Sessions

2013 Workflow Basics in Plain English for Business Users
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
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.

Audience: Information Workers
Level: Overview
SharePoint Version: 2013, SharePoint Online
Prerequisites: Familiarity with 2010 workflows helpful

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A Beginner's Guide to Client Side Development with Javascript
Level: 200
Track: Developer
By now you may have heard that JavaScript is becoming a viable solution for SharePoint Development, but where do you get started? This session will start with some of the basics and introduce attendees to a few different Javascript libraries such as jQuery, Knockout, Bootstrap, etc. It will showcase SharePoint's REST API and provide some examples of how to conduct basic CRUD operations which you can repurpose for your own custom SharePoint Apps.
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”.

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Automating business processes using SharePoint Designer Workflows
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
An introduction to SharePoint designer workflows and how they can be used to automate common business processes. This includes a discussion of the types of workflow available, workflow best practices and common issues. This also includes a discussion of the changes in the SharePoint 2013 workflow model and a demo of a fully functional vacation request workflow created using SharePoint designer.

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Bootstrap for Beginners: Your intro to Responsive Design and SharePoint.
Level: 100
Track:
Bootstrap is a framework that is widely used in web development to create beautiful responsive websites. Applying this framework to SharePoint requires skill and patience. In this session, we will begin with a basic mock-up of a site. We will review how to break-down the elements of the mock-up and being the mark-up for your master page and page layout using Bootstrap. You will learn the basic structure, language and CSS resets needed to help adapt this framework to your SharePoint project.

By the end of this session, you will have a basic SharePoint site that you will be able to continue to develop on and create your own vision of a publishing portal in SharePoint 2013.
Build your business portal on office 365 : the social company
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Through this session we will show how a manufacturing company can combine its business applications and infrastructure on premise with Office 365. This allows the company to upgrade its whole information system to a business portal having its collaboration workspaces, social workspaces and custom business applications. Our company will then capitalize on its employees ideas with social and have a clear knowledge of what is its status with business intelligence.

Speaker(s)

Fabrice Vaxelaire
Cloud Solutions Architect
Build Your Own SharePoint 2013 Development Environment
Level: 100
Track: Developer
If you are developer and would like to explore/learn various aspects of SharePoint but can’t do that because you don’t have required access, then this session is for you. This demo driven session will cover how to build your own SharePoint 2013 development environment. We will explore various options currently available and the best practices that you can use to build your own development environment. The techniques discussed in this session can be used to build SharePoint 2010 development environment as well.
You will learn:
*SharePoint 2013 Development Overview
*SharePoint 2013 development environment options
*Architecture Decisions for building SharePoint 2013 Development Environment
Building High Performance and Scalable SharePoint Applications
Level: 400
Track: Developer
This talk is for architects and lead developers who are tasked to build high performance and scalable applications suitable for large organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, the military, universities, or other large audiences. Concepts in this talk can also be used to validate your applications built for smaller companies and organizations. Audience members should either be familiar with the server-side development model or be an experienced architect or project manager familiar with guiding application development teams that require quick response times for their users.
Building SharePoint Solutions with KnockoutJS
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Building SharePoint solutions is changing a lot. Just a few years ago, creating an entire application client-side seemed to many like a foolhardy idea. However, with the maturing of many solid JavaScript development tools and frameworks, it's not only possible, but in many cases preferable to server-side development.

In this session, we'll look at how you can use KnockoutJS as part of your development toolkit. Whether you're building on SharePoint 2007 with SPServices as the data layer or in SharePoint 2013 using REST, KnockoutJS can help you build rock solid SharePoint solutions that are adaptive and maintainable.
Content Types in Thought and Action
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Do you need to standardize how data is collected organization-wide? Ever need to store slightly different data in the same list? Content types can be the answer. Find out what a content type is and why you may want to create your own content types. In live demos, we’ll create new custom content types and use them in lists and libraries. Then, we’ll create custom SharePoint Designer workflows that can run anywhere our custom content types are used. Finally, we’ll discuss creating policies for such things as automatically moving, deleting or preventing the deletion of items based on the content types that we have created. Come and find out how to unlock the power of content types and how to unleash that power in your site collection.

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Deep Dive into Delve
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Microsoft has began rolling out Delve within O365 as "a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life". Announced at SPC2014 as "codename Oslo" and powered by the new Office Graph, Delve is an intriguing application that displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.

In this session, we will do a quick tour of Delve and then take you deep. You will learn what information currently feeds the office graph across SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Yammer, and Exchange Online, and how you can best take advantage of it. We'll show how to code using the Graph Query Language (GQL). We'll poke under the covers to give you a sense of how the machine learning under the hook works. We'll cover the strengths and weaknesses of delve today and cover the upcoming roadmap from Microsoft.

Delve is still evolving fast, even as it rolls out. Come to this session, have some fun, and leave with some valuable insight.
How to use SP2013, O365 and Yammer to create a knowledge Social Network across your organization.
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
Internal communication is the source of your company knowledge. During this workshop, we will talk about Knowledge Management and particularly how to capitalize on all your internal communication content.

Using real-life examples, you will see how to use SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and Yammer to create a Knowledge Social Network across your organization and out of your boundaries, with external partners or customers.
Through this example, you will learn the differences between using social in SharePoint 2013 and Yammer, and how to build the foundation for an efficient Corporate Social Graph strategy.

By the end of this workshop you will learn:
• How to choose between SharePoint 2013 and Yammer to start your Social Network initiative
• How to use Yammer in SharePoint Online and On-Premise
• What your Corporate Social Graph is and how to use it to optimize your Knowledge Management process

Speaker(s)

Nicolas Georgeault
Founder - Enteprise Solutions Architect - SharePoint Senior Architect
MuBrain Inc.
Innovate New Products & Services with the Power of Enterprise Social Graphing
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
You may have heard about the Social Graph in Facebook and Google but wondered how this kind of technology can be made use of in the enterprise? Delve into this future looking session with the social intelligence of OfficeGraph, SharePoint and big data reporting services to learn more about your internal users and consumers from your public facing sites. Naomi will demonstrate use cases that show how SharePoint can be the glue between innovative applications of big data and enterprise reporting to glean insights for your organization. We won’t get into code in this session, but this more advanced session will instead focus on new tools and novel ways to combine information to get insights.

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Integrating Office Web Apps with SharePoint 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
The Microsoft Office Web Applications that were once configured and managed as a service application in SharePoint 2010 are configured and managed completely different in SharePoint 2013. The Office Web Applications (OWA) are now created in an Office Web Apps farm, which allows you to create a universal Office Web App environment that can host multiple SharePoint farms, as well as communicate with Lync and Exchange servers. The OWA farm allows users to create, edit, and share content using browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Furthermore, OWA can be configured to enhance the users search experience by providing a document preview or thumbnail that is viewable from within the search result set. This session will discuss how and why you will want to implement the new Office Web Apps and the many benefits of doing so.

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Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
Intro to SharePoint 2013 Branding
Level: 100
Track: Developer, End-User
This session is all about the SharePoint branding process and in particular, the techniques you will need to know in order to brand SharePoint 2013 sites. With the release of 2013 comes a number of enhancements including new theming capabilities, composed looks, image renditions, managed meta data navigation, design manager, snippet gallery and device channels. All of these new features will be covered along with utilizing the design manager process to achieve custom look and feel for your site.
Learning Through Collaboration and The Wisdom of Crowds
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business
How can SharePoint benefit your company as an organizational learning tool? SharePoint has knowledge base functionality in its wiki, blog, and video capabilities, but these tools focus on documented knowledge. In this session, using the social features of SharePoint—such as newsfeeds, community sites, My Sites, and Yammer—we will capture undocumented knowledge to convert conversation into content. We will also examine how additional SharePoint features, such as content types and metadata, enhance Search and transform content into knowledge. This session will focus on SharePoint 2013 but also applies to SharePoint 2010.

Speaker(s)

Theresa Eller
System Administrator III - SharePoint
IBERIABANK
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.

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Migration Pitfalls from Hell. Scary things that you should know about Migrations to SharePoint.
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, Business
This is a Worst-Practices Session.
We know that Migration Tools are essential for Migrating Content, Upgrading, and Managing Consistenccy across platforms.
We also know from experience that the vendors dont tell you the things the tools wont do, wont do well, or how to re-do.

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Must Love Term Sets: The New and Improved Managed Metadata Service in SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User
SharePoint gives user plenty of rope to hoist or hang themselves while implementing their taxonomy. The second generation of the Managed Metadata Service in SharePoint 2013 provides capabilities above and beyond the traditional uses for term sets with extended properties, pinning, and hashtags. Understanding how to work with managed metadata, the benefits, and which metadata should be managed in the first place will help SharePoint help you facilitate your information architecture. Using these powers wisely can lead to elegant implementations for navigation hierarchies, key filters, content management, catalogs, and social.
This session assumes a basic end user knowledge of site structures, list and library behavior, metadata, navigation, and search in SharePoint.

Speaker(s)

Jonathan Ralton
Senior Information Architect
BlueMetal
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.

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David Pileggi
Passionate SharePoint Consultant
M@DSoft
Office 365 - Considerations for a Hybrid Deployment
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
While Office 365 can itself be a stand-alone deployment, there are many situations where a hybrid deployment (having both an on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory as well as a cloud-based deployment) makes sense for organizations. These situations may include a temporary hybrid deployment for a staged migration to the cloud, or, a long-term hybrid deployment, utilizing the best of both worlds.

This session will discuss not just SharePoint, but the whole Office 365 offering, and what to take into consideration when deploying a hybrid environment - as well as walking through some of the tools and functionality involved.

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Geoff Varosky
Architect & Chief Evangelist
Jornata
PowerBI - Take your business intelligence to the next level with o365
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Explores hybrid scenarios with PowerBI and the data management gateway to connect on premise data sources with the analytic offerings of PowerBI in office 365

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Dave Feldman
Associate Director Collaboration Architecture
Providing SharePoint solutions in an FDA Regulated Environment
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
Working with SharePoint in a Biotech/Pharma environment results in dealing with regulations from the FDA. Unlike regulations for SOX (finance) and HIPA (patient privacy) compliance, GxP regulations are designed to prevent the harm or death of humans and that importance must be understood. However, GxP regulations are vague, subject to some interpretation and can be confusing for the uninitiated.
This talk will explain why the FDA exists, what the regulation categories mean and how companies struggle have with interpreting and acting upon the regulations. Understanding the scientific culture, the politics of the scientific community as well as the big vs. small company needs will be explored. Understanding the inconsistencies between different companies in their approach to GxP compliance presents a challenge to providing consistent solutions. A discussion on how validation differs in the Biotech world vs. everyone else and why the cost of keeping up prevents this segment of business from keeping up with the latest and greatest updates. Lastly, how using a risk-based approach to make the non-GxP vs. GxP decision will prevent audit findings.
Search Topology and Optimization
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Come join us to learn about the SharePoint 2013 Search Topology and how it differs from 2010. In this session, we will be explaining the details of all search components, how to properly configure your search topology, and your options to extend your search farm in a hybrid “cloud/on-prem” scenario. This session will explain what you need to consider to design your search, in order to handle your organization's needs. We will dive 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.
Share Point for the Non-technical User; Where Do I Start?"
Level: 100
Track: End-User

The presentation is called "Share Point for the Non-technical User; Where Do I Start?"

"We will cover the basics of navigating your company's website" How do I get there? Where do I find my documents? Who can access my documents? and Why do I want to use Share Point and the basics of searching"

This is a 30 to 40 minute presentation and I will then try to address additional questions.

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Consultant
SharePoint for Marketing: Take another look at the WCM you already own.
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
If you set out to convince your marketing team that the best platform for their public facing website is SharePoint you have a tough sell. That said, you owe it to the marketers in your organization to try. What many marketers may not yet realize is that SharePoint 2013 fundamentally changes the calculation of SharePoint’s suitability for delivering a modern site experience. Improved markup, SEO enhancements, analytics and search-driven publishing have transformed SharePoint 2013 into a true, customer experience management (CXM) platform. In fact, SharePoint 2013 leapfrogs the CXM capabilities of many of the more “marketing-friendly” WCM platforms.

In this overview session, Eric Darbe will translate how the technical bits translate into real world marketing benefits. Darbe will walk you through all that marketing would gain from building their next public facing website on SharePoint 2013 and help you prepare to make the case.

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Eric Darbe
Director of Marketing
Akumina
SharePoint Online Management and Control
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
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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The SharePoint & jQuery Guide
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Client-side development using things like jQuery and JavaScript in SharePoint is becoming more and more critical to your business' success every day, and with the new release of SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft's cloud momentum, it will only become more important. No matter which version of SharePoint you are using, this session will show you how to get started with jQuery or to build upon your existing tool set. In this fast, fun, demo-packed class, you will learn:

"What's possible," including visual enhancements and practical business intelligence
Best practices for deploying and maintaining SharePoint
How to get quick wins with little effort using third-party jQuery libraries
How to interact with SharePoint forms and lists using JavaScript and jQuery

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Top misconfiguration issues for SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
In this sessions you will learn about the top 10 misconfiguration issues we find when SharePoint is installed by someone that does not have much SharePoint 2013 experience. You will learn how to avoid (or fix) these issues.
User Profiles: I Didn't Know I Could Do That??
Level: 200
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

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Stacy Deere-Strole
Sr. SharePoint Solutions Architect - Business Owner
Focal Point Solutions, LLC
Workflow Magic: Mastering the New Workflow in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
Level: 300
Track: Developer
SharePoint 2013’s new workflow engine is powerful and clean, yet remains a mystery to most SharePoint professionals. In this session you’ll learn about the new workflow architecture and its advantages, and see how to set up Workflow Manager in a test environment. From there you’ll see how to develop workflows using SharePoint Designer (with Visio integration!) and how to build reusable workflows and workflow actions in Visual Studio 2013. In the process, you’ll learn how to elevate permissions using the new App model, how to call SharePoint’s RESTful API’s from a workflow, and much more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take workflow to a new level with this exciting new version!

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Workshop: Create your own SharePoint 2013 dev./ test VM, Live!
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Get ready to create your own SharePoint 2013 dev./ test VM from scratch using a single click installation PowerShell scripts that not only installs SharePoint but also prepares it for the installation. In this deep dive session we will:
1. Go through the hands-on of creating a new dev. VM with Windows Server 2012 from scratch
2. Do a walkthrough of the 1-click script and package that will configure the VM, configure a local Active Directory on the VM, install and prepare SQL server 2012/ 2014 for SharePoint 2013 and then install and configure SharePoint 2013 on it.
3. Finally we will customize the scripts so you can walk away with your own ready to run single click installation package
Upfront software and script download information and steps will be provided through the speakers blog at: http://gauravmahajan.net so you can follow along and create your own ready to click SharePoint installation package. Help will be available after the session as well in case you'd like to start your SharePoint installation while at the event and subsequently walk away with your very own copy of a VM with SharePoint installed and operational on it.

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