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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
TIME SHORT CREEK 1-2
Developer
Workshops
SHORT CREEK 3-4
Administrator
Workshops
TANEYCOMO B
Information Worker
Sessions
COOPER CREEK 3
Architecture
Sessions
COOPER CREEK 1
Development / Branding Sessions
COOPER CREEK 2
IT Pro
Sessions
7:30 – 4:00 REGISTRATION – MORNING COFFEE AND PASTRIES
8:30 – 9:30 KEYNOTE – “Office 365 – Taking your business to the Cloud” – Seb Matthews
9:45 – 11:00 “Introduction to the SharePoint Client Object Model” Rob Windsor “SharePoint Administration Best Practices” Lori Gowin “Is Access Services 2013 In Your No-Code Solutions Toolbox?” Scott Shearer “Kerberos Survival Guide” JD Wade “Workflow Solution Best Practices and Mistakes to Avoid” Mike Fitzmaurice “Making Sense of Microsoft Identities in a Hybrid World” Jason Himmelstein, Todd Klindt
11:15 – 12:30 “Introduction to the SharePoint REST API” Rob Windsor “SharePoint Administration Worst Practices” Lori Gowin “Intro to Content Web Parts:,the sweetest way to view and manage content” Kim Frehe “The Essentials of SharePoint Disaster Recovery Planning” Sean McDonough “Real World App Development for Office365 and SharePoint 2013” Brian Culver “Creating a Governance Plan in Four Weeks or Less” Stephanie Donahue
12:30 – 2:00 NINTEX BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSION OR “LUNCH ON THE LANDING”
2:00 – 3:15 “An Introduction to the SharePoint Add-In (App) Model for Developers” Rob Windsor “Azure & SharePoint: The Why & The How” Jason Himmelstein “InfoPath?! We don’t Need No Stinking InfoPath!” Mark Rackley “So, You Want a Hybrid SharePoint Environment?” Miguel Wood “Get it together: Branding Tools and Processes” Cathy Dew “Cloud Enabled Disaster Recovery for SharePoint On-Premises” Seb Matthews
3:45 – 5:00 K2 ROCK STAR SESSION / PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS
7:00 – 10:00 LIVE MUSIC FROM “NORTH OF EIGHT” ON BRANSON LANDING
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th
TIME COOPER CREEK 1 COOPER CREEK 2
Search
COOPER CREEEK 3
Business Intelligence
TANEYCOMOB B
Information Worker / No Code
SHORT CREEK 1-2
Development / Branding
SHORT CREEK 3-4
IT Pro
7:30 – 4:00 REGISTRATION – MORNING COFFEE AND PASTRIES
8:30 – 9:30 “Collaboration and Enterprise Social Tools: What is the relationship and what is the business value?” Ruven Gotz “Developing your own Query Magic in SharePoint Search” Virgil Carroll “Cool Dashboards, Charts and Visualizations for Power Users” Benjamin Niaulin “Oh! The Places You Will Go in SharePoint.” Liz Sundet & Tamara Bredemus “Client-Side Rendering (CSR): Practical examples, tips and tricks” Wes Preston “The Who, What, Why and How of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)” Jay Simcox
9:45 – 10:45 “Groups for Office 365 and Team Sites – What you should know” Benjamin Niaulin “Tackling Search – How to create a winning search strategy” Stephanie Donahue & Mark Rackley “Dashing Dashboards” Tamara Bredemus “Taking Content Management Beyond Content Types” Theresa Eller “Putting on your Design Bootstraps – Responsive SharePoint for Beginners” D’arce Hess “Go Live and Thrive in Office365” Joseph Whitmore
11:00 – 12:00 “6 Pillars of Proving the Business Value of Social” Michelle Caldwell “OfficeGraph: Delve into the Next Big Thing for Productivity And Beyond” Naomi Moneypenny “Cloud, On-Premise, or Hybrid – Where are you making BI investment decisions and why?” John P. White “Content Management Using the Power of Search” Kim Frehe “Introduction to Developing Solutions with Visual Studio and Office 365 REST APIs” Doug Hemminger “Disaster Recovery for SharePoint 2013 with Azure” Eric Harlan
12:00 – 1:30 “LUNCH ON THE LANDING”
1:30 – 2:30 “What’s your Social IQ? Succeeding with SharePoint Social” Chris McNulty “Build a Search-Driven Site – Understanding Cross-Site Publishing” Benjamin Niaulin “Self-Service Business Intelligence for On-Prem Organizations” Theresa Eller “Bend SharePoint Approval Workflow to Your Will with SharePoint Designer” Tamara Bredemus “Develop your Customizations for On Premises” Cathy Dew “PowerShell with SharePoint Online” Todd Klindt
2:45 – 3:45 “Metadata Magic” Ruven Gotz “SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part” Sean McDonough “Access Apps for Business Users with Power BI on Office 365” Chris McNulty “Advanced SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows” Scott Shearer “SharePoint 2013 and AngularJS Lessons Learned from the Trenches” Ryan Schouten “SharePoint Farms In Azure – All you need is Cloud” Seb Matthews
4:00 – 5:00 “ASK THE EXPERTS” PANEL / CLOSING / GIVEAWAYS

Friday September 18th, 2015

8:30 -9:30

“Office 365 – Taking your business to the Cloud” – Seb Matthews (KEYNOTE)
The next wave of Office 365 has arrived, but what does this Cloud powered marvel mean to your business? In this session, Seb Matthews discusses the business case for moving your business to the cloud. What does it mean to actually move to the cloud? What are the benefits of choosing Software as a Service and more importantly what are the pitfalls? In this session, Seb will provide you with the best bits of his experiences with Office 365 and why your business should, or shouldn’t, make the jump to the Cloud. Packed with practical tips, real-world honesty and great advice, this keynote is one not to miss!

9:45 – 11:00

“Introduction to the SharePoint Client Object Model” – Rob Windsor (Developer Workshop – 200)
As Microsoft was releasing SharePoint 2013 it was pretty clear that they were steering people away from using the product as a portal to using it as a gateway to external systems and services. Since the Server Object Model cannot be used remotely, developers building these external systems will need to become familiar with the Client Object Model (CSOM) if they want to communicate with SharePoint. This session will introduce these two APIs, give a brief overview of their history, and then show you how to get started using them through a series of demonstrations.

 

“SharePoint Administration Best Practices” – Lori Gowin (Administrator Workshop – 200)
Best Practices can sometimes be controversial. What works in one business culture may not work in another. However, there are some best practices for SharePoint administration that are tried and true. They have been proven as effective ways to keep SharePoint (online and on premises) happy and healthy. In this session we will discuss some of these best practices and how you can implement them in your environment.

 

11:15 – 12:30

“Introduction to the SharePoint REST API” – Rob Windsor (Developer Workshop – 200)
As Microsoft was releasing SharePoint 2013 it was pretty clear that they were steering people away from using the product as a portal to using it as a gateway to external systems and services. Since the Server Object Model cannot be used remotely, developers building these external systems will need to become familiar with the REST API if they want to communicate with SharePoint. This session will introduce these two APIs, give a brief overview of their history, and then show you how to get started using them through a series of demonstrations.

 

“SharePoint Administration Worst Practices” – Lori Gowin (Administrator Workshop – 100)
Just as best practices ensure that your environment is healthy, there are some practices that will absolutely harm an environment. Drawing from real world experiences, this session will look at some of the worst practices seen implemented. We will look at the practice, the impact, and ways to mitigate and recover if you have accidentally done this in your environment. ​

 

2:00 – 3:15

“An Introduction to the SharePoint Add-In (App) Model for Developers” – Rob Windsor (Developer Workshop – 200)
The App model is a 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 web-based tool code-named “Napa”.

 

“Azure & SharePoint: The Why & The How” – Jason Himmelstein (Administrator Workshop)
SharePoint on premises is a comfort zone most ITPros are comfortable with where we control our own destiny, compute, storage and IOPS. The world is shifting skyward however and infrastructures are being commoditized left and right. Microsoft continues to lower the cost of Azure and is now fully embracing, supporting & selling Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Many companies are shifting workloads to the cloud to lower their TCO and improve their overall performance. During this session we will walk through the scenarios that should be examined when considering what to move to the cloud. We will also walk through the process of extending your world to support this hybrid scenario.

 

Friday September 18th, 2015

9:45 – 11:00

“Is Access Services 2013 In Your No-Code Solutions Toolbox?” – Scott Shearer (Information Worker – 100)
​If you haven’t seen Access Services 2013, this session is for you! This is a very different product than the SharePoint 2010 version. Access Services uses a SharePoint subsite as a front-end for a SQL Server database. MS Access 2013 is used to create and maintain the database as well as for creating and maintaining web forms and views. If you have ever “forced” data into a SharePoint list that probably should have been in a relational database, you’ll want to attend this session. Access Services 2013 is a “must have” in your no-code solutions toolbox.

 

“Kerberos Survival Guide” – JD Wade (Architecture – 300)
If it were just BI, Kerberos, and you alone in a jungle, would you be able to survive the encounter? You will after you attend this once in a lifetime event! OK…in reality, if you come to this session, you will understand an important component you need to setup Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions with SharePoint and SQL. You will the learn basics of how Kerberos (an authentication protocol) works, when you want to use it, configuration tips, and what delegation is all about.

 

“Workflow Solution Best Practices and Mistakes to Avoid” – Mike Fitzmaurice (Development)
Workflow projects present special challenges. They involve many parts of solution architecture (user interfaces, process designs, data) and even more parts of organizations (users, managers, auditors, IT). This session covers several commonly-observed problems we see with great frequency and offers advice as to how to address them; it is more about designing overall solutions and managing projects than it is about coding and tool usage, so it can/should apply to a variety of workflow design environments.

 

“Making Sense of Microsoft Identities in a Hybrid World” Jason Himmelstein, Todd Klindt (IT Pro – 200)
Are you struggling to making heads or tails of the identity options for Office 365, Azure & onPrem installations? Does the seemingly ever changing landscape give you hives just thinking about the security implications? What are the recommended topologies & how in the world would you get started? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are not alone!

In this session we will walk through the concepts behind the new world of Identity Management, teach you about Azure Active Directory Connect, and explain some of the troubleshooting that you will likely need to do along the way. At the end of this session you will understand how to get your onPrem Identities synced to Azure & be on your way to enjoying all of the benefits of the Microsoft Cloud.

 

11:15 – 12:30

“Intro to Content Web Parts:the sweetest way to view and manage content” – Kim Frehe (Information Worker – 200)

There are some fantastic out of the box web parts that allow you to display your data in unique and interesting ways without code. When you combine these web part with content types, metadata and audience targeting, you have a great way to bring information to your users, regardless of where the data may exist, without being a programmer. Imagine finding everything you need in one location in SharePoint!

This session will show users real world examples in SharePoint 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online with out-of-the-box Content Query, Content Search and Search Results web parts. Examples include targeted communications, content owner-maintenance views, dashboards and more. You will learn when you should use which web part and how to make minor modifications in order to make each more effective. We will wrap up with tips and tricks, as well as session recommendations to learn more in-depth information on each topic.

 

“The Essentials of SharePoint Disaster Recovery Planning” – Sean McDonough (Architecture – 100)
​“Are my nightly SQL Server backups good enough?” “Do I need an off-site disaster recovery facility?” “How do I even start the process of disaster recovery planning?” These are just a few of the more common questions that arise when the topic of SharePoint disaster recovery comes up. As with most things SharePoint, the real answer to each question is oftentimes “it depends.” In this business and process-centric session, we will be taking a look at the topic of SharePoint disaster recovery from multiple perspectives: business continuity planner, technical architect, platform owner, and others. Critical concepts and terms will be explained and defined, and an effective process for analyzing and formulating a disaster recovery plan will be discussed. We’ll also highlight some common mistakes that take place when working to build a disaster recovery strategy and how you can avoid them. By the end of this session, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to plan or review a disaster recovery strategy for your SharePoint environment.

 

“Real World App Development for Office365 and SharePoint 2013” – Brian Culver (Development – 200)
Building Apps for Office 365 requires many new skills and knowledge. For those new to SharePoint and all SharePoint veterans, building apps for Office 365 introduces a huge paradigm shift over the full-trust development model. Full-trust development is on its way out whether we like it or not. In this workshop, we will learn how to create real world apps deployable on Office 365 and On-premise SharePoint 2013. Learn to build SharePoint-Hosted apps and Provider-Hostedx Apps that will leverage various Azure services to create robust solutions, including Azure Web Sites, Azure Web Jobs and more. We will demonstrate and build a couple apps to explain and demonstrate many of the key Azure Services. The future is today. Don’t pass up this opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need to build SharePoint App solutions for Office 365.​​

 

“Creating a Governance Plan in Four Weeks or Less” – Stephanie Donahue (IT Pro – 100)
In the beginning, it seems easy to put off developing your governance plan. Everything in SharePoint is organized, document libraries are utilized instead of folders, metadata is set and life is good! A few “low hanging fruit” projects later your environment is off and running and scaling quickly. But then – all of the sudden list view thresholds are being hit, there’s too much data to find anything again and you’re back where you started, or at least heading that way.

Creating a governance plan for your organization may seem like a daunting process. In fact many organizations keep putting it off until it’s too late, leading to a disorganized SharePoint environment and disgruntled users. It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can create an effective governance plan quickly and easily. Come to this session to learn about ways to quickly implement governance and then scale it out over time. Chock-full of real world scenarios and lessons learned, this governance session is not one to miss!

 

12:30 – 2:00

Nintex Brown Bag Lunch – Mike Fitzmaurice

 

2:00 – 3:15

“InfoPath?! We don’t Need No Stinking InfoPath!” – Mark Rackley (Information Worker – 300)

Companies need a forms strategy that doesn’t involve InfoPath, most other forms solutions are either very expensive or only customize the default SharePoint forms. With Forms7 could can create forms with similar functionality to InfoPath using only HTML and JavaScript.

In this session, you will learn…
– How to create SharePoint forms using free third party libraries
– How to create different field types
– How to create drop down lists from other SharePoint Lists
– How to do field level encryption of data​

 

“So, You Want a Hybrid SharePoint Environment?” – Miguel Wood (Architecture – 100)
With SharePoint Server 2013 and the maturity of the Office 365 platform, the hybrid (On-premises and Cloud) architectural deployment provides the best of both worlds for your users, your SharePoint team, and your IT team. In this session, we’ll examine the prerequisites, installation, configuration, and caveats of SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid deployments. We will show a real development environment configured for hybrid functionality of available SharePoint Server 2013 features, as well as discuss planning for future scalability and growth.

 

“Get it together: Branding Tools and Processes” – Cathy Dew (Branding)
As the world evolves and we continue to customize the User Interface for SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2010 understanding the best ways to create the designs and develop is vitally important. In this session we will discuss the methods and tools for creating the UI designs in wireframes and high fidelity mockups. We will also go through the best tools to develop the assets for a custom brand for SharePoint.

 

“Cloud Enabled Disaster Recovery for SharePoint On-Premises” – Seb Matthews (IT Pro)

Using the Cloud in DR scenarios is about reducing cost and time to implement while improving your organisational experience if the worst should happen.

If you’re heavily invested in on-premises SharePoint and are not yet ready or able to invest in a fully-loaded Cloud migration, but want to seek some of the benefits of the Cloud by exploring how you can implement hybrid Cloud for disaster recovery then this session is for you.

Based around real-world experience of real-world implementations of hybrid SharePoint, this session explores the possibilities for Cloud based disaster recovery for SharePoint and will walk you through the implementation options. Split into three parts, the session will firstly introduce the art ofthe possible for hybrid Cloud DR before exploring some real-world example scenarios then finishing up with practical advice no the do’s, do not’s and gotchas of Cloud based DR.

If you’re interested in understanding what your options are for hybrid Cloud DR and want to understand how others have done and how this applies to you then this session will give you what you want.

Not just slideware, this session will provide examples of what’s involved in implementing hybrid Cloud DR including demos of how the on-premises technologies involved (SharePoint, SQL

Server, Windows Server) and the Cloud technologies (Office 365. Azure) can be wired up to meet your needs.

All-in-all, if you’re interested in understanding how the Cloud can reduce your DR costs and speed up your DR implementations, this session will be of interest.​

 

3:45 – 5:00

“K2 Appit for SharePoint – Workflow and forms apps for SharePoint, in the cloud” – Roy Donaldson (Rock star session)
Build workflow and forms apps in the cloud with K2 Appit for SharePoint.
Appit is an exciting new cloud-based offering that allows you to deliver workflow and forms apps for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, without code. Available for use moments after you’ve signed up, it allows you to focus on building great solutions instead of installing software.Using intuitive, drag-and-drop designers, you can turn a simple document library or list into an app by rapidly designing forms that combine SharePoint and your line-of-business data. Add workflows that involve the right users and automate tasks across systems, regardless of whether they’re on premises or in the cloud.

 

Saturday September 19th, 2015

8:30 – 9:30

“Collaboration and Enterprise Social Tools: What is the relationship and what is the business value?” – Ruven Gotz (Social – 200)

Deploying enterprise social tools seems like a bit of a fad to many people. They know that some of their employees, especially the younger ones, are expecting it but they don’t see the value it can bring. In fact, many see it as a potential distraction that’s more trouble than it’s worth. Many are also concerned about the fragmentation they see: They already have SharePoint and Lync, why do they need another confusing, overlapping collaboration tool?

Join Ruven Gotz, a SharePoint MVP and Yammer Certified Community Manager who will take you through two real-world scenarios that he has experienced and found highly valuable. Ruven will cover the difference between social marketing (the company twitter/Facebook accounts) and Enterprise Social tools like Yammer. You will learn why Microsoft is using the phrase “Work like a network”, digging into the value that underlies that marketing message.

Ruven will discuss how to apply the right level of planning and governance that can allow for successful adoption without allowing your social network to become an unmanageable free-for-all.

Finally, we will take a look at how the evolution of social and collaboration tools is about to change the way that teams work in the modern enterprise.

 

“Developing your own Query Magic in SharePoint Search” – Virgil Carroll (Search)
SharePoint Search is one of the most powerful, configurable search engines on the planet. Even with this fact, many organizations are still struggle to return relevant results and fend off negative feedback. In this session we will delve into the dark side of cleaning up your search results, practicing some query magic and help to pull out better results and happier people! Virgil will help walk you through the opportunities and challenges a solid search strategy provides and some quick tips you could implement tomorrow to improve your results significantly.

 

“Cool Dashboards, Charts and Visualizations for Power Users” – Benjamin Niaulin (Business Intelligence – 100)
Enough already with needing to be a developer or some kind of super IT person to build interes9ng and cool data visualiza9ons.
This session helps you, as a Power User; build interes9ng dashboards, charts, anima9ons, data visualiza9ons, KPI etc. with the new SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence features.
Let’s explore things like Power Map, Power Pivot, Power BI and other cool ways to get the job done. Don’t be afraid to step into this world and show off some new skills aQer you leave the session packed with demos.

 

“Oh! The Places You Will Go in SharePoint.” – Liz Sundet & Tamara Bredemus (Information Worker/No Code – 100)
Ever wish you would have learned something just a week before you made a mistake in setting up SharePoint? Let’s face it, SharePoint is huge and can be quite daunting. In this session, we will highlight some common pitfalls that SharePoint Administrators make that can really mess up how you do things in the future. From remembering the reasons for proper naming conventions, how to use site columns, different types of navigation, versioning and webparts we will explore lots of the hottest tips, tricks, gotchas and ah-ha’s. This no-code session will be sure to delight! You will succeed, yes indeed!

 

“Client-Side Rendering (CSR): Practical examples, tips and tricks” – Wes Preston (Development – 200)

A deeper dive into a number of use-cases where client-side rendering (CSR) and SharePoint’s JS Link property can be used – without managed code – to enhance the user experience by extending SharePoint’s view capabilities:

Edit and format column content,
Change header text
Change default web part messaging
Hide columns
Create custom column content
Dynamically link to forms
And more

 

“The Who, What, Why and How of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)” – Jay Simcox (IT Pro – 300)

​Identity federation is all around us. We tie our Windows PCs, Surfaces, and Phones together using our Windows Live account, and we can log into multiple popular websites with our Yahoo, Google, or Facebook credentials. We use identity federation every day without even thinking about it. Until the moment someone wants to open our SharePoint farm to external users or visitors.

In this session, we will discuss who benefits from implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Federation Services (or simply ADFS), what ADFS is and what it isn’t, what an implementation of ADFS might look like in several different scenarios, why you should consider using ADFS as your Identity federation solution, and finally we will walk through a demo of deploying ADFS into a test SharePoint environment.

When we have finished, you will have a better understanding of what goes into an ADFS design and implementation, you’ll understand the “why” around many of the design choices you will have to make, and how you can leverage the features and functionality of ADFS to you and your organizations benefit.

 

9:45 – 10:45

“Groups for Office 365 and Team Sites – What you should know” – Benjamin Niaulin (Social – 200)

In 2014 we saw a lot of new features land in Office 365 and quickly at that. One of them was Groups for Office 365. The promise of this feature is to help small teams quickly get up and running to work on files and exchange ideas. But how does it compare to the Team Sites in SharePoint?

This session will show you the difference between Team Sites and Groups for Office 365 and help you understand when to use which. There is a lot of technology available in the suite, but it all comes down to knowing what the best flow for working with your documents is.

This session will also touch on concepts of OneDrive for Business, Yammer and Delve as it all comes together to help collaborate with others.

 

“Tackling Search – How to create a winning search strategy” – Stephanie Donahue & Mark Rackley (Search)

Search in SharePoint is one of SharePoint’s best underutilized features. Using search you can not only help users find what they are looking for but you can create a world class user experience that will have your fans cheering. In this session, attendees will learn:

– What can SharePoint search REALLY do and why should you care?
– What considerations to take to account when architecting search
– How to take your SharePoint to the next level using search web parts and custom display templates
– What’s Delve and Office Graph and what it means to your oganization

 

“Dashing Dashboards” – Tamara Bredemus (Business Intelligence – 100)

Create a one-stop shop where your users can quickly find the information they need to make decisions and take action. Create simple dashing dashboards using out-of-the box SharePoint features and maybe just a little code, to reduce the number of phone calls and emails asking for updates.

As we build the demo tips and tricks will be noted for SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and Online

 

“Taking Content Management Beyond Content Types” – Theresa Eller (Information Worker/No Code – 200)
Content management in SharePoint typically starts with content types, but there’s so much more! This session will begin with a review of how to create site columns and content types, how to incorporate site columns into content types, and why this is necessary as the first step in content management. Then we’ll explore three out-of-the-box content management features. First, we’ll learn how to build a document set, customize the welcome page, and have documents inherit metadata from the document set. Next, we’ll discuss how to turn on the drop off library by enabling the content organizer site feature, configure the content organizer settings, and create content organizer rules. Finally, we’ll set up managed metadata terms sets and examine how they can be incorporated into content types for use with document sets and drop off libraries. As we explore these three features, we’ll discuss the benefits and limitations for each, as well as how the features can be combined for maximum efficiency and valuable results. While this session will use Office 365 to demonstrate examples, the concepts also apply to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 on-premises environments.

 

“Putting on your Design Bootstraps – Responsive SharePoint for Beginners” – D’arce Hess (Branding)
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, CSS resets and use of coding techniques such as Sass to 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.

 

“Go Live and Thrive in Office365” – Joseph Whitmore (IT Pro)
US-Amplify shares insight on how to bring order to chaos when migrating users mailboxes and archived email into Office365. Manually migrating is cost and labor intensive putting more pressure on the entire IT business while storage and maintenance costs continue to climb. With the proper project plan and set of tools adoption of Office365 will be much faster and cleaner. Join the session to learn about the leading tools in the market place and options for migrating your organization into Office365.

 

11:00 – 12:00

“6 Pillars of Proving the Business Value of Social” – Michelle Caldwell (Social – 200)

If you are having trouble getting executive support, measuring the business impact or identifying how Yammer could be useful to your organization – your search is over! This is the session for you!

In this session we will cover:

Identifying a business case for enterprise social
Where to begin
What can I do with communities
Example Use Cases for Yammer
Measuring Value
Measuring Maturity

 

“OfficeGraph: Delve into the Next Big Thing for Productivity And Beyond” – Naomi Moneypenny (Search)
Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) described Delve as the browser for your enterprise social graph. Let’s dive into understanding Delve and how the underlying OfficeGraph will power new experiences across Office365. You’ll get a demo of the latest features and understand what signals power the OfficeGraph experience now and the roadmap going forward. Machine learning expert, Naomi Moneypenny, will talk about the implications of what these new discovery experiences mean for users and discuss the wider possibilities of how anticipatory computing will enable different business scenarios.

 

“Cloud, On-Premise, or Hybrid – Where are you making BI investment decisions and why?” – John P. White (Business Intelligence – 200)

The movement to the cloud is here and it’s real. There are many compelling reasons to make the move, but there are also many valid reasons that that some workloads can’t and/or shouldn’t make the move. In the SharePoint world, Business Intelligence is one of them to varying degrees. What are your options for moving SharePoint to the cloud if you’re heavily invested in Business Intelligence?

This session will cover what’s available in the Microsoft BI stack, and how all of these products work together. With demonstrations we will discuss current on-premises BI scenarios, cloud based BI scenarios, and what the options are for a hybrid environment. We will also discuss some best practices approaches so that decisions made today will seem wise in the future. This session will cover a wide variety of products from the SharePoint stack, Office, SQL Server, and Power BI.

 

“Content Management Using the Power of Search” – Kim Frehe (Information Worker/No Code – 200)

A.K.A. Search 2013 – What’s In It For Me – Why Content Owners and Power Users should care about Search

SharePoint search had a major overhaul with 2013, but most people assume that if they’re not an Admin or Developer they shouldn’t care. Not true!

This session will show you examples of collaboration solutions based on 2013 Content By Search and Search Results Web Parts. First we’ll get the creative juices flowing with examples, and then Kim will show you what you need to know to get started.

Things we’ll cover:

Managed Metadata Navigation – how it works to create one page to show what you need.
Search Settings that can improve what is displayed when and where and how people find your content
Managed Properties – what they are, why they’re important and how to work with them, even as a site owner.
Display Templates – What they are, where to find them and what to do with them
Refiners – How to work with them

 

“Introduction to Developing Solutions with Visual Studio and Office 365 REST APIs” – Doug Hemminger (Development – 100)

The Office 365 APIs are REST services that provide access to data from Office 365 services: mail, calendars, and contacts from Exchange Online; files and folders from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business; and users and groups from Azure AD.

In this class, we will learn the basic elements required to develop a SharePoint Online solution on Visual Studio using the Office 365 REST APIs. By the end of the class, you will an understanding of:

-How to design and architect a basic but practical solution
-How to setup a development environment for Office 365 development
-How to handle authentication using the built-in tools in the Office 365 SDK
-How to work with data and the various REST endpoints.

This class will include a few slides but will be mostly demonstration and walkthrough of code​

 

“Disaster Recovery for SharePoint 2013 with Azure” – Eric Harlan (IT Pro – 100)
Dealing with an unexpected outage is one thing; dealing with a complete and utter loss of hardware or even physical assets is another. For the first time in a long time Disaster Recovering, Automation and Virtualization are super exciting all over again. In this session we’ll talk through the scenario and the solutions for ensuring your Azure infrastructure keeps running.

1:30 – 2:30

“What’s your Social IQ? Succeeding with SharePoint Social” – Chris McNulty (Social – 200)

For years, SharePoint has promised smoother collaboration using “social” technology – MySites, metadata, newsfeeds. But user satisfaction with social has trailed traditional document collaboration. Join us for an overview of:

How to establish SharePoint social technology (2010, 2013 and 0365) – from both a technology and cultural perspective
Best case, real-world scenarios for how to use social in effective distributed collaboration, and why!
Measuring overall enterprise social maturity levels
Setting up specific tactical operation business intelligence (real usage data) to identify successes and problems in SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 0365 social
The decision to extend: the role of Yammer and major third-party social vendors

 

“Build a Search-Driven Site – Understanding Cross-Site Publishing” – Benjamin Niaulin (Search)
This session will explore the new SharePoint 2013 Features like the Product Catalog, Cross Site Publishing and Search 2013 to build Contoso Electronics.
Though it will be focused on building a product-centric site, everything that will be covered can be used in more collabora9ve scenarios or extranets.
Be sure to aVend this session full of demos and files you will be able to use right away to build your own site in SharePoint 2013 using Cross-Site Publishing.
Understand:
-Search in SharePoint 2013
-Cross-Site Publishing
-The Product Catalog used for other things than Products (Announcements, Calendars, etc) -Metadata Naviga9on
-Content Search Web Part and Display Templates

 

“Self-Service Business Intelligence for On-Prem Organizations” – Theresa Eller (Business Intelligence – 100)
The Microsoft Power BI stack began as a set of tools in Excel: Power Query, Power View, Power Map, and PowerPivot. Now that Microsoft has released the Power BI Desktop Application, where do the Excel tools fit in? In this session, we’ll discuss why the Excel tools are still viable for organizations with on-premises SharePoint environments; demonstrate how to build reports, charts, and maps using Excel 2013; and share these BI analytics in SharePoint 2013.

 

“Bend SharePoint Approval Workflow to Your Will with SharePoint Designer” – Tamara Bredemus
(Information Worker/No Code)
Join us as we explore the out-of-the box SharePoint Approval Workflow in SharePoint Designer. Although the demo will be in SPD 2013 these tips also work in SPD 2010
In this session we will learn:
How to customize the many approval emails
How to change the number of approvals required to complete the workflow
How to use information provided by the user to customize the approval process
And much more…
Take this information back to the office and become the workflow Rock Star you’ve always wanted to be.

 

“Develop your Customizations for On Premises” – Cathy Dew (Branding)
After planning and designing our custom brand for the SharePoint User Interface we now need to develop those into a solution that can be used in SharePoint On Premises installations. In this session we will examine how to develop the assets for a SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 On Premises farm. We will cover custom master pages, custom CSS, adding JavaScript and JQuery references and building farm solutions for application.

 

“PowerShell with SharePoint Online” – Todd Klindt (IT Pro – 200)
PowerShell has been the on-prem SharePoint Admin’s best friend for 5 years now. It hasn’t let us down yet. With Hybrid topologies being all the rage these days it’s time to expand our PowerShell prowess to the online world. In this session Todd will show you PowerShell techniques to use in your online and Hybrid environments. He’ll cover managing Azure and SharePoint using the cmdlets provided by Microsoft. Then he’ll show you how you can roll your own PowerShell to fill in the gaps. When you leave this session you will have another set of tools in PowerShell arsenal and the confidence to use them.

 

2:45 – 3:45

“Metadata Magic” – Ruven Gotz (Social)
“SharePoint sucks!” signed Your Users. If your users think that SharePoint doesn’t provide value or say that search provides useless results, I’ll bet that your site is not making the best use of metadata. In this session you’ll learn what metadata is, why it matters, and – most importantly – how to explain the value to your stakeholders and users. You will learn how to capture metadata using visual tools, what homework to give to your stakeholders and how to build a taxonomy that works. You’ll also learn about content types and whether folders are bad or good (spoiler alert: Both).

 

“SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part” – Sean McDonough (Search – 200)
Each release of SharePoint has delivered new tools to make SharePoint sites sparkle, but few of these tools have been as exciting as SharePoint 2013’s Content Search Web Part (CSWP). Much like a Swiss Army Knife, the CSWP can be manipulated and configured in a multitude of ways. It can be used for everything from showing basic search results to displaying personalized content that is both interactive and dynamically generated. Whether you are using SharePoint on-premises or in the cloud, and whether you are “just” an end-user or a hard-core developer, the CSWP is one built-in web part you will want to understand in order to make your SharePoint sites shine. In this demo-heavy session, you will learn what you need to know to become productive with the CSWP in no time at all.

 

“Access Apps for Business Users with Power BI on Office 365” – Chris McNulty (Business Intelligence – 100)
Microsoft has deprecated InfoPath – but Access is moving to the forefront for user-created no-code solutions on Office 365 and now SharePoint2013 with Service Pack 1. Learn how! You’ll see how to create your first SharePoint app in one minute and how to import your existing data to create a custom app. Finally, we’ll go behind the scenes to show you the SQL Azure database and how to transform a plain vanilla Excel file into a cloud hosted interactive app, with stunning data visualizations and natural language queries in Power BI.​

 

“Advanced SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows” – Scott Shearer (Information Worker/No Code – 200)
This session is designed to help you take your Designer 2013 workflow skills to the next level. Full of live demos, you’ll learn how to use Designer workflows to set permissions on list items and use new features such as App Steps, Loops and Task Actions. We’ll also explore the Designer string actions and show you when to use them. If you ever wondered how and why to use an Association Column, this session is for you. Finally, you’ll see how to call web services from a Designer workflow. Unlock the power of no-code solutions with Designer 2013 workflows!

 

“SharePoint 2013 and AngularJS Lessons Learned from the Trenches” – Ryan Schouten (Development – 200)
Thanks to SharePoint 2013 it is a lot easier to be able to create client based solutions. AngularJS is one of the solutions out there that allows developers to create applications very quickly through an MVC implementation. In this session we will go over the basics of AngularJS in regards to apps, controllers, services, and views. We will create a simple application built entirely through client technologies and in SharePoint. The principles learned here can be used anywhere in SharePoint whether it is a Farm Solution in an on-premise environment or in an app on Office 365. Come learn a lot of the pitfalls to avoid and some best practices that will help you love AngularJS as another tool in a developers tool belt.

 

“SharePoint Farms In Azure – All you need is Cloud” – Seb Matthews (IT Pro)

Microsoft now advise customers that custom deployments of SharePoint into on-premises infrastructure is now the third choice for deployment of SharePoint behind Office 365 and Azure.

Many organisations need more than can be delivered by Office 365 and for a multitude of reasons need to deploy SharePoint on-prem. But what if the premises was Microsoft’s?

In an introduction to a concept he’s calling “their-prem” Consultant and Speaker Seb Matthews will walk you through the do’s and don’ts of deploying SharePoint into Azure – including a live build of a farm in the session.

Part concept and part based in his experience of designing and building out some of the largest implementations currently in use, this session will walk you through:

Navigating the Azure maze

High Availability myths and legends

Desired State Configuration

Hybrid architecture

Fast paced and loaded with practical real-world tips and tricks, this session is of interest to anybody interested in the deployment of SharePoint into Azure.​

 

4:00 – 5:00

Ask the Experts Panel – Closing and Giveaways

 

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