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by Peter Ward
How an organization aligns SharePoint with its overall IT and business strategy is key for a successful implementation. This presentation explains the challenges, pit fits, and opportunities and ultimately the wins for the developers, administrators, end users, CIOs and the business.
Discussion points include: Strategy in general, why you need it, strategy tools- How to, strategy musts, signs it’s all going wrong, what it takes for it to succeed.
A professional services company required a company-wide portal solution in time to do year end budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning. The organization’s commercial off the shelf (COTS) finance system couldn’t fulfill the requirements. Despite many resource and time constraints, a solution was developed and rolled out within 6 weeks using SharePoint Server 2010, a custom SQL Server database (Tables, Views, TSQL), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS configurations, Control Flows, Data Flows), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS deployment, Reports, Charts), SharePoint Designer, Data View Web Parts, and Search (Managed Properties, Scopes, Web Parts, XSLT).
This session includes a demonstration of the solution as well as a walkthrough of the technical components, project approach, and lessons learned.
In this session, you will learn how to augment your User Profiles in SharePoint 2010 with data from others systems. We will go through several features of SharePoint including UPS and BCS, and even troubleshooting. This session will highlight solutions for both SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server.
by Bob German
Developers increasingly want to build applications for SharePoint 2010 that offer a more compelling and engaging experience than conventional web pages. Silverlight is a great complement to provide this kind of rich user experience in SharePoint. Please join Bob German, author of SharePoint 2010 Development with Silverlight to learn how to get started building these solutions. You'll learn how to use the SharePoint client object model, RESTful services, web services and more in Silverlight applications packaged in SharePoint sandboxed solutions.
PowerShell is a powerful scripting environment and language for developers and administrators. SharePoint 2010 has built in PowerShell administration commandlets, but you can use this powerful scripting language with any version of SharePoint. Using PowerShell, Talbott will demonstrate how you can build and deploy SharePoint sites for development, testing, proof of concepts, and production. Using an agile methodology, you will learn how to leverage PowerShell scripts for your planning and development process.
by Mark Miller
At the KMWorld Conference last year, Peter Moreville said something in the keynote that rang as true as the Liberty Bell: "When competing for grants, the prettiest pictures win the funding." This was an epiphany for me. 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 session, 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 session, 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 everyday. 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.
Microsoft has unleashed their cloud strategy and Office 365 is now publically available. What does this mean for organizations using SharePoint today? How can organizations leverage the Microsoft cloud effectively with their SharePoint implementations and future SharePoint Strategies?
In the marketplace, information on SharePoint ‘and the cloud’ abounds. Much of this information is fluffy, ‘cloud-like’ marketing material, or does not clearly explain how businesses can practically leverage “Cloud” technology with SharePoint. Join Richard as he discusses the practical application of Microsoft's cloud technology and SharePoint, when it has brought measurable benefit to organizations, and when to avoid it.
Geared toward companies struggling with understanding what SharePoint in the Cloud really is, those that have not yet implemented SharePoint 2010 and those looking to migrate.
We will convene a group of women working in SharePoint and create a panel of open conversation of what issues are being faced in the workplace today.
In a perfect world, SharePoint systems are well planned with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches. Oh, and unlimited budgets. But the reality of SharePoint implementations is deployments and operations are typically not what might be seen through rose-colored lenses.
In this session, you will learn what the instructors have seen in terms of worst practices and approaches for getting a system implementation and deployment back on track, as well as methods to fix and optimize operations that may not be addressing your system's current needs. For all of the things that can go wrong with your SharePoint implementation, one of the best things we can do is learn from others. From not accepting that implementing an established information architecture and having an available infrastructure are core tenets of every SharePoint installation to managing SLAs with your end users. Come to this class to hear not only worst practices, but also worst experiences.
Everyone talks about them, but what the heck are they and how can I use them?
We’ll start with some demos of how to use custom content types, then on to what the heck are content types anyway and we’ll end with another demo to build content types in the browser.
Although the demos will be in SharePoint Server 2010, the steps to create content types are basically the same for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007.
Using SharePoint 2010 Claims Based Authentication to extend the out-of-the-box functionality to support multiple authentication providers. This includes custom FBA authentication using default SQL authentication, a custom membership provider using a simple database table containing user accounts. Also, a custom membership provider using Twitter (OAuth) to authenticate remote users will be demonstrated, showing how SharePoint can leverage newer paradigms with user identities on the web (in the Cloud!). Additionally, intranet and internet login concepts will be covered to handle anonymous, semi-anonymous and protected web sites. Examples will be shown for each of the concepts demonstrated, keeping the presentation interactive and showing the pro/cons of each concept.
by Ruven Gotz
Analyst: What would you like SharePoint to do?
Customer: Well, what can it do?
Analyst: Tons! Let me show you…
All too often, this is how conversations between analysts and customers/stakeholders begin, and it isn’t helpful to anyone. SharePoint has a vast array of capabilities, but if you start by describing or demonstrating what SharePoint can do and how the technology works, you will end up with customers who are confused and don’t know where to begin, or who have massively overblown expectations.
In this session, you will learn how to set up and conduct workshops with various stakeholders that will allow you to understand their real needs. You will then learn how to document and organize this information so that it is useful to the stakeholders and that will allow you to guide them through prioritization and planning.
You will learn when NOT to do demonstrations of SharePoint, and when and how to do demos that are powerful and effective.
Based on his popular EndUserSharePoint series and eBook of the same name, Jim Bob will walk through a real-world solution that combines several take-away concepts that you can incorporate into your own SharePoint customization to extend this powerful webpart to meet your needs. Whether HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, CEWP, DVWP, and jQuery look like savory ingredients, or just alphabet soup to you, grab a spoon and come join the feast.
by Kevin S. Goff
Many people know that you can use PPS 2010 to create KPI scorecards. But PPS has a wealth of other features for creating an integrated dashboard environment. In this presentation, I'll demonstrate a 6-page dashboard that incorporates KPI scorecards, PPS analytic charts and grids, as well as content from Excel and Reporting Services. By the end of the session, you're likely to learn at least one (and hopefully more than one) capability in PPS that you didn't know existed!
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 session, 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.
More than 90% of the content accessed via SharePoint is stored in SQL Server and without the correct configuration of SQL Server it can have a detrimental impact on the performance of SharePoint. Some companies don’t have dedicated database administrators (DBA’s) so the SharePoint administrators are managing the SQL Server instance that is hosting the SharePoint content. Regardless of whether it is a dedicated DBA or the SharePoint administrator there are critical SQL Server configurations that can be made to that will optimize SharePoint. Often DBA’s are familiar with how to manage SQL Server, but may not be familiar with some nuances that SQL Server has when integrated with SharePoint.
In this session we will demonstrate how some default settings SQL Server negatively impact SharePoint and what changes can be made that will improve the performance of SharePoint. These changes include database file settings, memory settings, and even file system settings. We'll also examine how to properly install SQL Server and SharePoint so they work together as efficiently as possible. This discussion will introduce the Best Practices framework that will allow your SharePoint administrator and/or your DBA to configure SharePoint and SQL Server to provide optimal performance for your SharePoint implementation.
Both federal and commercial healthcare organizations are faced with unprecedented opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and access to care, including Health 2.0 initiatives, telemedicine, and innovative outreach and collaboration solutions for patients, caregivers and providers. However, the roadmap for interoperability, meaningful use, program integrity and data integrity provides challenges for HIPAA 5010, ICD 10 conversion, and data sharing across DoD, VA and commercial healthcare providers and ACO.
Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics CRM can play an important role in managing unstructured and structured data in healthcare organizations but need to be architected and configured to meet the complex demands of connected health frameworks and HITECH security and privacy. The recent launch of Office365 as a HIPAA-compliant infrastructure has also significantly changed the game for cloud and compliance.
Learn how to plan, architect and provide end to end security for SharePoint, Office365 and CRM solutions in a BYOD healthcare setting using native features of these platforms as well as third party solutions. Case study format.
The job of a SharePoint Administrator is one of the most demanding. You need to take care of the infrastructure; you need to make sure the SharePoint Farm is operating smoothly; you are expected to make improvements in reliability, features, and create enhancements for business users. All this, while being the helpdesk for anything related to SharePoint. In this session, we’ll talk about how best to handle all of that. We explore some best practices around SharePoint infrastructure, site architecture, permissions management as well as on-going maintenance. Whether you have a large budget (anyone?) or no budget, we’ll propose solutions to help make you a more efficient admin.
by Kim Frehe
SharePoint Designer 2010 has gotten some fancy new upgrades. One of the more complex upgrades is the new Workflow Task Process. This intricate process can easily be customized to support complicated workflows. Learn tips and tricks to using the new task process as well as hearing some time-saving lessons learned.
Here are just a few of the topics that will be covered:
Anyone who tells you that SharePoint Administration is painless has never tried it. There are no “It’s so easy, a caveman can do it” commercials for being a SharePoint Admin. Are you thinking about installing SharePoint for the first time, in the middle of a migration from SharePoint 2007 to 2010, or a seasoned veteran who is looking to hear about some of the pain points that you might encounter as you continue to grow your SharePoint Farm?
No matter your level of engagement with SharePoint Administration, you will find value in this session where we share with you some of the most common mistakes, pain causing issues, “hidden features” and gaping holes with the product that we have found, troubleshot, beaten into submission where possible, and on rare occasion surrendered to.
Join us as we come out from the trenches to share these real-world lessons learned, the occasion tale of woe, and many exciting “war stories” about our battles with SharePoint Administration over the years.
In this session, I discuss and demonstrate how you can use SharePoint 2010 Web Templates and PowerShell scripts to give your team-based SharePoint development process a much needed productivity boost. Using these techniques, you enable your team to quickly test and review their custom components against your complete SharePoint solution while simultaneously eliminating inconsistencies often created by manual configurations.
By the end of this session, you will have learned:
So stop wasting time and come see how you can help make your SharePoint team development better, faster, and stronger!
by Seb Matthews
Increasing data volumes means that more pressure is being placed on Enterprise systems to support organisations be the very best they can be.
SharePoint is no exception to this pressure with farms being asked to do much more than many organisations expected resulting in farm owners and administrators being asked to deliver high quality, high performance and high reliability in aspects of farm operations.
In this session, we will look at the challenges of using SharePoint as a big data repository including:
When making SharePoint not look like SharePoint there are many challenges that you face. Many of these issues can be addressed through CSS alone. In this session we will cover a wide variety of issues that you can make an impact on a SharePoint UX design with simply CSS.
Microsoft’s next version of SharePoint is on the horizon – but there’s plenty of time to tune up your SharePoint 2010 environment to make things better now AND better for an upgrade. Based on a review of current upgrades, architecture, and content management, we’ll give you a smooth readiness plan for your current SharePoint system. We’ll review SharePoint maturity, best practices in coding, content consolidation, interface readiness, and database optimization.
by Mike Oryszak
Leverage FAST Search and FAST Query Language within your custom solutions to drive dynamic, relevant content. Many organziations are moving from standard SharePoint search to FAST search, this session will cover the differences between object models and offer a primer on FAST Query Language (FQL) so that you can get ahead of the curve and leverage these services within your customizations.
The SharePoint community is connected, collaborative, and energetic. But how does someone get started? Based on the ebook “Inside the SharePoint Community: 4 Strategies Building Your Personal Brand,” this session will outline the four strategies for building out your community plans, including events, content, social media, and other tools and media, including 5 immediate steps you can take to establish your personal brand. Much of this material is community-driven, with examples and advice from some of the leaders in the space.
SharePoint Online offers better and tighter integration to your Line of Business (LOB) systems with Business Connectivity Services (BCS). With the ability to take that to the Cloud, now your data is immediately available to a variety of format and uses to consume. Done securely with WCF and Azure, this provides a powerful combination.
A quick wrap-up for the day.
28th July 2012