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10 points to make a rogue SharePoint environment really, really secure
Level: 100
Track: Business, Design
Context of the presentation
Where to start?
Understanding security permissions and how to apply it
Create a methodology
How to avoid data leaks
Show user activity on all levels
Creating a game plan
Build Secure Cloud-Hosted Apps for SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: Developer
Apps for SharePoint were introduced in SharePoint 2013 to maximize the level of capability and flexibility that developers can deliver without risking compromise to the farm. In this session, we will delve into apps that leverage resources running outside the SharePoint farm—whether in another on-premises web server or in the cloud. We will use server-side and client-side code to demonstrate how cloud-hosted apps can securely access data stored in SharePoint using the client object model (CSOM/JSOM) and REST APIs, along with the pros and cons associated with each approach. We will discuss the various permissions models associated with apps for SharePoint including types of app permissions, permission request scopes, and how app developers can manage permissions. We will conclude by building and provisioning a provider-hosted app for SharePoint to Office 365.

Speaker(s)

Danny Jessee
Senior SharePoint Developer
Fulcrum
Business intelligence in SharePoint 2013: Empowering users to change their world
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Starting in May 2010, with SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft began talking more and more about "Personal BI". The focus of this discussion was a paradigm shift moving business intelligence from being something a few BI professionals do with a data warehouse to a practice done by Information Workers every day in familiar tools like Microsoft Excel and SharePoint. Over the course of this session we will show you the improvements that Microsoft has made in the 2013 stack to take this new focus from being a “nice idea” to a truly powerful reality. We will explore the improvements made to Excel, PowerPivot & Power View, PowerQuery, PowerMap & Reporting Services. We will explain the underlying technology that makes the new features possible and walk through demos of some of the shinier toys. At the end of the session you will walk away with a better understanding of what is new in 2013 for business intelligence and an extreme desire to build reusable data model that will undoubtedly bring real value to your business.

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Correlation or Bust?
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro, Developer, End-User
So we all have seen it. The famous error message in SharePoint that an error has occured with a Correlation ID so please contact your system administrator. This may be a generic message for the end users however for the IT Pro Administrators this can be a nightmare.

In this session we will go over where to Troubleshoot this generic messages, tools that will help you resolve this issue, and the reasons behind the generic message. We will also discuss logging levels, what logs to look at and how to find the solution quickly.

Speaker(s)

Toby McGrail
Senior SharePoint Architect
Perspecta
Create your own SharePoint 2013 dev. VM in an hour
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Get ready to create your own SharePoint 2013 dev. VM from scratch using PowerShell scripts. The deep dive session will take you through the hands on of creating a new dev. VM right from the point where you setup and configure the Windows Server 2012 R2, set up the AD, Install and prepare SQL server 2012 for the SharePoint set up and finally install and configure SharePoint 2013 on it. Upfront software and script download information and steps will be provided so you can follow along and create your own VM along with the speaker if you'd like to.

Speaker(s)

Develop a Custom Search Experience in SharePoint 2013
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro, Developer
Search configuration & development was completely re-thought in SharePoint 2013. Developers can ditch XSLT in favor of Javascript customization. In this session we're going to learn some of the different

In this session we're going to configure SharePoint 2013 search to provide a customized set of filters and displays.

Speaker(s)

Phillip Demro
Developer/Architect
Portal Solutions
Ember & Angular & Knockout & SharePoint
Level: 300
Track: Developer
The SharePoint app model has opened up a world of possibility for JavaScript developers to provide top notch application experiences, with SharePoint providing the back end horsepower. But which JS framework works best with SharePoint? Is there a best, or does "it depend"?

In this session, we'll take a look at three of the popular JS app frameworks, how they differ, how they each implement a few common SharePoint app scenarios, and discuss the results.
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 LOB 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.

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Getting Started with Office 365 - Identity, Provisioning and Basics of Tenant Administration
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
So your business is getting rid of its old e-mail provider and wants to move their local SharePoint to the cloud and they’ve asked you to investigate this “Office 365 thing”. You’re left with a few questions quickly realize there’s more to it than you anticipated. No worries mate, we’ve got you covered. In this session we’ll run through the basics of Office 365, what it means to you from a licensing perspective, for an end user perspective, from a service description perspective and most importantly how to provision a tenant, setup user accounts and setup your DNS entries so that you can start collaborating using SharePoint.

We’ll finish this session up with planning for considerations for more advanced topics around directory synchronization and federation.

Individuals attending this session will better understand the core decisions when looking at Office 365 for use with businesses. Additionally attendees will learn the licensing model, core capabilities of SharePoint Online capabilities with Office 365 and how identity management works with Office 365.
Hidden Treasure - The SharePoint REST API and You.
Level: 300
Track: Developer
This session will explore the REST API and how it can be used to interact with SharePoint. We will examine the benefits and downsides of using the API vs other methods like the SharePoint COM (Client Object Model) and custom solutions written using C#. You will also learn about how the API differs across various SharePoint versions. (2007, 2010, and 2013). For 2013 I will examine differences between office 365 and locally hosted.

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U.S Air Force - Civil Servant
How To Make A BI Dashboard With Tools You Might Have Lying Around the Office
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
From SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013, SharePoint has offered multiple means of creating business intelligence dashboards. Now with the release of PowerBI for Office365, SharePoint's tools for creating BI dashboards have become more accessible and usable than ever. This session will cover how you can use SharePoint to make a dashboard in SP 2007, 2010, 2013 and Office 365.

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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.

Speaker(s)

Brian Alderman
Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, Speaker, and Author
MicroTechPoint
Intro to Client Side Solutions
Level: 100
Track: Developer
Abstract: SharePoint 2013 takes a big step away from server side code. With the introduction of the App Model, Microsoft has committed to creating a solid API to SharePoint server data from client code. While this is a change, in a lot of cases it doesn’t mean a lack of customizeability. This evolving, demo driven talk introduces the why and the how associated with client side development for SharePoint 2013 using jQuery, Knockout.js and REST. The talk will focus on why these technologies are important and how they can help create powerful and interactive customizations. Examples include getting and displaying data through REST services; customizing SharePoint lists using JSLink extensions; adding document ratings to search results with Display Templates.

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Intro to SharePoint 2013 Branding
Level: 100
Track: Developer, End-User, Design
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.
Intro to Visual Web Parts
Level: 200
Track: Developer
In SharePoint 2010, Web Parts are an essential component of ASP.NET technologies used to present dynamic information to users and are arguably the most common customization created for SharePoint. In this presentation, we discuss and demonstrate how to build a web part using Visual Studio 2010 and its visual design tools. We'll create a visual web part and use LINQ to SharePoint to retrieve data from a SharePoint 2010 list to be displayed in our new visual web part. We'll then build and deploy our web part to a SharePoint site to see it in action!

Navigating the turbulence on take-off: Setting up SharePoint on Azure IaaS the right way
Level: 300
Track: IT Pro
Are you looking to take advantage of the scalability & power of Azure IaaS for SharePoint but don't know how to get started? Join us for this session where we will learn the proper way to get off the ground and navigate around the rough patches when standing up SharePoint on Azure IaaS. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of what it takes to get started, how best to configure your Azure environment, and some very helpful tips and scripts to make your experience smoother. Come learn from our experiences in the field so that you can find success faster!

Speaker(s)

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.

Speaker(s)

David Pileggi
Passionate SharePoint Consultant
M@DSoft
Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 development : Apps or not to Apps ?
Level: 300
Track: Developer, Design
As Windows 8 and Windows Phone, SharePoint 2013 come with the apps development components. Now, what are the practical issues associated with developing apps for SharePoint 2013?

Is it really revolutionary? What kind of development do they apply? And most importantly, what to change in our habits of past development, beside sandbox mode and Farm (FullTrust mode) development.

Come to this session to understand how to leverage the power of this new type of development for SharePoint 2013 and Office365.

Speaker(s)

Power BI for Office 365 : Power to the people
Level: 200
Track: Developer, End-User, Business
Microsoft has announced on February 11 the availability of Power BI for Office 365.

With Power BI, Office 365 becomes the decision making solution for everyone.

Learn how Excel, the favorite tool for all the users that works with datas, is enriched with PowerBI of new analysis and data visualization cloud-based tools.

So you can get datas from everywhere, share KPI, dashboards, Business Intelligence reports... all through the cloud and accessible from any type of terminal (PC Fixed, Mobile, Tablet)


Session with a lots of demos !

Speaker(s)

PowerPivot Service: Demystified
Level: 200
Track: IT Pro
Ever wonder what the SharePoint PowerPivot Service is, how does it work on SharePoint, how to property configure it, is dedicated server needed, what is the PowerPivot Service Dashboard, or what are the differences between Excel pivot table and PowerPivot? The session will answer many of the lingering questions you may have on SharePoint 2013 PowerPivot service. In this session, we will cover the concepts of PowerPivot, the software architecture of PowerPivot Service, configuration of the PowerPivot Service including data refresh and authentication options, capacity planning for PowerPivot Service, and common problems with PowerPivot Service.

Speaker(s)

Responsive Design in SharePoint 2013
Level: 200
Track: Developer, Design
Responsive design is used to make web sites form factor friendly. The user interface adjusts automatically whether you browse from a desktop, tablet, smartphone, or other device. Learn what CSS tricks make this work and how they can be applied to SharePoint 2013 internal and external web sites. We will focus on Twitter Bootstrap 2 and 3 and Zork Foundation 4 integration. There are a number of tools on CodePlex to help you accomplish your responsive goals.

Speaker(s)

Bill Wolff
SharePoint Solutions Consultant
Agility Systems
Saving time by building a Records Search System
Level: 200
Track: End-User
Is your company struggling to find records across disparate databases, applications, file shares, and paper file cabinets? Based on a real business case in a highly regulated field, come and learn how you can create a powerful record list in SharePoint that reduced the time needed to find documents from weeks to minutes. In this session we will discuss the strategies for developing an effective records taxonomy and a customized search experience by applying content types and managed metadata in SharePoint.

Speaker(s)

Tatiana Baquero
Senior Knowledge Management Consultant
Portal Solutions
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.
Self-Service Site Creation in SP 2013, with SharePoint Designer: A Case Study for a Project Management Office
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
SharePoint Designer 2013 has some new actions that allow a workflow designer to call SharePoint web services from within the workflow. That means a workflow can be used to create, edit, and delete sites, lists, libraries; read and manage permissions... to basically perform any action in SharePoint right from the workflow. Obviously, permissions are a concern, and creating the web service payload and reading the results are non-trivial. With much power comes much responsibility.

In this session, Jim Bob will share a case study involving a Project Management Office (PMO), which allows project team members to create project-specific sites using an approval workflow, including initialization of a Project Status list from rolling up Earned Value Management data to the top-level PMO site for an executive level dashboard, using the Content Query Web Part.

Speaker(s)

Session - SharePoint User Adoption – A Case Study In Progress
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, End-User, Business
Having the right farm level architecture and appropriate governance in place is critical to SharePoint success. But how do you get users excited about the incredible power and potential of SharePoint as a collaboration platform? Without user engagement, the most scalable and secure solution collects dust. The panel will discuss the user adoption journey at GP Strategies and some practical tips on what worked, didn’t work, and what’s coming next.

Speaker(s)

Johnathan Lightfoot
Owner / SharePoint - Azure - Office 365 Architect / Author
TechForce
Rob Blitz
Manager, Web Content Systems
GP Strategies Corp.
SharePoint and Office 365 for Making Business to Consumer Websites
Level: 100
Track: Business
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.

Speaker(s)

Nikkia Carter
WW Modern Workplace Tech Lead
Microsoft
Taming Your Taxonomy
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro
SharePoint offers extensive opportunity for flexibility in the storage and retrieval of your information and documents. Whether you are planning for a small team-based collaboration site or a department-wide portal, the value of taking the time to chart your course before you start diving into site settings and configuring views on your libraries and lists is inarguable.
SharePoint offers you an arsenal of constructs to tame your disorganized data: lists, libraries, columns, site columns, content types, enterprise content types, managed metadata... Thinking these through properly at the outset will help you craft a solid foundation to build upon now and in the future. The additional capabilities introduced in SharePoint 2013 such as extended managed metadata give you even more options to consider in crafting your taxonomy.
This session assumes a basic end user knowledge of site structures, list and library behavior, metadata, and navigation in SharePoint.

Speaker(s)

Jonathan Ralton
Senior Information Architect
BlueMetal
TypeScript for SharePoint Developers
Level: 300
Track: Developer
TypeScript is a new language and toolset designed to make JavaScript coding feel more familiar to developers used to working with statically-typed languages. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. TypeScript adds optional static types, classes, and modules to JavaScript to enable great tooling and better structuring of large JavaScript applications. This session introduces TypeScript and shows how it can be used in SharePoint Apps and Solutions.

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Versioning and Upgrading Features in SharePoint 2010/2013
Level: 400
Track: Developer
Creating SharePoint Features, and the associated elements, is a well-documented process that is supported by the tooling in Visual Studio 2010. But what happens after you’ve deployed the Feature and want to add to it or make changes? SharePoint includes a framework for Feature versioning and upgrade, but it is not as well documented and is not supported (at least natively) by the tools in Visual Studio. In this session, we will examine the Feature upgrade framework and walk through the mechanics of upgrading a Feature using a series of demonstrations. Along the way, we’ll touch on some of the pitfalls you may encounter when upgrading elements commonly created during custom development, such as site columns, content types, Web parts, and so on.

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Why SharePoint Implementations Fail and How to Avoid Common Mistakes
Level: 100
Track: Business
Why SharePoint Implementations Fail and How to Avoid Common Mistakes will help organizations look at the way that both commercial and government organizations have designed and implemented SharePoint and provide guidance to avoid many simple mistakes. By following the provided SharePoint design strategies , users will meet and exceed their SharePoint 2010 or 2013 and/or cloud deployment expectations and most importantly exceed end user expectations, ensuring the highest possible user adoption rate.

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Word Documents That Write Themselves With SharePoint
Level: 100
Track: End-User, Business
Everyone talks about all the cool things you can do with SharePoint and Excel, or SharePoint and Visio, or SharePoint, bacon and French bread. Microsoft Word is lonely! Word wants you to know about all the nifty things you can do with SharePoint to make the task of writing, classifying and storing your documents much easier! This session covers concepts such as the Document Information Panel, templates assigned to content types, document sets, and master documents in Word.

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Worst Practices of SharePoint
Level: 100
Track:
In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not what might be seen through rosy colored lenses.
In this session, I'll will share what they have seen in terms of worst practices, approaches for getting a system implementation and deployment back on track as well as methods to fix and optimize operations that may not be addressing your system's current needs.
For all of the things that can go wrong with your SharePoint implementation, one of the best things we can do is learn from others. From not accepting that implementing an established information architecture and having an available infrastructure are core tenants of every SharePoint installation to managing SLAs with your end users; join us as we share not only what we've seen as worst practices but also worst experiences.

Attendees will learn practices on how to properly manage their SharePoint environments, how to work with other IT department leads and plan for a more properly planned SharePoint environment instead of dealing with the headaches that precipitate themselves when systems are hastily thrown together.
Wrapping Your Head Around Content Types
Level: 200
Track: End-User, Business, Design
While many create custom document content types, few create custom content types for their lists. Scott is going to show you how to really think about what a content type is and what you can start to do by using more than one in a list. He'll show how to create custom site content types and give you a lot of good tips and best practices on how to use them effectively on SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and Office 365.

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Yes we can! Enabling Collaboration in a Locked Down SharePoint Environment!
Level: 100
Track: IT Pro, Business
Has your management tasked you with trying to take the "Share" out of SharePoint? Are you faced with tough regulations such as EAR, ITAR, HIPPA, etc.? This empowering session will help you break the shackles of “can’t” and show you how you “can” have compliance and still enable your users to collaborate. We will blaze through custom roles & permissions, leveraging content types for classification, setup web application user policies, enable auditing, reporting, and even sprinkle in a little bit of Powershell to keep things real. This session has been tuned around a SharePoint 2010 Enterprise deployment but it is still very applicable to 2013 and O365. Recommended for IT Pro’s, Business Users, and anyone else that feels it’s time for a change!

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