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Classes

Session Levels   Topic Areas

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 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, 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, and content types.

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Monday, March 4
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

A Pragmatist's Guide to Designing Enterprise Content Typesstarburst image

The proper design of content types is an essential element of an enterprise content management (ECM) strategy, but many organizations struggle with designing content types to support findability and information management. This class will discuss concrete approaches to the discovery, identification, design and deployment of content types to support ECM success.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Collaboration on SharePoint: What Does It Actually Mean for Your Organization?starburst image

SharePoint is viewed as a tool for collaboration, but what do you need to know and do in order to get a successful result? In this class, we'll explore the different types of collaboration SharePoint offers and help you better understand what each means and how to apply it to your organization.

We will also examine the tools in SharePoint to determine which are best suited to different types of collaboration goals and how to align these for maximum business value. In addition, we will look at real-world examples of how organizations have successfully introduced a collaboration solution on SharePoint, and how governance, business alignment, change management and effective training enabled their business to achieve significant value from SharePoint.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, Project Managers
How to Install SharePoint 2013 Without Messing It Upstarburst image image

Now that the SharePoint 2013 is out, we all want to spin up a shiny new VM and take it for a test drive. In this session, Todd and Shane will do their darnedest to walk you through some of the sticky spots of SharePoint 2013 and get a farm built. Hopefully the demo gods will smile down on them.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field

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

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Solving SharePoint Deployment Problems by Addressing Business Model and Culture Problemsstarburst image

In this thought-provoking class, we will discuss why a mature, working business model is crucial to the success of your implementation and use of SharePoint. Most business model problems will result in deployment issues, though they won’t be seen as business issues; instead, they will be seen as technology problems. This class is like no other you’ve attended, so come ready to learn and be challenged on your assumptions about how software and business models integrate. This is not a technical class and is intended for business leaders of SharePoint deployments and business decision makers.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers
Ten Best SharePoint Features You’ve Never Used image

Your team is competent in the SharePoint basics of adding, editing, and removing content. Maybe someone on your team has even become quite adept at building SharePoint Designer workflows. But most books and articles seem to jump from the basic to the incredibly complex, where you have to be a developer to understand the content and much less utilize it in your SharePoint environment. This session seeks to bridge that gap, demonstrating 10 of the best features that you've likely never used, but should be.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
User-Centric Design: How to Leverage Use Cases and User Scenarios to Design SharePoint Functionalitystarburst image

What content do users need to perform their tasks? How can that content be optimally organized? There are many choices that can be made when designing SharePoint environments; given multiple ways to organize information, what is the correct option? Design can be optimized through user scenarios and use cases.

This class will discuss methods to design SharePoint applications that provide content in the context of user tasks based on audience analysis, use cases, content alignment and iterative testing and validation. We’ll walk through key information architecture approaches and research, validation, and testing techniques (heuristics, affinity modeling, bulletin-board focus groups, audience, task and content mapping) to ensuring maximum usability of SharePoint 2010. A basic knowledge of search, taxonomy, metadata and content management principles is required.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
What IS SharePoint Development?

Tired of out-of-the-box SharePoint not getting the job done? Does it seem to always get you 80% of the way there and then you run into a brick wall? Have you hired a "SharePoint developer" who keeps wanting to open up Visual Studio and add weeks to your deadlines for even the simplest tasks? Why bother using SharePoint at all if everything seems to take longer to develop?

Maybe the solution is to fully understand what SharePoint Development means? SharePoint development does not always mean opening up Visual Studio and deploying solutions. There are many tools in the SharePoint developer toolkit, and a developer who understands all the options can drastically cut down development time and frustration with SharePoint. In this class, you will learn:
  • The different methods of developing in SharePoint.
  • How to determine which method is best for your situation.
  • How to combine different development methods to get the best solution possible.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Project Managers
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Building Apps for SharePoint 2013starburst image image

Microsoft has added a new development opportunity for customers to extend SharePoint 2013 sites: the new App Model. This new development model greatly expands the things customers can do with hosted SharePoint sites, such as those in Office365. In this class, we'll explore and build the different types of apps you can build in SharePoint 2013 (SharePoint-Hosted, Provider-Hosted, Auto-Hosted), understand the nuances of the different deployment models (on-prem or Office365), distribution (public/corporate marketplace), and licensing. Throughout the class, you will see advantages and disadvantages of each option as well as walk away with some valuable tools, tips and tricks!

Please note: Some of the material is this class may be repeated from the full-day workshop "Building Apps for SharePoint 2013 Inside and Outside of the Firewall."

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Project Managers
Converting an E-mail Culture into a SharePoint Culturestarburst image

E-mail is pervasive. Despite the social media pundits claiming that e-mail is dead, it still overflows mailboxes and inundates everyone in an organization. In this session, we’ll illuminate a path from an e-mail addiction to a healthy relationship with e-mail. Along the way, we’ll talk about what’s wrong with the obsession with e-mail and the tools that we have to move the organization down the path of recovery—and what gets in the way.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker 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
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Delivering Value to Users with SharePoint Searchstarburst image

With such high user expectations around search in SharePoint, how do you ensure that your search experience aligns with the business and user expectations? In this class, you will learn how various organizations have harnessed the power of search within SharePoint to create an effective solution and solve challenges around the findability of information.

Depending on the organizational context, search within SharePoint can be used to solve multiple business issues and provide real value to end users. Starting from creating a vision around search, looking at how to effectively capture search requirements, governing your search implementation and providing effective training, this class will equip you with the tools needed to improve your SharePoint search experience. Bringing together real-world experiences and techniques, this session is a must for those who would like to learn how to improve their SharePoint search experience.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Getting Stuff Done! Managing Tasks with SharePoint Designer Workflowsstarburst image

Technology is easy, people are hard! Designing and building workflow solutions that address the complexity of real-world human interaction is often underestimated. This class will walk-through designing and building SharePoint Designer workflow solutions for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Looking Under the Hood: How Your Metadata Strategy Impacts Everything You Do

For many users, the importance of a strong metadata and taxonomy strategy is unclear. This presentation will walk through some common end-user scenarios (adding documents to a library, participating in an enterprise workflow, and finding technical expertise through some of the new social search features in SharePoint 2010), and discuss the metadata and taxonomy implications. The goal of the presentation is to show the importance of metadata and a taxonomy strategy, how the lack of a strategy can impact these common scenarios, and the ability to leverage the full functionality of SharePoint.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010

Most companies, large or small, require contact and collaboration with external entities, whether they are vendors, clients, or contractors. SharePoint gives us the ability to open up portals for collaboration with these external entities, and this session will show you how to accomplish this using SharePoint 2010.

We will review what is required to make SharePoint “open” to the external world and discuss scenarios regarding security and privacy. We will also walk through configuring Forms-Based Authentication, Claims-Based Authentication, as well as using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 to authenticate and manage our external users. Once completing this session, you should have a firm grasp on how to configure an extranet environment using SharePoint 2010, as well as what should be considered during the planning of your extranet scenarios.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Solutions with SPServicesstarburst image

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 session, 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.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Creating Data-Centric Composite Applications with SharePoint Designer 2010

Integrate your line of business data from a variety of sources into a single SharePoint solution. This session will demonstrate how the XSLT Web parts (List View and Data View) in SharePoint Designer can be used to gather data from SharePoint Lists, Libraries, Databases and Web Services. You will also learn how to conditionally format the data. In addition, you will also see how data from multiple data sources can be connected to produce a unified view of related information. But, that's not all... You will also see how to update data back in your line of business application through this mechanism. All without a single line of code!

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Intro to Branding

Between having on-premise SharePoint or having SharePoint in the cloud, more and more people are faced with creating a SharePoint site that is engaging and speaks to their business brand. This class will answer the question of how to start that process. We will look at the technologies involved in applying style to SharePoint 2010 both in the farm and in Office 365 SharePoint Online.

The focus will be techniques that anyone can approach, including creating and applying themes, working with CSS, and starting the process of working with SharePoint master pages. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how to make your SharePoint 2010 website look more like your existing corporate Web design.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Planning For The End User: What You Need to Knowstarburst image image

How do you know if you have successfully upgraded SharePoint? Many organizations know they have been successful when end users are using new SharePoint functionality to solve real business challenges. The impact to end users before, during, and after an upgrade is tremendous and requires careful planning to mitigate unexpected costs, and to ensure that the new SharePoint investment returns the maximum expected value.

If the purpose and success of most SharePoint upgrades relies on end-user readiness, it will be critical to plan for how the upgrade will impact users. Attend this class to learn what tactical things should be considered (and shouldn’t be overlooked) and how the business can support end users before, during, and after they have upgraded.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Authentication and Authorization

No matter which project, client or product you work with, there will always be a need to authenticate and authorize users into the solution. Historically, SharePoint has not always been the easiest platform to use for this, but now with the advent of SharePoint 2010, this changes the game.

In this class, we will look at the array of out-of-the-box approaches. Using a real-world business requirement, we will use the Windows Identity Foundation to create a trusted identity provider that will allow for single sign-on between other SharePoint sites. We will also perform the SharePoint configuration to implement this with the standard out-of-the-box security of SharePoint to ensure authentication and authorization is completed easily.

Using this technology, you will be able to see how SharePoint 2010 is more than capable of authenticating and authorizing users from any line of business or custom authentication store. By the end of this class, you will be able to identify the many authentication approaches, as well as when to use a specific type of authentication or authorization within your solutions.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Lied: It Isn’t a Document Management System, It’s Really a File Management Systemstarburst image

Do you feel that SharePoint document management is missing something? It is. It's missing documents. Sure, it manages files well enough, but are files and documents the same thing? This class focuses on the relationships and differences between files and documents, and the effects they have on SharePoint's document-management capabilities. We will look at what we should expect from a true document-management system, and examine some strategies for converting SharePoint from just a file-management system to a document-management system.

You will gain concrete insights into why their SharePoint implementations are not fulfilling their document-management needs, and what requirements you should consider when embarking on or enhancing a SharePoint document-management implementation. You will be able to express to upper management what you need from their document management system and why. Experience working with non-trivial documents, especially in scenarios where a team must contribute to the same document, is helpful.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint MoneyBall: The Art of Winning the SharePoint Metrics Gamestarburst image

Have you been asked to demonstrate how your SharePoint solution is delivering meaningful value to your organization? Even if management isn’t asking you today, you should still be prepared. Measurement is not just about looking for a bottom-line result to justify investments. It’s also a tool to provide feedback about where the organization is along the road to successfully leveraging investments in SharePoint and the business outcomes it provides. At every stage in the development of your solution, metrics provide a valuable means for focusing attention on desired behaviors and results. This class will showcase a practical and realistic framework for SharePoint metrics based on real-world examples and successes including:
  • Suggestions for measurement approaches at all stages of your SharePoint initiative
  • Practical approaches to apply to your own SharePoint initiatives
  • Real measurement examples that you can re-use
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials
Ten Non-SharePoint Technical Issues That Can Doom Your Implementationstarburst image

You’ve heard that SharePoint implementations are technically challenging and complex because of all of the pieces. However, the real truth is that much of what makes SharePoint difficult to implement correctly has nothing to do with SharePoint and everything to do with implementing the core technologies. In this session, we’ll tour the most common issues with the supporting technologies that cause frustration and performance issues. You will leave armed with a set of specific criteria and architecture principles that will lead you to a successful implementation.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
The Magic Revealed: Four Real-World Examples of Using the Client Object Model

Before SharePoint 2010, custom code business solutions were limited to two methods: Writing server-side code or utilizing Web Services. The issue with rolling code on the server was one of governance and security, which many enterprises restrict. The issue with Web services is that the developer is limited to what methods are exposed, and writing complex code that required knowledge of SOAP and AJAX to present a modern-day Web interface. The Client Object Model offers an alternative.

Leveraging this technology, a developer can create business applications that do not sit on the server. Most importantly, developers can leverage technology they already know. This is fundamentally the only introduction on how to use the Client Object Model you will ever need. The reason for this is because the four real-world examples chosen cover a broad range of foundational possibilities.

We will review these examples, which will include highly visible Internet sites, in detail with customized instructions given to you on how to implement them. By the end of the session, you will understand when it is best to use each component of the technology, and have a clear understanding of the Client Object Model.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Better Document Management Using SharePoint image

Get your SharePoint ready for managing your most valuable documents and for automating your business processes associated with these important documents, such as contracts, HR records, sales proposals, etc.

This class, which applies to SharePoint 2010 and 2013 versions, will teach you how to effectively use features like Content Types, Data Types, Metadata, Document Sets, Workflow and add-on solutions to organize your business documents.

This class is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Driving the business case and user adoption for SharePoint 2010 and 2013 image

Attend this class for an informative presentation on driving the business case and user adoption for SharePoint. The class will focus on how you can get the most out of SharePoint and what aspects of the product get your users most excited about it. Topics covered include how to evaluate business needs and priorities, SharePoint usability and employee training, governance and security, and the value of bringing together disparate line of business systems to connect systems and business units across the enterprise.

This class is sponsored by Gig Werks.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers
Easy Mapping In SharePoint image

Learn how to quickly create, display and share your information on interactive maps within SharePoint. After attending this class, you’ll be able to download Esri's Web Parts free of charge and begin analyzing your data on interactive, dynamic maps.

This class is sponsored by Esri.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Information Worker Essentials
The Missing Link: Content-Aware Integration to SharePoint image

Seamless integration between SharePoint and common business applications such as ERPs greatly simplifies user interaction with SharePoint and, over time, drives increased adoption. This class will review a simple method for users to quickly and accurately contribute documents to SharePoint, with all the associated metadata, as well as retrieve relevant documents from SharePoint, directly from the familiar business applications they use every day. With support for both paper and electronic documents, we’ll demonstrate how users across the enterprise can store, search and retrieve SharePoint content with a single click.

This class is sponsored by Bottomline Technologies.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Workflow for Everyone in the SharePoint 2013 Era image

Nintex is ready to deliver Workflow for Everyone to SharePoint 2013. This class will explain and demonstrate new developments in its flagship Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms products. You'll see how we extend SharePoint in all of its incarnations, including new investments in mobile, social, and cloud functionality. By attending, you'll get a clear picture of what we add to SharePoint 2013 and how you can benefit from it.

This class is sponsored by Nintex.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Creating a Great User Experience in SharePointstarburst 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 session, 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: Overview
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
How to Best Develop Requirements for SharePoint Projectsstarburst image

Poor requirements can be attributed to failed SharePoint implementations. The key to successful SharePoint implementation is properly developing requirements. A lot of people know that this is important; however, only a handful of folks truly understand what it takes to do this right.
In this class, you will learn key techniques in effectively eliciting, analyzing, prioritizing, validating and documenting requirements for SharePoint projects. In addition, you will be able to identify:
  • Why having a well-defined business case is necessary to effectively initiate requirements gathering
  • Key components of requirements development process
  • Why requirements traceability is paramount in defining ROI in SharePoint projects
All PMP certified attendees will earn 1 PDU for attending this class.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
Law & Order: Content Governance Strategiesstarburst image

SharePoint out of the box is a powerful platform. Unfortunately, many 
organizations seem to think that governance is also out of the box. It
 isn't. The result? Site sprawl, unfettered content, and general process
 lawlessness. This is a fairly common problem, and there are definitely
 steps you can tackle to quickly get back on track. In this class, we'll 
discuss several real-world strategies for gaining control over your
 SharePoint environments, better aligning your SharePoint efforts
 with organizational goals, and dramatically improving your chances of
 meeting end user expectations.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Lists: Used, Abused and Underappreciated

No matter which version of SharePoint 2007 or 2010 you’re using (Foundation, Server, Enterprise, or SharePoint Online), you’re almost certainly using one or more lists or libraries. These containers form the core for almost all functionality in the SharePoint platform. Yet, most organizations are not fulfilling the potential these lists offer to users and consumers. Are your users still looking for documents by using the default views? Are they navigating a library the same way they use the file share? Learn some of the tips and tricks used to improve your users’ experiences and help them find the content they’re looking for more easily. Come to this class to:
  • Learn best practices for creating, configuring, and using lists.
  • See examples of list and library Web Parts used to display list content more effectively.
  • Create list views that increase user adoption and effectiveness.
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint Data Anywhere and Everywherestarburst image

The future of application development is increasingly focused on open standards and client-side programming. SharePoint supports a variety of Web service technologies to support client-side programming and enterprise application integration. This class will examine the capabilities of the SharePoint ASMX Web Services, the Client Object Model, and the RESTful API for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
SharePoint Speedmetal for Adminsstarburst image

This is the fastest general overview of SharePoint admin and architecture, east or west of the Mississippi! Attend this class for a rapid-fire introduction to architecture, installation, upgrade, administration, troubleshooting and optimization. Based on more than 10 years in the field designing and supporting enterprise SharePoint installations, we’ll go through a live upgrade, set up search and security, troubleshoot a slow SQL server and a “bad” Web Part, and more! In addition, you'll learn seven best and seven worst practices for running an enterprise SharePoint farm. Finally, we’ll recap the most common end-user support requests and resolutions.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Understanding and Implementing Governance for SharePoint 2010

“SharePoint Governance” is a buzz-phrase that many talk about, but few understand. In this informative class, the instructor will draw on real-world examples of working with SharePoint platforms, coupled with his real-world business management experience, to offer a practical model on how Governance should work with SharePoint and your ECM systems. You will learn the pitfalls to avoid as well as receive the Best Practices on Governance implementation.

You also will learn the decision points necessary to develop a Federated Governance Model that provides flexibility, scalability and accountability. This class will likely challenge the status quo in your organization, so come prepared to learn and think through the key issues that you’re facing in your environment. No demonstrations will be given in this class. One Job Aid poster will be made available to session attendees.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
What’s new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013starburst image image

In this class, we'll explore what's new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability and development perspective. You’ll learn how SharePoint 2013 now relies on Windows Azure Workflow, both on-premises and in the cloud, to provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform. We’ll explore new capabilities such as loops, Web service calls and the new DynamicValue data type. Finally, you will see what improvements have been made to the workflow authoring tools, SharePoint Designer 2013, and Visual Studio 2012.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Tuesday, March 5
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Building a SharePoint Enterprise Content Management Strategy and Road Map: On Premise and Office 365starburst image

This class is an introduction to building URL taxonomies, noun taxonomies, and associated process discovery methods in a simple and straightforward approach. You'll leave with confidence and direction on how to improve the odds of success in your ECM implementation. If you are tasked with implementing SharePoint Server and/or Office 365, then this class is for you!

Come see how to create an Enterprise Content Management plan that supports and aligns with your File Plan, Social, Collaboration, and Business Process Automation. First, we'll talk about discovering actionable requirements: technical, cultural and functional. You'll see real-world examples of different architecture choices and how governance controls affect the implementation of SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 365 ECM. Last, we'll have a discussion around hybrid information architecture between an on-premise SharePoint environment and Office 365.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Building Enterprise Records Management Solutions for SharePoint 2010

In this session you'll learn the basics of records management as it applies to SharePoint -- what records are and what is important to know about how SharePoint treats them. You'll also learn the key features that are available in SharePoint to support your records management initiative, including declaring records both in-place and in a record center, document ids, content organizer, eDiscovery features, and managed metadata.  Join this quick trip around the SharePoint records landscape.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
From Vision to Reality: It Doesn't Take Magic to get SharePoint User Adoptionstarburst image

Even with the most well-architected, well-designed SharePoint solution, there is no guarantee that users will be jumping over themselves to use it! SharePoint provides a convenient and often personalized way for your employees to find the information and tools they need to be more productive. However, as great as SharePoint is, it comes with a unique challenge: You often have to convince users to give it a try!

So, just how are best-practice organizations engaging users to drive successful adoption? What can you do to make sure that your SharePoint solution gets adopted? Here’s a hint: The secret starts with understanding the business problem you’re trying to solve. This class will show you how to unlock more of the secrets to user adoption success.
In this class, you will learn:
  • Why it is important to invest in user adoption planning to achieve your solution objectives – and how to “sell” this message to your executives
  • Critical elements for user adoption planning
  • Practical and creative examples of user adoption strategies that work
  • How to make sure that if you build it, they WILL come!
Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers
Integrating SharePoint 2010, 2013 and Visual Studio Lightswitch

Visual Studio LightSwitch is a tool that's designed to let power users build data-centric business applications for the desktop and cloud. The tooling takes care of code generation, data access and common infrastructure needs, allowing the application builder to focus on business logic. If enhanced functionality is required, developers can extend the application with custom .NET code. In terms of data access, LightSwitch applications can use many data sources, including SharePoint 2010 or 2013. In this class, you'll see how to build client, Web, and mobile LightSwitch applications that use data from SharePoint. You’ll also see how you can use LightSwitch to build SharePoint 2013 Apps.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Developer Essentials
SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need to Know

There are countless challenges when dealing with business data, including higher overhead for IT to service user requests; multiple places to administer, manage and maintain; high data integration costs (100% custom and often one-offs); silos or islands of business data leading to redundant data or processes; and multiple interfaces creating user dissatisfaction and increased training costs.

SharePoint is a platform than can help significantly reduce the challenges mentioned above by using an interoperable platform of connected services. In this class, we will explore SharePoint's new interoperability underpinnings as well as the BCS to determine how they can be leveraged effectively in real-world scenarios.

We will cover:
  • SharePoint’s important interoperability
  • What is the BCS?
  • External content types
  • External columns
  • External lists
  • Extensibility and tooling
  • Other ways SharePoint leverages the BCS
  • Demonstration of BCS
  • The limitations of BCS

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials
Solving Enterprise Search Challenges with SharePoint 2010

As companies seek to deliver more value with fewer IT dollars, they turn to SharePoint 2010 to deliver on the promise of "more for less." SharePoint 2010 Search offers a great deal of functionality beyond simple document search that can be derived through configuration and user-interface customization. This class presents strategies for handling special search scenarios like line-of-business data, addresses and custom metadata. This class also presents techniques for rendering metadata and presenting the result in a way that is actionable to end users. The tips and techniques are presented as patterns that can be used in many different search situations:

•    Search configuration overview
•    Presenting Global Links to File Shares
•    Rendering metadata in search results
•    Creating a 360 degree view of your line-of-business data
•    Creating actionable search results

This class is primarily for IT Pros, but can be for developers that want to know what can be done with Search out of the box.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
SQL Server 2012 — Why It Is So Important to SharePointstarburst image

SQL Server 2012 is the next version of SQL Server and it is full of Business Intelligence (BI) enhancements that positively affect SharePoint. What does this mean in terms of SharePoint and the BI stack? What does this mean to users? Finally, how does SQL Server 2012 address business pain in conjunction with SharePoint? This session answers these questions.

Using SharePoint Foundation and SQL Server 2012, you will see how SQL Server 2012 fits into the SharePoint ecosystem and architecture. The Shared Services architecture will be reviewed. The tools, Power View and SQL Reporting Services, and Alerting will be looked at specifically in a SharePoint and business user context. The purpose is twofold: Understanding the ramifications of SQL Server 2012 on SharePoint BI. and understanding the business need these tools address. You will leave the session with a greater understanding of the impact of SQL Server 2012 on their SharePoint installations and, more importantly, on their business.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
The SharePoint 2013 Information Workers Toolsetstarburst image image

With the release of SharePoint 2013, many changes have come to the Information Worker. While it’s true our toolset is changing, our purpose is still the same: Building powerful composite solutions for the organization without requiring resources from IT. In this class, we are going to explore the different tools available and look at the best way to use them together to build composite solutions.

We will cover topics such as: SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, and Access Services, as well as review solutions in 2010 and how they would be built using the tools in 2013. If you are an Information Worker who will be upgrading to 2013, or even a SharePoint Governance Team member, then this class is definitely for you!

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Building a Content site using SharePoint Server 2013 Web Content Management: Start to Finishstarburst image image

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 serving 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
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Getting the Best use out of SharePoint Designer 2010

Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010, a free application, is "The Preferred" tool to design powerful no-code solutions and applications on top of SharePoint 2010. You can manage site metadata, security, list and library settings, build site-based workflows, connect to a variety of data sources and more.

In this session, you will understand why it is imperative for every organization to invest in learning this tool to truly realize their investment in SharePoint. We'll focus on the "need to know" facilities in this product to make you extremely effective at building your solutions instead of performing the actions in the browser or through code in Visual Studio.

This class sets the foundation for "Creating Data Centric Composite Applications with SharePoint Designer 2010."

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
How “Un-Social” is SharePoint?starburst image

The word on the street is that SharePoint is going social. Microsoft spent $1.2 billion dollars on Yammer. Do they know something you don’t? Maybe…maybe not.
 
In this light hearted, thought-provoking discussion, we’ll take a look at what social means in the context of SharePoint and the everyday work environment. Can SharePoint become the social water cooler as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and now Yammer have tried to be? The real question we’ll tackle is SHOULD SharePoint be social? What is the business rationale behind internal social?
 
As Jerry Seinfeld would say, “SharePoint and social? Really?”  At this class for what is sure to be a very spirited discussion.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers
Killer Scenarios for SharePoint 2010 and Azurestarburst image

So you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid on “the cloud” and have seen the buzz from Microsoft on both Office 365 and Azure in the last year. In this class, we will discuss where SharePoint and Azure make sense. You will see how to get started in your development environment and the bear traps to look out for.

Some key scenarios will be demonstrated and code will be walked through. Both SharePoint 2010 on-premise and SharePoint 2010 online scenarios will be demonstrated leveraging BCS, SQL Azure, Azure Service Bus and lots more. From this class, you should have a good understanding of how Azure could help your organization with your existing SharePoint 2010 environment, and how to get started both on-premise and online.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Mapping Mashups to the App Modelstarburst image

This class will give a look at creating mashups with SharePoint Designer, including an overview of current map service providers, an introduction to customizing the Data View Web Part, and a demonstration of dynamic mapping from list data.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
SharePoint Search Center Configuration

There is a great deal that you can do to improve the presentation of search results in SharePoint 2010 and 2013 to make the search results actionable for your end users without compiled code. This class will detail the best practices for working with the search center to create solutions for delivering actionable search center results. The class will discuss:
  • Search Center Branding for SharePoint 2010
  • Changing the Search Center Look and Feel
  • Presenting Actionable BCS Results
  • Highlighting Specific Content
  • Changes for SharePoint 2013 Search Results
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
The Essentials of SharePoint Disaster Recovery

“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 class, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to plan or review a disaster recovery strategy for your SharePoint environment.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: 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 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
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Deep Dive into the Content Query Web Part image

In MOSS 2007, the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) was a very powerful control used for aggregating content from a particular list, site, or site collection. However, this Web Part had some serious drawbacks. In SharePoint 2010, the CQWP has been given a facelift with improved features and cool new ones, including the introduction of slots, which simplify working with Item Styles, and the Content to Content concept, which provides functionality such as related content. Some improvements to the CQWP include dynamic filters and the CommonViewFields. The CQWP in SharePoint 2010 also has improved query performance over large document libraries and lists.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Popping the Hood: How to Create Custom SharePoint Branding

In this class, we will take a deeper look at how branding is created for SharePoint 2010. 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 class, we will look at how common gotchas, as well as tools such as SharePoint Designer and Firebug, can be used to make the job easier.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Programming the Power Behind SharePoint Designer Workflowstarburst image

The new paradigm for developers is to develop "building blocks" that empower business-user solutions. This class will cover how developers can extend the capabilities of SharePoint Designer workflows with custom activities to extend the capabilities of declarative no-code workflow solutions.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
SharePoint Server 2013 Farm Architecture and Performancestarburst image image

Are you unsure of architecting the new farm and service applications for performance in SharePoint Server 2013? This class provides a thoughtful approach to designing your SharePoint Server 2013 server farm and gives you confidence that you are heading in the right direction. You'll learn how to architect for performance, and get live demonstration of performance testing tools! SharePoint Server 2013 has lots of flexibility in how you (Admins and Developers) can architect a server farm. This class will give you a solid understanding of farm services, and help you make intelligent decisions when designing and implementing SharePoint Server 2013 server farms. The second half of the class will be full of tips, tricks and tools to aid you in tweaking server farm performance.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Stop Those Prying Eyes Getting to Your Data

Whether you are an architect, developer or IT professional you will have worked on projects where security is the No. 1 priority. In this class, we will look at the methods that can be used to secure not only access to the site via authentication, but also at securing content from people who should not be seeing it. We will use a mix of out-of-the-box capabilities as well as custom code and the Microsoft Forefront product range. After this class, you will be able to successfully secure the content you need and have complete control over user access.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Using SharePoint for Business Process Managementstarburst image

This class is intended to give non-technical and semi-technical business-process management (BPM) professionals an overview of how SharePoint can be used to facilitate BPM usage scenarios. This class will examine SharePoint's core capabilities and mechanisms for implementing SharePoint solutions. It will also include discussion on various aspects of process management—such as data capture and management, workflow, and system integration—along with demos of implementations. A basic knowledge of the tenets of business-process management is helpful.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials, Project Managers
What’s your Social IQ? Succeeding with SharePoint Socialstarburst image

For years, SharePoint has promised smoother collaboration using “social” technology: MySites, metadata and newsfeeds. But user satisfaction with social has trailed traditional document collaboration. Attend this class for an overview of:
  • How to establish SharePoint social technology (2010 and 2013) 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 and 2013 social.
  • The decision to extend: what the major third-party social vendors bring to the table.
Level: Overview
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Why Is SharePoint Still So Hard?starburst image

With SharePoint nearing another release, why are so many organizations struggling with achieving the results they envisage from the platform? In this thought-provoking class, we will look at the research done to date and try to determine why organizations are struggling with SharePoint, and target some things that you can do in order to avoid becoming one of the statistics.

With SharePoint nearing another release, why are so many organizations struggling with achieving the results they envisage from the platform? Is governance the major hurdle to SharePoint success? Is chasing user adoption the way to success? Is SharePoint really a technology issue, and if it is, why aren’t things getting easier? Attend this class to get an insight into potential solutions that can help you achieve business value now and in the future.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

“Managing Up” in Difficult Situationsstarburst image

In this class, we’ll discuss how to “manage up” in a dysfunctional environment.  This module will focus on you, your communication skills and ideas on how to manage in difficult scenarios.
What you will learn:
  • How to restate problems in terms managers more fully understand and present them in a way that will most likely bring about success.
  • How to bring conflicts to the surface and work to end, resolve or transform them into a solution.
  • The six character dimensions you’ll need to be successful in business and life.
  • How to provide leadership when you’re in middle or lower management.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers
Automating Your Enterprise Application Deployments With PowerShellstarburst image

In enterprise application deployments to SharePoint, there are generally farms or Web applications that host specific applications for specific groups, rather than having just an all-in-one deployment. Oftentimes, you do not have access to these other environments, and will need to pass the deployment baton off to the system administrators of those farms.

This class will walk you through how you can deploy your applications—without needing to have the administrator who will be deploying the application—have to do much more than type a few keys into the SharePoint Administration Console and press enter, and having full configuration and deployment of your custom SharePoint applications to other environments.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013starburst image image

Starting in May 2010, with SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft began talking more and more about "Personal BI." The focus of this discussion was a paradigm shift, moving business intelligence from being something a few BI professionals do with a data warehouse, to a practice done by Information Workers every day in familiar tools like Microsoft Excel and SharePoint.

Over the course of this class, we will show you the improvements that Microsoft has made in the 2013 stack to take this new focus from being a "nice idea" to a truly powerful reality. We will explore the improvements made to Excel, PowerPivot and Power View, and Reporting Services. We will explain the underlying technology that makes the new features possible, and walk through demos of some of the shinier toys.

At the end of the class, you will walk away with a better understanding of what is new in 2013 for business intelligence, and an extreme desire to build reusable data models that will undoubtedly bring real value to your business.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 Online Development

This class will introduce SharePoint Online 2010 as an application development platform inside Office 365. Learn how to get started with the different approaches from Web UI configurations, SharePoint Designer 2010 customizations and full-blown Visual Studio development with Sandbox solutions. Get introduced to the concepts of how Application Lifecycle Management can be introduced to this, along with migrating existing applications from on-premise.
 
From this class you should walk away with:
  • Using SharePoint Online 2010 as an application development platform
  • Getting started with SharePoint Online 2010 development
  • Application Lifecycle Management with SharePoint Online 2010 in Office 365
  • Migrating SharePoint 2010 apps to SharePoint Online 2010
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Introduction to Visio Services image

Visio services are a powerful new addition to SharePoint 2010. In this class, we will look at different ways that you can incorporate Visio into your SharePoint projects. Once we have the diagrams published to our SharePoint site, we will look at different ways to connect the diagram to SharePoint lists and Web Parts.

This class will allow you to see Visio services in action using real world examples, such as an interactive process diagram. If you have ever wondered if you would use Visio services or if it would provide value to your organization, then this intro class is just what you need! This class will help you see how integration with SharePoint can really take your drawings to the next level. 

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Maximize MS Project 2010 with Office 365 for Project Management Successstarburst image

Microsoft Project 2010 has proved to be instrumental in driving project-management success for many organizations. With the advent of cloud computing, Microsoft’s Office 365 has lowered the barriers to enhance collaboration among project teams.

In this class, you’ll learn how to effectively create a Microsoft Project Plan, create a SharePoint-based Project Management Information System (PMIS) with Office 365, and integrate Microsoft Office tools to support your project-management initiatives. In addition, we'll cover best practices around utilizing SharePoint with Microsoft Office, Lync and mobile devices to empower project teams to share relevant information, facilitate better collaboration, and build project management dashboards.

All PMP certified attendees will earn 1 PDU for attending this class.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials, Project Managers
SharePoint State of the Unionstarburst image

As SharePoint has evolved over the past 10+ years, so too have the business requirements, features and benefits of each version. With SharePoint 2013 waiting in the wings, businesses are being tasked with making the tough decisions about aligning SharePoint to their strategic plan and road map. Additionally, companies are once again faced with the issue of knowing when to upgrade their environments and how to make the right choices regarding ownership, buy-in, training and rollout.

The purpose of this class is to discuss concepts and practical guidance to assessing your SharePoint State of the Union through the strategies and upgrade paths for your SharePoint 2003, 2007 and 2010 environments. We will discuss how to create buy-in at the C levels of your business, how to evaluate what you have currently deployed, when and where to make suggestions, and how to streamline the conversion of applications built on legacy systems. This is a must-attend class for anyone upgrading SharePoint in the next 12 months.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
The Connection Between Metadata, Social Tools, and Personal Productivity

Administrators and managers alike do not understand the importance of metadata as the underlying drivers of social computing within the enterprise, the connection between social tools and search, and how a solid taxonomy and supporting governance strategy can increase and optimize productivity. This class will outline the connections between keyword taxonomy, social tools, the end user-search experience in SharePoint, and present a business case for improving productivity by focusing on all three.

Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Wednesday, March 6
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Building Custom Navigation with SharePoint Lists, jQuery and jQueryUIstarburst image

Learn how to build list-driven navigation for a SharePoint site using jQuery, jQueryUI and SPServices. In this session, we will build a solution that allows your site administrator to easily maintain a navigation structure for the home page of the site. The solution will allow for easy link management and item reordering using a drag-and-drop interface. We will also look at how you can add custom styling and graphic elements to the navigation using custom markup and CSS.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
Governance Fundamentals for SharePoint

This class focuses on the importance of governance, which helps you manage risk and control the usage of SharePoint within your organization. In addition to core fundamentals, the session will cover information-management governance, IT governance and application governance, sometimes referred to as customization policy. Proper SharePoint governance assigns responsibilities and access levels to various members of your organization to ensure SharePoint runs smoothly.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, IT Pro Essentials
Integrate External Data with the Business Connectivity Servicesstarburst image

Attend this class to learn about the Business Connectivity Services with Microsoft SQL Server. We will cover an overview of the Business Connectivity Services, as well as an introduction to configuring BCS. The class will also include demonstrations of using External Lists and External Data Columns.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
NOW I Get It... What SharePoint Is, and Why My Business Needs Itstarburst image

Frustrated with SharePoint? Tired of getting lost in the technical sessions? Struggling to grasp exactly what this beast called SharePoint is? Do you not even know where to begin? Wasn't SharePoint supposed to make your life easier? Whether you are a business decision maker, end user, or that lucky developer who just had SharePoint dropped in your lap, this is the class for you. In this entertaining, fast-paced class, we will cover:
  • The answer to that age-old question "What is SharePoint?"
  • Information about some of the common SharePoint problems and mistakes so you can avoid them before they happen.
  • Common-sense guidance to avoiding pain and frustration whatever your role in SharePoint may be.
  • Tips and tricks to quickly getting help with SharePoint and finding the right answers
Level: Overview
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Re-Experience SharePoint: Rip Apart the Interface on SharePoint 2010starburst image

Peter Morville says it best: "When competing for grants, the prettiest pictures win the funding." We all know it's true, but are we taking advantage of it? Are we using all of the resources at our disposal to create an intuitive interface that will encourage participation and user buy-in of our sites?
 
In this class, we'll examine a default team site created in SharePoint 2010. We'll rip apart the presentation layer, piece by piece, exposing the underlying structure and CSS to see what can be done to create a more intuitive and aesthetically pleasing site.
 
At the conclusion of the class, you will have an understanding of how the presentation layer of SharePoint pages is structured and what you can do to make your site stand out from the basic SharePoint sites you see every day. To paraphrase Moreville, "When it comes to End User buy-in, the interface wins the funding." Let's work together to get you that funding.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
SharePoint 2013 Administration, Part Istarburst image

SharePoint 2013 is out, and it’s time to take the bull by the horns and figure out how to manage this thing. In the first part of this two-part session, we’ll cover new hardware requirements and architectures. We’ll tell you how to determine how many servers you’ll need and what they should look like under the hood. We’ll also cover some of the other servers you’ll need with SharePoint and how they impact your server farm.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
User Profile Synchronization Service: Tips and Troubleshootingstarburst image

The User Profile Synchronization (UPS) service is perhaps the most used service application in SharePoint 2010. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most difficult to configure. In this class, we’ll examine how UPS synchronizes user information with Active Directory and other data sources. We’ll also review the timer jobs that spread profile changes through the rest of the farm environment. We’ll explain the requirements for configuring the service successfully, and we’ll demonstrate how to recover from the common problems that occur during configuration of this service. If you are planning a SharePoint Server 2010 installation that uses User Profiles, then this class is for you.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Using Service-Oriented Methodologies to Create SharePoint Applicationsstarburst image

Do you need to create a complex application or product for SharePoint, or to integrate an existing application with SharePoint? Are you concerned about the long-term effort of maintaining the application codebase, or about migrating the application to SharePoint 2013? This class focuses on applying the methodologies and architectural concepts of Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to the task of creating complex SharePoint applications.

We will see how an SOA approach can help us achieve a stable and scalable application or product, decrease support and maintenance costs by decreasing the application's complexity, and reduce the effort required to upgrade the application to the next version of SharePoint. You will learn about the many challenges involved in creating complex SharePoint applications and how the principles behind SOA can be used to mitigate those challenges. Experience in creating SharePoint components using Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, or in designing distributed applications, is helpful.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Advanced SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Web Part Development

Web Parts are the foundation of user interfaces in SharePoint. As a developer, it's relatively easy (particularly with the Visual Web Part) to build something simple and get it deployed. But what do you do when you need to add editable properties or when you need to connect two Web Parts together? This fast-paced, demo-heavy session covers the more advanced aspects of building Web Parts for SharePoint 2010 or 2013. We’ll take a look at creating custom editor parts, building Visual Web Parts, constructing connected Web Parts, and how to render Web Parts asynchronously.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Code Tax: Programming with the Taxonomy API in SharePoint 2010starburst image

The goal of this class is to provide SharePoint developers with the knowledge they need to add and retrieve items from the taxonomy term store, as well as to create, interact with and display managed metadata columns and data. The class will begin by discussing how to provision new managed metadata columns in a feature. Pitfalls of the declarative approach will be explored and feature receivers will provide the solution. Once the columns are created, we will discuss common problems with and solutions for displaying the term picker in the UI.

Both the server-side object model and the taxonomy client service will be used to add and retrieve terms, and we will look at the implementation of a custom Web part to display taxonomy terms and synonyms on a page, including the taxonomy term that the page is tagged with via its page layout. This class will feature numerous code demos as each topic is presented.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials
Create Dynamic Interactive Reports Using Power Viewstarburst image

With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft is continuing its progression into Business Intelligence Self-Service. Power View is the newest powerful tool in the end-user (analyst, executives and information workers) arsenal to create dynamic, up-to-the-minute reports. Even more potent is that it can run on multiple platforms. Power View is a feature of the SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint that provides ad-hoc reporting via the browser utilizing Silverlight. With it, users can easily create and interact with views of data from tabular models based on PowerPivot workbooks, or tabular models deployed to SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services (SSAS).

In this session, we will cover how Power View fits into the Microsoft BI strategy and SharePoint Architecture. We will then cover creating reports. Finally, we will look at how to effectively use this tool and when to use it as opposed to Report Builder.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Empowering Business with Hybrid Code/No-Code Solutionsstarburst image

SharePoint 2010 "no-code" solutions developed with tools like InfoPath, Excel and SharePoint Designer are faster to develop than custom code, and are much easier to adapt to changing business needs. Yet sometimes the technology falls short, and essential parts of your users’ requirements are missing.

In this class, you'll learn how to minimize cost and increase business agility by designing solutions that can be updated and extended by non-developers. You'll see live demos of solutions that are designed to deliver the best of both worlds by supplementing no-code solutions with flexible and reusable code. This class is for business analysts and architects as well as developers—no programming experience required! Participants should have a high-level understanding of SharePoint concepts and tools.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Business Decision Makers, Developer Essentials
Group Work Lists (It’s a Site Feature!) Explained

Have you ever used the Group Work Lists feature, or ever heard of it? This class will walk you through this rarely used site feature that is available on all versions of SharePoint 2010. Add capabilities and lists for tracking teams and resource scheduling. Walk through the feature capabilities, from the lists that are created to the additional capabilities that are added to existing lists on the site. See how the feature can be used at an enterprise level down through individual departments or teams. Come to this class to: 
  • See new features added to standard SharePoint calendars.
  • Use a new Phone Call Memo list.
  • Check out the ‘Check In/Out Board’ for tracking users’ locations.
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
Piloting with SharePoint—Learn to FLYstarburst image

Implementing SharePoint is a concentrated effort that involves many people and moving parts. Many organizations choose to pilot their implementation in order to test the waters and get feedback on their content. But how do you ensure that your pilot is successfully implemented?

This class will provide the strategy and tips to do just that. We will lay out a defined strategy for choosing which departments in your organization to target for your pilot, and how to define the content and build the functionality they need to succeed. Discussion topics will include how to define your success measurements for the rollout, leverage a shortened cycle of design, development and delivery, documentation and training, as well as gathering feedback from your participants. This is an action-packed class that is guaranteed to get your project and pilot started successfully!

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
SharePoint 2013 Administration, Part IIstarburst image

In this session, we’ll pick up where we left off in Part 1.We’ll talk about some installation tips we’ve learned. We’ll also walk you through configuring your farm, and tell you about some new features in SharePoint 2013 that you as a top-notch SharePoint administrator will want to know about.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint Logging and Debugging: The Troubleshooter’s Best Friend

Troubleshooting and debugging issues in Enterprise SharePoint farms is a daunting task at best. SharePoint 2010 provides the tools to tackle the task, but not the roadmap. Come and join us as we lift the veil on the new and exciting features in SharePoint 2010, providing the roadmap to save you a ton of time every time you troubleshoot or debug an issue in SharePoint. Reclaim your evenings and weekends once and for all by taming the SharePoint debugging beast!

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Caching in for SharePoint Performancestarburst image

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 lively and fast-paced session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform: object caching, BLOB caching, page output caching, and the Office Web Applications cache (for SharePoint 2010). 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.

Since SharePoint is starting to move out of the traditional data center and into hosted environments for some organizations, we’ll also take a look at caching options in the cloud. Finally, we’ll 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
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Deep Dive Into Feature Versioning in SharePoint 2010

This class will walk you through how to leverage the feature versioning capability in the SharePoint 2010 Farm. We will discuss the best approaches and strategies for using this in your application development life cycle. A scenario to demonstrate the intricacies will be run through during the presentation.
 
We will also discuss how this has been used in a production environment for NothingButSharePoint.com and some of the lessons learned from the approach used.
 
From this class you should walk away with:
  • An understanding of what SharePoint 2010 offers around versioning development projects
  • An understanding of how to introduce this to existing development projects
  • An understanding of the limitations of SharePoint feature versioning
Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials
Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Unleashed

Office 2010's integration with SharePoint 2010 has been greatly enhanced, making it a more broadly extensible platform for building Information Worker solutions. Office has been drastically improved in the areas of application development, including its ability to access various data sources using BCS and SharePoint with data handling and rich integration with Office and the Visual Studio development stack. This session will demonstrate the new Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 integration features for building stronger and richer solutions.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
SharePoint and FAST Search: Tips and Tricks That Workstarburst image

SharePoint and FAST Search are two of the easiest areas to see immediate ROI from SharePoint.  Although search works well out of the box, the key to unlocking the potential of SharePoint and FAST search starts with understanding how they work. 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 of SharePoint and FAST search, and learn techniques that don’t require any code to create a better search strategy for their organization.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Architecture Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
What's New in SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflowsstarburst image image

Come learn what you can accomplish by creating Workflows in SharePoint Designer 2013. This class will explore the exciting opportunities to automate your business processes with SharePoint 2013 Workflows without using a single line of code!

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Information Worker Essentials
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

I Have Excel, I Need PerformancePoint, and I’m Afraid of Analysis Servicesstarburst image

In the SharePoint business-intelligence tool set, PerformancePoint is one of the most powerful tools. But it almost always requires building an analysis services cube. Even if you know SQL and reporting, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) can be undiscovered country. Don’t worry! Attend this class for a deep dive into PerformancePoint and see how to set up your first SSAS cube, and how to integrate into Analytics Charts and the Decomposition Tree. This scenario will start with only an Excel file. You should be familiar with SQL queries and SharePoint administration, but C# experience is not necessary.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Managing Tacit Knowledge: Making the Most of your User Profile Servicestarburst image

Tacit knowledge has been defined as one’s personal, internal or interior knowledge as opposed to the external, physical knowledge that has been written down or recorded as an artifact. Studies show that the majority of the “Intellectual Capital” held by any organization is stored as tacit knowledge rather than physical knowledge. By leveraging SharePoint’s People Search and User Profiles, you can help other users find and gain access to all that hidden knowledge. But the first step to leveraging all that Intellectual Capital is to maximize the efficient recording, processing, and retrieval of information about what people in your organization know.

In this class, we’ll examine how to leverage the Managed Metadata service to efficiently categorize the things that people in your organization know. We’ll discuss how and when to create custom user profile properties to record additional information and how to surface these properties in the People Search results page. We’ll also discuss ways to automate the collection of data from AD and other sources to provide a rich repository that reflects what your members/employees know. If you are struggling to find people in your organization who know what you need to know, then this class is for you.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Content Typesstarburst image

This class will explore the environment of content types within SharePoint 2010. We will seek to reduce complex business requirements into reusable types, document sets and page layouts. There will be a brief discussion on ways to create content types in the browser, via XML and Visual Studio. We will reuse those types through Content Type Syndication by creating a content type hub through the Managed Metadata Service and see how those content types can include managed metadata columns as well. One more aspect of reuse will be covered by demoing reusable SharePoint Designer workflows based on a content type. We will recycle the documents that use them with the Content Organizer but still be able to find them easily through the Document ID service and the search refinement panel.

The class will include multiple demos, and you can follow along with parts of the class in your own environment. While Visual Studio is discussed, the presentation of code is not designed to be a primary component of the class. This class will primarily benefit SharePoint power users and Information Workers, as well as provide a foundation for SharePoint developers and architects.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, Information Worker Essentials
Turbo-Charge Collaboration by Automating Site Provisioning in SharePoint 2010starburst image

For all its rich functionality, SharePoint 2010 does little to help provision and organize its sites and site collections. In this class, you'll learn why automating this task can boost collaboration and how it can help with site discovery, governance and upgrades. You'll learn when to provision sites vs. site collections, how to use Web templates, how to use metadata to track sites and generate a dynamic site directory, and how to design all this to work in a small, single farm or large, multi-farm environment. You'll also see a demonstration of actual site-provisioning solutions for SharePoint on-premises and in Office 365.

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Developer Essentials, IT Pro Essentials
Write the Right Requirements

STOP the requirements madness! This class is your guide to creating successful SharePoint requirements that meet the needs of stakeholders, decision-makers and end users while leading the way to a successful implementation. This is not your traditional requirements 101 workshop that focuses on the theory behind requirements gathering and heavy documentation. We will take the covers off SharePoint and learn how to effectively break down each SharePoint component into manageable, tangible deliverables.

You will learn how to effectively and efficiently gather user requirements using creative and powerful facilitation as well as best practices, including requirements models built specifically for SharePoint projects, effective communication plans, and strategies for engaging your business and technical teams.

This is a working class that will include a live requirements-gathering demonstration inclusive of all participants, so bring your questions and toughest problems!

Level: Intermediate
Topic Area: Business Decision Makers, Project Managers
 




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