopting a forms platform? In this demo, learn how SmartForms go beyond InfoPath to provide forms across the whole enterprise. Leverage these forms with workflow to create robust business applications on SharePoint and other line-of-business systems.

Speaker(s)

Leveraging External Data in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
In this session we will dive into surfacing external data through BCS in SharePoint. Starting with SharePoint Designer and then moving on to Visual Studio. We will cover complex scenarios where we associate more than two external content types together and talk about the best practices in doing so. Finally we will talk about searching the external data and building custom display templates to render the data in the most appropriate way.

Speaker(s)

Migrating to SharePoint Online - Lessons Learned
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
This presentation will discuss issues that have arisen during the migration of hundreds of site collections from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online. I will discuss technical challenges, the options we considered and the selected courses of action. Information that we have obtained during our conversations with MS Premier support will be presented and undocumented 'features' and limits will be provided.

Speaker(s)

Dean Gross
SharePoint Consultant
Cardinal Solutions
Office 365 in a Nutshell
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
There are many versions of Office 365, and several major components such as Exchange Online, Lync Online, and SharePoint Online. This session will provide an end-to-end overview of Office 365 and how you can leverage all or part of Office 365 to solve your business problems or simply save a ton of cash. We'll review all of the available licenses and what you can expect with each license type. You'll get live demos of the administrative dashboard and learn some tips and tricks when provisioning Active Directory Sync, ADFS, and Hybrid SharePoint.
Office 365: Is Governance Affected and Where Do We Start?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
As we all know, more and more organizations are starting to question “Do we or do we not implement Office 365?”. However, as these discussions are taking place; governance is rarely addressed or considered. The main reason is that the majority believe that once they have implemented governance that they are done; unless there is an update such as a server name change or an employee change (such as a departure or addition). During the initial planning around governance it is likely that there were discussions around auditing of the governance document and potential quarterly reviews to ensure that the document is up to date and still fits the business. However, it is common to forget that after that fact; even though it is documented “within the governance document”.

Governance becomes even more important with Office 365 because it’s all cloud based. This means all of the content, backup, recovery, etc. are all handled by Microsoft and you have virtually no control over it. In this session we will review the areas of concern and how they can be addressed within the governance document, the importance of reviewing the document frequently; and ways to make the information available to your internal SharePoint Community. In addition, we will review the features of Office 365 that will have a major impact on Exchange, SharePoint, Office Apps and Lync. We will review each of these applications and the areas of importance that should be addressed in the governance document, as well as why each of them are important.

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Power BI Architecture & Functionality in SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Power BI for Office 365 is Microsoft's new business intelligence offering which utilizes SharePoint Online and Office functionality. In this session we will discuss and demonstrate the key components of this hybrid cloud environment and what the prerequisites are for a Power BI site. Some key differences between a Power BI site in SharePoint Online versus a SharePoint BI site will be explored. We will conclude with a review of data connectivity options to be aware of.
PowerUp with PowerShell
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
It’s time to PowerUp with PowerShell! In this session we will introduce the PowerShell language and dive into working examples of how to apply PowerShell in the SharePoint platform, including SharePoint Online.

Speaker(s)

Kelly Rusk
Senior Manager
CapTech
Responsive Design: What is it and why should I care?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
The term Responsive Design is being used everywhere nowadays but what does it mean? Why is it important to know in an organization? This session will help give an understanding of what Responsive design is, how it should be leveraged with company websites (specifically with SharePoint 2013) and how powerful/flexible utilizing this concept can make a website. We will walk through a few use cases and demonstrate what Responsive Design looks like in action.
SharePoint CPR: 7 Habits for Success and Case Studies in Recovery
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
This session takes off the gloves and delivers an open discussion of why some SharePoint projects fail - and how to successfully recover. Better yet, we show you how to set yourself up for success from the start! So, if you are contemplating launching a new project leveraging SharePoint, migrating to a new version of SharePoint, or need to recover from a problematic implementation... then this is a "can't miss" session.

The session includes 3 specific, real-world cases of failed projects - and how those projects were successfully turned around to deliver a successful project with broad user adoption. In addition, the presenter will share the "7 Habits" for successful implementations and discuss "deadly sins" to avoid. He will also provide statistics on failed SharePoint projects including key reasons for project failures.

3 Key Business Benefits:
    1) 7 practical habits to prevent project failures
    2) 7 deadly sins to avoid on every project
    3) 3 real-world case studies on customers who recovered from failed projects

Speaker(s)

Curtis Hughes
Managing Partner and SharePoint Practice Director
C5 Insight
SharePoint: Then and Now
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
This session isn’t about a history lesson of SharePoint. It IS about learning lessons from previous versions of the product until now. Many challenges we had in earlier versions of the product have been overcome through new features, but some basic fundamentals such as farm architecture and logical architecture are still valid. Yet, many professionals are continuing to make the same mistakes that were made in 2003! This session will walk you through many of the lessons learned from the past, but also help you decide where you will take your SharePoint platform in the future. There are SO MANY choices now about how to implement, where to implement, 3rd party products, and how to integrate with other applications that designing a SharePoint Server 2013 implementation can be daunting. In this session you will learn about:
•    Architectural decisions that impact present state designs, upgrades, and migration paths
•    Search architectures that will stand the test of time
•    Organizations change slower than technology, so how do we design for the future?
•    Should I go social first or search first or portal first?
•    What options are short-sighted?
•    How do we scale architecture from version to version?
•    How do I plan workloads for future product and platform changes?
Social Stories: Tales of ESN's
Documents:
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
This session will cover various use cases and scenarios around implementing social tools in the organization. If your organization is considering implementing social tools or has implemented them and would like to know how other organizations have incorporated social this session is for you. We will cover various scenarios and implementation tools and how those match up to the social journey.

Speaker(s)

Cory Williams
Busiess Productivity Practice Manager
Cardinal Solutions
The Evolution of the Intranet: Why Collaborative Intranets are More Critical Than Ever
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
The Intranet as we know it has changed dramatically over the years. Yet, we still see organizations using it today as they did 20 years ago. Sure, we've updated our code to HTML 5 and added fancy graphics and rotating banners, but with 20 years under our belts, have we learned anything from the past? Are we really adapting to changes in technology? Do we know how users want to work today? Is there any business value in having an Intranet? Does our organization even need an Intranet today?

In this session, we will tackle these questions and more, taking an in-depth look into how the Intranet has changed over the past two decades, and what organizations can start doing today to create real ROI, drive better user adoption and engagement, and have more than just a pretty homepage.

Speaker(s)

Curtis Hughes
Managing Partner and SharePoint Practice Director
C5 Insight
True Confessions of Host Named Site Collections in SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Host named site collections are the preferred way to configure site collections in SharePoint 2013, especially for large farms. In this session, you'll learn how to transition from path based to host named site collections, how restore host named site collections between farms, and when you might not want to use host named site collections. I'll also share some tips and tricks from recent experience with migrating from SharePoint 2010 to show you how host named site collections can help you to avoid some common upgrade issues.

Speaker(s)

Bonnie Springer
Information Systems Engineer
SAS
Understanding Task Aggregation in SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User
A new feature in SharePoint 2013 called Task Aggregation relies on the Work Management service and allows users to aggregate and synchronize tasks between Project Server, Exchange and SharePoint. Documentation on properly implementing it has been sparse and configuration specifics can be confusing if not done correctly. This session will demo its capabilities and simplify the steps to successfully configure the Work Management service enabling you to provide robust task aggregation functionality throughout your on premise farm. Some configuration specifics in Central Admin and PowerShell will be covered, but IT Professionals and Users alike will gain a solid understanding of this feature’s undocumented functionality and common troubleshooting steps.

Speaker(s)

Paul Wood
Senior SharePoint Engineer
SunTrust
Unwrapping the black box: Advanced SharePoint troubleshooting and forensics
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint can often feel like a black box, and with little to no knowledge of internal workings, troubleshooting can be daunting. In this session, I remind you that SharePoint is nothing more than ASP.NET Web Forms and apply some of the same troubleshooting techniques to get you out of the dark. I will also delve into some SharePoint specific tools and demonstrate actual errors and troubleshooting where the resolution requires reading Microsoft SharePoint code.

Tools/Techniques
•    Internet Explorer F12 Developer Tools
•    Fiddler2
•    Developer Dashboard
•    ULS Viewer
•    SharePoint Manager
•    Reflector/ILSpy
•    SQL Profiler

Speaker(s)

Steve Lineberry
Senior IT Architect - SharePoint
Skanska USA
Updating SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint 2013 has become much more complex when updating the environment. You have Office Web Apps which do not support Windows Update, you have SharePoint that requires separate updates for SSRS, SharePoint, and App Fabric. Let's walk through some tips, tricks, and processes around updating SharePoint in a consistent and timely fashion using System Center Orchestrator, PowerShell, and SCCM.

Speaker(s)

Ben Adams
Senior Consultant
Solutions For Life Consulting, LLC
User Profiles: I Didn't Know I Could Do That??
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Many think that the User Profile service is simply used for connecting SharePoint to Active Directory so that the attributes can be synced into their user profiles in SharePoint. They also know they can add really cool pictures to their profile along with some additional information that the others can see if you give them the ability to.

User profiles are so much more than that and I could talk for hours about all the great things that it can do. Many don't realize it but you can increase user adoption by implementing some of cool features and connections to other service applications such as Managed Metadata and Search. In this session we go through the configuration of the user profile service application and the integration with the other service applications to build your one stop shop for company information.

Areas that will be covered in this session:

•    Custom User Properties
•    Deeper Active Directory Integration
•    Social
•    Relevant Searching
•    Company Directory
•    Deep Dive into a Profile
•    Audiences
•    MySites

Speaker(s)

Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Using SharePoint’s REST API with JavaScript/jQuery for building client-side solutions
Level: 200
Track: Developer
So you need to get some data out of SharePoint, show it to your users in a non-utilitarian way, but don't have time to build a full .NET Web Part? Find a List DataView too limiting and XSLT too painful? SharePoint's REST API is simply sending a GET or POST in the URL to SharePoint, just like we do for retrieving web pages or submitting a form.

In this presentation we'll go through the basics of using the API and then show the creation of several widgets to enhance any site's functionality.

Speaker(s)

Visio 2013, Visio services and SharePoint Online.
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
In this session I am going to demonstrate the power of Visio 2013, Visio services with SharePoint Online.
I am going to walk through the process of building a Visio diagram and make external connections to SharePoint Online lists. Finally, using the same Visio diagram will create web parts and connections.
Below are links to the two articles I aposted regarding this topic. In this session I will combine the two.

Build Visio 2013 diagram for SharePoint online
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/25853.build-visio-2013-diagram-for-sharepoint-online.aspx

SharePoint Online with Visio Services
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/25870.sharepoint-online-with-visio-services.aspx

Speaker(s)

Daniel Christian
Sr Engineer | Speaker | Blogger

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