Sessions

15 Tips for Bullet-Proof Requirements Analysis on SharePoint Projects
Level: 100
Track: Business
All IT projects come with risk of going over budget and schedule. Most of this risk occurs when the expectations of the customer and the developer / solution provider are not aligned. Despite the popularity of Agile and Scrum methodologies, most IT projects require a fixed budget to be determined before the project can be approved. Accurate estimations of project costs depend on a clear understanding of the business and technical requirements, which can be very difficult.

This presentation provides practical, field tested techniques to ensure that the requirements for your next SharePoint project are well defined and clearly documented.
Beyond InfoPath: Forms-Driven Workflow Solutions with Nintex
Level: 100
Track: Sponsor Solutions
InfoPath is nearing the end of its lifecycle and Microsoft has provided a timeframe for ending support. Given the news, there has never been a better time to take a look at the effectiveness of your forms strategy. Learn how Nintex compares to InfoPath and goes beyond with tight workflow integration, rich mobile support and much more.
IT Pro, End-User, Business, Office 365
Create an End User Adoption Strategy
Level: 200
Track: Business
We all know that End User Adoption is an important area of focus in your SharePoint project. In this session we will take a closer look at the End User Adoption work stream on a SharePoint project, and the associated roles, responsibilities and tasks for the project plan. We will also review case studies to demonstrate how these differ based on the size of the project and the specific needs of the organization. You’ll walk away from this session with a tactical formula you can follow to create your end user adoption strategy and templates to support the process.
Enhance the way people collaborate with documents in SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Come and learn those extra settings we can turn on to enhance the way people collaborate with documents in SharePoint. There is a set of out of the box settings available in a document library that we can configure to provide a friction free experience for document authors and content consumers.

Speaker(s)

Haaron Gonzalez
SharePoint & Office 365 Consultant
Expanding User Profiles with Line of Business Data
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
In this session, you will learn how to augment your User Profiles in SharePoint 2013 with data from other Line-of-Business(LOB) data systems. There will be a review of several features such as UPS and BCS, and even troubleshooting techniques. This session will highlight the differences between setting up your solution in SharePoint 2010 versus SharePoint 2013.
IT Pro, Business

Speaker(s)

Forms in SharePoint. Practical approach to choose form technology for today and tomorrow
Level: 200
Track: End-User
After this session, you will be able to understand what InfoPath retirement means for your organization. Understand what alternatives are available from Microsoft. Consider 3rd party products and plan with Microsoft roadmap in mind.
IT Pro, Developer, Business, Office 365
Information Governance and Compliance in a Hybrid World
Level: 100
Track: Sponsor Solutions
Today, most organizations who are using SharePoint 2010 or 2013 are doing so on-premises. Some of these environments are well governed and some...not so much. Everyone is certainly thinking about the Cloud and Office 365 even if they aren't ready to ascend anytime soon. But there are many questions that require answers before we take off to the Cloud. What if you're in a regulated industry? How does that affect your thinking, your planning? Are you ready, or even willing to place your records in the cloud? Is your on-premises environment for content and records management even in order? If these are questions you have, then perhaps a hybrid strategy is the right approach for your organization.

In this session we'll discuss best practices for achieving on-premises compliance, the challenges in making the move to the cloud, and some best practices for a hybrid approach and how this can all be enabled with SharePoint and Gimmal solutions.
IT Pro, End-User, Business, Office 365

Speaker(s)

Dave Martin
Vice President of Product Marketing & Microsoft Alliance
Gimmal
Integrating Office Client with Office 365 + OneDrive for Business
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
Office 365 and OneDrive for Business bring a whole new level of integration with the Office client. In this session you will provide an overview of what’s new as well as review the classics that you may have missed. New features include huge improvements to co-authoring in Word and PowerPoint, OneNote integration that will take your notes to a new level, and automatic task syncing between SharePoint Online, Exchange, and your mobile device. We will also cover examples of how these features are being used to enhance productivity in real businesses and be candidate about what does not work as marketed.
Office 365, End-User, Business

Speaker(s)

Intranet Design
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
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.
IT Pro, Business

Speaker(s)

Michael Doyle
SharePoint consultant
Learning Through Collaboration and The Wisdom of Crowds
Level: 200
Track: End-User
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.
End-User, Business

Speaker(s)

Theresa Eller
System Administrator III - SharePoint
IBERIABANK
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.
Developer, IT Pro

Speaker(s)

O365 Security - What you need to know
Level: 200
Track: Office 365
O365 has an incredibly secure backend with high-availability. But that can be compromised based on how you use your site. Things like adding a Microsoft Partner account, adding apps, sharing and other things can cause all that security to become irrelevant. Chris will guide you on the things you should think about as you add and change settings in your O365 tenant.
Office 365, IT Pro
Office 365 API Development - What's new and how to use them
Level: 300
Track: Office 365
In this session Chris will show you what is new (as in just announced at Tech Ed Europe) and how to use the now non-preview O365 APIs. This includes how to build apps that connect to your O365 Mail, Contacts and OneDrive for business.
Office 365, Developer
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
PDF Forms in SharePoint – Beyond InfoPath alternatives
Level: 100
Track: End-User
During this session you will learn all about how PDF Forms can work within SharePoint
Plan to Migrate to Office 365
Level: 100
Track: Office 365
As organizations consider Office 365 as an option for hosting their SharePoint environments, you may ask yourself how an enterprise can actually move their SharePoint sites to the cloud. In this session we will discuss a SharePoint migration to Office 365 which starts with several highly customized sites and multiple versions of SharePoint. We will look at the project structure and plan, staffing, benefits and pitfalls, lessons learned, and how you can plan for a successful move to SharePoint Online.
Office 365, IT Pro, Business
Project Management with SharePoint
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
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
Real World Governance vs Management...What it is and What it is NOT
Level: 200
Track: Business
We’ve all heard the term “Governance” and despite the plethora of discussions around it, it still seems “fuzzy” and unclear. Others have confused the term “Management” with Governance and in the process have made things even *more* unclear. Come to this session to unravel the cluster which is Governance given by a former member of the ITSM/OpsCon (Governance) practice at Microsoft. Come learn how MOF/ITIL should mold your governance plans and leave with a clear understanding of what Governance is….and is *not*.

Speaker(s)

Rick Taylor
DevOps Engineer
Real World SharePoint 2013 Implementation
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
In this session you will learn about how to architect a SharePoint 2013 farm, taking into consideration licenses, virtualization, high availability, disaster recover, Office Web Application (WAC) server, and Workflow Manager. You will also learn about high availability and disaster recovery from a SQL perspective, when we learn about SQL Always-On synchronization of databases.

Speaker(s)

Responsive Design for SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Responsive design is an approach aimed at crafting web sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across devices from mobile phones to tablets to the desktop. In this session we will examine the various tools available and how they can be applied to SharePoint 2013 either Office365 or on-premises.
Developer, Sponsor Solutions

Speaker(s)

SharePoint 2013 Apps
Level: 200
Track: 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.
Developer, IT Pro

Speaker(s)

Ryan Schouten
Senior Software Architect
Blizzard Entertainment
SharePoint 2013- Complete Business Solution in 1 hour - 100 Level
Level: 100
Track: End-User
SharePoint 2013 is a powerful business platform providing business the ability to create business solutions that add value with no programming. In this session we will walk you through building a complete business solution leveraging SharePoint 2013. We will leverage Microsoft InfoPath to create a data entry form then extend our solution leveraging SharePoint Designer to build a workflow for our business process. This complete end-to end-solution will be built without writing code and will be completed in 1 hour or less! This session is 100% demo and Q&A providing the perfect blend of see and ask to get you and your team up and running in SharePoint 2013!
End-User, Business
SharePoint Business User Best Practices
Level: 100
Track: Business
The following tips and best practices have been put together based on the author’s own experiences working with Small, Medium, and Large Clients solving their issues and/or results of questions (and the answers given) during delivery of SharePoint Projects during the last 10 years. Presented in an easy to understand format, these Best Practices are intended to help you understand the importance of some of the seemingly simple details that will provide you the most results for connecting to and collaborating within a SharePoint environment. This session is aimed at the business user who creates and shares Sites/Lists/Libraries and documents in SharePoint.
Business, IT Pro, End-User, Office 365
SharePoint Online: Best Practices from the field
Level: 300
Track: Office 365
This session will give you the best practices to get your organization up and running in Office365 with some administrative tips and tricks to treat SharePoint Online similar to how you treat your on premise instance.
Office 365, IT Pro

Speaker(s)

SharePoint, jQuery & SPServices; When, Why, How and Traps
Level: 300
Track: Developer
I will dive into using client side JavaScript with SharePoint and point out when, why, and how to use it. I will provide coded examples along with many of the traps I've learned while developing for SharePoint. I will be highlighting the differences between SharePoint JavaScript & SPServices jQuery plug-in. I will focus on 2013 on-prem development examples.

Speaker(s)

Senior Systems Analyst\Programmer
SQL Server and SharePoint 2013: Reporting Nirvana
Level: 100
Track: Business
With the latest releases of SharePoint and SQL Server, Microsoft finally delivers on a critical business need: end-user driven reporting solutions. In this session, be prepared to be amazed by the power and ease of Power View, Microsoft's latest reporting technology that lets regular users build rich, dynamic reporting applications right from the browser. We'll then see how PowerPivot lets business analysts use Excel to create and publish powerful reporting and dashboard solutions without any code. We'll then learn how the next generation of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) integrates as a pure SharePoint service application, simplifying deployment and the architecture of your reporting platform.
IT Pro, End-User, Business, Developer

Speaker(s)

Randy Williams
VP, AvePoint Client Services
AvePoint
The Five Things You Need to Know Before Migrating...and How We Can Help You Prepare
Level: 200
Track: Sponsor Solutions
In this session we will help you understand whether your organization is ready to migrate to 2013 and will discuss the major drivers to create a value proposition for migration. We will also address what to consider before, during and after migration to ensure success and user adoption. Finally, we will introduce our third party migration, governance and auditing solutions that can assist with this process and enhance efficiency.
IT Pro, End-User, Business

Speaker(s)

Account Director, State/Local/Education- U.S. West
Metalogix, Inc.
The Future of Social Collaboration
Level: 100
Track: End-User
Randy Williams, evangelist thought leader, will share his vision on social collaboration in the enterprise. Randy will introduce the notion of social collaboration and how it is starting to change collaboration within the enterprise. With Randy's experience with talking to Enterprise customers around the globe, he will also share success stories on how to adopt social collaboration in the Enterprise. You'll leave with a fresh understanding of:
- An introduction to what social collaboration is and how it has evolved
- The benefits of encouraging and adopting social collaboration in the enterprise
- Approaches to adopting social collaboration in the workplace
Business, End-User

Speaker(s)

Randy Williams
VP, AvePoint Client Services
AvePoint
Your SharePoint 2013 Branding 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
Developer, IT Pro

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