Sessions

Build a Custom Web part using HTML, JavaScript, & the REST API in SharePoint Online
Level: 100
Track: Developer
We'll explore how you can utilize HTML, JavaScript, the XML Viewer Web Part, and the REST API to build custom solutions in SharePoint Online and 2013. SharePoint development can be complex and requires knowledge of several different technologies. Luckily SharePoint exposes a ton of functionality through its REST API which allows for anyone comfortable building HTML pages and using JavaScript to build simple to complex web parts for use in their SharePoint environment. Best of all, development can be done via any browser and using any HTML editor!

In this session:
•We'll review the solution and the bits needed to make it work
•We'll review the REST API to see how to retrieve and manipulate data
•Walk through some real world demos and complete solutions in action
•Review the pros and cons of this technique

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Build It and They Will Come: SharePoint 2013 User Adoption
Level: 100
Track: End-User
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
Building Apps in Yammer 101
Level: 100
Track: Special Interest
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.

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Customizing The SharePoint Ribbon with Javascipt/jQuery
Level: 300
Track: Developer
This session will show you how to add functionality to the SharePoint Ribbon using client script. It allows users that may not have access to other tools the ability to add some nice features to the ribbon. We will start with what you can do with the full toolset to see what things look like and then move on to the full set of functions that can be done with client code.

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Daniel Walker
SharePoint Developer
Driving Business Value with Enterprise Social
Level: 100
Track: Business
This session will focus on how organizations are driving business value with enterprise social. It will cover why organizations have to rethink their work and communication styles to stay competitive by becoming more responsive to an ever-changing environment and their fluctuating customer needs. Innovative companies assess their own workplace, encourage employees to act beyond their job descriptions, and then empower individuals to be creative and collaborative beyond the normal work routine. This session will cover why companies are making the shift to more responsive organizations, how enterprise social fits, and key steps to starting your own social journey.

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Matthew Ontell
Director of Customer Success
Microsoft
Enterprise Content Management - Document Management with the Content Type HUB
Level: 200
Track: End-User
Kick off your Enterprise Content Management by planning your taxonomy. Next, improve your ECM by implementing the Content Type HUB. The Content Type Hub is a central location that allows you to manage and publish your content types. Web applications can subscribe to this hub and retrieve the published content types (and subsequent updates). Creating the Content Type HUB can be monotonous. Therefore, I’ll also review the creation of the Content Type HUB with PowerShell.

Speaker(s)

James Hunter
Senior SharePoint Architect
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

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Liz  Sundet
Director of Business Relationship Management
Focal Point Solutions
Get creative with SharePoint out of the box functionality
Level: 200
Track: End-User
Coming up with unique and creative ideas using SharePoint out of the box tools is critical for SharePoint administrators and Power Users. This session will demonstrate some creative thinking when presented with what at first appears to be complex requirements. It will also show how a little creativity in your approach to implementation can deliver unique solutions without the need for any custom code.
We will cover:
1.    Opening Explorer View from a button on a page
2.    Custom ribbon actions
3.    Adding user required input to kick off Designer workflows
4.    Setting anonymous access on SharePoint 2013 lists and libraries

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Owner and Director of SharePoint Operations
XSPECTS, Inc.
Getting Started with Cross Site Publishing in SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: Special Interest
Cross site publishing lets users store contents in one or more authoring site collection and the content can be displayed and serviced in different target site collections. In this demo driven session, we will cover how power users can use Cross Site Publishing to share contents. This session will also cover tips and tricks of Using Cross Site Publishing.
Prerequisite: Familiar with SharePoint List, Libraries, Site Collections.
How to implement SQL Server Reporting Services in your SharePoint environment
Level: 200
Track: Special Interest
This session will address how to use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to build reports against SharePoint lists and deploy them in a farm configured for SSRS. It won't address the installation side of things. Rather we'll address how to use SSRS with SharePoint lists as the data source and build reports and charts from them. We will address what versions of SSRS and SharePoint work together and some of the differences between versions. We'll discuss using the Business Intelligence Design Studio (BIDS) with Visual Studio to build reports for pre-2012 solutions, and then look at the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) to build reports from 2012 forward.

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Intro to InfoPath
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
InfoPath is a powerful tool especially in concert with SharePoint. InfoPath is also not as understood as it could be. In this session, attendees will learn not only what InfoPath is but will also get some examples on how InfoPath can work for them and why it is so powerful. The version used for the session will be InfoPath 2013 on Office 365’s SharePoint Online platform
Life After InfoPath: Forms and Workflow in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Microsoft’s announced earlier this year that they will be ‘sunsetting’ InfoPath and the current release (InfoPath 2013) will be its last. The fact that they are yet to announce what their next generation of Forms technology will be or a clear migration roadmap as sent many organizations scrabbling to find alternatives. In this session, we will review how Nintex Forms (and Workflow) can meet your SharePoint Forms needs including its easy to use interface, powerful form designer, mobile form capabilities and integration with Nintex Workflow for creating powerful business solutions on SharePoint with the need for custom code.

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Measuring Success in Enterprise Social
Level: 100
Track: Special Interest
Creating communities of practice and networks of excellence is challenging in organizations. But measuring the success of such enterprise collaboration efforts may be even harder. In this session, we’ll dive into what kinds of analytics are available in social systems, as well looking at different models of how to use and interpret this data. We will guide through a framework to help you identify & capture sources of qualitative measures appropriate to the maturity of your enterprise social efforts.

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No Social? No Business!
Level: 100
Track: 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.

Speaker(s)

David Pileggi
Passionate SharePoint Consultant
M@DSoft
Running SharePoint on AWS
Level: 200
Track: Business
This session will discuss the steps necessary to design, set up, and deploy IT cloud infrastructure for running a multi-server, Microsoft SharePoint Server farm on AWS. In this session we will also cover how to architect for high availability and provision the relevant AWS services and resources to run SharePoint Server workloads at scale on the AWS Cloud. You will find out where to access available content and tools, such as AWS CloudFormation templates and the Advanced Implementation Guide that will help you quickly implement and customize a scalable, enterprise-class SharePoint Server farm on AWS.

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Security in OneDrive? Yes you can,
Level: 100
Track: Business
One Drive for Business is a new and wonderful tool, but it comes with some risk. How can you secure all the content that your users are loading to their one drive, how can you ensure that corporate secrets, confidential material, or other content that should not be disclosed is not loaded to One Drive? This problem was identified by several companies associated with FEDSPUG and their answer was turn off One Drive, We did not feel that was the answer so follow along our journey to see how we solved the problem. using third party tools. We also found a way to provide DoD 5015.2 records management capability for O 3655, without having to have a Hybrid farm.

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Mack Sigman
Director, Collaboration Service Line Lead - Mid Atlantic Region
Avanade
SharePoint and Office 365 for Making Business to Consumer Websites
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
This session give a quick overview of Office 365 and SharePoint then show how easy it is to create a professional public facing site using Office 365 and SharePoint. The public facing site can be set up to use your own domain and can be used by business, non-profits, education, government, etc.
SharePoint Apps: The Good, The Bad and the Quirky
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Creating a SharePoint app doesn't have to be difficult. Yes, there are a few gotchas here and there, but once you have created one app the quirkyness starts to make sense. In this session we will walk through creating your first SharePoint app, packaging it up for publication into the app store, and all the lessons learned from the Microsoft review process. By the end of this session, you will have the tools to create your very first app and you can start making your millions in the SharePoint Store.

Speaker(s)

Tom Becker
Application Architect
TCSC
SQL Databases: Hands Out of the Cookie Jar
Level: 100
Track: Special Interest
Looking inside a SharePoint database introduces you to the cave of wonders and in most instances Microsoft has said "STAY OUT!". This session will discuss the options of the database you can and should change (or what people often wrongly suggest), what they mean, and how they just might help (or hurt) your user experience. This session will also give you the verbiage needed to explain database concepts to your team.
The “Art” of SharePoint Troubleshooting
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint can present a number of troubleshooting challenges (hint – its permissions). Since it is a system of systems things can quickly get complicated. Finding the right information, configuring the correct logs, and understanding what each component does can make the difference between a minor error and days of frustration. Come and learn some techniques and tools that can help you to systematically locate and eliminate errors.

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The Evolution of SharePoint Event Receivers from On-Prem to the Cloud
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Event Receivers are a fundamental part of SharePoint. They have evolved from server side only to now include App events in the cloud. Knowing how to use them and what features are available for which version of SharePoint is crucial for all SharePoint developers. Drawing on my extensive experience over the past seven years, this session will give every developer a solid foundation for using Event Receivers in SharePoint (both on-prem and in the cloud) built on best practices and real world usage. This session will provide an overview of Event Receivers in SharePoint with specific focus on List Item Event Receivers. You will learn from real world examples, tips, tricks, and hear about how event receivers have been utilized at different clients. I discuss the pros and cons of using Event Receivers as well as compare them to SharePoint Workflows. I will key on the differences between the versions of SharePoint related to Event Receiver functionality and discuss new Event Receivers in SharePoint 2013, including some that work in the cloud. Finally I will show a demo of how to quickly get up and running using Visual Studio and some common use examples.

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The 'Perfect' SharePoint User Adoption Strategy
Level: 100
Track: Business
User adoption isn't easy and it is doesn't happen over night. This session will set you up for user adoption success. We'll discussion how to identify your core user groups, how to 'market' you site to them and we'll demonstrate to your leadership team the a real SharePoint ROI and your actionable User Adoption Framework.

Speaker(s)

Maggie Swearingen
Sr. Manager and Experience Architect
Protiviti
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
User Profiles: I Didn't Know I Could Do That??
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
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
Workshop: Create your own SharePoint 2013 dev. VM, Live!
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Article for attendee prep: http://gauravmahajan.net/2014/09/23/spsric/

Get ready to create your own SharePoint 2013 dev./ test VM from scratch using a single click PowerShell installation script that employs industry defined best practices to not only install SharePoint but also prepare the server for the installation. In this deep dive session, we will:

1. Review the steps of creating a new Win Server 2012 R2 VM with the goal of installing SQL and SharePoint on it.
2. Walk-through and customize the single click scripted installation package that:
a. Prepares the Windows Server VM created above for the installations
b. Configures a local Active Directory on the VM
c. Installs and prepares SQL server 2012/ 2014 for SharePoint 2013 installation
d. Installs and configures SharePoint 2013 on it
3. As a bonus, based on interest & time permitting, we will also set up a fresh Win Server 2012 R2 VM from scratch. Optionally, a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM with a 180 day trial license will also be available for download through the speakers blog.
Upfront software and script download information, script samples and steps will be provided on the speakers blog at: http://gauravmahajan.net/2014/09/23/spsric/ so you can follow along and create your own ready to click SharePoint installation package.
While for beginners, the session will provide an opportunity to learn how to create their own SharePoint 2013 VMs, for advanced IT Pros, it will provide an opportunity to learn how to create repetitive single click installation PoSH scripts to automate creation of multiple environments with ease. While the scripts and demo will revolve around SharePoint 2013, they will work equally well with SharePoint 2010.
Finally, 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.

Speaker(s)

Gaurav Mahajan
SharePoint Architect
CEI
Wrapping Your Head Around Content Types
Level: 200
Track: End-User
You might know about document content types, but have you made many content types for lists? Most people stick to lists and add columns there. Take full advantage how to leverage multiple content types in a single list and what that can do for you. Learn how to re-use the same content types over and over and how to use the content query web part to pull it together.

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