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Choosing from more than 80 classes allows you to put together your own custom SharePoint training experience. Whether you need help migrating to SharePoint 2013 or are still making the most out of SharePoint 2010, you will find the SharePoint training you need at SPTechCon.

Many of our speakers are Microsoft MVP’s and all are SharePoint experts. A rigorous review of the classes after each conference allows us to weed out the weaker classes and speakers. Classes at SPTechCon average almost 9 on a ten-point scale and classes scoring below an 8 are not invited back. No wonder SPTechCon is the largest independent SharePoint training conference in the world.


OVERVIEW: No previous knowledge of the class's subject is required, and the session will be a high-level introduction of the topic.

INTERMEDIATE: These broad technology sessions emphasize capabilities and how things work. As appropriate, the instructor will show examples.

ADVANCED: These sessions teach attendees how to implement a solution. As appropriate, the instructor will include detailed samples.


DEVELOPER ESSENTIALS: These technical classes and tutorials are geared to software developers looking to write custom applications, or extend out-of-the-box functionality. Topics include the new app model introduced in 2013, branding, BDC/BCS, Client Object Model, jQuery and more.

IT PRO ESSENTIALS: These technical classes and tutorials cover topics specific to setting up and managing SharePoint Server, including permissions, farm architecture, backup and recovery, integrations, storage and virtualization, among others.

INFORMATION WORKER ESSENTIALS: These sessions are geared to business users who are looking to SharePoint for document management, search, and reporting, as well as working with lists, libraries and forms. Also, power users looking to create their own simple SharePoint applications or manipulate metadata and content would benefit from these classes.

ARCHITECTURE ESSENTIALS: These classes and tutorials are aimed at business, software and IT architects and address topics such as workflow, governance, search, metadata and taxonomy, business intelligence and content types.

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Wednesday, April 23
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

10 Real Steps to SharePoint Adoptionstarburst image

The continued evolution and growth of SharePoint 2013 requires your user base to trust and adopt it. Simply implementing a SharePoint solution and releasing it to your organization rarely works. You will need to create and manage a strategic plan for incrementally rolling out your solution, thereby promoting trust and adoption. In this class, we will cover techniques, strategic plans and roadmaps that promote trust and aid with adoption.
Areas we will cover include:
  • Understanding what it is you are building, strategic planning, and communication
  • The value of information assets
  • Improving trust and adoption of SharePoint
  • Governing the implementation and use of SharePoint
  • Aligning your implementation with corporate strategic initiatives
  • The value of automating operational business processes
  • Integrating Microsoft tools and Office applications
  • Integrating business applications
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
Building SharePoint-Hosted Apps as Single-Page Apps

Unlike cloud apps, SharePoint-hosted apps cannot have a server footprint on the SharePoint host. Instead, all custom business logic is manifested and runs within the user’s browser. This can prove to be a challenge with some developers who are used to working with the server-side object model in SharePoint. In this class, you’ll learn some tricks on how to make JavaScript/client-side development easier, and at the same time how you can quickly make your SharePoint-hosted app into a single-page app that’s very responsive and user friendly.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
Create a Practical and Consumable Governance Plan for SharePoint Solutionsstarburst image

This example-filled class provides detailed, practical recommendations that describe not just why you need a governance plan, but also how to create one that your users can understand and follow. Governance in this context is not just about keeping the trains running on time: It’s about the practical and pragmatic guidance that your users need to achieve meaningful business goals with SharePoint with SharePoint solutions. This class is not going to help you create a 60 page-document that languishes on your bookshelf. Instead, we’ll focus on helping ensure that you set up the organizational infrastructure (roles and responsibilities), guidance and best practices so that you can create a sustainable and living governance plan that your users can actually relate to so that they can get their work done.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
Fast-Track Project Management Success with Microsoft Project Onlinestarburst image

In today’s project-centric work environment, the ability to coordinate multiple projects with distributed teams—and making high-level strategic decisions based upon consolidated project progress, risk and resource usage information—is critical. Project Online is a cloud-based Microsoft technology, enterprise-wide project-management platform designed to meet these challenges.

Attend this class to see how you can best leverage Project Online to manage enterprise projects. You’ll learn how to:
  • Build a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution based on Project Online
  • Create a portfolio of projects using new and existing project plans
  • Manage and optimize project resources across the enterprise
  • Collaborate with geographically distributed project team members
  • Identify and assign responsibility for project risks and issues
  • Monitor and analyze performance of enterprise projects and portfolios
Level: Advanced
Audience: Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
Making the Most of the Out-Of-Box Web Parts

There are more than 50 out-of-the-box Web Parts in the enterprise version of SharePoint! In this class, you will learn just how flexible and useful these Web Parts are. Not only will you get a detailed look at the Filter, Excel, Social, Rollup and Media Web Parts, but you will also learn about a few new ones in SharePoint 2013, such as the Content Search Web Part. You will then learn how to customize some of these Web Parts, see examples and demonstrations, and learn about new features. All of this is done without writing any code. Push SharePoint as far as you can using out-of-box functionality! This class is a mixture of 2010 and new 2013 Web Parts.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint Administration: Talk the Talkstarburst image

Business and IT departments must work together to make SharePoint projects successful. But don't let terminology get in the way! Learn terms important in discussions on
 architecture, upgrades, migrations, custom solutions and service-level
 agreements. Don't know a SharePoint Farm from an aquarium? Come to this session
 and learn why you should.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials
Stories From the Trenches: The Evolution of Client-Side Development

SharePoint client-side development has come a long way over the years from a looked-down-upon "hack" to becoming an essential skill for a SharePoint developer. In this non-technical session, you will hear stories about how the constraints of a government environment necessitated the use of client-side development in SharePoint 2007, and how the lessons learned there helped create a richer user experience in SharePoint 2010. You will also see examples of some of the solutions created and gain a better understanding of what's possible with client-side development.

Level: Overview
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Yammer, SharePoint and Youstarburst image

Yammer is Microsoft’s enterprise social platform. Since Microsoft purchased Yammer in June 2012, there have been lots of questions about how Yammer and SharePoint integrate and what it takes to implement Yammer within an organization. In this class, we will cover what Yammer is, how it can work in your organization, and what it takes to plan and implement Yammer. You will see how to integrate SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 and how those integrations will improve over the short and long term.

Adding Yammer to your enterprise adds governance and adoption issues that extend beyond the ones you normally face with SharePoint, and Yammer’s constantly changing features makes change management a challenge. Join a certified Yammer community manager and administrator who will take you through these aspects of SharePoint and Yammer, and help you plan your roadmap for integration. 

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Demystifying Office 365 Administrationstarburst image

This class will introduce the Office 365 offerings and capabilities. The focus will be on the SharePoint Online administrative capabilities, specifically the SharePoint Online Admin Center and Management Shell. Attendees will gain an understanding of each method of managing the SharePoint Online environment. These tools will be used to demonstrate the configuration of the services provided, especially user profiles, apps, and search.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
Design a SharePoint Program for Ongoing Business Valuestarburst image

Even the best SharePoint deployments can fail to achieve their target ROI in the long term. This class will focus on how to design and manage a SharePoint program that continues to build value from your initial deployment. Components of a SharePoint program include road-map planning, feature and solution release planning, a support system for Power Users within business units, ongoing training, and the creation of a center of excellence to highlight business solutions, to name a few. This SharePoint program framework is designed to support a working relationship between IT and business units in order to maximize the value of your SharePoint investment.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
Document Management and Records Management in SharePoint 2013starburst image

In this class, you'll learn the fundamentals of enterprise content management as it applies to SharePoint 2013. Important topics include: What is enterprise content vs. collaborative content? What does SharePoint bring to the table? You'll learn the key SharePoint features that are available to support your ECM and records-management initiatives, including some key tips for using metadata, folders, offline, SkyDrive Pro, and other key document management features.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
Get Some REST: Taking Advantage of the SharePoint 2013 REST APIs image

SharePoint 2013 offers greatly expanded APIs for accessing SharePoint content remotely. Discover the new REST capabilities in SharePoint 2013 and how to use them from external applications.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials
Getting the Most Out of SharePoint Search

SharePoint Search is often one of the easiest areas to see immediate ROI from SharePoint. Although it works well out of the box, the key to unlocking the potential of SharePoint Search starts with understanding how it works. In this class, we’ll discuss the different factors that determine relevancy in SharePoint and how to use them to make sure users are finding the content they are looking for.

This class is designed for all users who want to get a better understanding about SharePoint Search and to learn techniques that don’t require code to create a better search strategy for their organization. This class will focus on the search capabilities in SharePoint 2013, but there will be something for everyone no matter which version you are using!

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
How to Develop and Debug Client-Side Codestarburst image

Client-side development is officially an essential skill for all SharePoint developers. However, with the lack of traditional compilers and debugging processes, many developers quickly grow frustrated and resent the client-side development experience. There is hope, though. In this class, you will:
  • Learn dos and don'ts for being an effective client-side developer
  • Learn simple tricks that make developing and debugging JavaScript easier
  • Be introduced to tools and plug-ins that can help bring JavaScript development closer to traditional managed code development

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field

Want to avoid the performance mistakes before you make them?  This in-depth class will show you how to properly position your SharePoint farm for success, beginning with "hardware" and ending with troubleshooting methodologies to maximize performance.  Find the pitfalls before you hit them from someone who has climbed out of the deep dark holes in the wild. This class combines recommendations from Microsoft with the experience of trial and error.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Shifting the Paradigm of Requirements Gathering

Are you tired of attending or leading the same old boring requirements-gathering sessions? Would you like to find a way to get stakeholders excited about requirements gathering? Then this class is for you!
Find out how to use collaborative play to build better solution requirements for SharePoint projects (or any other project for that matter). In this class, you will learn seriously fun ways to do work–seriously! Learn how to tap into true innovation and uncover hidden business requirements. What are you waiting for? Come to this class and learn how to put these tools into action!
By attending this class, you will be able to:
  • Introduce new and field-tested concepts for creating a clear and compelling vision for SharePoint
  • Facilitate more effective requirements-gathering sessions
  • Identify and avoid five problem patterns that plague many project teams
  • Hit the ground running with new templates that you can use to facilitate your own Innovation Games
  • Refine requirements down to measurable business value, and map to strategic business goals using the “rainbow” technique
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Bring Sexy Back to SharePoint 2013, Part I image

Don't give another thought to installing that "app" you found. In this class, which will turn the spotlight on HTML5 and CSS3, the speakers will bring their sometimes rebellious, but totally ego-free and real-world experience to the stage, and fill your hungry mind with such goodness as:

• Using HTML5 markup to create more rational and semantic designs
• Creating dynamic and amazing graphical enhancements with CSS3
• Building a beautiful master page in every true Web nerd's favorite editor, Sublime Text
• Geeking out with their handy-dandy snippet library for Sublime Text (versions also available for other editors), so you'll never have to copy and paste from Design Manager again!

Embrace the power of the latest Web technologies; you will get the master key to unlock your SharePoint 2013 site design treasure chest.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Deliver Enterprise Social Success: Five Steps to Develop Your Road Mapstarburst image

As enterprise social technologies are being adopted in the enterprise, it is paramount that your enterprise social technology implementation is well planned, appropriately funded and delivers business value.

In order to deliver enterprise social success, having a well thought-out and relevant road map is necessary. Join this interactive interactive class where you will learn the key steps in developing your organization’s enterprise social road map, including how to:
  • Establish the vision and success criteria for enterprise social technologies
  • Map enterprise social capabilities to support business needs
  • Drive sustainable enterprise social adoption
  • Measure organizational engagement and enterprise social effectiveness
  • Develop a relevant enterprise social implementation approach
  • Identify transitional and long-term organizational support needs

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
Double Tag! Managed Metadata and Taxonomies in SharePoint 2013

Information architecture finally gets a helping hand with the second edition of Managed Metadata Service in SharePoint 2013. We’ll review all the traditional uses for the term store and social tags. This class begins with a hands-on review of SharePoint 2013’s managed metadata services for taxonomies, folksonomies, tags, metadata and content types. Then we’ll take a look at the newest functions: extended properties, pinning, and hashtags. You will learn about architecture and usage for content management, catalogs, taxonomy, social networking, library and site navigation. New for 2013, we’ll also be diving into governance, scripting and development.

Level: Advanced
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
ECM for the Masses: How SharePoint Delivers on the Promisestarburst image

Tired of hearing statistics about the high rate of failure for Enterprise Content Management initiatives? In this class, you will learn about the ECM features in SharePoint 2010 and 2013, and discover how to bridge the worlds of traditional content management, social computing and search, all delivered seamlessly through Office, Web browsers and mobile devices.

Level: Overview
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, Project Managers
Office 365 Information Architecture and Governance Planning and Designstarburst image

The Office 365 technical architecture has forced many to change their information architecture and governance plans. This class will help you understand hybrid cloud challenges, platform gaps, and how to overcome some of the Office 365 feature limitations. You’ll see examples on planning role-based authorization, distributed and tiered governance models, managing the personal cloud space, and how mobile devices will impact your design. Last, the class will end with some live demonstrations of how to implement the features and controls discussed during the session. In this class, you will learn the benefits of function over design, understand some real-world compromises, and learn about the available features for governance and content management.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Shape SharePoint 2013 for Mobile

How many of your users will access your SharePoint site on a mobile device? Hint: more than you think. Will your SharePoint site handle it well? Configuring SharePoint 2010 for mobile devices had its issues, but now with SharePoint 2013, new options are available to us. In this class, we will review how to enhance SharePoint 2013 and create a unified experience across modern Internet devices. We will discuss in-depth the current trends and how to utilize them in your SharePoint 2013 projects. We will start with OOTB and progress to custom and hybrid options, including creating a Responsive Design amplified by Device Channels.

As an introduction to modern Internet devices and how they affect the presentation of a SharePoint 2013 site, you will gain a solid understanding of how different devices and viewports treat SharePoint 2013, both good and bad. Further, you will be exposed to multiple techniques and methods that can be modified to enhance SharePoint for modern Internet devices, including tablets and smartphones, with a look at the benefits and shortcomings of each method. Finally, after a review of device channels, with an emphasis on custom and hybrid solutions, you will learn how to leverage these techniques for a truly usable, maintainable SharePoint branding initiative moving forward. Highlights:
  • Learn the issues of SharePoint 2013’s interface with modern Internet devices.
  • Understand modern techniques branding experts use to solve mobile problems.
  • Discover how to leverage this knowledge in SharePoint 2013.
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
The 9 Circles of SharePoint 2013 Reportingstarburst image

A business without reporting is akin to Dante's journey of being lost and alone. SQL Reporting Services is the tool of choice to be integrated with SharePoint 2010 and 2013 (even Foundation). It transforms a humble site into an interactive and dynamic source for timely, personalized corporate data. Using Report Builder, participants of every skill level in this dynamic, demo-filled class will learn to create the modest beginnings of a report and move quickly to more advanced techniques. Representing the nine circles of reporting that will be covered are data sources, parameters, drilldown, geolocation, gauges, filters, Charts, Sparkline, finally culminating in Dante's Dashboard.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
The Power of Content Types

In SharePoint, the concept of content types seems a bit ambiguous to most people. This class will teach you what you need to know about content types to be able to implement them in your company. You may have heard that content types can be used in order to upload document templates so that they display as choices on a library’s “New” button. Yes, that can be done, but there’s so much more! In conjunction with site columns, content types can be utilized to create custom business solutions. Take your lists and libraries to the next level without having to do any custom development. In this class, demonstrations will be done to take you through common scenarios and show how to use the power of content types in SharePoint. Many of these concepts carry over from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2013.

Level: Overview
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Document Management and Governance for SharePoint Made Easy image

Enterprise Content Management (ECM), governance, and mobile tools are key priorities for every organization small and large. The challenge for IT professionals is tying it all together into SharePoint and making sure the solution is functional, intuitive, and scalable. In this class, we’ll review ECM and governance and see a live case study showing how to tie them all together in a solution that users can take advantage of from the office, on the road, and regardless of what version of SharePoint is being used by the organization.

This class is sponsored by Kodak Alaris.

Level: Overview
Audience: Architecture Essentials
Keep the Lawyers Off Your Back! Top 5 Gaps in SharePoint Compliance and eDiscovery image

SharePoint 2013 boasts some useful functionality on the compliance and eDiscovery front, including project-based compliance for records retention, in-place preservation, and case management collaboration sites in the eDiscovery Center. But for some organizations, this may not be enough. Failure to employ a more active compliance and eDiscovery program to manage SharePoint communications may cost you a chummy visit from the folks over in legal and compliance. Attend this class to learn:
  • Where SharePoint 2013 capabilities end
  • The top 5 potential gaps in your compliance regime
  • Possible technology solutions to close the gaps
Knowing if your situation warrants a more advanced compliance and eDiscovery plan to enhance SharePoint deployment can help you stay out of the legal shark tank.

This class is sponsored by Actiance.

Level: Overview
Audience: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Leverage SharePoint for Video in your Enterprise image

Communicating in the enterprise is increasingly done through video – from corporate communication and training to employee engagement, marketing and customer service. It’s not unreasonable for companies to want to centralize, manage, and make video discoverable in the same ways they have so successfully done with text-based materials over the past 20 years. To do so, though, video must be elevated to a first-class citizen within existing enterprise content management systems. Attend this class to explore these challenges and potential solutions.

This session is perfect for anyone who’s interested in making video in the enterprise more valuable, more versatile, and more contextual. In this class, you will learn about:
  • The current state of video and key use cases for video in the enterprise
  • Incorporating video in to SharePoint (and other content management implementations)
  • The steps you can take to make video a first-class citizen in your enterprise

This class is sponsored by RAMP.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
The Prize Fight: Digital Signatures vs Electronic Signatures image

On one side of the ring we have digital signatures; they've been around for a while but are getting stronger and more secure with every passing year! On the other side, we have electronic signatures. They are not as experienced but have plenty of muscle behind them! Automated signatures have become a must-have, the only question left is which type of signature will win the fight to be added to your SharePoint environment? Attend this class to learn:
  • What are the differences between digital signatures and electronic signatures?
  • What is the technology behind them and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • Top ten tips on how to easily sign documents from within your SharePoint environment
  • Best practices for integrating automated signatures directly into your SharePoint workflows
This class is sponsored by CoSign by ARX.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

15 Reasons You Should Still Be Using SharePoint 2010starburst image

An update to the very popular 'Top 10 SharePoint 2010 Features You've Never Used (But Should)' class, this session outlines 15 features in SharePoint 2010 that you may not yet be taking advantage of in your organization. We will walk through use cases for each, and show you how to make the most out of what you have in place today – SharePoint 2010.

Level: Overview
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Bring Sexy Back to SharePoint 2013, Part II image

jQuery? Visual Studio? Who needs them! In part two of this powerful class, you will learn how to create compelling, dynamic and, yes, sexy SharePoint 2013 sites, using JavaScript, XSL and CSS3 (the good parts).

Put the cellphone on mute and get ready to soak it all in:
• Write simple, rational JavaScript behaviors for SharePoint 2013 that take advantage of the latest browser technologies
• Create markup and JavaScript compatible with the "minimal download strategy" used on team sites
• Learn about XSL (the GOOD and USEFUL parts) and how it is used to create any markup from any data—even SVG
• See how clever use of CSS3 can allow you to build 3D-enhanced sites (glasses not included) and mobile-friendly designs

Yes, it's a lot to cover, so much that we wouldn't want to rush through a hasty end-of-session Q&A. The speakers will be available at the end of the day for an informal powwow with anyone who wants to attend and pick their brains. Details will be posted at the end of each class!

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Movement Towards the Cloud: How do we Think About SharePoint Nowstarburst image

The "new" Office 365 and SharePoint Online has launched, and Microsoft is out on the campaign trail to encourage organizations to look at the cloud as a viable solution. Whether you’re a business owner, IT professional or consultant, this movement is at odds with how SharePoint has grown over the last 10 years (yes, including 2003). We’ll take a look at the value SharePoint Online may provide, the new paradigms of development and maintenance, and the possible benefits to your organization. The class will finish with a few real-life examples for you to bring to your boss, client or co-workers.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Real-World SharePointstarburst image

Organizations fail to implement SharePoint successfully for a number of reasons, including enterprise readiness, misunderstanding technical capabilities and misuse of out-of-the-box functionality. The good news is that this class will set you on the path to success with a real-world example. In this behind-the-scenes session, you will see how the Concatenate RealTime product was created. 

From initial business decisions to technical execution, this case-study class will show you how to create a business-focused list and library environment that empowers users through the use of single-source and cross-departmental data across the organization. Attend this class for a walk through the environment and get useful guidance to create your own successful SharePoint 2013 site that solves business problems and drives productivity.

The instructor works for Concatenate.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
Selecting and Protecting the Right SharePoint Backup Targetsstarburst image

SharePoint is a complex platform with many moving parts and dependencies, and most administrators know that they need some form of backup protection to safeguard their environments. When it comes to actually protecting a SharePoint environment, though, what should an administrator focus on? What's important?

In this class, we'll take a look at SharePoint disaster recovery with an eye toward identifying farm protection targets. We'll examine all of the common (and many of the not-so-common) elements that need to be protected, discuss why those elements may or may not be important for any given environment, and talk about tools and technologies that are available for protection. We'll also cover some special circumstances and watch-outs that may help or hinder efforts to protect targets that are selected within a farm. By the end of the class, you will be able to prioritize backup targets in your SharePoint environment and select appropriate strategies for protection.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Solutions with SPServices

SPServices is a widely used jQuery library that abstracts SharePoint's Web Services and makes them easier to use. It also includes functions that use the various Web Service operations to provide more useful (and cool) capabilities. It works entirely on the client and requires no server install. Using SharePoint’s Web Services client-side, you can provide your users a more “tactile” experience.

In this class, you'll learn how to use SPServices to build a more compelling user experience on top of SharePoint. We'll look at the most popular "value-added" SPServices functions as well as how you can use SPServices as part of your own development toolkit. We’ll also discuss how you should think about migrating from SPServices to REST calls and when it makes sense.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
Survival Skills for the SCA and Site Ownerstarburst image

This class, designed for the novice SCA or site owner, will cover essential skills for successfully managing a site or site collection. Topics covered include the SharePoint Permissions model, practical SharePoint governance, leveraging out-of-the-box SharePoint features, and more. Practical guidance will be offered on how to secure your site, dealing with end-user requests and problems, and how to promote SharePoint adoption in your environment. The skills presented in this class can be immediately put to use in your site collection. This class focuses on ways you can do your job more efficiently, and will answer questions that many novice SCAs and Site Owners commonly ask. While this class will use SharePoint 2013 demos, the concepts discussed in this session are equally applicable to SharePoint 2010.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Think You Can Hack SharePoint?

What is a hacker? In the dictionary, a hacker is defined as a computer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems. We all know that in reality a hacker is someone who tries to gain access to anything they do not have access to, including file shares, websites, WiFi or even your blog site. SharePoint is such a large platform with many entry points, and we need to minimize the attack surface. In this class, we will look at what it would take to "hack" SharePoint, but more importantly, we will learn how to protect and secure the content and the site entry points to stop those pesky hackers.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Thursday, April 24
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

“Caching-in” for SharePoint Performance

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this lively and fast-paced class, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform: object caching, BLOB caching, page output caching, the Office Web Applications’ cache, and SharePoint 2013’s new Distributed Cache service. We’ll examine each option in detail, discuss how it works, identify how it can be controlled, and cover common pitfalls that may impact its use. We’ll also step through a handful of “what if” scenarios at the end of the presentation to test audience knowledge (just for fun, of course!). Those who attend this session will leave with the knowledge needed to leverage and control caching in their own SharePoint environments.

Level: Advanced
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
Building Search-Based Apps in SharePoint 2013

With the introduction of the app model in SharePoint 2013, developers have lost many of their beloved server-side data access options such as LINQ, SPQuery, and SPSiteDataQuery. As a result, the search engine has now become the premier data-access technology for SharePoint. In this class, we'll make the case for using search as a data-access technology, and then demonstrate the power of search-based SharePoint apps. Developers will learn to create apps that can be used immediately by end users to show personalized views of contacts, tasks and events. You will exit the class with great new ideas for building search-based apps in SharePoint 2013.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
Creating an Approval Workflowstarburst image

Forms are everywhere in your organization, and most of them must go through an approval process. SharePoint is such a flexible platform, it provides us with multiple methods that can be used to build our processes. In this class, learn about these different ways of creating a workflow around a form approval process. The new SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow can be used, or you can keep the process in an InfoPath form. You will see you the various alternatives when creating an approval workflow, with a real-world business demonstration of a company's vacation request form. Quickly create and implement intuitive workflows for your critical IT and business systems, with no programming involved! The concepts in this class are applicable to both SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
I Can See You: SharePoint Pen Testingstarburst image

Security within SharePoint has become top priority through the various events that have been in the news recently. SharePoint is as secure as you make it and as available as much or as little as you decide. Microsoft documentation clearly defines how to configure and secure your environment, yet there are still many environments that are available for the world to see. In this class, we will look at how to audit, scan and pen-test your SharePoint environment.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Making SharePoint 2013 Social and Yammer Work Togetherstarburst image

With Microsoft’s integration of the world’s most popular enterprise social networking platform, Yammer, into their online offerings, many organizations who also have SharePoint 2013 running on premises are wondering how the two coincide. This class will tackle the soft-skills topics of creating and supporting a social organization, but will also address the many integrations between SP2013 and Yammer, with some real-world examples of how to use them side-by-side, or make the transition to a pure-cloud model.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint 2013 Administrator Skills image

In this class, we will go over the different admin topics that are new for 2013. Some experience with 2010 is assumed, so the class can focus on topics new to 2013. Some of the high points will be an overview of how Office Web Apps have changed your farm topology; the move to loving Claims authentication; and why all the talk about host name site collections. For certain, PowerShell will sneak in not because it is new, but because it is that important.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
Taxonomies, Content Types and Metadata, Oh My! image

You really don't want your shiny new SharePoint installation to turn into another file dumping ground, just like the chaotic shared network drive did. If your current SharePoint installation is already heading in that direction, then you really want to take advantage of the power that SharePoint can provide for organizing knowledge and increasing findability. To do this successfully, you MUST understand Content Types and Metadata and how to leverage the tools and features of SharePoint to implement a coherent and usable taxonomy.

In this fast-moving class, you will hear clear (non-jargon) explanations of these taxonomy concepts and how they relate to each other. You will be given tools that you can use to educate your stakeholders, and you will learn how to apply them in a way that makes SharePoint into a much more powerful and useful tool.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
The SharePoint and jQuery Guide

Client-side development using things like jQuery and JavaScript in SharePoint is becoming more and more critical to your business' success every day, and with the new release of SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft's cloud momentum, it will only become more important. No matter which version of SharePoint you are using, this session will show you how to get started with jQuery or to build upon your existing tool set. In this fast, fun, demo-packed class, you will learn:
  • "What's possible," including visual enhancements and practical business intelligence
  • Best practices for deploying and maintaining SharePoint
  • How to get quick wins with little effort using third-party jQuery libraries
  • How to interact with SharePoint forms and lists using JavaScript and jQuery
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Achieving Better Business Productivity Through Apps for Officestarburst image

Since the initial announcement of Apps for Office, originally code-named “Agaves,” this feature of the Office Suite has been under-emphasized and all too often overlooked. Apps for Office, mini-applications that extend what you can do with the new version of Office, is a highly potent platform built into the Office Suite that can be leveraged to increase business productivity. During this session targeted to Business Decision Makers, we will take a look at what Apps for Office entails, how it can be used to add value to your business through real-world scenarios, and understand what opportunities the platform can open up for your business to maximize your existing investment in the Office Suite. By the end, you will have learned how to unlock this powerful tool and immediately increase the productivity of your organization.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Building a Content Site Using SharePoint Server 2013 Web Content Management: Start to Finish

Microsoft made significant investments in SharePoint 2013 in the area of Web Content Management (WCM). In this latest release, WCM has been re-architected to leverage taxonomies for navigation and search, and to serve content directly out of the search index.

In this demo-heavy class, developers, designers and technical power users will see how to create a WCM site; how to implement a managed navigation using taxonomies and surface content from across multiple data sources; and how to implement a custom brand and leverage search to its fullest potential in creating rich and dynamic content-based sites.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials
Creating Simple Dashboards Using Out-of-the-Box Web Parts image

In this class, we will look at some basic out-of-the-box ways to create powerful dashboards for managing teams and projects. Our dashboards will be created using multiple connected Web Parts all configured from the browser. This class will give you a good overview of lists, views, Web Part pages and Web Part connections.  This is a great class for those just getting started with SharePoint and want to push the limits of out-of-the-box configuration.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Gaining Total Control of Your Sites with Data View Web Parts image

You know you want it: total and complete control over the HTML that SharePoint renders for your content. Semantic code. Maybe, if you're feeling adventurous, some HTML 5. Well, the Data View Web Part is the tool for you. This session shows you how to impose your will on Web Part markup, and will give you the tools you need to create highly customized sites without worrying about upgrade woes or installing any code to your server.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials
Making SharePoint Strategicstarburst image

SharePoint must be deployed as a shared system of data, where trusted information is surfaced up from accounting, document management, data collection and governance. Without these components in place, it is questionable whether or not your implementation will succeed. And the question is: How do you create and align a SharePoint roadmap and plan that is strategic to your organization, and not tactically based on implementing SharePoint to perform only a percentage of what it is capable of doing?

Attend this class to learn how to make SharePoint the enterprise system that Microsoft intended it to be. We will discuss deployment strategies, tips for aligning your line of business (LOB) data, and help you conceptualize how your SharePoint implementation can become strategic while devising a business plan for your implementation. You will also learn how to see the tangible, conceptual workplace that your executives had hoped for SharePoint.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Search Tips and Tricks with SharePoint 2013: Maximizing Findability image

Having trouble finding what you’re looking for by using Search? Think SharePoint 2013 will solve all of your search woes? Think again. In this class, learn the top ways to make search results better, including things they don’t tell you about in the manual. See how to use Search to get immediate ROI from your 2013 deployment. Although Search works okay out of the box, the key to unlocking the potential of the new combined SharePoint/FAST search engine starts with ensuring users find the content they are looking for. This class is designed for all professionals who want to get a better understanding about SharePoint search, and learn configuration, content, and governance techniques that help create a better search strategy for their organization.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
Tactical Governance Planning for a Hybrid Environmentstarburst image

According to both Gartner and Microsoft, within the next three to five years the majority of SharePoint environments will move to a hybrid model. With various cloud-based components and mobile offerings, IT owners are rightly concerned about how to manage all of the moving parts. This class will discuss some of the security and management risks involved in a typical hybrid environment, and will walk you through a planning strategy for mitigating these risks.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
What's New in Branding for SharePoint 2013

With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has a made a large investment in new features that allow designers to more easily apply custom styles and branding to their SharePoint sites. In this class, we will look at how the SharePoint branding story has evolved for SharePoint 2013, and explore some of these new features like the Design Manager, Managed Navigation, Device Channels, Composed Looks and more. Whether you are an expert SharePoint 2010 brander or are thinking about designing a site for SharePoint for the first time, this session will provide you with an overview of the important features for creating branding in SharePoint 2013.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating Custom SharePoint Branding in SharePoint 2013

In this class, we will take a deeper look at how branding is created for SharePoint 2013. Some of the topics that will be covered include planning for branding, an in-depth look at how master pages work, how to create custom master pages from scratch using a starter master page, and how branding can be properly packaged for deployment to a production server. Throughout the session, we will look at common gotchas as well tools that can be used to make the job easier.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Introduction to Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Administrators image

Do you plan on working on Microsoft products for the next five years? Do you only know enough about PowerShell to spell it correctly? If you answered yes, then this is the class for you. PowerShell is the present and future tool that is the cornerstone of administering Microsoft products like SharePoint, and if you don’t know it, then you are working too hard. Come to this class to learn the key fundamentals of PowerShell, and how to use those skills to solve every problem you have ever had. That's right! If you have a flat tire, PowerShell can even fix that.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
Real-World Examples of Hybrid Office 365 Environmentsstarburst image

In this class, you’ll see real-world examples of solving problems and finding opportunities when moving part of your workload to the cloud. You’ll be introduced to designing federated searching, cloud crawling, navigation synchronization, line-of-business integration, Active Directory Synchronization, social features, and Office 365 personal sites. This will be a live-demo class and you’ll see an example solution end to end!

Takeaways from this class include an examination of when user experience matters, a look at product features that can help you bridge cloud and on-premise sites, and how organizations solved the social gap between Office 365 and on premise.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Real-World Workflows with Visual Studio 2012, Workflow Manager and Web Services image

In this class, we will explore what's new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability and development perspective. You will learn how SharePoint 2013 now relies on Workflow Manager, both on-premise and in the cloud, to provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform. We'll explore new capabilities such as loops and how to make Web service calls. This demo-heavy class will be for technical power users and developers alike!

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Sharing for the Social Skepticstarburst image

There’s an absolute roar of excitement about social in the enterprise.  Brought together by enhanced tools and lesser fears for how employees will use social technologies, and is definitely the hot thing to have in your implementation plans.  But how does it deliver business value? If you’re skeptical of how social technologies can be leveraged to drive business value, you’ll find the answers here. You will learn how to:
  • Select social initiatives based on business impact
  • Seed social tools for success
  • Measure social impact
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Sometimes, You Have to Kiss a few Frogs: A SharePoint Migration Story—With a few Wartsstarburst image

In the past nine years, SSOE Group has acquired or merged with seven companies, creating an environment where sharing our best practices and collaborating across the world are both more challenging and even more important to our success and the results we deliver for our clients. In this class, we’ll tell you and show you our SharePoint journey from 2007 to 2013: how we worked with our users to understand what information was critical to success, how we created and piloted a design to make sure that our ideas worked as well on paper as they did in practice, how we leveraged some of the unique features of SharePoint 2013 to transform the way we share engineering knowledge across the company, and how we struggled with our vendors, the technology, governance, and just about everything else in between!

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
Using jQuery to Maximize SharePoint Form Usabilitystarburst image

You know what users hate? Ugly, unusable SharePoint forms. You know what developers hate? Cracking open Visual Studio or InfoPath for minor form modifications. There must be a better option.

In this class, you will learn how to use jQuery to transform SharePoint’s out-of-the-box forms to make them dynamic, stylized, and more usable without the need for Visual Studio or InfoPath. Specifically, you will learn:
  • How to hide, show and pre-populate SharePoint Form fields
  • How to create cascading drop-down lists and custom field validations
  • How to turn your bland SharePoint form into a visually stunning masterpiece

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Who Are You and What Do You Want? Working with OAuth in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 relies heavily on OAuth for app integration and user authorization. Learn how to configure and manage OAuth for SharePoint and Office365 applications.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Friday, April 25
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Azure and SharePoint: The Why and The Howstarburst image

SharePoint on premises is a comfort zone most ITPros are comfortable with, one in which 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 and 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 class, 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.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Build SharePoint 2013 Application Solutions - All You Need is a Browser!starburst image

The possibilities are limitless when building SharePoint solutions using just the Internet browser. The simple and intuitive interface makes it very easy to create robust applications. In this class, you will learn how to use the SharePoint 2013 framework of lists, libraries, pages, Web parts and Apps to build powerful SharePoint solutions. You will:
  • Learn browser-based capabilities available in SharePoint 2013
  • Discover the many different types of solutions you can create using just the browser
  • Understand when it's time to move to other no-code or code-based tools
Level: Overview
Audience: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials
Creating a Great User Experience in SharePoint image

Building solutions in SharePoint isn’t simply about getting the functionality right based on the business requirements. Developers must think about the entire user experience. In this interactive class, we’ll discuss questions like:
  • How should the user feel when they use this piece of functionality?
  • Will they see it as saving them work or creating new work?
  • How will it compare to what they see on the consumer Web?
We’ll look at good and bad examples from SharePoint itself, as well as specific customizations.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
Implementing ECM Solutions with SharePoint 2013starburst image

Though born as a document management solution in 2001, most organizations haven’t tapped the document management and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) features in SharePoint.  In this class, we’ll walk through some of SharePoint 2013’s more powerful ECM features.  You’ll learn how to leverage Content by Search to improve the ability to locate content in SharePoint, as well as how to leverage enhancements in document sets to build richer ECM scenario solutions. Attend this class to:
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the  key changes in Records Management capabilities
  • Explore key usability improvements
  • Learn how to soup up your search using new search features
Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Designer Workflows: Working with E-mailsstarburst image

When creating e-mails via workflow in SharePoint Designer, how can you make the e-mails pretty and professional-looking? How can you create multiple e-mail actions more efficiently? What exactly is the Task Process Designer? In this class, you will learn everything you need to know about working with e-mail and task actions in SharePoint Designer workflows. You will learn all of the ins and outs of making the workflow e-mails look nice, including adding custom colors, images and hyperlinks to add your own brand. You will also see how to make use of variables in an efficient way so as not to duplicate work when creating several similar e-mails in a workflow.

In this class, we will also dig into working with task assignments via workflows. The Task Process Designer in SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows has many different configuration options and ways to tweak your approval processes. This class is applicable to both SharePoint Designer 2010 and 2013 workflows, and requires no programming.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint Power Hour: New Developer APIs and Features for Apps for SharePointstarburst image

This class will show how the preview Office 365 Platform APIs can be leveraged to stitch together a business solution combining the power of SharePoint, Exchange and OneDrive for Business from one single API and authentication approach in Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 apps and many more platforms. The class will also cover the new APIs available in Apps for Office and Apps for SharePoint launched in the last six months. You will leave this class with a better understanding of:
  • What new APIs are available, in preview, in the Office 365 Platform
  • How to use these APIs in your platform of choice
  • Some sample business scenarios for leveraging these APIs
  • The new APIs released for Apps for Office and Apps for SharePoint
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
Start Using Power View Todaystarburst image

Power View is the inviting analytic tool in the Microsoft BI toolbox that users from all walks of business should be using today. This tool can be leveraged to create dynamic and provoking reports. There are three different platforms from which this can be done: SharePoint Server, Office 365, and Excel 2013.

This class is all about real business scenarios and demos using public data (which you can download). You will be shown how to create sexy reports, including usage of advanced topics such as multi-view, publishing, connecting to multiple data sources, and using the play axis (progression of data over time). Finally, each demo will be done on a different platform so that you can learn how to utilize Power View to its fullest capability.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Unlocking the Secrets of SharePoint User Adoptionstarburst image

One of biggest challenges with the introduction of new technologies—especially collaboration technologies—is getting people to use them. Are you wondering how best practice organizations are engaging users to ensure successful adoption of SharePoint? Thinking about what you can do to make sure that your solution gets adopted? Are you curious about which features of SharePoint 2013 can help your user adoption plan?

This class is designed to showcase proven examples and strategies to unlock the secrets of user adoption success. The topics will cover why it is important to invest in user adoption planning, practical and creative examples of user adoption strategies that work, critical elements for your user adoption plan, and 12 secrets to help ensure that if you build it, they WILL come!

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, Project Managers
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Above the Clouds: Data Visualization in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365starburst image

SharePoint 2013 and SQL deliver more ways than ever to use and explore enterprise data. Join us for a whirlwind tour of Excel Services, Power View, BCS, PerformancePoint and SQL Reporting Services.   We’ll go through the business case for each, followed by a live demo of how the solution is built. There’s something for everyone, whether or not you’ve ever written code! We’ll conclude with an introduction to the newest BI tool for Office 365 (only!), Power BI.

Level: Advanced
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
Anatomy of a Display Templatestarburst image

If you’ve enjoyed working with Data View Web Parts (DVWPs) and XSL in the past, SharePoint 2013’s Display Templates may be just the right thing for you. If you consider yourself a front-end coder, they may be just right for you as well. Display Templates are a new way to format and display data in SharePoint 2013 for search results, the Content Search Web Part (CSWP), Refinement Web Parts, and more.

Display Templates use HTML and JavaScript rather than XSL to format data on the client-side. We can develop our own Display Templates and combine them with third-party tools to create rich, powerful content rendering to equal the best websites out there. We’ll go through the anatomy of some of the most useful out-of-the-box Display Templates and look at how you can build your own useful customizations.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
Code Solutions to Improve SharePoint Performance and Scalability via Caching

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s often misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this class, we’ll walk through and demonstrate code samples to discuss the reasons why developers need to be "cache aware" in order to sidestep common performance and responsiveness issues in SharePoint.

We'll also investigate the array of programmatic options that are available to developers who wish to employ or extend SharePoint caching, including ASP.NET caching mechanisms, caching options for Web Parts, fragment caching, post-cache substitution, and the creation of an IVaryByCustomHandler implementation. By the end of this class, developers will have some new tricks to improve the performance and scalability of their SharePoint code using caching.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials
Content Aggregation in SharePoint 2013starburst image

The Content Search Web Part (CSWP) is a new Web Part introduced in SharePoint 2013 that uses various styling options to display dynamic content on SharePoint pages. The CSWP goes beyond what the Content Query Web Part can do. Instead of being limited to returning content only from within a single site collection, the CSWP displays search results from an associated search query which expands the scope of the content that can be returned. In this class, you will learn how to use the new CSWP as well as change the display templates to control the formatting of the results. This class targets end users and "power users," though developers first getting into CSWP will also benefit.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials
Planning Site Contentstarburst image

Content is the most important element of successful SharePoint projects. But how many projects incorporate proper content-planning activities? Learn useful approaches for starting with information architecture and governance. Not sure which site template, 
list template or Web Part is right for your content? See a practical approach
 to exploring SharePoint features safely in any environment.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint Authentication and Authorization: The Basics

No matter which project, client or product you work with, there will always be a need to authenticate and authorize users into the solution. Most SharePoint implementations use Active Directory, but did you know that SharePoint can talk to a whole array of authentication frameworks? In this class, we will look at the core authentication and authorization mechanisms and how to configure them for use in your SharePoint Environment. We will introduce the idea of claims authentication and how this fundamentally changes the authentication and authorization components of SharePoint.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Transitioning your SharePoint Solution Model Skills to the new SharePoint App Modelstarburst image

This class will discuss the journey of transitioning from the SharePoint Solution model to the SharePoint App model for building business solutions. If you’re thinking of starting to develop a business solution on top of SharePoint or considering converting an existing one to the App model, this is one class you don’t want to miss. Demonstrations on how to get started and what resources you’ll need on your journey will be discussed in addition to situations when to use the new app model or use full-trust solutions in your on-premises environment. You will leave this class with a better understanding of:
  • Utilizing the new SharePoint App model to bring your business solutions to SharePoint 2013
  • The alternatives to common Solution model approaches in the App model approach
  • Learn how to take advantage of the newly released Office AMS CodePlex project
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Deep Dive into the Content Query Web Part image

Some people think the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is no longer used because of the introduction of the Content Search Web Part. No, the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is not dead and is still very powerful and used today in SharePoint 2013. This class focuses on pushing the CQWP further than the out-of-the-box configurations by using overrides to modify the Web Part’s behavior such as QueryOverride to add more than three filters. In this class, you will also learn how to work with Managed Navigation and the CQWP. This session is geared towards "power users" and end users, though developers first getting started with CQWP will benefit.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Designing Change—Triggering Cultural Metamorphosis

Organizational change management is one of the most overlooked and under-planned parts of many SharePoint implementations. You simply cannot afford to ignore the importance of this topic. Successful organizational change management is a critical component to ensuring the success of any SharePoint initiative.

In this class, we will discuss field-proven tactics to help your users make sense of the change that your SharePoint solution will inevitably bring into their daily work lives. You will learn a user adoption framework and some factors you should consider when planning your next SharePoint initiative. We will challenge the mindset that adoption can be driven, and embrace the concept of designing change for long-term sustainable cultural acceptance.

By attending this class, you will be able to:
  • Design your own organizational change-management strategy
  • Understand how to foster user adoption
  • Understand how to engage and build solution champions
  • Build a communication plan
  • Apply field-tested strategies in your organization
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Business Decision Makers, Developer Essentials, Project Managers
How the SharePoint App Store Positions Your Company for World Dominationstarburst image

Now that SharePoint 2013 is available, almost every SharePoint user wants to know, “What the heck is the App Store? How will it impact my environment? How will it impact me?” In this class, you’ll learn how the App Store will help you unlock the full potential of SharePoint by offering business users the ability to download valuable apps from a public marketplace (without posing risk to the environment) and use them to create better SharePoint solutions that IT can easily support and maintain. An app from the App Store could be the difference between an average SharePoint site and one that takes your team to the next level. Come witness how the App Store will help you improve SharePoint adoption and enable you to focus on more strategic projects and daily SLAs.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Rev Your Engines: SharePoint 2013 Performance Enhancements

Learn how to take advantage of the capabilities in SharePoint to handle new workloads, increase scalability, and improve overall application performance. This class will begin with getting the most out of your SharePoint 2010 implementation, and then will look at some new features in SharePoint 2013 that can really help you max out its performance.

Level: Advanced
Audience: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Authentication and Authorization: Federation and the Cloud

This is part two of “SharePoint Authentication and Authorization,” and will it focus on how to utilize federation technology for authentication. We will use Active Directory Federated Services to allow both internal and external users to collaborate through SharePoint. Of course it cannot be completely external unless we introduce the cloud and how that changes what is possible. Using Office 365, Windows Azure, Active Directory Federated Services and your internal domain, you are able to authenticate and authorize users from anywhere at any time. In this class, we will step through the configuration of what is possible utilizing the cloud.

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

A Practical External Data Source Examplestarburst image

Move beyond the conceptual overview of external data and business connectivity services with a practical implementation. See an external data source configured from scratch
 and examples of practical uses of the information within SharePoint.
 This includes external lists, external data columns and search. Learn how a source
 database with millions of rows of data can be added to SharePoint and used
 easily. Past a basic overview, but at a high enough level to cover multiple scenarios of general use.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Enhance SharePoint with Responsive Web Design

One of the hottest topics in Web design over the last few years has been Responsive Web Design (RWD). The theory of one site structure for all modern Web devices, from desktops to tablets and smartphones, has also attracted SharePoint developers. Unfortunately, the complexity of RWD has been a stumbling block for many.

In this class, we will start with an overview of Responsive Web Design followed, by an in-depth look into the theory, practice, pros and cons of applying a responsive design to SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 sites. We will also consider SharePoint 2013 Device Channels, and review how Responsive Web Design can play a role in current and future SharePoint branding projects. We will finish with a dive into the code, and learn how to create a SharePoint site that is both responsive and attractive.

Building on the previous class, "Shape SharePoint 2013 for Mobile," this session is geared toward Web developers, programmers and IT to learn how to utilize and apply RWD, and to enhance SharePoint for modern Internet devices. You will not only be exposed to the concepts of what Responsive Web Design is and how it functions, but also the pros and cons of utilizing RWD and how best to apply it directly to SharePoint. After a thorough review and deep-dive demo, you will understand the code and learn what to expect. Finally, you will better understand how SharePoint 2013 handles mobile computing and how Responsive Web Design can enhance SharePoint 2013's mobile computing shortcomings. Highlights:
  • Discover what Responsive Web Design is all about.
  • Understand how to utilize Responsive Web Design in your SharePoint project.
  • Learn how to leverage this knowledge in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 and modern Internet devices.
Level: Advanced
Audience: Developer Essentials
Non-Developer Options for Creating Solutions in SharePoint 2013starburst image

There is a great developer story with the introduction of Apps now in SharePoint 2013. However, what if you are not a code developer? What options do you have to 'develop solutions' in SharePoint 2013? This class will explore the different no-code development opportunities in SharePoint 2013. You will:
  • Gain an understanding of tools available to build no-code solutions
  • Learn about SharePoint Designer Workflows capability
  • Know when to go the code route
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Unifying SharePoint 2013 Content with Content Enrichment Servicestarburst image

The NTT Data team leads architecture and development of a public-facing search driven SharePoint 2013 portal for NetScout, a manufacturer of the nGenius and Sniffer solutions deployed at more than 20,000 of the world’s largest enterprises and government agencies. This class will provide:
  • Real-life business cases for search driven-content and navigation
  • Shortcomings and workarounds of SP2103 search
  • Design, implementation and deployment of Content Enrichment Service, a new feature of SharePoint 2013
  • Overview of multiple related search features of SharePoint 2013, such as CSWP and display templates
  • Dive into Term Store API as a foundation for Search-driven navigation

Level: Advanced
Audience: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
Upgrading InfoPath: Real Problems, Real Solutionsstarburst image

As InfoPath has matured through different versions, so has the integration with SharePoint. InfoPath forms have been implemented in many ways to solve business needs. One of the challenges with upgrading to SharePoint 2013 is upgrading these forms and solutions. This class will walk through the upgrade of a SharePoint 2010 site with an InfoPath form deployed, and demonstrate the potential pitfalls and solutions to ensure a successful upgrade to SharePoint and InfoPath 2013.

Level: Intermediate
Audience: IT Pro Essentials



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