A Journey Towards Sustainable Business Capabilities Built on SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: Business
In this session we explore the case for a long term, Capability Maturity led approach to achieving a successful & defensible SharePoint deployment & ROI outcome.

This presentation will help delegates understand the need for alignment of strategy analysis, solution prioritization, incremental capability deployment strategies, Enterprise change readiness assessments & quantitative benefits realization.

We will explore why it takes so long to implement change & achieve high levels of maturity & process automation with relevant examples. The application of best practice from collaborative systems development, requirements engineering and organizational change is also considered
via “real life” examples & research.


Applying SharePoint to the Changes in the South African Business Environment
Level: 100
Track: Business
Changes in the Business Environment are necessitating changes in how we do business. How can we apply SharePoint to these issues, manage the change in business, ensure user adoption as well as outperform our competitors to ensure success.


Dinah Coetzer
Service Delivery Manager
GT Consult
Building interfaces using the REST API and jQuery
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User
We often want to display data from another site. In addition we want to build user friendly screens to display data easily. Rather than getting a dev to write you custom webpart that needs to be supported, this session will show you how to easily display content using the Rest API and jQuery to display the data in smooth interfaces

This technique will work in both Office 365 as well as on-premise as all techniques use front end code only.


Document Generation with OOTB SharePoint
Level: 300
Track: Developer, End-User, Business
Creating documents automatically by letting your users complete a form, then making use of a workflow to assemble a document from a Word Template


Extending Lists using InfoPath
Level: 200
Track: Business
Extending the limited functionality of OOTB lists using basic InfoPath functionality.


SharePoint Consultant
I’m a SharePoint Developer/Administrator/Analyst/Architect/Whatever - however, am I being paid enough?
Level: 100
Track: Business
We are going to be looking at the different Job Titles relating to SharePoint as far too many people are confused about what their key functions really are. We are also going to be looking at salaries related to these roles and to see if you fit into the correct salary band. Finally we will be discovering where the most lucrative place to work, in SharePoint, in South Africa is. Can you afford to miss this session?
Lessons Learned - User Adoption Do's and Don'ts
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
AEL Mining Serices is an old school Mining Company. Here is waht we did to roll out SharePoint. Learn from what we did right and don't make the same mistakes we did.
Line of Business (LOB) Integration made Easy
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Business today need to be able to rapidly integrate their often times SILO processes and make business decisions in a seamless process. The ability to normalize and/or aggregate systems that do not speak to each other, have their own security systems, and even may be on differing platform does present a challenge. In this session we will look at Nintex as a solution to solving these problems. We will look at LOB Systems and how they expose data and use Nintex Workflows to take these external sources of data along with existing or new business processes and do Business Process Automation thus solving these problems. This session will include a lot demos targeting some of these common business problems.
Microsoft Exams? Getting your MCSE for SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
What to be a Microsoft Certified Expert for SharePoint, but you have a lot of questions? Here are some of the questions that we will answer in this season, and more if you come through and ask.
Is it your first time writing a Microsoft Exam?
Do I have to be doing SharePoint as my job to write these exams?
What exams do I need to write and in what order?
What does it mean to have the qualification?
Does it help me in my day to day job?
Can I convince my boss that I need these exams, so that work will pay for them?
How much will it cost in total?
Steps to prepare for the exams and tips tricks and helping aids. (Books, spritz, learning videos, official practise exams and how MSDN can help)


Brian Murdoch
Senior SharePoint Administrator
Dimension Data
My SharePoint Home Truths – Things I know now that I wish I knew then
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
SharePoint is often a paradoxical experience. What you anticipate to be straightforward turns out to be pretty much as complex as astrophysics. Anticipate a BHAP (Big Hairy Audacious Problem) and the simplicity of the solution leaves you at a loss for words!

This session will take a look at the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in some of my SharePoint paradoxical experiences. Think: #Permissions #Governance #User_adoption #Folders #Standardisation #Metadata #Executive_sponsorship #business_case #Information_Architecture #Content_Types #Soft_skills #Taxonomy #Training #user_support #misery_in_numbers #First_follower


Planning for Upgrades
Level: 200
Track: Business
One does not simply upgrade to a new version of SharePoint, lots of planning must go into it from all angles. This is the view from the business side.


SAP and SharePoint , not only BCS
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
BCS can get information , however what happens when you need to send information?
SharePoint 2013 best practise plan sheet before you even install
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
What to do before you install SharePoint? What needs to be in place from a technical stand point?
In this session I will cover just that, and some tips and tricks for good measure too.

There is also the wonderful world of SQL which your SP farm relies on. What considerations do you need to know about to recommend to your DB backend team.
We will discuss best practise around the following
•    Servers & specs vs number of user
•    Best practise - Service accounts
•    Farming up vs farming out
•    Logging - what to log & where (Too much will kill you)
•    Search considerations
•    Caching
•    SQL related
o    Splitting of DB files
o    Autogrowth
o    File allocation size
•    And more


Andrew Thornton-Smith
Specialist SharePoint Consultant
SharePoint and EDRMS (Electronic Document and Records Management Solution) are we there yet?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
What are clients looking for? In answering this question, the session will look at SharePoint in ECM space, explore the pitfalls and how to close the gap to fully satisfy customer needs.


SQL Best Practices including tips and Tricks for optimizing your SharePoint Farm
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint has become the defacto EIM tool for many large organisations and this comes with a huge responsibility for SQL DBA’s and BI consultants alike. SQL is the heart and soul of any SharePoint Farm and in this session we will be focussing on:
•    What architectural considerations there are for SQL from SharePoint
•    Real-world SQL requirements for SharePoint
•    Simple tips and tricks for SQL before deploying SharePoint
•    Best practice scenario’s for SQL pertaining to SharePoint
Invariably, SharePoint Architects have to co-exist with SQL DBA’s without having to argue and or debate what is required. DBA’s armed with the items listed above will have a better understanding of SharePoint and will also be able to optimize the performance of SharePoint DB’s so as to ensure better overall performance.
The big scary topic called workflows
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Out of the Box and Custom Workflows, what is the difference, how it works and how to transform your site from collaboration "street art" to an automated masterpiece.


Carmen Nel
Senior SharePoint Specialist & Developer
CN Consult
The Conco SharePoint Adventure
Level: 100
Track: Business
How we revolutionised a company using SharePoint, some third party tools & the right partners. We will cover real world examples of how we took our systems from paper to WOW! This is an open and relaxed session to demonstrate & discuss a real world design and implementation of a SharePoint environment that has become the backbone of our company's IT implementation.
Wait, I'm supposed to what now?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint 2013 has introduced a lot of new web parts and seem to have dumped a few others. The old standby, content query web part has taken a back seat and new Content Search Web Part is touted as the latest and greatest. So what can you use it for? Is the content query web part still around? How do you roll up content in SharePoint 2013?
* No code was harmed in the making of presentation.


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
You want to do WHAT with my list!?
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
Is over engineering causing your “Quick Wins” to never realise?
In this session we will cover the following functionality with only lists and alerts, no workflow required.
• On-boarding System
• ISO Compliant Document Registry
• Audit Findings Register including Corrective and Preventive Measures
SharePoint End Users equipped with the items listed above will have a better understanding of SharePoint and will also be able to enrich their productivity and with these small iterative value adds, fast track their SharePoint maturity and success.


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