Sessions

2013 Workflow Basics in Plain English for Business Users
Level: 200
Track: End-User
This session is an introduction for Business Users to SharePoint 2013 Workflow using SharePoint Designer (SPD). We’ll review terminology, what is new in 2013, what has been removed that was available in 2010, and how you can still run your SPD 2010 workflows in 2013.

We won’t talk about the how the backend works, but will focus on all the cool new stuff you can do once Workflow is up and running in your 2013 environment. We'll also review some examples of workflows and when you should choose between 2010 or 2013 workflows. Whether you are a power user looking to solve a problem by creating a workflow, or an end user that is working with someone who is creating your workflow on your behalf, this session will give you the knowledge and terminology to know where to begin.

Speaker(s)

23 Ways To Get Better At SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: Developer
One of the most common questions I hear from people that are relatively new to SharePoint is what are the best ways to learn administration or learn development. As big as SharePoint is, this can be a difficult question to answer and people can waste a lot of time and money both on books and training classes. In this presentation, I will discuss and share examples of specific resources and techniques that I've employed to learn more about SharePoint administration and development and advance my career in both areas. I'll talk about what's worked for me, what hasn't worked, and what I'm doing now to learn more about the current SharePoint platform and prepare for the next release.
7 Steps to a Creating a Successful SharePoint Recovery Plan
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint professionals are proficient at day to day SharePoint operations. However, to excel, SharePoint IT professionals need to manage the health of the SharePoint environment under all circumstances. This session will educate and prepare the audience to create an actionable and practical SharePoint recovery plan. The session will present a 7 step plan to build and manage the recovery plan, including discussion of business issues that can also impact or derail successful recovery. By the end of the session, attendees can immediately begin to implement the 7 step methodology, creating value with each new step.

Speaker(s)

Paul LaPorte
Director of Product Marketing
Metalogix
Access to Azure: Extending Office 365 into the Cloud
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
With Office 365/2013, Access became a first-class development platform for SharePoint, with the UI hosted in Access Services and the database in Azure SQL Database. Haviing the back-end in Azure opens up a whole new set of opportunites for developers to extend the Access App into the cloud. Join us as we develop and deploy an Access App in SharePoint, and then extend it into an ASP.NET MVC web application, Excel charts, and a Windows Phone 8 app!

Speaker(s)

George Young
President
Dawson Butte Software
Administering SharePoint Online with Windows PowerShell
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
In this session we’ll review the options we have as administrators and developers for managing and automating our Office 365 SharePoint environment using Windows PowerShell. We’ll start off by examining the various cmdlets that Microsoft has provided us for managing our environment and then we’ll move into more advanced topics such as using the client-side object model (CSOM) and the REST API to work at a more granular level that what is allowed with the Microsoft provided cmdlets. And finally, we’ll wrap up by examining my open source SharePoint Online cmdlets as a real-world example demonstrating some simple and quick ways to work with SharePoint Online. This session will be fast paced and will cover numerous developer oriented topics that may be new to many administrators so having a developer background will help but is not required.
Bringing Web Best Practices to SharePoint Intranets
Level: 100
Track: End-User
An intranet is nothing more than an internal-facing website, and most people use it like they use any other website on the Internet. Its often only us, in the SharePoint world, that get caught up in the tool and functionality that makes an intranet work.

Join Virgil Carroll as he shares his 16+ years of web building experience in the guise of a top 10 SharePoint intranet best practices discussion. From content to functionality, to how people really use it ... this discussion will change the way you think about how you deliver your intranet today.

Speaker(s)

Everyone Loves SharePoint. Keys to training for successful implementatons
Level: 100
Track: Business
Adults learn in a variety of ways and much different from kids. Many of the traditional training techniques are used, but few really work for everyone. In this session, you will explore the different learning styles in the VARK model, the different ways to train users on SharePoint and what works best for different situations. Techniques include traditional classroom to coaching to gamification. Things to think about from day to day or when planning your next training session
Increasing SharePoint Mobile user productivity & efficiency
Level: 100
Track: Business
Have an idea for a SharePoint Mobile solution that would be helpful for your organization? However you don’t know where to get started. In this session I will outline a mobile strategy and show you options for creating SharePoint Mobile solutions.

Speaker(s)

Anthony Pham
Product Support Manager
KWizCom
Intro to App Model Development for Office 365 / SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Designing SharePoint solutions has rapidly changed between 2007, 2010, and since 2013. The App Model is bringing a store experience and reach to millions of potential users with Office licenses. It also brings a common approach to Office 365, SharePoint and Office client applications. This session will overview the historical approaches, highlight effective current approaches, reasons for the change, and expose some tools, examples and resources for the ongoing SharePoint developer enthusiast.

Speaker(s)

Dave  Milner
Solutions Architect
Phoenix Rise Solutions
Keynote: Realigning SharePoint for the vNext Social Organization
Level: 100
Track: Business
The world is witnessing the dawn of the social organization, with rapidly evolving solutions that impact team dynamics, collaboration, and real-time communication. For many managers, it can difficult keeping up with all of the new features and shifting roadmaps coming out of Microsoft. New options within SharePoint, Office 365 and Yammer are exciting, but many teams struggle to develop a social strategy that aligns with their business needs. This keynote will provide attendees with insights into the changes required to move from document-centric collaboration toward the vNext social organization, sharing real-world examples and guidance to help them make more informed choices as they develop social strategies for their own organizations.
Let's take this outside: Migrating your On-Premise environment to SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Thinking about moving your current SharePoint to the cloud? Concerned you might lose some key functionality or data? Join us and let's discuss the best practices, tools, techniques, and strategy to make sure that migration to Office 365 doesn't impact your current processes or content.

Speaker(s)

Steve Tonkin
Lead SharePoint Consultant
Rightpoint
Leveraging Collaboration to Drive Innovation
Level: 100
Track: Business
Topic: Leveraging Collaboration To Drive Innovation
The ability to innovate within a collaborative structure is a top strategic priority of global CEO's and CIO's. The technology industry is no respecter of tradition; a business needs to continue to innovate and re-invent its business to achieve competitive advantage. Collaboration is a key component within the innovation process model. We will review an effective Innovation Model and the keys to building a culture of innovation within your business.

Speaker(s)

Kerry Dirks (MCP, CSM, MS)
Manager Consultant, SharePoint Solution Architect
Sogeti USA
Leveraging External Data in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: 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)

Making Sense of SharePoint and Business Intelligence
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
- 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.
Making SharePoint Not Look Like SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User
This all-demo session will focus on branding SharePoint at three different effort levels including:
Low-Effort Branding: SharePoint user interface only updates and edits to create a powerful looking branding message.
Medium-Effort Branding: attaching a custom style sheet; adding some html, CSS, and JavaScript to pages via webparts to further enhance the look and feel of SharePoint.
High-Effort Branding: Using Design Manager and adding a custom masterpage, custom page layout, and code Snippets to achieve a total site makeover.

Speaker(s)

David McGuffin
Senior Consultant
ECS Team
Managing SharePoint On Prem vs Online: Compare and Contrast
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
The purpose of this session is to outline the major administrative differences between SharePoint on prem and SharePoint Online, comparing reporting, auditing, and information governance differences between the platforms. The intent is to help organizations make informed decisions about what it will take to transition to SharePoint in the cloud, either through a hybrid model or moving entirely to the cloud. In addition to showing administrative capabilities of both platforms, the session will walk through some management considerations for hybrid planning.
Migrating SharePoint ! WHY? WHAT? HOW?
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
This session will focus on understanding the 4 layers involved during a migration project. What are the key business considerations behind a successful migration? Why you should carefully understand the base platform needs ahead of a migration and what are some of the key aspects learned about migrations. Both successful and unsuccessful !
Office 365: Is Governance Affected and Where Do We Start?
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
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
Project Management with SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: End-User
Learn to configure your SharePoint site to provide a collaboration space for project teams. Such project management processes as change control tracking, risk management and progress/status reporting will be made simple for end users.

Speaker(s)

Bryan Murrell
Senior SharePoint Administrator
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Quick and Easy SharePoint FAQ App Using AngularJS
Level: 300
Track: Developer
Please join me for an in depth look into how to create a SharePoint FAQ App using AngularJS. We’ll skip the boring slides and dive right into the code. Be prepared to start with a bare bones SharePoint app and end with a fully functional, nice to look at, stand-alone Frequently Asked Questions app. AngularJS is at the heart of this app making things fit together smoothly while keeping the amount of code we have to write to a minimum. We’ll even throw in some JSOM utilizing the REST API for fun!
Responsive Branding for SharePoint and O365
Level: 200
Track: Office 365
The material in this session address how responsive branding works, with a specific focus on how to make it work in SharePoint 2013 and O365. The session covers the primary stages of creating a custom responsive
brand for SharePoint and looks at how the concept of ‘responsive’ affects page layout and IA decisions that are key to the successful outcome of a responsive project. Session attendees can expect to walk away with an understanding of what ‘responsive’ means, an example of the framework that makes responsive branding work, and ideas to inspire the building of a professional responsive brand.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Workloads on Azure
Level: 100
Track: Business
In this 100-level discussion, Martin Wells will discuss considerations of hosting SharePoint on Microsoft’s Azure for various workloads, including intranet, extranet, and public facing websites. What are the benefits of hosting SharePoint on Azure in comparison to Office 365 or other cloud solution? How complicated is system architecture, and what should be on premise or hybrid? This session is intended for project managers and architects interested in a discussion of real world examples of Azure.
Understanding and Using Yammer
Level: 100
Track: Business
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.

Speaker(s)

Kris Swanson
SharePoint Architect and Lead Trainer
Marquam Group
What is Office 365 and Why Should I Care?
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
In this session we will talk about what Office 365 is and how it can benefit your company. We will discussion the different options that are available including options for integrating your existing systems into Office 365. Come learn about Office 365 and get some new ideas that help your move to the cloud easier and more secure.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
Why are there so many ways to track work in Office 365?
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
Managing work in Office 365 is confusing! There are SO many ways to track tasks, it leaves you wondering which is the right tool for the job. Should I use Outlook tasks? When should I use a SharePoint task list? What's this Project Online thing? I've got projects... Can't I just use Excel?

I'll take you on a tour of the work management capabilities of the Office 365 tools and provide tips and tricks as to when to use which tool.
Your Branding SharePoint Initiation
Level: 100
Track: 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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