“Caching-In” for SharePoint Performance
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this lively and fast-paced session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform: object caching, BLOB caching, page output caching, the Office Web Applications’ cache, and SharePoint 2013’s new Distributed Cache service. We’ll examine each option in detail, discuss how it works, identify how it can be controlled, and cover common pitfalls that may impact its use. We’ll also step through a handful of “what if” scenarios at the end of the presentation to test audience knowledge (just for fun, of course!) Those who attend this session will leave with the knowledge needed to leverage and control caching in their own SharePoint environments.
An Introduction to the SharePoint 2013 App Model for Developers
Level: 300
Track: Developer
The App model is a new development/deployment model introduced with SharePoint 2013. When using this model all code runs outside of the SharePoint server, either running in the client browser or on another server in your network or in the cloud. Since code is not being deployed to the server, interaction with SharePoint will be done using the enhanced and extended client object model and REST services. In this session we’ll explore the App model and look at how to develop Apps using Visual Studio and a new web-based tool code-named “Napa”.


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.
Building Apps in Yammer 101
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 the different considerations for developing an app and the app store approval process. Naomi’s company has two apps in the Yammer app store and will share experiences from production environment standpoint as well as thinking about the business model as an app developer.


Getting everyone onto the same page with Visual Tools and Innovation Games
Level: 200
Track: Business
SharePoint projects are wickedly complex. The reasons are at least two-fold: (a) You are dealing with loosely defined big-picture issues like collaboration, information sharing, portal navigation and information organization; and (b) You are trying to define these solutions within the context of the social complexity that exists in all organizations. The result is that you end up with solutions that may satisfy some of your stakeholders, but which leave others disengaged, disenfranchised and disappointed. Getting to success is dependent on reaching a shared understanding, followed by a shared commitment from all of the participants and stakeholders.
We have discovered that visual tools can very quickly allow groups of people to get to shared understanding and commitment. We will share our techniques with you and teach you how to use free, or very inexpensive tools that allow you elicit your clients' goals. We then show you to prioritize, map and construct the solution.
We will cover the use of Gamestorming and Innovation Games that use the concepts of games to get to serious results in a much less painless way than the usual planning and requirements workshops. We will demonstrate the use of mind mapping for navigational design, taxonomy design, prioritization and capturing the thought process of a team via an interactive process.


Michelle Caldwell
Director of Collaboration
Ruven Gotz
Director, Digital Workplace Advisory
Governance, Planning, and End-users, OH-MY!! The yellow brick road to a successful SharePoint Migration
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
This session will cover Microsoft best practices around SharePoint Governance, as well as planning for a new SharePoint 2013 Environment. Will also talk about some tips and tricks on requirements gathering that others and I myself have used with end-users. The success of using Metalogix Content Matrix in assisting in migrations. Completing a migration using an Agile Work environment.


Zach Cochran
SharePoint Support Specialist
InfoPath Is Dead, now What?
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Let’s face it, InfoPath is on it’s way out and SharePoint Designer is a beast. Lucky for us the SharePoint Ecosystem has a variety of amazing vendor tools that can make creating forms and workflows quick and easy. In this session we look at a variety of tools and compare them to free/paid tools available from Microsoft. We will examine value, costs, and functionality as they compare directly to Microsoft tools. This is a must attend session for those people looking for alternatives to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer.


Intro to Content Web Parts: the sweetest way to view and manage content
Level: 200
Track: End-User
The Content Query Web Part in SP 2010/2013 and the Content Search Web Part in 2013 offer fantastic ways for you to display your data in unique ways without code. When you combine these web part with content types, metadata and audience targeting, you have a great way to bring information to your users, regardless of where the data may exist in the site collection, without being a programmer. Imagine finding everything you need in one location in SharePoint!

This session will show users real world examples of solving business needs with these out of the box web parts, such as targeted communications, content owner-maintenance views, dashboards and more. You'll also learn when you should use the Content Query and when you should use the Content Search in 2013. We will wrap up with tips and tricks for end users to get the most out of these awesome web parts.


Is Access Services 2013 In Your No-Code Solutions Toolbox?
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
If you haven't seen Access Services 2013, this session is for you! This is a very different product than the SharePoint 2010 version. Access Services uses a SharePoint subsite as a front-end for a SQL Server database. MS Access 2013 is used to create and maintain the database as well as for creating and maintaining web forms and views. If you have ever "forced" data into a SharePoint list that probably should have been in a relational database, you'll want to attend this session. Access Services 2013 is a "must have" in your no-code solutions toolbox.


JavaScript in SharePoint – Lessons Learned from the Field
Level: 200
Track: Developer
JavaScript has been an important technology in web development, and also plays a
significant part in the SharePoint platform. While JavaScript has often been used to
‘force’ certain enhancements into the UI, it has since been incorporated more
formally through the client side object model. With all the different options,
iterations, and libraries available, it’s important to understand the best ways to use it
correctly, and how to identify when to use it as well. In this talk, we’ll discuss many
aspects of JavaScript development in SharePoint that I learned while working with
various clients on SharePoint projects. We’ll give some introduction to JavaScript,
jQuery, and SharePoint, and also discuss the tools available. Finally, we’ll cover 4
distinct Lessons Learned, and how they can play into your overall SharePoint


Ricardo Wilkins
SharePoint Solutions Architect
Leave the Fileshare, and join the Enterprise Content Revolution!
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Fileshares and folders have been the bread and butter for Enterprise Content Management for a very long time. They've served their purpose, and they were great at one time - but it's time to leave them for a better, smarter solution. Enterprise Content Management in SharePoint Server is here to stay - and simply migrating your fileshare data into a more robust and intelligent structure can help you better find and manage your enterprise data.

In this session, we'll look at an example of a fileshare and how we can very easily redefine our Enterprise Content Management strategy using SharePoint Server as the platform. Attendees will witness how easy it can be to add and categorize content using out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality - and how you can start to use Enterprise Content Management to better serve your business.
Making The Leap - When to choose on-premises, Cloud or Hybrid for SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: 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”.
Office 365 with Directory Sync and SSO
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
This session details the options and considerations when expanding a pilot Office 365 environment into a production deployment. Unlike on-premises implementations, IT professionals can scale out their Office 365 tenants with ease. However, with added scale, it is important to start to automate user provisioning, add a production domain and set up the desired workloads.

Focus: One Account for ALL
What is DirSync?
Purpose – What does it do?
Understanding Synchronization
Understanding Coexistence


Aashish Warty
Evangelist, Senior Manager
MPS Partners
SharePoint 2010/2013 for ASP.NET Developers
Level: 200
Track: Developer
SharePoint is an awesome tool. It allows you to build web sites, manage lists of data, collaborate on documents, and so much more – all done through a simple, easy to use, web interface. Even better, SharePoint is built on top of ASP.NET. So, when the platform doesn't have the functionality you need, you can extend it using the tools in Visual Studio and the SharePoint developer APIs. Unfortunately it's not all wine and roses. In addition to your ASP.NET development experience you'll need to learn SharePoint specific concepts, practices and terminology. This session is covers the SharePoint architecture, developer tools, APIs, and the different packaging and deployment models. Its goal is to give you enough to get started developing on the SharePoint platform while laying the foundation for further learning on the subject.


SharePoint Office 365 Governance... Should you do it? Can you do it?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
SharePoint’s greatest strengths – flexibility and ease of use – can also become its greatest weaknesses if you don’t adequately plan for tremendous growth and proliferation of SharePoint sites/usage. Office 365 greatly expands the governance challenges as it is so easy for anyone to create a new 365 subscription.

Topics will include:
• SharePoint Governance – the core issues are the same
• You must have a policy for the cloud, even if it’s just “don’t go there!”
• The unique issues of cloud based SharePoint
• The backup, auditing and security management challenges
• Dealing with external users

My Goals:
• To get you thinking
• To get you concerned
• To convince you to get started on a plan

The takeaways:
• More questions than answers! (homework!)
• A list of things to be concerned about.
• A motivation to have a plan.
• Most of your existing governance still applies.
• Office 365 is a moving target!
• The need to communicate the plan to the users of SharePoint.
• That a plan will never be complete, it will evolve as you integrate SharePoint into your enterprise, and as SharePoint Online evolves.

SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Each release of SharePoint has delivered new tools to make SharePoint sites sparkle, but few of these tools have been as exciting as SharePoint 2013’s Content Search Web Part (CSWP). Much like a Swiss Army Knife, the CSWP can be manipulated and configured in a multitude of ways. It can be used for everything from showing basic search results to displaying personalized content that is both interactive and dynamically generated. Whether you are using SharePoint on-premises or in the cloud, and whether you are “just” an end-user or a hard-core developer, the CSWP is one built-in web part you will want to understand in order to make your SharePoint sites shine. In this demo-heavy session, you will learn what you need to know to become productive with the CSWP in no time at all.
The Future of SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
The Future of SharePoint
Disruptive technologies are currently fundamentally transforming IT. What will these changes bring to Enterprise Collaboration, Business Intelligence and, specifically SharePoint? Perhaps more importantly, how will you fit into this brave new world?


Greg Deckler
Director - Enterprise Collaboration and Business Intelligence
The Tao of SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: Business
Organisations struggle to get the best out of SharePoint. Fact.
People are confused by SharePoint. Fact.
Even "experts" struggle to get their point across about SharePoint. Fact.

Taking a unique and unusual approach, this session approaches SharePoint from a different viewpoint - What would Bruce Lee say and do?

Yep, you read it right - what would Bruce Lee say and do to get the best out of SharePoint?

If Bruce Lee were alive, well and involved in SharePoint, how would he approach it? If you want to find out - come see this session. Informative, entertaining and certainly different, the Tao of SharePoint shines a light on the world of SharePoint like never before.


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