Sessions

Adoption Tactics; Why Your End Users Will Rant and Rave Over SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
users don’t adopt to SharePoint. Gartner surveys say that more than 50% of SharePoint implementations fail due to poor user adoption. With millions of dollars spent each year on SharePoint deployments, this becomes quite significant. SharePoint adoption starts with proper planning, implementation and governance. In order to have sustained user engagement, new techniques like gamification are also emerging. This session will focus on all these aspects and will provide the attendees ideas and tools to implement for their SharePoint portal. Attendees will be presented with the challenges currently being faced with SharePoint deployments centered around adoption, best practices around planning and governance will be discussed, and ideas for SharePoint gamificaiton will also be presented.

Speaker(s)

Gina  Montgomery
Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Softmart
Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2013 with SQL 2014
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
This sessions provides an overview of the new features available to business users and the knowledge they need to start building their own Dashboards using the tools they already know Excel to implement Business Intelligence features they may not have used previously like SQL Analysis Service, SQL Reporting Services, PowerView, PowerPivot, and Excel Services
Delivering Business Intelligence Utilizing Microsoft SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
Background: The California Department of State Hospitals initiated a Pharmacy Dashboard project in 2013. In less than 8 months DSH was able to roll-out a compressive pharmacy dispensing data warehouse, ad-hoc analysis tools and dashboards. SharePoint and Performance Point were essential components for deploying these dashboards and key information to clinical staff across the state.
Technologies involved
1.    Microsoft SharePoint & Performance Point
2.    Microsoft SQL Server & Analysis Services
3.    Microsoft Excel
Presentation Perspectives
1.    DSH Data Management Office, Business Case Presentation – Understanding the needs of the business, data management office and clinical teams and the challenges they faced prior to the project, getting the project going and after the new systems. Next Phases and objectives for the future.
2.    Planet Technologies, Technical Implementation – The technology driving the project and the challenges faced implementing the Microsoft tools.
3.    Technical Demonstration – Start to finish will demonstrate the building of Performance Point dashboards from multiple data sources and how to get the most out of a SharePoint 2013, Power View and Microsoft Business Intelligence.

Speaker(s)

Practice Manager Business Analytics
Planet Technologies
Impact Your Business: Identify Low-Hanging Fruits for SharePoint 2013 No-Code Business Solutions
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
To code or not to code; is that really the question? In today’s ever-changing business landscape, our end users are demanding tools that can help them do their job better and faster. Did you know that many of these tools can be created by you without any IT intervention? Come spend an hour with me learning how to reverberate your organization’s SharePoint 2013 environment by identifying low-hanging; high impacting no-code solutions. Impact your business and boost productivity among your workforce by rapidly solving some of their business needs and give them a relevant set of tools to help them become an agile workforce. In this session we will discuss what it takes to identify the requirements for no-code solutions while also empowering you with guidance on how to design a practical no-code solution.

Speaker(s)

Gina  Montgomery
Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Softmart
Intranet Design
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Business
SharePoint is the intranet platform of choice and one of the most commonly-used tools of organizations. Users go there to find the information they need to perform their day-to-day functions, from HR to Help Desk Wikis to Travel Request forms, and much more. As much as intranets are used, any improvements in design will go a long way to making users more efficient and happier; since they can focus on their core responsibilities and see the intranet as a useful tool, instead of a hindrance to find the information they need. This session looks at several real-life case studies and goes over what works and what can be improved. This includes branding, search, mega menus, and site design. SharePoint 2010 and 2013 will be covered.

Speaker(s)

Michael Doyle
SharePoint consultant
Leveraging SaaS Applications Using the SharePoint App Model
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Historically, SaaS applications have been disparate causing end user confusion and leading to poor user acceptance. With that advent of SharePoint 2013 and the new App Model, developers can bring those applications under one roof in either SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server without disenchanting end-users or frightening the IT pros. As with any new development model, there are significant benefits, but also significant challenges.I’ll review experiences from real-world projects and how to integrate SAAS services with SharePoint 2013. Attendees will learn important tips and best practices for how to leverage the App Model to augment a SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Online environment, while maintaining a consistent look and feel, emphasizing searchability, and ensuring security.

Speaker(s)

Optimizing SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Knowing the vast majority of the content accessed via SharePoint is stored in SQL Server, and also knowing an incorrect configuration of SQL Server can have a detrimental impact on the performance of SharePoint it is important to understand the integration of these two products. Regardless of whether you have a dedicated DBA, or the SharePoint administrator is also the DBA, there are critical SQL Server configurations that can be made that will improve the performance of SharePoint. Often DBA’s are familiar with how to manage SQL Server, but may not be familiar with some nuances that SQL Server has when integrated with SharePoint. In this session we will demonstrate how some default SQL Server settings negatively impact SharePoint and what changes can be made to improve the performance of SharePoint. These changes include database file settings and SQL Server instance settings. We'll also examine how to properly install SQL Server and SharePoint so they work together as efficiently as possible. This discussion will introduce the Best Practices framework that will allow your SharePoint administrator and/or your DBA to configure SharePoint and SQL Server to provide optimal performance for your SharePoint implementation.

Speaker(s)

Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
Records Management in SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business
SharePoint 2013 has introduced many new features that help you implement Records Information Management (RIM) solutions. However, implementing a records center is but a small part of the overall Records Management lifecycle.

In this session, I will describe the steps to successfully implementing a Records Information Management solution in Microsoft SharePoint 2013. I will demonstrate in-place records management, ways to trigger documents to become records, approval and records submittal workflow, the SharePoint Records Center and disposition management techniques.
Security Basics - Understanding Permissions in SharePoint (How come they saw my data?)
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
The session covers the basics of permissions in SharePoint. It will be focused on the out of the box SharePoint permissions including SharePoint default groups. This session will help those new to SharePoint or unfamiliar with permissions gain a better grasp on how permissions are managed in SharePoint. It will cover how to make information and documents available to others, and how to protect those that need more restricted access. At the end of this session, attendees will understand security permissions, scope of security and some of the potential issues that will arise when permissions are not applied correctly.

Speaker(s)

Mark Collins
SharePoint Consultant
Kiefer Consulting
SharePoint 2013 Analytics – Where did my data go?
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
What is SharePoint 2013 Analytics? I will answer some common questions about what it is and what the end-users can expect to see from the reports. How does 2013 compare to 2010. I will show you a few SharePoint 2013 Analytics troubleshooting tips for the IT Pro.

Speaker(s)

SharePoint Administrator
Robert Half
SharePoint 2013 Apps
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer
SharePoint Apps are the new way to create applications in SharePoint 2013. SharePoint Apps are the intended replacement for Sandbox Solutions. These work well both in on-premise and cloud SharePoint installations. These apps can also be used inside Office Applications.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
ZAACT
SharePoint Search 2013, No Longer Just for Admins, No Longer Just for finding Documents
Level: 200
Track:
When people talk about search the first thing that comes to mind is Google or Bing. The problem with this is that Search can be a powerful tool to get information to users and create applications without requiring code. SharePoint 2013 Search makes this a lot easier for the end user, not a developer or admin, to be able to use search in their own systems, although developers and admins could benefit and use these options as well. We will cover the basics of search and how these can be used to drive the application. We will cover new abilities in SharePoint 2013 Search that will make this easy. This will all be portrayed in relation to a real life example that most businesses could use. We will be creating fully useable Bulletin Board in less than an hour. Come learn how you can use SharePoint 2013 search to create applications for your company with nothing more than a simple text editor and a browser.

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
ZAACT
SharePoint, Office365, OneNote, OneDrive, and Mobile Devices. True collaboration for business.
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Learn the ins and outs of efficient collaboration for meetings, projects, and your personal life.
Collaborate in real time with co-workers, clients, and partners. Learn the features of OneNote, Team Sites, and OneDrive for Business (previously SkyDrive / SP Workspace). See how mobile devices fit into the picture.

Speaker(s)

Robert Freeman
SharePoint Solutions Architect
VoteMatrix
The New Navigation in SharePoint 2013
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Learn about the new navigation tool in SharePoint 2013 that allows you to create a consistent navigation experience across all your sites. This session will take you through an overview of the new feature, what its strengths and weaknesses are, and will review real world examples of where it is being used today.

Speaker(s)

Visualizing Your Data in SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
We'll take a whirlwind tour of the reporting and visualization options within SharePoint, including SQL Server Reporting Services, PerformancePoint, and Power View. We'll cover the prerequisites / system requirements, tools available and working environment, and of course, a brief demonstration of each one.

Speaker(s)

Brent Tenney
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint
JourneyTEAM
Who Moved My Data? Critical Steps to Migrating and Managing User’s Information
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
This session will discuss some of the challenges and strategies to successfully implementing a SharePoint environment where the users drive the organization from beginning to end. Instead of taking a technical approach to how to move the data, we take a step back and look at the organization of the data itself. Starting with content inventory, determining what will move, designing the new data categories, gathering user feedback, and prototyping. Examining a variety of industries and stages of SharePoint maturity, we will focus our approach on how the end users drive the business value and our role in making that successful. The session will conclude with a question and answer panel of experts who provide real working examples of project that worked and projects that failed. Panel includes Darren Huppert from Placer County and Ken Malinski from E-filliate, Inc.

Speaker(s)

Sharee English
Director of Information Services
SeattlePro
Workflow Manager Tips & Tricks
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint 2013 has a new workflow engine which is the Workflow Manager that requires some configuration to be installed smoothly.. in this session we will see how to install it easier and the tips and tricks around it.

Speaker(s)

Mai Omar Desouki
PFE [Premier Field Engineer] - SharePoint
Microsoft

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