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 2010 to 2013, 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.
by Chris Weldon
SharePoint has made developing in an agile environment notoriously difficult. Specifically, test-driven and behavior-driven development have been avoided due to the complexity of the API and the environmental requirements. Yet, numerous paths exist for SharePoint developers to pursue in order to apply these high value practices to their projects. In this session, we'll discuss how Microsoft's Fakes framework will enable your team to begin unit testing. However, we'll spend most of our time going over architectural patterns that separate your business logic from SharePoint APIs, making it much easier to unit test your code, and enable your team to become test- and behavior-driven. We'll conclude with some common agile practices that are still relevant to SharePoint developers to keep their velocity high.
User adoption is the most critical success factor in any SharePoint implementation. User adoption needs to be planned for from the beginning of the project, using a project management approach that integrates a strategy for user adoption best practices. These best practices ensure that the customer is involved in the process from start to finish, in a managed way, while allowing IT to focus on what they do best: design and deliver the technology. This session is for anyone involved in the planning of SharePoint projects.
Electronic forms can save your company time and money. How do you get started? You do not have to be a SharePoint or IT guru to use InfoPath. If you can use Microsoft Word or Excel, you can build electronic forms in InfoPath 2010! Come to this session to learn how a large government contractor in north Texas is using InfoPath forms—with features such as people picker name selections, dropdowns from SharePoint lists, action and formatting rules, and multiple page views—to handle compliance with SEC and SOX controls, to gather and to maintain risk management data, to request application access, and more. There will also be a few tips on when and why custom coding may be required.
by Sam Larko
If you remember the days of stsadm being your only option to administer SharePoint through the command line, you probably did the same thing I did…avoid it. However, since PowerShell was introduced with SharePoint 2010, my thoughts have changed. PowerShell is just as useful for developers as it is for admins.
We’ll talk about what PowerShell is and why you shouldn’t ignore it. Then we’ll get to the good stuff, the snippets. Need to rebuild your developer Virtual Machine? Come see how. Is your Developer Dashboard enabled? Here’s how to do it. I’ll even show you how to score some points with your admin when prepping a WSP for deployment. Finally, we might even dig into some SharePoint 2013 improvements in PowerShell!
by D'arce Hess
When looking through the internet, it is easy to see a great website and think “I want that” or “How did they do that?” You go to your office and start digging in with concepts and a grand vision of what your company’s new site will look like when completed. While you have an idea of what your site will look like finished, there are many steps that will happen long before you see the finished product.
In this session, we will go through the vital steps you should take starting with the creation of the initial wireframes and mock-ups on to the creation of page layouts and master pages. You will learn what design features to take into account when creating a Publishing Site versus a Non-Publishing site and the planning process for both.
If you are excited about beginning your first SharePoint branding project, this session will give you tools, examples and a strong planning foundation so that you will be able to move forward with a quality site and avoid coding and design mishaps along the way to your vision of SharePoint.
In your organization, SharePoint has been or is in the process of being implemented. In most cases the implementation did not happen overnight and involved a lot of planning, resources and time. Probably longer than nine months. You have a binder full of knowledge from the implementation experience. What happens after your organization adopts SharePoint? Did you start a binder for long term care for your enterprise's new baby? This baby is going to grow up fast and this presentation will help you with some information to get you ready for the teenage years.
by David Warner
Starting in May 2010, with SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft began talking more and more about "Personal BI". The focus of this discussion was a paradigm shift moving business intelligence from being something a few BI professionals do with a data warehouse to a practice done by Information Workers every day in familiar tools like Microsoft Excel and SharePoint. Over the course of this session we will show you the improvements that Microsoft has made in the 2013 stack to take this new focus from being a “nice idea” to a truly powerful reality. We will explore the improvements made to Excel, PowerPivot & Power View, & Reporting Services. We will explain the underlying technology that makes the new features possible and walk through demos of some of the shinier toys. At the end of the session you will walk away with a better understanding of what is new in 2013 for business intelligence and an extreme desire to build reusable data model that will undoubtedly bring real value to your business.
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 2007 and 2013.
Key Take Aways
1) When to use Content Types
2) How to plan Content Types
3) How to create Content Types
In this session we will discuss what you need to do to start building applications in Objective-C using the new webservices in SharePoint 2013. We will also discuss some of the pitfalls when doing this kind of development and what you need to get into the app store for Apple. Towards the end of the session you should have a complete understanding on how to build an iOS application for SharePoint, so that you can publish your own application in the Apple store.
by Seb Matthews
The Cloud; It’s a hot topic. SharePoint; Another hot topic. Bring the two together and you have a subject bordering on meltdown!
For Microsoft, the Cloud is an “all in” big bet that is the future direction of products like SharePoint, we’re being told to head into the Cloud as it’s the future.
For many organizations, heading to the Cloud is an alarming idea; How? Why? When? How much? What’s the Risk? Are all questions that organizations are looking to answer.
From Office 365 to hosted SharePoint and through to dedicated, self-managed Private Clouds, there is likely to be a Cloud solution to meet every organizational need, but steering through the minefield of choice can be a tricky task.
In this session we will discuss the real world options available to organizations considering using SharePoint in the Cloud and walk through some case studies of Cloud solutions in use and why SharePoint in the Cloud was the right choice for these usage scenarios.
From this session, you can expect to gain a better understanding of options available to you as well as a firmer idea of whether the Cloud will be right for you and your organization at this time.
by Kyle Davis
Find out how to use collaborative play to build better solution requirements for SharePoint projects (or any other project for that matter). You will learn seriously fun ways to do work – Seriously! Learn how to tap into true innovation and uncover hidden business requirements. Come learn how to put these tools into action!
This is a quick demo of how to configure a Data View Web Part in SharePoint 2010 to display a text item, selected randomly from a list, that refreshes itself periodically.
In this session, we will discuss a sales quote system that was built on SharePoint. Since the audience for this session are business decision makers, the focus will be on what business problems were solved as well as the return on investment realized over purchasing an off-the-shelf product.
We will review best practices for configuring SQL Server, fine-tuning performance, all with an emphasis on choosing optimal settings for your SharePoint environments.
by Priya Balapa
In this session, we will discuss:
-The difference between default search and the Search Center in SharePoint 2010
-What is a content source?
-How do I create scopes and crawl rules?
-What permission do I need to set scopes?
-Implementing scopes enabled Search Center
Purpose – Exercise on ability to quickly create easy custom forms for a SharePoint 2010 list with SharePoint designer. Demo of low cost/OOB way to create a data entry forms with usability in mind.
Takeaway – Practical how-to knowledge for creating low level application functionality in SP 2010.
by Jim Adcock
SharePoint Designer Workflows have their limitations, but they are a great tool for empowering business users.
This Lightning Talk will demonstrate some easy ways to work around the limitaiotns of SPD workflows, and highlight some gotchas and pitfalls to watch out for.
This session if for business users familiar with SharePoint Designer workflows but find themselves frustrated by its limitations.
Welcome to the future. This session is a broad introduction to some of the new capabilities of SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. Social, site policy, sharing, apps, search, SkyDrive – a ton of new goodies. More than just what they are, we’ll run through WHY you’re likely to need them in the contemporary enterprise. If SharePoint is “the new way to work together”, let us offer you the new way to work with SharePoint.
by Jason Keller
Your SharePoint implementation is a raving success. Your end users are creating and storing hundreds or even thousands of new documents and list items daily. This is a big step on the path to SharePoint brilliance! But now it’s time to take the next leap and extend SharePoint beyond simple content storage, by attaching business processes to your content to create efficient workflows amongst your end users. In this presentation, Jason Keller will explain the fundamentals of SharePoint Workflow, and go over its capabilities and limitations. He will also discuss Out of the Box workflows and extending workflow with SharePoint Designer.
by Mark Rackley
jQuery is the current "SharePoint Silver Bullet" promising to cure all your SharePoint ailments allowing customizations that at one point were unattainable without cracking open Visual Studio. But what is the real story with jQuery and SharePoint? How do you implement it with SharePoint? Should you implement it? Is it all a big hoax or is jQuery the missing piece to your SharePoint development took kit?
In this session attendees will learn:
1) Best practices for deploying jQuery in a maintainable way in their organizations
2) What can be done with quickly and powerfully in jQuery taking advantage of incredible third party libraries
3) What are the real consequences of using jQuery and when should you NOT use it.
by Ruven Gotz
This high-level overview touches on the tools and techniques that have made me a successful SharePoint Information Architect and Business Analyst.
SharePoint 2010 can be dangerous to your career: Expectations are often set very high, and not enough time is invested in understanding how those expectations can be met. Many SharePoint 2010 projects fail to meet their initial goals. Practical SharePoint Information Architecture arms you with proven tools that will help you to ensure that there is an agreement on the goals and scope, and how to then efficiently design your taxonomies. You will learn how to educate your users on what metadata is and why it is important so that you can build SharePoint 2010 solutions that exceed the expectations of your users.
You will see demonstrations of the tools that I use for planning and documenting the scope, navigational taxonomy, document taxonomy, metadata, page layouts and workflows for a successful SharePoint 2010 project. If you have been tasked with delivering an intranet for collaboration, document management or as a corporate portal, your only chance for success is to get all of these elements right, and then to make sure that you and your stakeholders are all on the same page.
One of the biggest changes coming in SharePoint 2013 is the new Design Manager. This session will look at every added features and the different approaches to use them. How do other Web Parts leverage this new feature? Get to know the impacts this will have on your current and future projects.
by Ryan Dennis
You may have heard of PowerShell, but do you know what it’s capable of? Gone are the days of long, painful STSADM batch files – we have Windows PowerShell, and it’s here to stay.Learn how you can use Windows PowerShell both to perform simple one-off tasks as well as complex, bulk operations. Leveraging the Object Model gives Administrators and Developers the ability to do in a few lines of code what would’ve taken a lot more work (and probably a Developer or two) in the WSS platform.
In this demo filled session, you’ll see how you can get started with PowerShell, and you will hopefully leave with not only a greater understanding of what PowerShell is – but what it is capable of and how you can start using it to automate tasks in your SharePoint 2010 or 2013 environment.
by Liam Cleary
What is a hacker? In the dictionary a hacker is defined as a computer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems. We all know that in reality a hacker is someone who tries to gain access to anything that they do not have access too, file shares, websites, wifi or even your blog site. SharePoint is such a large platform that has many entry points that we need to minimize the attack surface. In this session we will look at what it would take to “hack” SharePoint, but more importantly how to protect and secure the content and the site entry points to stop those pesky hackers getting in.
by Jeremy Thake
Jeremy Thake, SharePoint MVP and AvePoint Chief Architect, will provide a primer on how to properly begin SharePoint 2013 Online development. Jeremy will discuss the different approaches to customizing your SharePoint sites and explain the developer skillsets required for success.
The customization approaches discussed will utilize the web user interface, SharePoint Designer 2013, and Visual Studio 2012, with demonstrations of specific example projects to highlight key functionality of each. Jeremy will conclude with best practices and recommended governance policies for customizing SharePoint 2013 Online.
Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of:
• Successful approaches to customizing SharePoint 2013 Online
• Available tools necessary to start developing in SharePoint 2013 Online
• Key scenarios where each approach is best suited
2nd March 2013