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"It Depends" - The Definitive Guide to Architecting SharePoint
Speaker(s): David Berry
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Anyone spending time with SharePoint knows that many decisions are dependent on a number of variables, leading us to the refrain of “It depends.”  Far from being definitive, we’ll peel back the layers of the SharePoint Onion and look at some of the decision points involved when building top-down and bottom-up.  Topics include web applications, site collections, content databases, security, navigation, taxonomy and anything else we can jam into the allotted time.
"It Takes a Village" - The Human Cost of SharePoint
Speaker(s): David Berry
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
SharePoint is a broad platform offering many different capabilities.  It is frequently a challenge for clients or even our own management to understand the roles involved in designing and implementing a proper solution, assessing the impact on IT teams to maintain it and most importantly helping the users adjust and accept the new tool in their lives.  In this talk we’ll break down the SharePoint Superman into manageable roles that can be filled by one or more people, including what is a SharePoint architect.  We’ll assess the maintenance impact to IT teams, including the division of the SharePoint farm administration roles.  Most importantly we’ll look at how the implementation of SharePoint 2010 can impact the organization and its users.
"The Myth of the SharePoint Unicorn: Staffing, Recruiting and Developing a SharePoint Team for SP2010 and Office365 Success"
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: User Group
Based on popular demand from user group meetings, WSPDC will host a panel discussion by DC area leaders in the commercial and federal space on the changing landscape of SharePoint team roles and how to staff, recruit and provide professional development for SharePoint professionals of tomorrow. The "myth of the SharePoint unicorn" is near and dear to the heart of many SharePoint practice managers, architects and team leads who have watched the SharePoint ecosystem evolve since WSS3.0 and yet are faced with staffing, recruiting and hiring practices that call all SharePoint professionals "SharePoint developers." In its earliest days SharePoint was often deployed by "the SharePoint guy/gal" who did everything from administration to development to community management but the robust and mature development platform and solution architecture of SharePoint Server 2010, Azure, Office365 and Project Server require a team of highly skilled professionals beyond the Dev/IT Pro tracks outlined by Microsoft training and certification paths. Improperly staffed SharePoint teams can have serious consequences for service delivery and project success. This interactive panel will discuss best practices for SharePoint staffing for commercial and federal projects and will engage audience members with Q&A, exercises and real world examples. Look forward to seeing you there!
"What's in it for me?" User Adoption & Employee Engagement Strategies for Enterprise Social Computing Projects
Speaker(s): Jeff Willinger
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
​Overview: Discuss why many enterprise social computing projects miss the mark due to lack of employee engagement and low end-user adoption around SharePoint.Key take-away: Provide a framework that drives employee engagement & end-user adoption enabling organizations to realize the full benefit of their enterprise social computing return on investment.
“Caching-In” for SharePoint Performance
Speaker(s): Sean McDonough
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios.  In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites.  We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.
“Going Hybrid” with Windows Azure and on-premises SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Girish Raja
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Windows Azure along with SharePoint is redefining business applications moving them to the cloud, however the transition as we all know cannot happen overnight. With so many options in the Windows Azure Platform such as AppFabric Service, Azure Connect and Virtual Machine roles, many developers are trying to figure out the best strategy to bridge both worlds. In this session we provide an overview of these technologies and show demos on how developers can use these Azure technologies in conjunction with SharePoint 2010 to enable the transition to the cloud.
10 Can’t Fail Techniques for Increasing SharePoint Adoption
Speaker(s): Mark Fidelman
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"Many businesses deploy SharePoint to improve document collaboration, only to find most people ignore it.  According to a recent study, only 1/3 of people with access to SharePoint actually use it daily to co-author documents.
Based on a series of in-depth interviews with Amway, Fortune Global 250 company ABB, Continental Automotive, and dozens of others, we’ll examine SharePoint user adoption strategies that work, including integrating SharePoint into existing client technologies, complementing the way people are accustomed to working, and developing business user competence through training based on real-world workflows.
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2010 Service Applications
Speaker(s): Jason Gallicchio
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
In this session, we will dive into Service Application architecture. We will go into understanding the new structure and where to find it and configure it. We will discuss Cross Farm services and how the topology service interacts with it. Lastly, we will talk about scaling them out and disaster recovery.
2010 Upgrade and Migration options
Speaker(s): Mack Sigman
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"Selecting either an upgrade or migration strategy to move from SharePoint 2007 (or 2003) to 2010 is a critical step  and requires an understanding of what the options are, what are the pros, and the cons associated with each approach.  What are the risks.  How much downtime will there be, and so forth.  Understanding the difference between a migration and an upgrade is also important since each requires different planning and can have a cost impact.
This ties into the SDPS topic since customers can use their vouchers to help determine which approach is best"
6 Ways to take your SharePoint development to the Next Level
Speaker(s): Scott Singleton
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Are you a casual SharePoint developer looking for those industry tips, tricks, and best practices used by large scale application development houses? Have you ever wondered how one of those third party tools you installed does what it does? Do you Have trouble scaling out your SharePoint development to larger teams? Come learn six important tricks to working with comprehensive large-scale development projects under SharePoint 2010!
9 Ways to Become a (SharePoint) Rock Star
Speaker(s): Geoff Varosky
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
"So you want to become a rock star? We’re talking actual rock star – not a metaphor for “finding stardom” at your company, but that little “band thing” you do on the side after putting in your 9-to-5 each day.

In this session, we will lead you on a fun and adventurous journey where you can not only learn SharePoint, but springboard into that life of fame and rock stardom that you’ve been dreaming of, using the tools at your disposal during the daily grind. If, by chance, your wildest dreams of becoming a rock star do not come to fruition, you can be rest assured that you can apply what you learn in this session to become a SharePoint rock star. Because its always good to have a backup plan."
A Noble, Logical Diagram: SharePoint & the Power of a Global Platform
Speaker(s): Lewis Shepherd
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
The initial enthusiasm for Government 2.0 web solutions has broadened into a realization that government agencies are dualistic enterprises with two constituencies to address: internal enterprise government employees, and the broader citizenry benefiting from agency services.

Join Lewis Shepherd as he shares how US government agencies are boldly leveraging SharePoint as an architectural platform for both, with expansive capabilities and exciting results.
Accelerate Your SharePoint Development & Testing
Speaker(s): Zvi Guterman, Chris Riley
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Question: How quickly can you set up a SharePoint farm for development, testing and collaboration with others?
Answer:  In minutes, with CloudShare ProPlus.
 
Ready-to-go SharePoint environments in the cloud allow you build, run, and customize pre-built SharePoint templates on-demand, for development, testing, and demos. All you need is an idea, and web browser – no hardware, licenses, recoding, or installs required. Don’t worry about servers and hardware, simply create a SharePoint 2010 farm with just a few clicks.  Focus on developing a solution or demo, and easily share your configurations with colleagues, customers and the world by simple invite or publishing a URL link.  CloudShare makes SharePoint testing and development convenient and fun.  Visit us at our booth #307 or www.CloudShare.com today for a free 14-day trial.
Access 2010 Integration with SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Scott Shearer
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
This session will discuss and demonstrate Access 2010 integration with SharePoint 2010.  Topics covered will include using Access to do maintenance on data in SharePoint lists, migrating data from Access to SharePoint and using the new web database features.  An Access web database stores all data in SharePoint lists while leveraging the familiar Access interface to design tables, relationships and web based forms and reports.  This session will provide insight on how to move from Access data stovepipes stored on share drives to making the data accessible, searchable and highly available by using Access Services in SharePoint 2010.
Adoption is Hard? OR Adoption is hardly ever addressed?
Speaker(s): Silvana Nani
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
Explore the Why, What, Where, When, and How of adoption based on experience and lessons learned delivering and implementing SP based solutions at a federal govt client.  Discuss 5 main strategies that aid adoption.
Advanced Excel and Word Reporting and Document Processing with OfficeWriter
Speaker(s): Ben Jones
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session we will demonstrate how the SoftArtisans OfficeWriter API can be used to develop rich Excel and Word reporting and document processing applications well beyond what is capable with the out-of-the-box SharePoint features. OfficeWriter is a full-featured API for generating, reading, and manipulating Office spreadsheets and documents. We’ll dive deeply into some of the powerful solutions that can be developed with this tool including enhanced exporting of list content to Excel, automatically post-processing documents in document libraries, document generation, and more.
An introduction to SharePoint 2010 Lists & Libraries
Speaker(s): Michael Mukalian
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
​Today we’ll show off a few of the various lists and libraries within SharePoint 2010, and conduct walkthroughs of the functionality that is new in in those assets in SharePoint 2010.  See how to manage content types, custom columns, views, validation, versioning, metadata, templates, and much, much more!  (Ronco tomato peeler not included)
Application Pages are Lame! Building ASP.NET Apps for SharePoint
Speaker(s): Doug Ware
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
If your organization makes heavy use of SharePoint, sooner or later someone will want to port an existing ASP.NET app or build a new business application on SharePoint. In this session you’ll learn how to do this effectively. We will cover architecture and common challenges like session management, and talk about security, navigation, and search. The best part will show you how to create pages your users can edit in the browser with Web Parts and also in SharePoint Designer.
Applied PowerShell: PowerShell for the SharePoint Server Administrator
Speaker(s): Craig Trulove
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
This session will deal with using PowerShell to solve common SharePoint challenges as well as to automate deployment tasks. In addition it will show how to write PowerShell functions for re-use and touch on the best practices to allow for more efficient code maintenance and script upkeep.
Architecting Records Management Solutions on SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Zlatan Dzinic
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Different implementations, organizational business processes, legacy systems and logical architectures dictate different methods in e-Discovery and architecting Records Management processes on SharePoint 2010 platform. What constitutes a proper Records Management solution? Is it legally compliant? How to implement effective e-Discovery strategy? This session will cover most common cases as well as best practices in addressing your current organizational scenarios.
Are you who you say you are? SharePoint Authentication and Authorization
Speaker(s): Liam Cleary
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
No matter which project, client or product you work with, there will always be a need to authenticate and authorize users into the solution. SharePoint historically has not always been the easiest platform to use for this, now with the advent of SharePoint 2010, this changes the game. In this session 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 if this session, you will be able to identify the many authentication approach's as well as when to use a specific type of authentication or authorization within your solutions.
Assess Your SharePoint Maturity With The SharePoint Maturity Model
Speaker(s): Sadalit Van Buren
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
As SharePoint gains in popularity and adoption worldwide, an increasing number of resources is available to help organizations understand and navigate the different aspects of this platform.  What’s missing is a cohesive way to analyze and understand the whole.  The SharePoint Maturity Model applies a holistic view to a SharePoint implementation, and brings standardization to the conversation around functionality, best practices, and improvement.  The benefits of the Model are threefold:  it lets SharePoint implementation owners gain an understanding of their current state, helps them define their strategic roadmap, and creates a data model to assist all SP users in benchmarking their level against others from similar industries and years of use.  The speaker will take the audience through the competencies and levels, including visual case studies; share current data from assessments against the Model; and provide templates for self-assessment.
Assessing Social Business Evolution And Maturity
Speaker(s): R "Ray" Wang
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
As with any new disruptive technology, social business remains a confusing market.  From internally facing collaboration efforts to externally facing social networks, users seek clarity in terms of the use cases for adoption, best practices, and identifying where the fit in the maturity of their implementation. 

Join leading enterprise software analyst and social business pioneer, R “Ray” Wang as he unveils Constellation Research’s latest research on the Five Phases of Social Business Maturity and the Five Simple Rules for social business.
Best Practices for Balancing SharePoint Content Compliance with Inclusive, Open and Transparent Government
Speaker(s): Patrick Fisher
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The mandate across U.S. government to create a participatory, transparent and collaborative environment, and to implement Web 2.0/Gov. 2.0 strategies, creates a compliance balancing act.  Transparent and participatory government must be accessible and available to everyone-truly reinforcing the principal of citizen-centric government.  Gov. 2.0 technologies like social networking, blogging, Wikis, etc. can help governments engage more effectively, efficiently and directly with its citizens; however, they do not negate the obligation of the government to protect private and sensitive information. This session will explore how government agencies can meet their obligations to provide citizen-centered solutions while maintaining statutory and regulatory compliance requirements using Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and compliance automation.
Best Practices for Managing an Effective SharePoint Team
Speaker(s): Jennifer Mason
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
At the root of every successful SharePoint implementation is a team supporting it and making it possible. But how did the team get started and who should be part of the team? In this session we will look at the best practice guidelines for building and maintaining an efficient SharePoint team.
Better Together – Sharepoint and DoD 5015.2 Certified ECM technologies provide defensible Records Management and eDiscovery strategies
Speaker(s): Stan Wood
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint provides a dynamic collaboration environment for the rapid creation of content.  Adding to that is the explosive increase of content coming through email, rich media, transactional, and other legacy systems and it’s clear that the paper storage monster of the last decade has been replaced with a modern day digital storage monster that is comparatively out of sight and out of mind.  Companies and government agencies are under increasing pressure to bring varied content from multiple sources into a comprehensive knowledge management tool that supports records management and usage governance across diverse content sources.  IT departments are also being tasked to consolidate data storage and reduce the number of IT tools needed to support business and user requirements.   In this session, we will explore the advantages of leveraging a mature DoD 5015.2 certified enterprise content management platform in ways that address these issues while driving user adoption as a pathway to achieving managed knowledge and governance as well as enablement for defensible eDiscovery.
Beyond Approval: Intro to Creating Custom Workflow Actions
Speaker(s): Ben Jones
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
With the advent of SharePoint Designer 2007, developers and end-users were able to create powerful no-code workflows. Workflow Designer’s drag and drop design allowed the tool to be opened up for use across organizations so that more people can design and create workflows to meet their needs. Unfortunately sometimes the toolkit provided by the SharePoint Designer is not enough to meet the needs of the business. This is where custom workflow actions come in. Custom workflow actions add functionality to your SPD toolkit—they let you design custom activities that execute custom actions such as performing complex actions or communicating with other applications. During this session you will learn how to create and code custom actions and make them available to the SharePoint designer.
BI to SharePoint: What a Business Analyst/PM/IT Pro Lite Needs to Know
Speaker(s): Michael Hinckley
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"BI the final frontier, these are the voyages of a Business Analyst/PM/IT Pro Lite as he navigates the BI to SharePoint Universe. This session is an overview of the various BI solutions within SharePoint highlighting the scopes of each and who and what it takes to get them deployed. Starting with Excel, PowerPivot, Performance Point and InfoPath Services.

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Big Data Reality: Fueling SharePoint Growth Worldwide
Speaker(s): TJ Jiang
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
The numbers do not lie: According to a recent report from global business management consulting giant McKinsey, we are accumulating data at an ever-increasing rate. Global data is projected to grow 40 percent per year versus 5 percent growth in global IT spending.

What many do not see, though, is how this exponential data growth is propelling the expansion of Microsoft SharePoint deployments. Join AvePoint Co-CEO Dr. Tianyi (TJ) Jiang, as he shares his experiences speaking with enterprises around the world looking to manage the rampant data sprawl prevalent in their SharePoint environments as they look to utilize the platform for enterprise content management initiatives. 

Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of:
•    The typical path of SharePoint adoption and growth
•    Key considerations for architecting SharePoint scalability, performance, and governance to effectively manage data growth
•    Ways to leverage SharePoint to manage your unstructured data content sprawl
Boost the Performance of SharePoint Today!
Speaker(s): Brian Culver
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
​Is your farm struggling to server your organization?  How long is it taking between page requests?  Where is your bottleneck in your farm?  Is your SQL Server tuned properly?  Worried about upgrading due to poor performance?  We will look at various tools for analyzing and measuring performance of your farm.  We will look at simple SharePoint and IIS configuration options to instantly improve performance.  I will discuss advanced approaches for analyzing, measuring and implementing optimizations in your farm.  
Branding – A beginners guide
Speaker(s): Matthew Hughes
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
New to branding and not sure where to start? This session is one long demo, we will take the journey together to brand a SharePoint team site using SharePoint Designer, you will be able to take away the confidence of where to start and an understanding of the core aspects of Branding.
Breaking down the SharePoint IA Silos
Speaker(s): Virgil Carroll
Session Level: 300
Session Type: End User
"In this deep dive session, we will break down successful SharePoint IA strategy into 3 spheres of understanding.

1. Why SharePoint information systems usually fail – including the ‘silo affect’, ‘small picture thinking’ and other painful lessons we can learn from real world examples
2. What makes an Information Architecture strategy REALLY work – We will identify what IA really is (not what IT has makes it), learn the core principals of a solid IA strategy, and explore the solid foundation that needs to be in place before the word ‘SharePoint’ is even mentions
3. How you can use SharePoint and solid IA practices to build a scalable information structure – Including interactive activities where we participate in IA exercises, develop an ideal IA for an organization (case study), and explore the SharePoint features that can support our newly defined foundation’s growth.
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Building a Fully Branded SharePoint Website
Speaker(s): Joe Capka
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"This session will walk through the various steps a developer needs to take when building a fully branded public facing website.

The session will start with html as if delivered by a SharePoint agnostic design agency and will proceed to implement this HTML inside of SharePoint 2010, walking through all steps between a standard out of box publishing site and a professional looking internet site.

It will explore customizing master pages, using custom css and js and creating proper page layouts to fit the custom master page.

Lastly the session will point out best practices to keep in mind and pitfalls to avid when working on public facing sites.

The session will be very demo intensive, attempting to create the public site in the timeframe of the session."
Building a Solution Brick by Brick
Speaker(s): Rebecca Isserman
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
In this session we will build site columns, content types, and list instances that we can deploy to a content type hub.  We will then build an InfoPath Form and publish it to one of the content types that we create.  We will then go into a Site Collection using this content type hub and automate the process using SharePoint Designer Workflows.  Throughout the session we will discuss the various caveats and design options available when building this type of solution.  By the end of the session users should be able to build their own solutions using the methods and technologies discussed.
Building BI solutions using Performance Point Services in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Mostafa Elzoghbi
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
In this session I will cover PPS architecture & design fundamentals in SP 2010 and how to build BI solutions using SharePoint 2010 BI Center, BIDS, and Report Builder 3.0 with different data sources using DBs and Cubes. In addition to build, design, deploy Custom SSRS Reports within SharePoint. Tips in Configuring PPS application service in SharePoint 2010 and Reporting Services in SharePoint 2010.
A demo driven session to create custom KPIs, Scorecards, Custom Reports and Dashboards.
Building Business Solutions with InfoPath and Workflows
Speaker(s): Jennifer Mason
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
Business Processes and forms are everywhere. In your organization, there are always forms to be filled out, and these forms usually entail some type of automation such as a workflow. Microsoft Office InfoPath is a powerful form-creation tool that lets you create highly customized and professional-looking business forms, without writing any code.
When you use this product in conjunction with SharePoint and SharePoint Designer, you have all the tools you need to build a no-code automated business solution.
In this all-day session, Laura and Jennifer will teach you everything you need to know about creating a full-blown business process using SharePoint, InfoPath and SharePoint Designer. Some basics will be covered, along with common practices for form-submission approval processes and SharePoint Designer workflows. When you walk away from this session, you will be confident that whatever processes the business throws at you, you will be able to create a solution using the tools and best practices that you learned during this workshop.
Building Pluggable Workflow Services in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Lyudmila Zharova
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"This session will cover the architecture, benefits of usage, and walkthrough of building
Pluggable Workflow Services - the new feature in SP 2010 Workflow.
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Building the Perfect SharePoint Farm
Speaker(s): David Broussard
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
"Anyone can go out to Technet and find the “official” Microsoft documents on how to build out a SharePoint farm, but actually determining the correct farm is a much more difficult problem.  Since SharePoint will handle user volumes from individuals all the way up to hundreds of thousands of users, learning how to plan your SharePoint farm is critical to its success. 

This session will cover the various types of farms and the usage profiles on when to implement them.  It will also review options around virtualization and how that effects farm growth, high availability, and disaster recovery."
Business Connectivity Services - How to Architect a Safe and Secure BCS Environment
Speaker(s): Fabian Williams
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
Explore all the ingredients of a successful Business Connectivity Services (formerly named the Business Data Catalog) Solution with SharePoint 2010.  In this session we will start out with the basic requirements needed in Central Admin, discuss both Configurations and Security and options you may undertake to establish the balance between Security and Availability. We then investigate options on how both Code and No-Code solution may be architected and consumed by end users
Business Connectivity Services Explained by Example
Speaker(s): Kirk Evans
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Business Connectivity Services is one of the coolest parts of SharePoint 2010.  Not only does SharePoint Designer 2010 make it easy to create lists that connect to external data, but Visual Studio makes it ridiculously easy to write your own connectors to external systems.  Come to this session for a demo-packed session with NO POWERPOINT!
Client Object Model in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Udayakumar Ethirajulu
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Client Object Model the new powerful feature in SharePoint 2010 that enables developer to write application to access the SharePoint data from .Net application, Silverlight Application and JavaScript on client side.

Session also includes demo on .Net App, Silverlight App and JavaScript."
Cloud Based SharePoint. For Real?
Speaker(s): David Berry
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
“To the Cloud!” has become the rallying cry of many businesses looking to offload the costs of maintaining many systems internally.  SharePoint is one of those systems heavily touted as being great for the cloud.  We’ll look at efforts to standardize the cloud, the different types of cloud offerings and decision points to consider from a technology and cost perspective.  We will also look at what Microsoft’s Office 365 offerings are as a baseline reference.
Cloudy with a Chance of SharePoint
Speaker(s): Joel Ward, Dave Shimko
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
"Moving to “The Cloud” is a popular topic these days. Many companies and even the government are looking to consolidate IT resources, work within more limited budgets, and the desire to simplify the management of their infrastructure. Naturally, “The Cloud” seems like a great idea.

But is it? And what does this mean for SharePoint?

First off, we will describe the different aspects of “The Cloud,” mainly that The Cloud is really not just one type of technology and often isn’t The Cloud at all. In fact, cloud computing is just a fraction of the services available for hosting servers and websites and SharePoint. You can have a locally “private cloud” or a remotely hosted dedicated Saas (Software as a Service). You might consider a public cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) or a dedicated virtual infrastructure. Or just a plain old rack server in a co-located facility. Which do you choose?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. However, we will dive into the questions that you should ask in order to ensure you make an educated decision about where to go. Some examples:

• What does it mean for SharePoint?
• Do you really need the elasticity of something like Amazon EC2, or are your computing needs more stable and predictable?
• Do you want IaaS, where you are in charge of the SharePoint application?
• Or do you want SaaS, where the hosting provider manages the SharePoint application level for you?
• What about security?
• How do you budget for unforeseen costs?

So when your boss, CIO, or the President of the United States says, “We’re going to The Cloud,” you will have a better idea which “cloud” you should hop on to."

Co-presented with David Shimko
Congratulations, You're THE SharePoint Person in Charge
Speaker(s): David Griffiths
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have SharePoint thrust upon them.”

This session will discuss how to approach your SharePoint Greatness learning curve.

From Where do I start?  to What roles do I concentrate on? (Administration, Developer, Architect, Business Analyst)?

How do I prepare myself?
What type of training and reading do I need to do? 

Should I go for MCTS, MCP, MCITP, MCPD, MCT?

What other skills do I need to bring to the table?

Who do I need to engage in the organization?

Can I trust the blogs?"
Content is King - Enterprise Content Management in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Chris McNulty
Session Level: 500
Session Type: End User
ECM is all grown up in SharePoint 2010.  We'll run through the range of solutions, starting with classic authoring, versioning and approvals.  From there, we'll move through real world best practices on metadata and content types, rules based content organizers, records management and eDiscovery, and Information Lifecycle Management.  We'll conclude by diving into web content management and Microsoft's reference architecture for Internet web publishing.
Controlling your SharePoint Chaos
Speaker(s): Adam Woodruff
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Meet Adam Woodruff, Quest senior product architect, during the Quest session learn valuable insight into ways to control your SharePoint chaos.
For many organizations, earlier versions of SharePoint were free-for-all environments that quickly outgrew the original scope of the implementation. They created management nightmares for an already-taxed IT staff and frustration for end users who needed a place to store business-critical information.
SharePoint 2010 offers a chance to get things right. To avoid repeating the sins of the past, you need a  solution to help:
• Managers understand and effectively govern your current SharePoint environment
• Administrators efficiently migrate, consolidate and restructure SharePoint on-premises and online, as well as proactively manage, protect and ensure SharePoint’s scalability for an improved user experience
• Developers speed and simplify the development and deployment of custom applications
Quest solutions give you the control you need to meet end-user demands, improve SLAs, and reduce the time, cost and complexity associated with SharePoint. Now you can control your SharePoint challenges so they don’t control you.
Create a Free Weather RSS Web Part Using SharePoint Designer 2010
Speaker(s): Patrick Curran
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
How to take a Weather RSS feed and display the weather at an address within a SharePoint list.
Creating a Custom Gatherer for the SharePoint Activity Feed
Speaker(s): Kevin Dostalek
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"The world has changed.  No longer are people willing to rely solely on email as the primary delivery mechanism for “pushed information”.  The fact that email puts control in the author’s hands rather than the receiver’s has driven technology such as RSS Feeds, which better respect the new opt-in culture.  Wherever you look these days, be it Facebook, Twitter, or [web 2.0 app of the month], it is likely that the primary information conduit will be in some form of “stream”. 

The new SharePoint Activity Feed in 2010 is a phenomenal leap forward in SharePoint’s embrace of this changing information communications paradigm.  Users can opt-in to what they’d like to receive (or be targeted into by profile information) and treat the stream as a broadcast information radiator that by and large contains the exact information they need to perform their job better.

Out of the box, the Activity Feed only includes applications to capture events related to profile information changes and social computing activity within SharePoint (tagging, comments, ratings, etc.).   However, there is a huge opportunity to integrate the SharePoint Activity Feed with other external line of business applications to bring users an even greater ambient information experience in their “stream”.

In this session we will take a developer-centric view (that means coding) of how to develop a custom gatherer for these external sources and provision new SharePoint activity applications.  Because the Activity Feed is designed to scale to tens of thousands of users, there are some very specific data de-normalizing activity event multicasting methods that must be used.  At first these may seem a bit awkward, but once mastered, just about every activity application can be built using the same process."
Creating an Effective and Highly Developed Learning Gateway for Education with SharePoint 2007 and 2010
Speaker(s): Dave Coleman, Mike Herrity
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Federal
"Mike Herrity and Dave Coleman have been working together over the last four  years on the development of a mature SharePoint Solution for Twynham School in Christchurch, Dorset, UK. Having created their first SharePoint solution (The Revision Gateway) in March 2007 they witnessed an explosion in end user adoption which led to the rapid growth of the Learning Gateway. One of the main features of the Twynham School Learning Gateway is the strong ownership by end users. By creating resources, content and solutions focused on the needs of the end user Twynham has gained an enviable reputation for very high adoption. On a recent snow day 86% of students and 92% of staff chose to use the Learning Gateways to support their independent study and maintain productivity when the school was closed.
 
This session will focus on the story of the development of the Twynham School Learning Gateway. Covering key milestones from the methodology used to engage end users to the ways in which we improved productivity within the institution. We will cover the three differing topologies we have implemented from 2007-2010 as we have moved from a single server farm to a highly available virtualized solution.

The session will also focus on how Twynham has gained the most from the out of the box elements in SharePoint 2010 to our custom web part developments during our Parental Engagement strategy.
 
We will finish with a demonstration of our SharePoint 2010 set up and work with Microsoft during the SharePoint 2010 TAP Programme."
Creating Custom Forms in WSS with jQuery and SPServices
Speaker(s): Daniel Walker
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Some organizations are still on WSS and this session explores methods to give a little pep to your list/library forms. Using jQuery and SPServices we will start from a few simple options and move from there to a full custom form that will open in a dialogue box similar to SP2010. Topic includes jQuery and css to make it all happen!
Creating Enterprise Class Applications in SharePoint 2010 without Writing Code
Speaker(s): Ira Fuchs
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
The presentation will demonstrate the techniques and methodologies used to develop an enterprise class Employee Absence Tracking application in SharePoint 2010 without writing code. I will describe the process of creating a complex application using declarative development tools and methodologies based on InfoPath/Form Services, Business Connectivity Services and SharePoint Designer workflows. All of the application functionality is implemented using rule logic, information sets, and attribute settings.
Creating Simple Dashboards Using Out of the Box Web Part
Speaker(s): Jennifer Mason
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
In this session 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 session will give you a good overview of lists, views, web part pages and web part connections.  This is a great session for those just getting started with SharePoint who want to push the limits of out of the box configuration.
Customer Stories: Reaping the Benefits of Microsoft Project Management Solutions
Speaker(s): Jennifer Kim
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
Join Jennifer Kim, Microsoft Group Product Manager for Project and Visio in the US, as she shares how Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management tools contributed to customer project success
Customize your Layouts pages in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Susan Lennon
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
We’ll look at a new capability in SharePoint 2010 that makes it easier to customize your Access Denied, Error, login, Request Access, etc pages.  We’ll build a custom ASPX page using Visual Studio, deploy it as a solution and then user PowerShell to tell SharePoint to use your new page instead of the Out of the Box pages.  This is a very simple development project – no rocket science here!
Customizing forms with SharePoint Designer 2007
Speaker(s): Xenox Garavito
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
"Are you trying to integrate business forms with SharePoint quickly and easily?  Sometimes pushing the Out of the Box features of SharePoint to the limits can yield excellent results with a little help from SharePoint Designer 2007. 

This session will give you the know how to create and customize simple forms using SharePoint Designer 2007 without having to deploy a solution package to the farm."
Data Visualization made easier in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Rob Joy
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The SharePoint 2010 Platform has provided Information Workers with the ability to utilize common tools found within Microsoft Office to take data out of applications and surface it to the masses within SharePoint.  In this talk we’ll explore 2 of the newest avenues for data visualization within SharePoint: Visio Services and Excel utilizing PowerPivot. Visio Services allows you to take the traditional boxes and arrows modeling of Visio and apply real-time business data against the model and making it readily accessible within SharePoint while PowerPivot harnesses the number-crunching power of Excel 2010 and allows for the easy deployment of rich reporting and dashboards into SharePoint.
Decibel Festival: Organizing a 30,000 Person Music Festival with Hosted SharePoint
Speaker(s): Erica Toelle
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
As a volunteer-run event with zero IT staff members, Decibel Festival had outgrown Google Docs and needed to invest in a more robust information management solution. The answer? Hosted SharePoint. This session outlines the setup and information architecture of the Decibal Festival site and illustrates how hosted SharePoint enables organizations to manage complex projects and events.
Speaker: Erica Toelle has been working with SharePoint since 2004, creating business solutions around Enterprise Content Management, Collaboration, and Communities. She has written several Enterprise Content Management whitepapers for Microsoft explaining SharePoint’s features and how to leverage them in a business context, and provided input into the 2010 Content features. Erica understands how to communicate about SharePoint to both a business and technical audience to foster shared understanding among everyone involved with a project.
Deep Dive into Feature Versioning in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Jeremy Thake
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Jeremy Thake, Enterprise Architect at AvePoint Inc and SharePoint MVP, will walk you through how to leverage the new Feature Versioning capability in the SharePoint 2010 Farm. He will discuss the best approaches and strategies for using this in your application development lifecycle. A full ran through scenario to demonstrate the intricacies will be run through during the presentation. Jeremy will also discuss how this has been used in a Production environment for NothingButSharePoint.com and some of the lessons learnt from the approach used.
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Delivering SharePoint Success: Reaping The Business Benefits
Speaker(s): Dux Raymond Sy
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Keynote
SharePoint has shifted the paradigm in enterprise collaboration. By empowering knowledge workers, SharePoint can increase worker productivity, improve efficiency and streamline business processes. To achieve this goal, focusing on technology alone is not enough. Effectively identifying business value, gaining stakeholders' support and efficiently managing SharePoint projects is paramount to success.

In this keynote presentation, you'll learn proven techniques to:

- Gain executive buy-in for SharePoint initiatives
- Identify and prioritize business benefits SharePoint provides
- Proper planning and appropriately manage expectations
- Engage the business for better adoption
- Define organizational SharePoint readiness

Design a Dashboard in a Dash
Speaker(s): Jessica Moss
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Business intelligence dashboards provide a high level overview of a company's information to promote strategic and immediate actions.  By drilling down, clicking through, and investigating the available data, organizations can quickly make decisions and manage their performance.  SharePoint 2010 provides a dashboard solution through PerformancePoint Services, which allows a user to create reports, scorecards, and dashboards.  By pulling data from a variety of locations, business rules can be created to illustrate exactly what is happening in your business.  This session will explain how to walk through these steps and why analytics and visualizations have never been easier to create!
Design patterns using XSL to generate web part user interfaces
Speaker(s): Paul Galvin
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"SharePoint 2010 provides a new visual web part approach with Visual Studio 2010.  Although this is great for quick and rapid development, you will find you’ve painted yourself into a corner when it comes time to create multi-language, accessible and mobile interfaces. 

This presentation demonstrates a design pattern by starting with Visual Studio’s standard visual web part and then modifying it to use XSL to generate its output.

You don’t need knowledge of XSL to understand the concepts presented here."
Designing SharePoint 2010 for Business
Speaker(s): Kanwal Khipple
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
A business owner nowadays needs to be able to attract and engage people to their website. In this session, learn to implement your company's brand on SharePoint 2010. During this session, we'll use the right tools to take a design from concept to a fully functioning SharePoint 2010 site. Based on real world experiences, this session is sure to give you some practical tips, tricks, and advice you can use immediately. Learn to leverage SharePoint 2010 tools to customize your experiences, and make them unique. You will be able to take this knowledge and deliver the best end to end experiences to your customers.
Developing a Hybrid SharePoint 2010 ERM/ECM Platform (SPaaS) Solution
Speaker(s): Errin O'Connor
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In developing any Enterprise Records Management (ERM) or (ECM) Platform, the key to long-term success is your organizations ability to develop a roadmap that takes into consideration the hybrid types of business and functional requirements that the systems user base will encounter in the many months and years to follow its launch.
A SharePoint Platform as a Service (SPaaS) with a hybrid approach will allow you to avoid so many pitfalls and the need to re-architect or modify the system in the future. The following are all possible within this SharePoint Platform as a Service:
• Records Management Service
• Workflow (Reusable) Service
• Business Intelligence/ Reporting Service (Dashboards, Scorecards, etc.)
• Collaboration Service
• Intranet Service
• Extranet Service
• A possible Internet facing SharePoint Service
• Mobile “Edge Device” Service
• Learning Management System Service (Training)
• Application Development Service
• Corporate Communication Service
• File Share Replacement Service
• Social, or I prefer, a Professional Networking Service (My Sites, etc.)
• Scanning Service (OCR) (Paperless/ Green Initiatives)
SharePoint 2010 can accomplish all of these elements, but it is absolutely crucial for you and your project team to be forward thinking and not hesitant to face these items that will inevitably come up in the next 24 months so why not be prepared.
Developing Custom Service Applications - When, Why and How
Speaker(s): Greg Hurlman
Session Level: 500
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
The new Service Application model in SharePoint 2010 can be intimidating at first, but the potential for powerful custom functionality is there for the taking.  We’ll walk through creating a custom service, deployment, and then consumption via a custom web part.
Developing for Office 365
Speaker(s): Sahil Malik
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
We know developing for office365 means developing using Sandbox solutions! But is that it? Developing sandbox solutions means lots of JavaScript and Silverlight. It also puts some interesting restrictions on your back-end – well basically that you can’t enhance server side code. In this session Sahil builds an Office365 application with JavaScript and Silverlight that integrates with Azure. Don’t miss!
Developing on Office 365
Speaker(s): David McDonald, Ed Hild
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
One of the exciting opportunities about Office 365 is that there is support for developer customizations. We will spend the session going through various options for how to build and customize SharePoint Online. We will discuss sandbox solutions, jquery, client-side api, and some of the unique challenges of running code in SharePoint Online.
Developing Records Management Governance for SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Mike Miller
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Governance is one of the watchwords of SharePoint 2010 implementation and with good reason. It is the key to successfully implementing SharePoint 2010 and takes place on several levels. This focus group looks at the five major decisions that organizations need to make concerning records management policy in order to successfully implement electronic recordkeeping using SharePoint 2010. With a Washington DC audience in mind, the discussion will emphasize the implications of these decisions for Federal agencies.
Developing Reusable Workflow Features
Speaker(s): Mike Oryszak
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
A key component to developing and maintaining a suite of workflow processes is consistency and reusable features.  This session will provide an overview of how to approach reusable features that can be used in SharePoint workflows and then walk through some specific examples.
Developing SilverLight Applications for SharePoint
Speaker(s): Steve Pietrek
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Learn how Silverlight 4 can be used to integrate rich, powerful applications into SharePoint 2007 and 2010. Walk through Silverlight basics (XAML, styles, layouts, and application settings), retrieving data from SharePoint lists and document libraries, managing code using the MVVM development pattern, and deploying the Silverlight controls to SharePoint.
Dispelling the Myths behind SharePoint Deployment Planning Services
Speaker(s): Alistair Pugin
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
"SharePoint Deployment Planning Services allows Microsoft customers to use their assurance benefits to pay certified partners for SharePoint deployment and upgrade services. The confusion comes in that SDPS does not have a “one size fits all” model and that it has to be extensively tailored to meet the maturity of the client. In this session you learn about:
• What SDPS covers and what it does not
• How to adapt it to meet the requirements of the client
• What technical aspects are critical to the success of the workshops
• What information to capture to ensure partner and customer have a clear, shared vision of the information management requirements
• What the customer must provide to maximize the experience and overall outcome"
Displaying information in SharePoint Using Excel Services, Reporting Services and PerformancePoint
Speaker(s): Tricia Wilcox Almas
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Many SharePoint users and developers have not been exposed to the various ways that information can be exposed in SharePoint.  Whether the data is stored in lists, or is from a Line of Business application (LOB), SharePoint gives you several options for displaying reports, graphs, scorecards, strategy maps and other valuable information insight.  We will also cover the basics of good dashboard design.
This session will walk thru:
• Configuring Excel Services
• Configuring Reporting Services integration
• Configuring PerformancePoint Services including SecureStore
• Using Excel Services web parts and the Reporting Services report viewer web part
• Whirlwind overview of PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer
• Deploying PerformancePoint Dashboards
• Using PerformancePoint web parts
Docs without Folders – Organizing Documents with Content Types & Metadata
Speaker(s): Kenneth Lo
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"Misplaced your documents that are stored in a file structure that is 10-folder deep? Tired of deciding which particular folder this document belongs to? Go folder-less!

Folders have been around a long time, and users are accustomed to using them. However, content types and metadata are much more intuitive to use. This session will demonstrate how to streamline document management by strategically managing site columns, content types, and list views."
Document Sets - More than Just Folders
Speaker(s): Gary Blatt
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
A critical new piece in the 2010 architecture that enhances the ECM capabilities, learn how to design and deploy these special content types effectively.  We’ll cover the interaction with the Managed Metadata Store as well as maintenance issues.
Does Size Matter? SharePoint's Value in a Small Company on a Shoestring Budget
Speaker(s): Edward Wells
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
By now most people are aware of SharePoint’s value in large companies and government agencies.   But over half of America is employed by small businesses.  In the past, enterprise content/knowledge management systems were not seen as cost effective for this group due to the expense and expertise required to implement and maintain them.  SharePoint has helped to change that image and there is no business or group too small to benefit from a SharePoint intranet, regardless of human and monetary budget constraints.  This session will use real life examples to show the benefits of SharePoint for the smaller teams out there, as well as provide a roadmap for how implementation and roll out can proceed.  This session will also highlight various features of SharePoint that can be used or not used with the benefits and disadvantages of each option in small environments.  After viewing this session a person should have the knowledge to make a business case for their company setting up a SharePoint intranet, along with basic steps on how to proceed.
Driving User Adoption – How governance, training, and social networking create change in an organization
Speaker(s): Tiffany Songvilay
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Also known as, ‘Everything you’ve never thought to ask about the business side of the deployment without the hassle of having to talk to the end users yourself.’ This session is the result of seven years of being the Business Analyst liaison between the SharePoint developers and the business. An upgrade to SharePoint is usually the last thing on people’s minds and almost never aligns with any of their department objectives. That means that often times, users don’t have to switch to SharePoint to get their jobs done and developers rarely make it any easier for them to do so because they are constantly under impossible deadlines with no budget and limited resources. You already know that poor user interface and rushed design with no information architecture equals failed deployments, now learn what you can do to ‘sell’ the users something they’ll buy into because they don’t give a flip about that first part.

If you want to be a part of a company that rolls out new technology, then you need this deployment to succeed. Don’t waste good code on a bad communications plan. Mark Rackley of SharePoint Hillbilly says, “I realize this is the type of session that most developers and admins may not jump to attend, but you HAVE to attend this session at least once.  Let’s face it, no matter how great your SharePoint deployment is, if you don’t get user adoption what good is it?”

Participants will learn:
- What makes SharePoint change different than other technology change
- Basic communication strategies
- How to anticipate the backlash and avoid a support nightmare"
ECM from a Developer's Perspective
Speaker(s): Paul Swider
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
The SharePoint ECM programming model can be used to extend the functionality of the new ECM features and create custom document management solutions. In addition SharePoint 2010 introduces the Managed Metadata store as the enterprise tool for managing taxonomy. In this session you will learn how to add rich ECM functionality to your SharePoint sites using members of the taxonomy and document management object model. When you complete the session you will understand the pros and cons of each namespace. 
Effective Requirements Gathering Workshops – How to organize and run them
Speaker(s): Ruven Gotz
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"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.
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Encourage! Educate! Engage! Build Excitement and Community in the Workplace!
Speaker(s): Bonnie Surma
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
Are your end users excited about your new intranet or team sites? Do you have an “encouragement” plan?  An “education” plan? An “engagement” plan?  Use this time as a workshop to gather ideas for success in understanding the end user, building a training program, and creating a company user group.  Without encouragement, there is no education. Without education, there is no engagement. Without engagement, there is no encouragement.  
Enforce Governance by Automating Site Provisioning
Speaker(s): Ed Hild
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Site taxonomies are very important and most organizations want control of site provisioning, yet don't want to hamper the time-to-live of a site request. This session covers governance controls around two of the most important SharePoint objects: sites and site collections. You will learn best practices around site structures and the impact making a poor choice. You will also learn how your organization can use SharePoint features such as workflows to automate the provisioning of sites. We will examine custom workflows built with Visual Studio.NET, SharePoint Designer, and the out-of-the-box workflows.
Enterprise Content Management using SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Sahil Malik
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Organizations produce a lot of information – petabytes of it. And this information is very valuable, if mismanaged, it may cause dropped stock markets, suicides, lawsuits, and more. It is no surprise therefore that organizations want to manage this information – under the science of Enterprise Content Management. SharePoint 2010, in addition to documentum, filenet, and others is a compelling ECM platform. In this session Sahil evaluates SharePoint 2010 as an ECM platform.
Enterprise Ontology and Taxonomy: Beyond the $50 words
Speaker(s): Brian Seitz
Session Level: 400
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"Case study:  Session will present experiences in creating, deploying and adoption of Information Management Concepts, specifically ontology and taxonomy.  The session is structured to bring concepts down to a practical discussion rather than introduction of $100 terms.

Examples of issues and  how-to will be the primary focus          "
Epic SharePoint Battle: HTML 5 vs SilverLight 5
Speaker(s): Rebecca Isserman
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"HTML 5 is the new hot user interface and multimedia development tool, whereas Silverlight was the new tool two years ago for user interface and multimedia modifications.  In this session we will discuss what you get using HTML 5 versus Silverlight 5 when developing custom extensions for SharePoint 2010.  We will go over the advantages and disadvantages of each tool using the client object model and webservices.  In the end attendees will have a better understanding of each tool when developing custom SharePoint user interface and multimedia contols.

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Exploring Benefits of Business Connectivity Services
Speaker(s): Brett Lonsdale
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Does your organization have islands of data in each department that could be more affectively used if it was made available to the entire organization via a central information hub such as SharePoint? Business Connectivity Services provides you with the ability to link to organizational data sources and present it within SharePoint via External Lists, Enterprise Search, External Business Data Columns, + more allowing you to develop Business Data Dashboards. Within this session we will explore the benefits of Business Connectivity Services and see how to configure it using SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio. This session is ideal for all Developers, Administrators and Business Users.
Exploring the Benefits of Business Connectivity Services
Speaker(s): Brett Lonsdale
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Within this session, attendees will learn the business problems that are solved by using Business Connectivity Services. We will cover every aspect of BCS exploring the connectivity with SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 and why you would choose one over the other. In addition we will explore the Out-of-the-Box BDC web parts, Enterprise Search, User Profiles, External Lists and more. Expect a fast paced session with plenty of BCS experience.
Extending SharePoint 2010 with HTML5 and JavaScript
Speaker(s): Girish Raja
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
We have all heard the facts and speculations about HTML5 being the development platform of the future. As modern browsers evolve at a rapidly increasing pace, standards based web development is becoming more common and easier than ever. Of course it is not an overnight change but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on your long forgotten JavaScript skills! In this primer session, we take a look at some of the basics of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript that SharePoint developers need to know. We’ll discuss how SharePoint can take advantage of HTML5, JavaScript and show how you can use some key libraries such as jQuery to enhance SharePoint 2010 applications.
Extending the Data View Web Part
Speaker(s): Jim Bob Howard
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
"Based on his popular EndUserSharePoint series, 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 client’s needs.
Topics include maximizing the use of the Dataview Web Part for data entry, audit trails, and display of large amounts of data to disparate users."
Facilitated Thinking Environments in Sharepoint 2010
Speaker(s): Robert Beard
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Business / Management
"In a just-in-time approach, MindSights™ SharePoint Solutions (MindSP) has developed 25 separate MindSights™ Facilitated Thinking Environments (FTE) that provide the right questions, tools, and thinking switches (thinklets) to help individuals and teams think faster, more clearly, more creatively. With a just-in-time approach, an FTE delivers within a precise thought process the right questions to ask, the correct thinking tools to use, and the proper thinking methods to enhance personal or team thinking performance. FTEs function like a skilled consultant, educator or trusted friend who delivers timely advice by asking just the right questions, recommending the right cognitive tools to use, and offering successful methods and insights. FTEs put in place a comprehensive environment that surrounds knowledge-workers with cognitive tools using a set of specific tailored thinklets. FTE Thinklets can be viewed as mental triggers or “thought switches” that activate thinking patterns not commonly used.

This Session will showcase one specific FTE in Sharepoint 2010. Root cause analysis (RCA) is about returning the problem back to a prior condition or standard. The purpose of RCA is to take corrective actions and prevent the problem from ever happening again. Use this FTE application to determine the right point (root cause) where change can have the greatest impact on solving the problem. We will show you how a Sharepoint Team site has been configured to let a team accomplish a classic RCA in a collaborative virtual environment leveraging the functionality and collaborative capabilities of Sharepoint 2010. We will also provide an overview of the remaining Facilitated Thinking Environments."
Fairy Tales and the Future of SharePoint
Speaker(s): Mark Miller
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
There are real world problems that occur in all businesses, over and over again. Why aren't we developing SharePoint solutions that can be used to solve these problems? Mark Miller has spent the past five years looking at business solutions from an End User perspective, encouraging the creation of techniques that solve everyday business problems. Using a method he has developed for describing problems to everyday business users, he will walk through the "Fairy Tales" behind common business process roadblocks and show what a very near future solution can look like.
Feature Stapling - Add Functionality to Site Templates
Speaker(s): Gary Blatt
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Add functionality to existing site definitions without modifying them directly. Feature Stapling allows you to attach new web parts and other site customizations in a way supported by Microsoft.
FEDSPUG
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: User Group
From Community meeting to Implementation: How Project Management was implemented after one presentation
FileShare Migration Best Practices
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Many organizations are migrating legacy file shares into SharePoint. This session starts with a discussion of the many benefits of using SharePoint instead of a file share. The session then explores all of the planning decisions that you must address to make your file share migration project a success. Topics include: People, Process, Meta-Data, Folders, Technology, Filtering, and other Common Issues.
FileShare Migrations to SharePoint with Axceler FileLoader
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Need to move your file shares to SharePoint 2010? Join us for a special demonstration of FileLoader 2010, a powerful new tool that can help you migrate your file shares quickly and easily, including mapping to content types and managed metadata, the ability to save and schedule your migrations, to maintain historic information or completely transform data during your migration, and the ability to put content migration decisions (and metadata cleanup) into the hands of your end users using MS Excel. Let us show you how FileLoader supports faster, less error-prone file share migrations to SharePoint 2010.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to SharePoint Mastery
Speaker(s): Paul Galvin
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"Winston Churchill famously said that SharePoint ""is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, in an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.  That key is Paul Galvin's SharePoint presentation.""** 

Everyone wants to ""learn SharePoint,"" but how?  This presentation provides a distinct road map which for audience members to follow which will lead them to mastering SharePoint (in as much as it is possible to ""master"" SharePoint).   The road map directs you to the best resources and avoids dead ends.  Specifically:
- Create a personal and prioritized road map.
- Locate and use the best resources to achieve your goals.
- Reinforcing your knowledge by blogging, participating in forums and other interesting avenues.

If time permits, I will invite audience members to discuss their own learning experiences and share with the rest of the participants.

This presentation will not discuss specific vendors' training though it may come up in discussion or off line.

** Churchill actually said ""[Russia] is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.  That key is Russian national interest."""
From Power User to World Class SharePoint Administrator in 75 minutes Or Less!
Speaker(s): Chris McNulty
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
If you’re a SharePoint power user who needs to take over a SharePoint farm, this session is for you.  Join me for a rapid, content rich introduction to architecture, installation, upgrade, administration, troubleshooting and optimization.  Based on over 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, I’ll teach you 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.
From SharePoint Workflow to Enterprise BPM: Deliver Process Excellence and Business Agility with Process-Driven Agile Development
Speaker(s): Jesse Shiah
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Achieving process excellence to derive process-centric benefits has always been a top aspiration of most organizations, yet very few have ever come close to deliver such despite huge investment in time and cost.  For an organization looking to leap frog its competition with greater business agility, it must firstly improve its process agility. To do so, one needs to pay attention to ‘how’ a workflow/BPM solution for SharePoint turns process requirements into executable form. In this session, we will explore how a modern model-driven BPM solution, together with SharePoint, delivers a game changing paradigm to greatly accelerate the delivery of process excellence with business-enabled, process –driven agile development for continuous improvement with no code.
From Simple Search to Knowledge Management: Getting the Answers You Need from SharePoint
Speaker(s): Tom Polivka
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Every company and government agency can relate to the flood of inquiries hitting various departments – MIS, legal, HR, accounting, education, etc. Whether these queries come from inside executives, outside constituents, or even Capitol Hill, the same problems persist:
* Answers can never be produced fast enough
* Bottlenecks in the process are difficult to identify and remove
* Subject matter experts are difficult to locate and engage
* SharePoint search, by itself, is not sufficient but taxonomies may be overkill
* Coupling legacy ECM to SharePoint is too costly to deploy and maintain
With this presentation, we will attack some popular myths and show how SharePoint can be a very effective tool for managing your department’s collective knowledge. We’ll demonstrate how OOTB SharePoint, coupled with a knowledge base tool and simple workflow process, can answer the majority of your inbound inquiries in “self-service” fashion, route exceptions to designated SMEs and monitor the effectiveness of the overall process.
Getting the Most from User Profiles
Speaker(s): Mike Oryszak
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
This session will help you maximize the power and value of the SharePoint User Profiles available in SharePoint Server.  We will do a brief feature review and then cover strategies on how to approach defining and maintaining custom attributes, how to approach synchronizing content with other business systems, and how to leverage the information to drive business processes both inside of and outside of SharePoint.
Getting the Most out of PerformancePoint Services 2010
Speaker(s): Kevin Goff
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
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!
Getting the most out of SharePoint Search
Speaker(s): John Ross
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
SharePoint Search is often one of the easiest areas to see immediate ROI from SharePoint. Although it works well out of the box, the key to unlocking the potential of SharePoint Search starts with understanding how it works. In this session, 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 session is designed for all users who want to get a better understanding about SharePoint Search, and to learn techniques that don’t require any code to create a better search strategy for their organization.
Governance 101
Speaker(s): Brian Seitz
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
Governance is more than establishing permission levels to site.  Session presents a framework for a comprehensive governance of SharePoint operations and usage using a service orientation.  Author will present lessons learned establishing Governance within Microsoft IT and other Global 500 corporations.
Governance Enforcement with out of the box SharePoint
Speaker(s): Jeremy Thake
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
So you’ve heard about “Governance” from all angles in the SharePoint community – the fact that you need “People” to define “Policies”, but what Processes are actually required to bring this to fruition? This session will discuss how to bring these three P’s together by enforcing established Policies through Processes built using out-of-the-box SharePoint features by the People (SharePoint IT Administrators and Site Owners). 
The session will cover what is feasible using native SharePoint 2010 functionality, and what to watch for in the nuances of the platform that could offer challenges in enforcing governance policies.
How BCS Saved My Marriage
Speaker(s): Liam Cleary
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The time saving advantages of the SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services cannot be overstated. Learn how you can rapidly create full read/write web forms which talk to external (non-SharePoint) back end systems.

This session will walk you through the surprisingly easy steps involved with completely building a web interface to an existing Line of Business (LOB) system (think AMS, CRM, ecommerce, financial system, HR system, etc…).
Learn how YOU can build rich forms which create, read, update and delete data stored in a third-party database – using a wizard, NO CODE!

You will leave this session with a sense of empowerment knowing how you can accomplish in minutes, what used to take developers weeks. As a result, you will have more time on your hands to do with as you wish, including spending time with your significant other.
How Booz Allen Hamilton users the power of SharePoint to unlock the value of its 25,000 employees
Speaker(s): Walton Smith
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
How exactly does an electronic document differ from and electronic record?
Speaker(s): Mike Miller
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Those of us in records management and those of us producing software to manage electronic documents and records have failed to provide answers that are easy to implement. This is in part because the definitions themselves are not clear and because different organizations provide different answers. This focus group will address the question and explore how a radical simplification of the concepts of documents and records can move the discussion forward.
How the client object model saved the day?
Speaker(s): Liam Cleary
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Too often we think that developing in SharePoint is some kind of dark art that only a handful of people in the world know how to do correctly. However, in SharePoint 2010, this has become more of a myth. SharePoint 2010 now has the ability to build powerful applications whether WinForm, Silverlight or even just plain old Web applications. These apps can perform simple to advanced CRUD operations without actually having to be a component installed into SharePoint or exist on the actual server.
Using the client object model allows anyone who wishes to build applications to do so with ease and speed. In this session, we will look at the capabilities of the client object model; understand where to use it and also how to use it to our advantage. And of course you will find out how it saved the day!"
How to Best Prioritize Resources & Work for Strategic Performance
Speaker(s): Timothy Cermak
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
This session will focus on project and business groups both part of or affected by the Project Management Organization (PMO).  Project meta-data resides in a variety of areas and many forms.  Additionally, PMO practitioners and experts find their standards and practices diminish outside of a controlled PMO structure.  So, how does the PMO and those practicitioners break through those barriers?  It is done through ROI, adoption and realistic results.  This session will be engageing, informative and fun with useful take-aways that many business and project stakeholders will find a valuble.  The following are some high-level key points of focus:
 
Innovative Action - Project Business Intelligence:  Examples and insight into how organizations are exercising their options to ensure that they get to business value early, plan for it early, stage their ROI of the actions and ingrain /infuse a metrics driven use of the tool(s), knowledge and approaches into the initial and early stages of rollout and subsequently future maturity.
 
Stakeholder Class Adoption of Business Process Driven PPM: Real examples of supporting business lifecycle planning and forecasting for resources and for project prioritization.  The discussion will show both situations leveraging Project Pro for demand management and EPT/portfolio for prioritizations.  Also showcasing the effectiveness of technology within PMOs and business processes to show how the solution helps organizations adopt healthy practices
How we built NothingButSharePoint.com on SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Jeremy Thake
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Jeremy Thake, Enterprise Architect at AvePoint Inc and SharePoint MVP, will walk you through how the team built the community site NothingButSharePoint.com on SharePoint 2010.
This presentation will highlight all of the out of the box Publishing Web Content Management functionality that was leveraged in the implementation. Jeremy will also discuss where and why he had to extend the platform to cater for the requirements of the solution. He will go into detail about the architectural decisions made with all the extension points in the solution which will include the Article Commenting engine, Trending Web Analytics, Branding and lots more."
If You Build It They WILL Come - A Decade of SharePoint Adoption Best Practices
Speaker(s): Chris McNulty
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
In ten years, we’ve seen a wide range of SharePoint usage and success.  Based on ten years’ experience as a SharePoint architect, author and consultant for users in multinational Fortune 500 enterprises as well as five person small businesses,  we'll share the best (and a little of the worst!) in proven user adoption strategies.  We’ll cover training, project design, “killer apps”, expectation management, user support and SLAs, generational and international audiences, “marketing for IT”, and the three things to NEVER allow in any SharePoint rollout.
If you built it, they WILL come: Best Practices for User Adoption with SharePoint Solutions
Speaker(s): Susan Hanley
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"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 SharePoint is, it comes with a unique challenge: You often have to convince users to give it a try! Employees have other options for accomplishing many of the tasks SharePoint enables, even if some of these options are “sub-optimal.”
In this presentation, attendees will learn the key elements of an effective user adoption plan and be presented with numerous case studies and examples of how a variety of organizations successfully deployed their SharePoint solutions."
Implementing Service Management (ITIL) using SharePoint
Speaker(s): Brian Seitz
Session Level: 400
Session Type: Business / Management
Examination of the non-technical management aspects of defining an I.T. Services business using SharePoint.  Areas covered will be:  Governance beyond permissions,  Definition and deployment of processes to support SharePoint, Skills Management, Knowledge Management, Financial modeling of business, CMMI, Six Sigma, COBIT, ITIL, ISO, SOX and application of other standards and tools for business.
Implementing SharePoint - A Project Manager's How-To
Speaker(s): Eric Riz
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"Managing the implementation of SharePoint is a comprehensive task; one which requires strong project management skills, a detailed project plan and creativity.  Inefficient communication among stakeholders, poor document management practices and undefined project collaboration standards can compromise project success.

This session will walk through effective planning techniques and implementation standards for a SharePoint implementation.  We will discuss how to create and customize a SharePoint site for effective project collaboration, monitor and analyze the project schedule and milestones in a SharePoint site, generate on-demand project status reports and how to synchronize common project management tools with SharePoint."
Improving Search in SharePoint
Speaker(s): Shawn Shell
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Special Interest
One of most maligned features in SharePoint is search.  Some have even called it a “random document generator.”  However, is search success in SharePoint the exclusive responsibility of the technology or do we, the end users, administrators and developers have a responsibility?  Whether it’s contributing appropriate content, leveraging metadata, removing bad results or actually reviewing (and acting on) analytics, there are numerous ways to vastly improve end user satisfaction, information findability and overall search success. 

During this session, Shawn Shell, Founder and Principal Consultant of Consejo, Inc. and Contributing Analyst at the Real Story Group, will discuss and show you ways to make material improvements in search without having to buy add-ons or expensive search tool replacements.
In the Trench Experiences with Sadie Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity Model
Speaker(s): Stacy Draper
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The Sadie Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity Model is a standardized holistic view to a SharePoint Implementation.  This assessment takes into account the people who make it run through the infrastructure and its software’s configuration all the way through to the end user.   This model is an easy to understand approach for people who see it for the first time to the seasoned veteran and often is the justification for further analysis and major changes or just simple adjustments here and there.  A panel of experts that have used this model out in the field will share their experiences.  Come, bring your questions or your experiences and walk away with a wealth of vicarious living.
Increase Your SharePoint Development Efficiency
Speaker(s): Arne Schoellhorn
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session we will show how to create a highly integrated collaboration solution with self site creation, workflow functionality, external data integration, term importers, farm wide data aggregation, custom form creation and dynamic configuration with expressions. The session will be very demo intensive and will show the incredibly big feature set, extendibility and broad use cases of the SharePoint application framework MatchPoint.
Information Architecture and Enterprise Search: Better Together
Speaker(s): Agnes Molnar
Session Level: 300
Session Type: End User
"Planning your Information Architecture is one of the most important factors that’s required for a successful deployment: well-organized documents and items, metadata management, Content Types, Workflows, etc. are what are you need to be familiar with. The more content you have, the more important is a well-planned and well-organized Information Architecture.
But storing the information is not enough. You also need to find the stored items and to use them in an efficient way. Enterprise Search is indispensable in this story: it is the part of your Information Architecture and completes it at the same time.
This session will demonstrate the relationship between these two as well as will demonstrate some best practices in order to help you to achieve a better and more optimal Information Architecture – integrated with Enterprise Search, all based on SharePoint.
"
Innovation @ Microsoft
Speaker(s): Dean Halstead
Session Level:
Session Type: Keynote
Despite its prominence in the corporate agenda organizations are faced with increasing
challenges of executing and sustaining innovations that deliver results.

So how does an organization drive a consistent innovation performance which results in greater return on their innovation investments?  

Join Dean Halstead as he shares some innovation practices from Microsoft  as well as from our leading customers, which have shaped the unique solutions  that Microsoft brings to the market place. This discussion will expose how today’s innovators are:

• Leveraging social networking and enterprise search to enhance the innovation process
• Instilling structure and process to minimize the ad-hoc nature of innovation
• Leveraging rich collaboration and communication technologies to connect internal communities as well as external partners and customers
• Empowering people to contribute and discover new ideas
• Analyzing and optimizing the investment portfolio, and executing with discipline
• Defining and tracking key metrics to enable process visibility and management insight

Integrating SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio Lightswitch
Speaker(s): Rob Windsor
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
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 list data. The tooling uses a combination of the client object model and the REST API, so the integration is rich and powerful. In this session, you'll see how to build LightSwitch applications that use data from SharePoint 2010.
Integrating SSRS 2008R2 with SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Kevin Goff
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Have you ever seen a SharePoint site that integrates reports from SSRS, and wonder how all the pieces fit?  If so, this session is for you.  I'll cover the necessary integration/configuration steps for integrating SSRS 2008R2 with SharePoint 2010, as well as deploying reports to a SharePoint location.  I'll also show how to create custom web pages using SSRS web parts, as well as how to schedule reports for delivery to SharePoint document libraries.  Finally, you’ll see the improvements from Microsoft that make reporting against SharePoint lists much easier than before.
Intranet Design (or Redesign)
Speaker(s): Michael Doyle
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Building an intranet or re-designing the one you have? This session is for you, whether you are using SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010. We will cover some best practices, training issues, branding concerns, and search. This session is for anyone involved in the design process. So, bring your questions and concerns. I will do my best to address both of them.
Introducing the Ricoh eWriter Solution A Business-class Tablet with Secure Backend IT Services for Paperless, Digital Workflows
Speaker(s): Rex Sabio
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session we will show how the new Ricoh eWriter Solution is designed to address technology gaps in the digital workflow by replacing paper-based writing solutions with efficient digital alternatives. The eWriter product and services offer business-quality end-to-end services ‒ such as storage, hardware encryption and security, user authentication and document verification ‒ saving companies thousands of dollars each month in staff time and paper-based processes, and significantly reducing carbon footprint.
Introduction to the SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint 2010 offers a range of new ways for developers to interact with SharePoint data. This session details why these new development methodologies are so exciting as well as examples into how each operate. Topics include development with the Client object model in .NET, Silverlight, and JavaScript as well as accessing data via the ADO.NET Data Services REST architecture and the Excel Services REST interface.
Invent the Future by Reinventing SharePoint…NOW!
Speaker(s): Mark Miller
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"As SharePoint has matured, so has its audience. No longer are users looking for basic functionality, they are looking for real world business solutions that can be built upon SharePoint. Along with those solutions, they must prove business value through ROI and increased efficiencies in their business processes.

This session walks through three business case studies, showing how SharePoint is being utilized in major business applications in the banking industry through on-boarding processing, in the car industry through loan processing applications and in the retail industry for improving an accounts payable department.

We will take a snapshot of the industry problem as a whole, show what a future scenario will look like when utilizing SharePoint as a development platform and finish with a picture of the current state of SharePoint and BPM in each industry.

This session is for businesses, managers and developers looking to utilize the full capability of SharePoint, the Microsoft Office Suite and Business Process Management as a development platform for building the business of the future. The key is: It can be done now! You just have to know what it looks like."
Is Your SharePoint Really Healthy? What's the Right Prescription?
Speaker(s): Richard Harbridge
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
"In many organizations SharePoint is a critical enterprise platform. As an organization matures the platform must mature and grow along with it to ensure it can continue to meet/exceed the needs of the business. If the SharePoint implementation is unhealthy or has problems these will compound overtime and may lead to solution, project and potentially even platform failure. This talk is about how to ensure that never happens.

You will receive the following by attending this session:
• A “SharePoint Health Check” which help will identify how “Healthy” your SharePoint Implementation is in the following areas:
o SharePoint Infrastructure
o SharePoint Performance
o SharePoint Security
o SharePoint Integration
o SharePoint Search
o SharePoint Taxonomy
o SharePoint Governance
o SharePoint User Adoption
o SharePoint Usability
o SharePoint Development
• A “SharePoint Prescription”
You will learn about many SharePoint Best Practices that can help make your SharePoint environment healthier based on the above mentioned areas.
• Staying in Shape (SharePoint Health Monitoring):
You will learn how to monitor, and diagnose your SharePoint Health.
You will be entertained by an energetic and friendly speaker."
JPoint (jQuery + SharePoint): Hottest Buzz Ever!
Speaker(s): Fernando Leitzelar
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
JQuery is now a part of Visual Studio 2010 and is the single most powerful cross-browser tool for client-side scripting for SharePoint 2010 applications. With the decline of the document object model (DOM) in SharePoint 2010, this discussion will provide invaluable insight as of how to incorporate JQuery into SharePoint 2010 to increase dynamic content display and add interface enhancements as well as new functionality without access to the server. This session will show client-side script development improvements over MOSS 2007, using JQuery and the new ECMA scripting on SharePoint 2010. This session is targeted to SharePoint developers who seek to increase their skill set in the least amount of time.
Just Freakin' Work! Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain in SharePoint Custom Development
Speaker(s): Geoff Varosky
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Co-Presented with Mark Rackley

“Why am I getting a security error??” “Why does my code work sometimes, but not others?” “I wonder if McDonalds is hiring.” Writing custom code in SharePoint opens up unlimited possibilities but also throws many hurdles in your way that will slow you down if you don’t take them into account. So, before giving up and searching for careers in the fast food industry, equip yourself with the knowledge you need to succeed in writing custom code for SharePoint.
Attendees will learn:

1. Commonly used methods to improve functionality and performance
2. Best practices for disposing of SP Objects
3. How to avoid common issues when writing custom code for SharePoint

PREREQUISITES: Developers need to have a basic knowledge of SharePoint, know C# and be comfortable in Visual Studio."
Lessons Learned for SharePoint and Program Management: Planning and Implementing a PMIS for a Federal PMO
Speaker(s): Brandon Dart, Amee Shah
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"A presentation and discussion of lessons-learned from providing program management and SharePoint consulting services to a Federal Program Management Office (PMO). The presentation will be based on our work and lessons-learned implementing a Program Management Information System (PMIS) at a newly established office for a large agency, and for an existing PMO for an enterprise program. This session is geared towards business managers who are new to SharePoint and have just set-up, or considering using, SharePoint for program management.

We will present some ongoing SharePoint initiatives with an emphasis on challenges and lessons-learned. At the end of the session, we will also provide a list of resources that have provided useful foundational knowledge. We will discuss some of the key areas that SharePoint is being used for program management and its effectiveness, and speak to future plans.

Areas for the lessons-learned discussion would include:
1. Determining vision and requirements for establishing a PMIS
2. Governance planning and implementation for the PMIS
3. Training and PMIS usage"
Let's Migrate!
Speaker(s): Eric Harlan
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
You’ve seen the sessions. What to look out for, how to prepare and what to have in order before you migrate. In this session we will do an actual migration and show you how to detach and attach SharePoint databases from 2007 and push to SharePoint 2010.
Leverage Search and Customize to your Brand within SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Chaitanya Madala
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
​The enterprise search capabilities built in to SharePoint 2010 provide an easy win for organizations seeking to achieve a quick return on their SharePoint investment. This technical deep dive will include a discussion of search configuration best practices, strategies for maximizing SharePoint's capabilities, and simple customizations that can take your search experience to the next level.
Leveraging SharePoint for a complete ECM Solution
Speaker(s): Bob Dickerson
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
LINQ to SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Steven Fowler
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
SharePoint 2010 has improved ways to work with data. LINQ to SharePoint lets developers work with data from SharePoint lists in a strongly typed way that preserves relationships between lists. This session will demonstrate how to write code that uses LINQ data.
Make Your Developers Love You! (aka SharePoint 2010 ALM for Dev Managers)
Speaker(s): Ricardo Wilkins
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"As the popularity of using SharePoint 2007 as a development platform continued to grow, the need for a mature application lifecycle methodology and associated toolsets grew as well. Developers and managers struggled to try to apply traditional ALM techniques and tools to the management and maintenance of SharePoint solution development. SharePoint 2010 marks a new era in which SharePoint development becomes a 1st class citizen, bringing with it a robust infrastructure to meet the needs of today’s development shops. This is great news for developers who want to be productive.
In this session, we’ll explore the differences between developing, deploying and maintaining SharePoint solutions in 2007 versus 2010. We’ll also take a look at the enhancements that have been added to Microsoft’s 2010 suite of products to achieve this, and how to best take advantage of the new feature sets."
Making Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010 bend to your will
Speaker(s): Dean Virag
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
A selling point of SharePoint is its out-of-the box ability to connect to Outlook.  However, connectivity issues arise  when using custom columns.  In this session you will learn  how to connect a SharePoint task list, containing multiple custom columns, with MS Outlook. This presentation will include a case study of connecting an event sponsor  task tracking list in SP with outlook.
Making SharePoint Sites That Don't Look Like SharePoint Sites
Speaker(s): Daniel Walker
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Some organizations are still on WSS and this session explores methods to create sites that do not look like Sharepoint. Using CSS, javascript/jQuery and a touch of .Net to create sites with a little extra pizazz!
Managed Meta Data Service – Using Term store in the real world beyond the taxonomy and tagging.
Speaker(s): Atul Chhoda
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
In this session I will be talking about using the Managed Meta Data service (MMS) with the Term set capability for using it as source for Navigation across site collection/web application. Migrating over the content from the MOSS 2007 for the lookup and choice columns to be converted to add it in to the term store dynamically on click of the feature.
Managed Metadata – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Speaker(s): Scott Hoag
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"Leveraging Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2010 can be a blessing and curse for end-users and administrators. This session covers the benefits of utilizing the Managed Metadata Service in a SharePoint 2010 farm for end-users and admins while revealing potential pitfalls.

This session will touch on a number of areas including administering the Managed Metadata service, Content Type Hubs, the new Content Organizer features with the Document Center, and leveraging metadata in search. "
Managed Metadata for SharePoint 2010 - How to use it, for what and when
Speaker(s): Eric Harlan
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
With the introduction of the Managed Metadata service there are a lot of questions around how this is different from MOSS 2007 and site collection level content types and metadata. In this session we will explore how the managed metadata service is to be used, how it will connect your enterprises data together and what you can do with it once the connections have been established.
Management and Governance of Multi-Tenant SharePoint Environments
Speaker(s): Johnny Brunson, Sam Kim
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
This session discusses the practices around management and governance of a SharePoint environment supporting multiple organizations on a single farm.  It will discuss tips on resolving common problems and conflicts from both the end user’s and infrastructure administrator’s perspectives.  The session discusses practices to get custom features approved for deployment for end users, management of feature activation by administrators, and user management.
Management of Physical Assets and Records with FileTrail for SharePoint
Speaker(s): Steve Marks
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint 2010 provides a great platform for managing electronic documents and records. With a rich feature set for applying metadata, retention policy and legal holds to content, organizations can build a global ECM solution. However, when it comes to managing physical items and physical records, SharePoint is missing key features. In order to manage physical items you need to print labels that you can stick on a physical object, have barcodes with intelligence that can perform actions like check-in/check-out and move, as well as shelving/space management and more. In addition, organizations can optimize management and tracking of physical items with RFID so item locations are updated in real-time. In this session you will see how companies like BP and Black Elk are using FileTrail for SharePoint to leverage their investment in the SharePoint 2010 platform to manage physical items.
Managing Electronic Records within Microsoft SharePoint 2010, including DoD 5015.2
Speaker(s): Art Bellis, Brad Teed
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
This session details an enterprise approach for the implementation of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 records management, including DoD 5015.2 implementations, presented by experts in SharePoint 2010 and Records Management.  Enterprise information governance depends on ‘domain experts’ to guide the organization regarding best approaches to deliver business value within compliant records management solutions.  Working together these experts address common concerns we have seen in enterprise SharePoint 2010 deployments, such as information lifecycle management, site provisioning, vital records, digital shredding, information security, and legal process integration.  This session will describe the requirements for implementing the DoD 5015.2 standard within SharePoint 2010 and how our team addressed these requirements.  Additionally, we will describe how an organization can take advantage of tools that extend the SharePoint 2010 platform to achieve compliance within their enterprise records management environment. 
Managing Information Governance within SharePoint 2010 without alienating users
Speaker(s): Art Bellis, Brad Teed
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The session will cover how information governance policies and procedures can be made transparent to the end user.  Through a range of points of interaction, understand how to engage users in a flexible, transparent and engaging experience as they comply with your organization’s information governance and compliance requirements.
Managing SharePoint Governance with ControlPoint
Speaker(s): Gail Shlansky
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Axceler invites you to learn more about the 9 things you should be doing with your SharePoint environment to maintain governance. Whether you have SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010, you can benefit from attending this session where we will show you how to use ControlPoint to:

    * Manage SharePoint Permissions
    * Analyze SharePoint Usage and Activity
    * Move / Copy Sites
    * Clean Up, Manage and Configure SharePoint accounts and sites
    * Analyze SharePoint content and storage
    * Monitor SharePoint trends
    * Set up alerts and Enforce policies
    * Audit your SharePoint environment
    * Identify SharePoint governance violations
    * And more!
Metalogix Software
Speaker(s): Corey Milliman, Stephen Cawood
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 takes a giant leap forward from previous versions. It includes many new features and capabilities which allow many customers to explore the options for upgrading and consolidating their SharePoint servers. Learn the top five best practices for upgrading to SharePoint 2010 to ensure a successful deployment. We’ll show you how to upgrade from WSS 2.0, SharePoint 2003, WSS 3.0, or SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010. The session will also show how to handle complex upgrade scenarios, including 32-bit to 64-bit upgrades and the use of PowerShell to extend and automate migration operations. You’ll also learn how to handle granular and partial migrations and re-structuring of list, library and site content during migration and how to take advantage of new site templates in SharePoint 2010.

Despite the feature improvements that have propelled SharePoint 2010 to its current status within collaboration and content management circles there are still some considerations that have slowed enterprise adoption. One of the main challenges is large volumes of content. SQL Server wasn’t designed to house large volumes of Binary Large Objects (BLOBs). Managing BLOBs requires a significant share of SQL Server’s I/O, CPU and RAM cycles, without offering any benefits of storing these BLOBs in a relational database. The solution to this problem is to offload these BLOBS from the SQL database. Therefore, we will also be looking at how Metalogix has been enabling customers to scale their SharePoint implementations to handle large data volumes whilst still remaining within Microsoft’s boundary limits and supportability guidelines. This has allowed our customers to improve SharePoint performance, ease administration and reduce costs.
MetroStar Systems
Speaker(s): Mostafa Elzoghbi
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session, we will cover PPS architecture & design fundamentals in SharePoint 2010 and how to build Business Intelligence solutions using Custom Reports and PPS components. A demo driven session to create custom objects, scorecards, and samples. We will cover developing custom extensions in PPS using different MS reporting tools.
Migrating Between a File Share and SharePoint
Speaker(s): Peter Senescu
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Migrating content does not need to be hard or complicated.  In this session, MetaVis highlight how its new File Manager allows users to migrate or download content between file systems and SharePoint or Office 365. With File Manager, users can easily control how file share content is moved into SharePoint or how content is downloaded / off boarded from SharePoint to a file share – no matter how complex the environment. Learn how to use File Manager to:

• Migrate content from File Systems to SharePoint
• Move content from SharePoint to file systems
• Reduce the size of your SharePoint environment
• Archive older content or completed project documentation
Migrating from File Systems to SharePoint (5 step process)
Speaker(s): Peter Senescu
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
Case study of how to migrate from file systems to SharePoint.   Case study will include migration strategy and process.   Five steps are file system inventory, data clean-up, mapping of metadata, migration and validation of data.  Details of each step and examples will be presented.
Migrating from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010. Are you ready?
Speaker(s): Srini Sistla
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
More than a million copies of MS Office SharePoint 2007 has been sold! No doubt about the capabilities of MOSS 2007 that attracted huge audience since year 2007 and there is no wonder even if there has been recent adaption to it. Microsoft came out with its new version last year and what does it mean to you? New and improved capabilities that would really help your organization! But how would you adapt or upgrade to the new version from both IT Pro and developer standpoint.
Migrating Legacy SharePoint Environments with Davinci Migrator
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Using Davinci Migrator for your migrations from 2003 or 2007 platforms to SharePoint 2010 allows you to plan out your migration, prioritizing sites and site collections, cleaning up and restructuring as you migrate, identifying potential problems before you migrate, and then giving you more visibility and control over the migration. Davinci lowers the risks associated with migration, such as system downtime,  undocumented customizations that could extend the project, and the entire attempt-fail-fix-attempt-fail cycle. In this sessions we will demonstrate a complete end-to-end migration using Davinci.
Migrating to Office 365
Speaker(s): Dave Coleman
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
What is Office 365? Demo of Office 365 Administrator interface. Why you should consider hosting your SharePoint 2010 with Microsoft. What are the Limitations of Office 365 SharePoint 2010 vs. premise based SharePoint. Feature comparison of Office 365 vs. SharePoint 2007 and 2010. Cost of Office 365 SharePoint. Migration options from SharePoint premised based SharePoint 2003, 2007, 2010 and file shares.
Mind to Matter: A way to model how you work in SharePoint
Speaker(s): James Tramel
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Planning a SharePoint implementation is very important, both from a financial/physical resource and knowledge management perspective. Knowing how to combine the most basic information elements into a design can help you implement a working product pragmatically and functionally, rather than blindly.  We’ll discuss basic topology and planning of SharePoint 2010, as well as implementation.
Minimize SharePoint Project Risk and Complexity
Speaker(s): Arne Schoellhorn
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session we will show how you can reduce project risk and complexity by using the SharePoint Application Framework MatchPoint. The presentation will demonstrate the techniques and methodologies to reduce cost for development, application management and information management and include a walkthrough the concepts provided by MatchPoint.
Moving to 2010 - Real-World Business Considerations
Speaker(s): Joy Earles
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
​It’s an upgrade. “We moved to Office 2010, and that upgrade went over without a hitch. Stick the CD in…and go!” If this thought has crossed your mind (or your boss’s mind) while ogling the cool features of SharePoint 2010, this session is for you. In the real world, it’s never click-click-next. This session, aimed at the IT decision-maker, briefs the team leader on what s/he should know to guide those who will implement the plan.  We’ll discuss choosing between technical upgrade approaches, estimating timelines, minimizing the business impact, getting users up to speed, and implementing the new social features. This session covers both the technical aspects and the business aspects to consider—before, during, and after the upgrade. Included is an ever-growing 'Dirty Little Secret' list of items you can use to create a checklist for use in your 2010 test environment. This list of know "problem children" can help your system administrator and information workers evaluate how your current content will react in a 2010 environment.
New to SharePoint: Influencer to Leadership Perspective on Getting SharePoint in Your Org
Speaker(s): Michael Hinckley
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"Many organizations have SharePoint sitting on servers either ready to be used or being used not to its full potential. While an organization’s SharePoint strategy can come from a grass roots movement, it is far more beneficial for a leader (Executive, LOB, IT) to support and guide such strategy. 

This session will discuss the roots of a good strategy starting with licensing, then moving on to the first  investigations into deployment, which pilot groups to focus on, what roles are going to be needed and eventually internal marketing and rollout to end users.

"
NO CODE Creation of Complex Workflows: Go Beyond the Limitations of Visio and SharePoint Designer
Speaker(s): Jesse Shiah
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Success of SharePoint adoption and value delivery is greatly dependent on the delivery of process-driven collaboration capabilities for SharePoint. SharePoint comes with a number of out of the box workflow supports with no code but quickly organizations have to resort back to custom coding for more complex workflow scenarios. This session will discuss how one can go beyond the limitations to create real-world workflow requirements for SharePoint with no code, regardless of the complexity.
Office 365 – SharePoint Online Out-of-the-(Sand)Box
Speaker(s): Juan Santiago
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
With the launch of Office 365 Microsoft has begun a campaign to transform the cloud into a defined business solution for organizations around the world.  A key feature of these offerings is SharePoint Online which provides information sharing, collaboration, and even website publishing to Office subscribers.  SharePoint Online is critical in providing focus for the tools available to Office users in the cloud.  As anyone who has worked with SharePoint knows though, this does not diminish the need for customizations of solutions to suit organizations adopting a cloud strategy.  The need to change the configuration, customize the look and feel, and extend the framework to a specific business need or process remains.  To do this in SharePoint online will require understanding the Sandbox Solution.
During this session we will define what a Sandbox solution is and how to effectively establish expectations, define requirements, and lay the foundation for the solutions organizations will be able to build to help make their Office 365 implementation a success.  We will also discuss what the limits to the sandbox really are and how you can take advantage of these features for your deployments.  Remember, Sandbox solutions are not just limited to Office 365.  These are re-deployable solutions that can exist within hosted and on premises SharePoint systems as well.
Office 365 Deployment Strategies
Speaker(s): Bert Johnson
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
​Moving to Office 365 provides the perfect opportunity to clean house and get SharePoint back on track.  Whether migrating existing sites or starting fresh, early planning will facilitate long-term success in the cloud.  This session will explore deployment decisions, migration options, and governance strategies to get the most out of SharePoint Online.
Office Apps and SharePoint Apps – Client and Server Connected
Speaker(s): Adam Macaulay
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
Do you have SharePoint? Have you built one of those Composite Applications you hear so much about? Perhaps you have a great SharePoint Application like CorasWorks PPM, EPM Live, or SharePoint Service Request from Crow Canyon? Whatever application you may have you probably aren’t taking advantage of the Client Platform that each of your users have. Do you have Access, Excel, Word, SharePoint Workspace, or any others? Perhaps the issue is user training and support. Let’s answer some simple questions, what can we do, what does it give us, and is it valuable enough to warrant the support. Better yet, how can we get users to support themselves. We’ll learn how to connect Outlook to our applications, not just the data but the views too.  We’ll learn how to use Access to interact in a way that is familiar to our users. What about leveraging Excel to Report on our data or even manipulate it. How can we use SharePoint Workspace to take it offline and viably manage multiple applications at once. Finally we’ll look at how we can leverage a Knowledge Base to help users help themselves. In the end you have a Server and you have Client, why not get the maximum ROI by doing something with both instead of limiting one or the other.
Paper is Just Another Content Type in SharePoint - Showing How SharePoint and Paper Work Together
Speaker(s): Jeff Shuey
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"SharePoint can be used as a repository for paper based assets. The design aspects can range from simple to complex and can scale from a few dozen pages to thousands of pages to millions of pages. The innate capabilities of the SharePoint platform are perfect for capturing, extracting data, launching workflow tasks and storing paper based assets.
This session will explain the basics of Document Scanning and Data Extraction. It will also discuss and show One Touch scanning operations where paper is scanned and stored as Searchable PDF files within a SharePoint environment."
Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Geoff Varosky
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"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 – 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, discuss scenarios regarding security and privacy, as well as 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."
Planning Applications/Solutions on SharePoint
Speaker(s): Adam Macaulay
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
In this session you will learn about how to plan and leverage the SharePoint 2010/2007 platform needed to build applications. Application planning will cover data structures (List Design), UI (Site Design), Security, and Governance (Management). This will help you understand when you will need to develop technology, when you will need to integrate external systems, and when you should consider the MOSS/SharePoint Server 2010. We will also cover need to know items for going from 2007 to 2010 when building your applications. With this proper planning you will be able intercept any of the issues that normally would stop projects in their tracks and instead build successful applications.
PowerPivot Security and Architecture: Strengths and Weaknesses
Speaker(s): Kathryn Birstein
Session Level: 500
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
PowerPivot is an exciting new self-service Business Intelligence (BI) tool which offers a whole new dimension to SharePoint 2010’s BI stack. However, because of its unique architecture, it shines in several areas but falls down in others, especially in the area of security. These issues need to be thoroughly understood before making a big investment in this emerging technology. A live demo illustrating the internals of PowerPivot on the client and SharePoint server side will be given to insure participants understanding of PowerPivot’s complex architectural structure.  In addition, the refresh process will be discussed in detail. SQL Server 2011, now slated for release in early 2012, which will bring solutions for some PowerPivot issues and extend the reach of PowerPivot through a new tool which will utilize a PowerPivot backend, will also be discussed.
Practical Approach to SharePoint Intranet Governance
Speaker(s): Bramley Maetsa
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
"The session will focus on how to successfully plan and implement SharePoint governance for your corporate intranets. It will discuss how to design governance models, built policies, sell to the users and technically enforce it. It will define chaos, and steps to avoid it.
The presentation draws lessons learnt from a real world project where a global company of 30 000 employees was migrated from a chaotic intranet to SharePoint.
"
Practical Powershell for SharePoint
Speaker(s): Joe Capka
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"With the release of SharePoint 2010, Powershell has been become a full-time member in the SharePoint professional's tool belt. This talk explores a number of practical tasks that all SharePoint professionals whether developers or IT pros will find useful.

The talk is primarily composed of scenarios that a developer of IT Pro would encounter in daily working with SharePoint. Each scenario is solved using Powershell, and the solution is created as part of the live demo. Most of the scenarios explore how SharePoint professionals can automate tasks that would otherwise require manual repetitive efforts, or how Powershell can be used to perform tasks that are not possible through other interfaces.

There is an emphasis made on when Powershell is the right tool for the job, what the unique abilities of this tool are and what opportunities it offers.
 
The talk makes use of the new SharePoint 2010 Cmdlets, but also diverges into more advanced techniques such as scripting and using the SharePoint object model from Powershell.

The audience is meant to get an insight into the true power of Powershell and are meant to be inspired to start using Powershell in their day-to-day tasks. They are also meant to realize that the power of this tool requires great care when using the tool, especially when using third party or downloaded scripts.

This talk differs from many of the SharePoint Powershell talks in that it goes beyond showing the features that SharePoint and Powershell offer, and starts using these features to solve real problems"
Practical Tips to Increase SharePoint Adoption
Speaker(s): Kanwal Khipple
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. The same analogy is true for SharePoint adoption.  Despite having SharePoint within your organization, end users continue do their work the old fashioned way via email threads, file shares, paper based approval, etc. There is no guarantee that the solution will be adopted.   You are getting no ROI for SharePoint - even if users are involved in every step of your SharePoint solution.  Attend this session, to learn techniques I've used to increase adoption of SharePoint solutions that have become slow or stalled.
Ratchet-X Jump2 SharePoint Product Demonstration and Technical Deep Dive
Speaker(s): George Weihs
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
RatchetSoft is demoing its new Jump2SharePoint integration product. Built upon the Ratchet-X desktop integration platform, Jump2SharePoint allows you to add one click access to SharePoint documents and pages directly from within existing applications without having to modify these existing applications in any way. This session will consist of a high-level demonstration of the product and a deep technical dive into the product’s architecture. 
Real World Business Workflow with SharePoint Designer 2010
Speaker(s): Chris Beckett
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Designing and building workflow solutions that address the complexity of the real world is often under-estimated. This session will examine using SharePoint to address the complexity of business workflows and present best practices for analysis and design processes, task automation and management, performance reporting, diagnostics and workflow solution patterns for common requirements.
Real world claims in ADFS and SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Thomas Carpe
Session Level: 500
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Ever tried taking your farm apart and putting it back together under federated claims? Well then you probably understand that the most important “claim” is that this will work in SharePoint. We’ll take you on a high spirited tour de force of all the pain points we’ve encountered while helping our clients adopt the new ADFS technology, and we’ll share some of the code and configuration tricks we’ve learned along the way. I understand why you might be a little reluctant. But - trust us - we know what we’re doing; we’re not just bangin’ rocks together over here!
Real World SharePoint
Speaker(s): Pete Luvara
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
mindSHIFT Technologies demonstrates real-world SharePoint solutions and an accelerator to get your SharePoint initiative fully running in less than a week.
Real World WorkArounds for Common MOSS 2007 Requirements
Speaker(s):
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint 2010 promises lots of functionality enhancements and improvements, but many organizations are still a ways off from being ready to upgrade to 2010.  Mr. Harrison will provide real world examples of tips and tricks for solving problems to overcome limitations of MOSS 2007 while ensuring a migration path to SharePoint 2010. In addition this session will cover the best practices in integrating SharePoint with Mobile Devices and leveraging existing Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing technology investments within SharePoint.
Records Management 2010 – What to think about?
Speaker(s): Jason Gallicchio
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
"Normally, we are told that we have to have Records Management and it is easy to just turn it on. But how should you do it? What questions do you need to think about in order to do it correctly? Our session talks strategically on what questions you need to think about and ask. We will go over the 2010 features and how they can help answer those questions.

"
Relational Productivity Applications: SharePoint 2010 and Dynamics CRM 2011
Speaker(s): Marie-Michelle Strah
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Have you heard the term xRM? With the introduction of extensible application frameworks today’s xRM does not look like yesterday’s CRM. This session is for SharePoint architects and developers interested in building relational productivity applications (RPAs) with SharePoint 2010 and Dynamics CRM 2011 on premise and in the cloud. We will look at the convergence between collaborative, unstructured work and structured, relational data and how to architect solutions that take the “best of both worlds” to leverage the strengths that both SharePoint and CRM bring to customized and custom developed solutions utilizing both and BCS. We will look at current case studies on how to approach each example from SharePoint-only, xRM-only and RPA (combined) standpoint to look at the pros and cons of each.
Reporting in SharePoint 2010 with TFS 2010 and SQL Reporting Services 2008 - Bringing it all together
Speaker(s): Karthik Venkataraman
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"Want to learn how to develop reports in Reporting Services and Excel from TFS and share them using SharePoint 2010?

This session will walk you through creating Team Foundation 2010 Reports using a combination of tools from SSRS 2008 and Excel. We will then identify structures in SharePoint 2010 that will enable integration with SSRS 2008 and Excel based Reports.

All of this with a no code solution approach!

The session will also cover common pitfalls and gotchas that you need to know before designing a custom reporting platform for your business needs!
"
Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success
Speaker(s): Enrique Lima
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have proven to provide excellent support to each other.  SharePoint has been used as a repository for the documentation supporting projects and solutions in TFS. This session’s focus is on making SharePoint more than a repository and more of a Requirements Management Engine that feeds from the WorkItem information in TFS.  The goal is identify the purpose of a project or solution, translate it to requirements, let the requirements provide a foundation for quality control and release management.
Saving SharePoint
Speaker(s): Sean McDonough
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session, we will be discussing disaster recovery (DR) concepts and strategies for SharePoint in a format that highlights a combination of both business and technical concerns.  We will define some critical planning terms such as “recovery time objectives” and “recovery point objectives,” and we’ll see why they are so important to understand when trying to formulate a DR strategy.  We will also identify the capabilities and limitations of the Microsoft tools that can used for backing up, restoring, and making SharePoint highly available for disaster recovery purposes.  Changes that have arrived with SharePoint Server 2010 and how they affect DR planning and implementation will also be covered.
Scaling your SharePoint 2010 Architecture from 150 to 150,000 users
Speaker(s): Dave Coleman, Mike Herrity
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"Come and join Mike Herrity and Dave Coleman SharePoint MVP as they show you how they have scaled SharePoint deployments from 150 to 150,000 users. With projects ranging in size from rural primary schools to entire school districts and everything in between, this session will walk you through the recommended topologies and hardware requirements for each scenario. Each architecture walk through will include a real world case study which shows out of the box SharePoint features,  custom code solutions and 3rd party product integrations.
 The session will give a real insight into how to successfully scale SharePoint into a feature rich collaborative platform. "
Search – If a child can’t use it, you’re not doing it right
Speaker(s): Sean Bordner
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Thanks to search engines, we now have the attention span of a one-year-old.  We want what we are looking for, and we want it right now!  We have the technology, but understanding how to use the various findability components can be confusing.  This session gives you the tools you need to leverage the many SharePoint Search Engine components for delivering a top-notch end user search experience.   
Understand what Search is and how it works. 
Discover the new SharePoint 2010 Search enhancements, and how to use them correctly.
Compare SharePoint Search to FAST Search and decide which one is best suited to meet your needs.
Learn how to take advantage of the search analytics, and evaluate how your users are actually using the search functionality.
Learn how to perform in-browser search configurations to optimize the search experience, improve content relevancy, and more.
Secrets of Generating Buy-In for Enterprise SharePoint Projects
Speaker(s): Kenneth Lo
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
"SharePoint has become one of Microsoft’s fastest selling products of all time. The rapid adoption rate for SharePoint, however, has created confusion in many organizations regarding their future strategy for information management, particularly those with existing and established ECM (Enterprise Content Management), RM (Records Management) and BPM (Business Process Management) systems.

In this session, I will share with the attendees the field-tested secrets of how best to generate the buy-ins you will need for a successful enterprise-scale SharePoint implementations."
Securing the SharePoint Platform
Speaker(s): Bert Johnson
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
​As SharePoint adoption continues to grow, so do the number of threats against it. Whether used as an intranet, a public-facing website or a point solution, securing SharePoint is critical.  This session will go beyond permissions to examine the entire attack surface of SharePoint 2007 and 2010.  Real-world strategies will be provided for mitigating risk.
See Beyond The Numbers: Data Visualization and Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Chris McNulty
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
SharePoint 2010 creates brand new ways for users to chart and explore their data. Join us for a whirlwind tour of Excel Services, Power Pivot, Pivot, Web Analytics, Mapping, PerformancePoint and SQL Reporting Services. We’ll go through the business case for each followed by a live demo of how the solution is built. There’s something for everyone – whether or not you’ve ever written code!
Selecting and Protecting the Right SharePoint Backup Targets
Speaker(s): Sean McDonough
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
SharePoint is a complex platform with many moving parts and dependencies, and most administrators know that they need some form of backup protection to safeguard their environments. When it comes to actually protecting a SharePoint environment, though, what should an administrator focus on? What's important? In this session, we'll take a look at SharePoint disaster recovery with an eye towards identifying farm protection targets. We'll examine all of the common (and many of the not-so-common) elements that need to be protected, discuss why those elements may or may not be important for any given environment, and talk about tools and technologies that are available for protection. We'll also cover some special circumstances and watch-outs that may help or hinder efforts to protect targets that are selected within a farm. By the end of the session, you will be able to prioritize backup targets in you SharePoint environment and select appropriate strategies for protection.
Setting up Kerberos configuration in a SharePoint farm
Speaker(s): L. Carlos Rodriguez
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
Kerberos is of primary importance in a SharePoint farm environment. To maintain SharePoint working smoothly along all of the members of the SharePoint farm, Kerberos needs to be setup correctly to avoid such issues as double hop and user authentication across different user logon scenarios.
SharePoint & jQuery – What I wish I would have known when I started
Speaker(s): Mark Rackley
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"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.
"
SharePoint 2010 – Let’s Automate This Process
Speaker(s): Johnathan Lightfoot
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"Long ago when computers were introduced we were promised a world in which most of our most mundane tasks would be taken over by a computer.  However, if you go into most organizations you will still see many business processes being done by people.  Meanwhile the computer sits idly by on a desk showing weather updates. 

With SharePoint 2010 you are able to use not only the browser based out of the box Workflows but you can also use SharePoint Designer 2010 in order to edit those out of the box ones along with creating your own custom workflows.  And as an added benefit Visio 2010 can also be used to prepare workflow templates to further create custom workflows.

This session will use actual business cases to show you how SharePoint has been utilized to automate business processes using workflows.  I will show you how the out of the box workflows are powerful and can handle some of the more common of business processes.  We will then progress to how the out of the box workflows can be modified using SharePoint Designer 2010. 

Creating workflows will also be covered; this session will go into how SharePoint Designer 2010 can be used to quickly put together custom workflows in order to provide routine solutions for automating some of the more intermediate level business processes.  The out of the box and SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows are great if you have an already established and documented business process.  On the other hand, what do you do when the business process is not clearly defined or documented?  This session will wrap up with how Visio 2010 can be used to flowchart a business process and then we will take this flowchart and use SharePoint Designer 2010 to create a workflow."
SharePoint 2010 & The Cloud
Speaker(s): Errin O'Connor
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
The “cloud” has been touted by many as the solution to lowering costs of both hardware and support overheard but is a SharePoint cloud for the masses really viable?
Is there really a one size fits all “SharePoint Cloud” solution or does it take more of a “Private Cloud” approach to make it work.
How will custom web parts, workflows, master pages, and site provisioning be handled? How will security federation and active director security concerns be addressed?
This focus group will cover these topics and offer expert insight into these topics and others regarding SharePoint 2010 and the Cloud.
SharePoint 2010 and Office Web Applications
Speaker(s): Srini Sistla
Session Level: 200
Session Type: End User
Browser based viewing and editing of office documents? This has been a much appreciated and needed requirement that industry has been asking for. We rely on various other online applications to address this requirement to some extent (google docs for example) but the fact is that they don’t address everything we need on an enterprise level. It would be so good that we still use Office applications and even better - get access to them online over web for viewing and editing. SP2010 and Office Web Apps provide you with the power to carry where you go and become location, machine agnostic.
SharePoint 2010 Branding for the Masses
Speaker(s): Randy Drisgill, John Ross
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"When it comes to the look and feel of your SharePoint site, sometimes all you need is a little bit of custom style to move it to the next level. This session will introduce the topic of branding as it relates to SharePoint 2010 in a way that anyone can approach. We will look at some of the technologies involved in creating branding for SharePoint 2010, which will include creating a custom SharePoint 2010 theme using Microsoft Office, as well as making changes to master pages using SharePoint Designer 2010. Throughout the session, we will discuss new features that affect branding in SharePoint 2010, such as the Ribbon and wiki.

Co-Present with John Ross"
SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence Features
Speaker(s): Srini Sistla
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Why do you need Business Intelligence (BI)? As a matter of fact, BI is a comprehensive solution to analyze and make key decisions based on your pre-historical information. This simple rule or logic does apply ranging from monitoring your low-budget expenses to huge financial organization which typically are valued in millions. It’s always challenging to decide on “How and what platform do I have to leverage to utilize BI effectively for my organization?”  Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is the answer. You might have plethora of tools available; however it would be wise to utilize a platform that would meet your business needs and you are well versed with.  MS SPS 2010 ships with BI features that would help you steer in right direction. When I refer to BI features they are not limited to set of multiple components like Office applications, Reporting etc. but include “services” such as Excel, Visio, BCS, Performance Point etc. It is not in my interest to educate you about the capabilities of a thick client; it is interestingly provoking to discuss how well you can integrate them with web technologies rather than ending up as a “desktop application use-only” style. Well the best of SharePoint 2010 is that you can integrate these client applications with SharePoint web application and still retaining the desktop experience and produce needed results. Upon completion of your reading this article, you would have a complete understanding of newly introduced BI Features in 2010 and their integration with Office 2010 applications.
SharePoint 2010 Extranets and Authentication: How will SharePoint 2010 connect you to your partners?
Speaker(s): Brian Culver
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
​How will SharePoint 2010 allow organizations to collaborate and share knowledge with clients and partners?  SharePoint empowers organization to build extranet sites and partner portals inexpensively and securely.  Learn what exactly is Claims Based Authentication and how can to use it.  Learn about the new multi-authentication mode in SharePoint 2010.  Learn how SharePoint 2010 can help  your organization open its doors to its clients and partners securely.
SharePoint 2010 Feature and Solution Development With Visual Studio 2010
Speaker(s): Michael Mukalian
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
​Visual Studio 2010, when installed in the same environment as SharePoint 2010, provides a broad set of project type templates for creating SharePoint assets (sites, site elements, etc.), more so than SharePoint 2007.  Upon creation of a SharePoint Project, Visual Studio 2010 automatically creates the necessary Feature and Package nodes, facilitating the creation of a SharePoint Feature and Solution Package.  Today's discussion (and walkthrough) will show a few different scenarios of creating a SharePoint 2010 Project containing some site elements, and how Visual Studio 2010 has made Feature and Package creation a much simpler process.
SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 – What’s New and Should I Install It?
Speaker(s): Paul Stork
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"In late June of 2011, Microsoft released the first service pack for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. These service packs are filled with hot fixes and important upgrades to SharePoint.  But many of the recent Cumulative Updates for SharePoint have caused issues even while they are fixing other problems.  So the question is, Should I install Service Pack 1 now or wait?
In addition to simple bug fixes this service pack includes a number of new features, including:
• A Site Recycle Bin – Recover accidentally deleted SharePoint Sites and Site Collections.
• RBS Shallow Copy – Move site collections containing Remote Blob Storage (RBS) elements from one content database to another without physically moving the Blobs.
• StorMan.aspx – A granular view of what is consuming the storage quota of your site collection.
In this talk we’ll examine the points below and follow them up with a live demonstration:
1. What common problems are fixed
2. What new features are added
3. How should I test SP1 before installing it in Production
4. Can I slipstream the installation for installing future servers
5. Are there any common problems encountered after installing SP1 "
SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management (WCM) Obstacles
Speaker(s): Ted Calhoon
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
I will guide you through the obstacles you will encounter as you attempt to put a SharePoint publishing portal up on the Internet. We will mix my recent experiences with audience experiences.
SharePoint 2010, Mobility, Browser Compatibility, Compliance, and its Continued Dominance in the Marketplace
Speaker(s): Errin O'Connor
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
This session will provide best practices on how best to gather your organization’s SharePoint 2010 environment’s mobility, cross-browser/ cross-platform, and compliance business and functional requirements.
When implementing your SharePoint 2010 environment, it is critical to gather your organization’s mobile requirements, such as:
• Is the organizations staff accessing Intranet\ECM content and will they need a specific tailored experience?
• What type of content do they want delivered to their mobile device?
• What devices (and version of the devices) is the organization going to allow (govern) users to have to access SharePoint? (I.e. Just BlackBerrys and iPhones or other devices as well?)
This session will also cover how best to govern mobile devices as well as your organizations content around PII, PHI, Controlled Unclassified Information, and government 508 Compliance.
SharePoint Administration 101
Speaker(s): Shannon Bray
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
SharePoint and Evernote Integration
Speaker(s): Linc Williams, Matt Lawson
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint is an excellent technology for organizing and classifying information. Evernote is an excellent technology for capturing and viewing information. in this session we will examine what allows data to be exchanged between these platforms which lets the user leverage all the benefits both bring.
We will discuss how the idea came about, what challenge it overcomes, and how it can be used by users.  Users capture information in Evernote, get it into SharePoint  and then take advantage of the SP platform for organization, calendaring, alerting, etc which extends the functionality of Evernote. Companies can run this application on a server and synchronize corporate Evernote accounts for their employees with their existing SharePoint 2010 intranet.  We also will cover the application’s architecture
SharePoint and Forefront UAG
Speaker(s): James Tramel
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Forefront 2010 Unified Access Gateway with SharePoint 2010 takes considerable planning and considerations depending on your topology.  Here are a few things to note about it, and at least one way to do it.  Specifically, we’ll look at some of the gotchas of putting the two products together in a basic remote/direct access, single sign-on methodology. 
SharePoint and Paper - A Top 10 Feature Review needed to for a successful Document and Record Management deployment
Speaker(s): Jeff Shuey
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint 2010 has a lot of features that allow companies to manage their paper in a predictable and repeatable manner. This session will cover a top ten list of features that will help both business and technical professionals to insure they avoid common pitfalls with their deployments.
SharePoint and the Cloud
Speaker(s): Steve Fox
Session Level:
Session Type: Keynote
Everywhere you turn, you hear about the cloud. But what is the cloud? And why should we as SharePoint professionals care? Collaboration in the cloud is a growing area, and if you don’t take notice then you may be left behind. From foundational capabilities to custom solution, across SharePoint and SharePoint Online, this keynote session will show you how the cloud is changing the game for you and the SharePoint industry as a whole.
SharePoint and Windows Azure Development
Speaker(s): Sahil Malik, Girish Raja
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Workshop
SharePoint 2010 provides many ways to integrate with Windows Azure. From simple SQL Azure data-centric applications to complex workflow that leverages custom Azure services, there is great potential to integrate these two growing technologies. This workshop is intended for developers and architects who are interested in understanding how SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure can leverage each other. Knowledge of SharePoint 2010 development or Windows Azure is helpful but not required. Familiarity with general .NET development along with web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and Web Services is recommended.

This action packed workshop will include presentations, demos and hands-on lab content walking through various aspects of integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure together. Please bring your laptop for this workshop to run through various hands-on lab materials. You’ll receive a free Windows Azure account (no credit card required) to help you develop Windows Azure applications during the workshop.
SharePoint and Workflow - What's new in 2010
Speaker(s): Rob Joy
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
See what’s new in SharePoint 2010 and workflow.  In this session, you will receive an overview of workflow and Business Process Management and what this means with the new design tools for workflow in SharePoint 2010.   See a how a workflow can be created with Visio 2010 and SharePoint designers from end to end.
SharePoint as a Business Laboratory
Speaker(s): Jose Antonio Morales
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
Being able to customize SharePoint interface is a powerful opportunity for successful application development and even for better business results. We started years ago with SharePoint Simple CMS and we are now using it as a toolkit for a great and complex product: ThEME. From SharePoint customization, Rich interfaces using XSLT and JQuery until prototyping functionality for desktop and mobile applications.
Get a sense of a new level of effectiveness using SharePoint! If you are creative, entrepreneurial and tech Pro I'm sure you will get something out of this presentation.
Every participant will receive SharePoint Simple CMS for SP2010 and information about customizing it for your own projects.
SharePoint as an Application Development Platform
Speaker(s): Sanjay Thakur
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Given the increasingly ubiquitous SharePoint in today's enterprise environment, it behooves the architects to leverage the SharePoint Framework to develop and host common applications required by the enterprise. The increased boundaries and limits on lists in SharePoint 2010 coupled with the powerful SharePoint development framework to create custom content types and fields pretty much allows you to use SharePoint lists as mini relational database. The technique revolves around leveraging the new Authorization Object Model of SharePoint to create a SharePoint list based "Application Authorization Service" which then authorizes users to access numerous lists through a "Custom Application in 14 hive" or through the default UI exposed by SharePoint. The powerful and extensible Fields and Content Types add required flexibility to the SharePoint lists to be used as data storehouse for custom apps. With little or no customizations to Authentication, Document Management, BCS and Search one can easily leverage these tools to provide powerful apps that a typical enterprise would need and that too without any new software purchase. Additionally the maintenance procedures for the application are minimized since this infrastructure would overlap with SharePoint maintenance for the enterprise. Having said that, this approach needs a careful analysis of the usage patterns within an enterprise and a thorough cost/benefit analysis. This session abstracts the approach followed for a real life customer and presents it in a generic fashion focusing primarily on the design.
SharePoint as an Enterprise Service Offering in Today's Cloudy, Fragmented, Marketplace-Driven Environment
Speaker(s): Owen Allen
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
SharePoint is being delivered more frequently within enterprise as a collection of tiered IT services. How did this guidance change with SharePoint 2010? How is deployment guidance affected by architectural changes and increased functionality provided by the Cloud?  Is the Cloud going to help minimize SharePoint sprawl or feed it?  How can today's IT Service offerings best embrace and enable department demands for custom functionality and public marketplaces?   
SharePoint Branding 101
Speaker(s): Cathy Dew
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
In this full day workshop we will take a deeper look at what it takes to make SharePoint not look like SharePoint. We will examine the best way to plan for a site branding effort as well as the different methods of branding.

Throughout the day we will discuss the theme engine, custom master pages, custom CSS, and page layouts for customizing the look and feel of SharePoint 2010. We will also discuss the different tools you can use to customize SharePoint 2010 sites including SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio.

As we move forward we will talk best practices and what items can easily trip you up when working with a SharePoint site. By the end of the day we will see the effect of these efforts on a SharePoint 2010 publishing site.
SharePoint Community Panel discussion
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: User Group
A moderated panel discussion about the future of the SharePoint Community of the Washington DC area and beyond. Learn about each organization, and voice your questions and suggestions for the future of our community.
SharePoint Data Security best practices
Speaker(s): Peter Senescu
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Federal
Overview of Data Security best practices for SharePoint 2010, 2007 and Office 365.   Session will include overview of SharePoint Security model, permissions level, users and groups, permission inheritance, security templates and tools available to apply a security framework for your SharePoint environment.     In addition, will review how to use content types to automatically assign security and permissions to SharePoint content.
SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) how to maximize the services you already paid for
Speaker(s): Mack Sigman
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Federal
"Microsoft's SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) is a Software Assurance (SA) benefit designed to help organizations plan effective SharePoint deployments. that optimize the core capabilities of SharePoint.   For customers, SDPS enables you to maximize the value of your technology investment, while lowering the cost of deployment.

SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) is designed to help your organization plan an effective deployment of Microsoft SharePoint. SDPS includes a broad range of planning services – SharePoint 2010 Deployment Planning, SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Planning and SharePoint for Internet Sites Planning – that help you optimize the effectiveness of SharePoint capabilities, lower the cost of deployment, and improve the productivity of your organization."
SharePoint Designer Workflows - No Code Solutions
Speaker(s): Gary Blatt
Session Level: 300
Session Type: End User
Workflows are a major part of the SharePoint framework. Let’s look at the new actions available in the 2010 version that allow the creation of powerful workflows without writing code.
SharePoint Development 101
Speaker(s): Paul Swider
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
Increasingly, organizations are developing SharePoint based solutions. This full-day workshop is designed to give developers basic and intermediate information about how to leverage the SharePoint platform on-premise or in the cloud to create SharePoint business solutions. If you’re tasked with adding SharePoint developer skills to your “tool belt” you simply won’t want to miss our information packed full-day developer workshop. We know what you need to be successful as a SharePoint developer. In addition we’ll suggest breakout sessions allowing you to get additional information on the topics we discuss during the workshop. You will also learn what to consider when developing for Office 365.
The format will be boot camp style and packed with demos mixed with lots of fun. We are not evangelists, count on getting the real world good and bad details of SharePoint development. If you’re a developer this full-day workshop should be your first stop at the SharePoint Saturday Conference. Ideally, attendees will already have some SharePoint end user experience, be familiar with Visual Studio, and possess some knowledge of .NET programming language.
SharePoint Federation: Leveraging ADFSv2 and Claims Based Authentication to integrate with Partners as an Identity or Service Provider
Speaker(s): Pirooz Javan
Session Level: 500
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
When information sharing and collaboration across organizational boundaries is needed, leverage the new authentication framework for interoperating with partner communities.  Eliminate the need for account duplication and establish trust based relationships for users to seamlessly cross system boundaries.
SharePoint for ASP.NET Developers
Speaker(s): Rob Windsor
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
​SharePoint is an awesome tool. It allows you to build web sites, manage lists of data, collaborate on documents, and so much more - all done through a simple, easy to use, web interface. When you need to go beyond the built in capabilities of the product, SharePoint also provides a rich set of APIs to code against. This session is designed to introduce you to the foundational topics required to build customizations on the SharePoint platform. Specifically we will cover: Features, the solutions framework, the server object model, and building simple Web parts. This session will be valuable for those working with SharePoint 2007 or 2010.
SharePoint for DotCom Sites
Speaker(s): David Broussard
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
SharePoint is a wonderful Web Content Management System, but planning and implementing a SharePoint website for a DotCom site brings forth a number of questions and problems.  From Hardware and Licensing questions to Farm Architecture and Content Planning, a successful DotCom project is a unique challenge.  This session will cover many of these topics based upon real world examples of SharePoint DotCom implementations.
SharePoint for Nonprofits - Top Contributing Factors of a Successful SharePoint Deployment
Speaker(s): Sean Bordner
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint is a single comprehensive platform capable of supporting public-facing websites, social networking, private communities, collaborative environments, business intelligence, and even custom applications. In sum, SharePoint has an enormous amount of capability.  Learn the top key contributing factors of a successful SharePoint deployment. 

Join us as a panel of Association and Nonprofit industry professionals discuss the top key contributing factors of a successful SharePoint deployment.

Sean Bordner & John Stover, both co-authors of “SharePoint for Nonprofits – The Definitive Guide to SharePoint for your Nonprofit, Association, Charity and .ORG” will head up the discussion, accompanied by:

• Chris Love, CIO, Biotechnology Industry Organization
• Julio Lopez, Director of Network Operations, Biotechnology Industry Organization
• Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD, SharePoint Solutions Architect and Practice Lead, BroadPoint Technologies
• MariAnne Woehrle, Director of IT, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing
• Rene Shonerd, Director IT Database Application, PhRMA

This is an interactive session, bring your questions!
SharePoint Goes Public -- SharePoint for Internet Sites
Speaker(s): Terry Simpson
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint has been a serious CMS platform since the 2007 release. SharePoint 2010 ups the ante considerably with even more powerful Web Content Management (WCM) capabilities. Learn how SharePoint can be used as a very powerful platform to run your public website. See first-hand how other organizations are using SharePoint Web Content Management capabilities. Learn the many benefits of distributed content authoring. Experience the strengths and weaknesses of a real-life public website solution as you are walked through the projects history. Walk away from this session with a solid understanding of the Web Content Management capabilities which SharePoint has to offer.
SharePoint Governance - The Art of the Possible
Speaker(s): Linc Williams
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
When you hear the word governance, one often thinks only about control…controlling the way we think, the way we work and what we can and cannot do. From an IT perspective, governance planning and implementation is an absolutely necessary tool to maintain control around an ever expanding SharePoint environment. From an end-user perspective, governance is often perceived as excessive control and limitations. In this session we will explore how to plan the controls, checks and balances we need while not forgetting that the main ingredient in any good system is to satisfy users who want to use it. This session will show that true governance should help users at all levels utilize SharePoint to its fullest extent. We’ll review how to create groups to develop and maintain SharePoint governance. These groups are at all levels from executive level leaders to end users with business and SharePoint knowledge. They help shape the services offered, and without them, your SharePoint implementation is one step closer to failure.
We will learn:
• How cookie cutter governance documents do not progress your organization and how to break out of the documentation rigmarole.
• How to address the 7 major elements of a good governance framework and how they affect your organization.
• The common patterns for establishing a great governance body.
• The common pitfalls of SharePoint Governance and how to avoid them.
SharePoint Governance: Three Things Every Organization Needs to Know
Speaker(s): Marie-Michelle Strah
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
Microsoft SharePoint has the distinct advantage of being a true enterprise platform that allows for significant user-generated content. However, without proper planning and governance, your SharePoint instance can quicklybecome a collection of disjointed sites, navigation and content, or worse, a glorified network share drive. SharePoint governance can help your organization achieve business alignment, assure value delivery, resource and risk management as well as performance management. You will learn the key terms, concepts and Return on Investment (ROI) that can be realized through thoughtful governance.

During this presentation, you will gain a better understanding of:

*What is governance?* Learn about the role SharePoint governance plays in enterprise architecture planning (information architecture, application lifecycle management, development standards) with special attention to new features in SharePoint 2010 and Office 365 and upgrade and migration planning

*What does governance mean to you?* Learn how well-crafted governance plans save time, money and lead to increased user adoption across your entire organization. Learn about how to avoid "SharePoint Failure Modes"

*How do you implement a governance plan?* Learn how both system design and functional requirements lead to governance plans, and how to keep the momentum going after deployment. Learn about Microsoft guidance, templates and checklists available to you to assist in governance planning.
SharePoint IA Design 101
Speaker(s): Richard Harbridge, Virgil Carroll
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
SharePoint Information Architecture That Really Works

In this full day workshop Virgil and Richard will dive into what a successful SharePoint IA strategy really is and how to make the right tactical decisions that will lead to a more effective SharePoint implementation. Together participants will proceed through the following key concepts and gain the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to be successful with SharePoint information architecture.

1. Why SharePoint Information Systems Usually Fail – An engaging look into what causes many SharePoint IA failures: including the ‘silo affect’, ‘small picture thinking’ and other painful lessons we can learn from real world examples.

2. What Makes an Information Architecture Strategy REALLY Work – We will identify what IA really is (not what IT has makes it), learn the core principals of a solid IA strategy, and explore the solid foundation that needs to be in place before the word ‘SharePoint’ is even mentioned.

3. Visualizing and Communicating SharePoint Concepts – Through explanation exercises, activities, and proven models we will explore different ways of educating and engaging the business, users, and IT to ensure shared understanding and shared commitment to a successful SharePoint IA can be achieved.

4. Making Information Architecture Decisions – Dealing directly with the nuances and challenges of SharePoint IA we will dive into the actual components of SharePoint and compare Sites to Site Collections, Folders and Metadata, Documents Sets and Folders and much more.

5. Case Study Approach (Implementing SharePoint IA) – Wrapping up our day we will review what we have learned to ensure that participants can begin using the new tools, skills, and knowledge they have received as soon as possible.

6. Information Architecture Tips and Tricks – Depending on time constraints we may explore many SharePoint IA tips and tricks (which will also be available on the slide deck after).
SharePoint in a Distributed Enterprise
Speaker(s): Mark Mueller
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
SharePoint 2010 is a powerful platform for collaboration and content management. In this session, learn how Microsoft SharePoint 2010, combined with replication capabilities, can help solve some of the major collaboration and information sharing challenges faced by large and distributed military and federal organizations. Whether you’re enhancing your existing SharePoint solution through federation or looking at SharePoint for the first time, this session can help you address or avoid some typical pain points:
• Consolidate multiple SharePoint farms/servers for efficiency
• Selectively synchronize intranet-extranet content for improved, speedier decision-making
• Securely syndicate and aggregate regional or world-wide content for improved compliance across the organization
• Develop a solution for disaster recovery/COOP
• Integrate & Migrate content from systems like Collaboration at Sea and ContentServer
SharePoint in the Cloud
Speaker(s): Matthew Lathrop
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Many companies rely upon Return on Investment (ROI) when making technology strategy decisions, but few take the time to actually determine how much that strategy will cost over time. That's unfortunate, because without estimating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), ROI is meaningless. There's no way of knowing how large an investment is actually being made.
That's particularly true when companies decide whether to use an IT hosting provider or take the do-it-yourself route; Buy v. Build.  Because managed hosting is presenting a complete solution, all costs are on the table from the start. By contrast, in-house hosting often involves hidden costs that aren't surfaced until the do-it-yourself project is well underway.
Hidden cost when trying to ‘build’ an infrastructure will be buried in three phases; Capital Expenditures (CAPEX), Hardware Deprecation and overall infrastructure maintenance. 
With the introduction of Public Cloud and Private Cloud infrastructures, it truly allows for a more SaaS based SharePoint deployment with better utilization of resources and Global deployments.
SharePoint in the State Government Agency
Speaker(s): Joy Earles
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management

Public-sector businesses rarely get top attention when talking about “wow-factor” SharePoint sites. Their implementations tend to be more functional than “sexy,” more content-restricted due to mandates, and less extravagant due to budget restrictions. Yet government agencies with geographically dispersed offices are excellent candidates for the collaboration and document management features of SharePoint, and the ROI for these businesses can be impressive. This session discusses the specific benefits gained with SharePoint in two mid-sized (approx 1000 users) state agencies, the challenges posed by the more restrictive government work culture, and the lessons learned in implementation, user training, site structure, social features, and governance.
 
SharePoint Multilingual (2007/2010)
Speaker(s): Errin O'Connor
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Corporations that have offices in diverse geographical areas might need to cater information to each country in its specific language. Traditional multilingual implementations rely on separate environments for each language. Microsoft attempted to provide a solution with SharePoint 2007/2010 multilingual site publishing. The provisioning of a multilingual SharePoint involves the configuration and management of the following:
 Language packs
 Setting the default language based on the user
 Site variations: Synchronizing sites' content across multiple environments. The MOSS 2007 and SPS 2010 publishing feature allows the propagation of content across variations sites.
SharePoint Multi-Tenancy - Best Practices
Speaker(s): Jeff Woltz
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
The concept of multi-tenancy is new in SharePoint 2010 and many people might be wondering how to take advantage of this capability.  With the growing buzz around ‘the cloud’ it is likely that organizations will soon explore their options to move towards a hosted SharePoint platform.  This does not come without some trade-offs so decision makers need to educate themselves on what to expect.  This session will explore such topics as: provisioning tenants, migrating your existing farm, and understanding sandbox solutions.  This presentation will enumerate the advantages as well as the pitfalls to help organizations decide if this is a route they want to take.
SharePoint Natural Disasters "Notes from the Field"
Speaker(s): Adam Woodruff
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
From SharePoint 2003 through SharePoint 2007 and now onto SharePoint 2010 we have observed a number of mistakes and missteps that are creating man made “Natural Disasters” in Administration, Development and Migrations.  Learn from the mistakes of others to avoid Volcanic Eruptions, Avalanches and Tornadoes from ruining your environment, your day and possibly career.  Preparing for the future means learning from the mistakes of the past.
SharePoint on a Diet, Developing for Mobile
Speaker(s): Harold Smith III
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"Almost every agency within the Federal Government has invested in Microsoft SharePoint and its related services.  Agencies have leveraged SharePoint to deliver content, build workflows, collaborate, and deliver documents to end users.  SharePoint has become an everyday tool to most federal employees and contractors.

With the outpouring of mobile devices and mobile technologies that have inundated the commercial market in the last few years, the technology has reached a point that it is filtering into the Federal Government, providing a secure mechanism to access data on the go. 

Devices such as Smart Phones and Tablets have given agencies new ways to utilize the workforce to consume information on the go.  No longer is the typical worker tied to their desk to perform their daily tasks.  No longer are workers in the field limited to what information they had before leaving the office.

Bridging SharePoint services to mobile devices has some severe challenges.  Natively, SharePoint is bandwidth intensive.  Browsing a SharePoint site on a mobile device utilizing a cellular connection provides an extremely slow connection – to the point the site and content are unusable.  Browsing and editing list content is the same, creating extreme user frustration.

We will discuss our lessons learned from developing “Low Bandwidth” sites for the Department of State and how these apply to mobile devices."
SharePoint Social Targeting – Getting the Right Information to the Right People
Speaker(s): Al Himler
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
The general idea behind Social Targeting (sometimes referred to as Content Targeting) is to post content to your SharePoint environment, and then for people interested in that content to be able to find it or have it automatically delivered to them.  In this presentation, you’ll hear about the underlying SharePoint 2010 technologies that make Social Targeting work.  We’ll also discuss architectural and operational aspects of implementing Social Targeting on your SharePoint environment including policy considerations, planning activities, and managing your Social Targeting project.  Finally, we’ll discuss some real-world uses of Social Targeting (Government situational awareness and Commercial Marketing).
SharePoint Street Smart – Delivering Content to Mobile Devices & Tablets
Speaker(s): Kenneth Lo
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"With the new mobile features of SharePoint 2010, the line between working from your desk and working remotely has blurred significantly and is finally reaching a point of convergence. In this session, we will discuss the mega industry trends and viable SharePoint mobility strategies.

A live demo will showcase SharePoint functionalities such as Collaboration, Business Intelligence, and/or Business Process Management, on mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). "
SharePoint To Go – Taking SharePoint Beyond The Desktop
Speaker(s): Troy Lanphier
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"SharePoint Business Users are increasingly mobile. Customer meetings, presentations, and even a cross-town cab ride provide ample time to work on presentations, gather information, and even complete workflows, all without ever logging in to a PC or opening up a laptop.

This session is a light-to-no code session describing the level of effort required to extend SharePoint 2010 functionality to mobile platforms including iOS (Apple), Windows Phone 7 (Microsoft), Android (Google), and others.
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SharePoint: Enabling the Business of Diplomacy
Speaker(s): Cindy Cassil
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
SharePoint is a great collaboration tool for helping to improve and automate business processes.  However not every SharePoint environment is the same, each environment has its own unique challenges. 

This presentation will discuss how SharePoint has been deployed, marketed and adopted at US Department of State as well as key successes factors and lessons learned.
SharPoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities!
Speaker(s): Sean McDonough
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
Disaster recovery planning for a SharePoint 2010 environment is something that must be performed to insure your data and the continuity of business operations. Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and we'll be taking a good look at how the platform has evolved in this session. We'll dive inside the improvements to the native backup and restore capabilities that are present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has been changed and enhanced. We'll also look at the array of exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recovery, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore. By the time we're done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed with SharePoint 2010.
Simplify and Scale Business Intelligence with Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Danish Majeed, Benjamin Butler
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Visio 2010 renders complex data into vibrant visuals, and surfaces business intelligence embedded deep in business information.  This session will demo how you can create, connect and share diagrams using Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  You will also see how Visio 2010 facilitates the dialogue between IT and business roles by simplifying workflow creation.
Simplifying Disaster Recovery for SharePoint
Speaker(s): Josh Mazgelis
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
As SharePoint gains traction and visibility in the corporate environment, the availability of SharePoint resources becomes increasingly critical.  Maintaining availability of a SharePoint farm is quickly becoming a high priority project for many companies.  Administrators are faced with demands to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime, and to provide plans for failing over an entire SharePoint farm quickly and seamlessly to a remote datacenter.  Join us for this session as we discuss the common causes of downtime in SharePoint environments, high availability and DR capabilities “out of the box”, third party options for protecting SharePoint server farms, and determining the right availability solution for your SharePoint environment. 
So you want to implement SharePoint in your organization... What now?
Speaker(s): Edmond Avanesian
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
"Cloud Computing, Social Network, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Gov 2.0, Collaboration, Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, ROI, Digg, Flickr, and not to mention a slew of other homonyms and acronyms. After we've got our cheat-sheet to help us out, and think that some of those buzz words are actually business worthy, where do we go? We know that we can't continue running ""business as usual"" when times are changing by the second as is the nature of business with our partners, competitors and fellow public sector agencies. One of the new enterprise platform solutions from Microsoft to help address these concerns is SharePoint 2010.

However, before jumping in, do you know what you need to support the project from your agencies end? As great as SharePoint can be, it is not a complete solution just out-of-the-box (no matter how many ways you try to convince yourself). You don't need to have the ENTIRE project mapped out up front, but don't be fooled, you will need to bring some knowledge, decisions and ideas to the table to get (and keep) things moving.

This presentation will discuss some high level things that should be taken into consideration before embarking on the SharePoint 2010 journey. Some of the topics will include:
• What SP2010 ISN'T
• What SP2010 IS (could be)
• Questions to answer BEFORE deciding to implement SP2010
• Organizational Readiness
• IT Readiness
• End User Readiness
• Training Readiness"
So You Want Your Name in Print
Speaker(s): Johnathan Lightfoot
Session Level: 300
Session Type: Business / Management
"Everyone has at least one good book in them, is the old saying.  And if you go to a bookstore you can see evidence that thousands of people have managed to get their book published.  Have you ever considered writing a book?  Or, dreamed of the day of walking into a bookstore and seeing your book (with your name on it) on a shelf?  Perhaps you asked yourself how can I get a book published?  With the release of SharePoint 2010 there has been deluge of titles on this wonderful platform.  But what had to happen to get all of these books published?
This session will go into the technical book publishing world from an author’s perspective.  Johnathan will share his story about how he got published (it will surprise you) and he will discuss the myriad of things he had to learn rather quickly to get his first book Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Plain and Simple on the shelves.  This session will go into the different avenues available along with taking you through the process including how to pitch a book, negotiating contracts, writing the materials for the book, how to endure the editing phase, and finally how to market your book.  This session promises to be extremely informative to those who have ever thought of writing a technical book.  Who knows maybe after attending this session you will be the next published author."
Social Apps for SharePoint: Communities, Videos, Activity Streams, Questions and Answers, Ideation, and Badging
Speaker(s): Eric Sauve
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Learn how companies and Government Agencies are using rich and engaging Social media in the context of their SharePoint deployment from Microsoft’s US Partner of the Year for 2011. Join NewsGator’s, Eric Sauve, VP of Corporate Development, as he covers real-life case studies from some of NewsGators largest and most successful deployments, including the US Army, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, General Mills, Accenture and Deloitte.  In this informative session, participants will be introduced to approaches, obstacles, and ROI. Learn how to take advantage of social apps to fuel collaboration at your own organization.
Social meets Enterprise Infrastructure
Speaker(s): Paul Yantus
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
This session will discuss the convergence of Enterprise Content Management and Social Software. It will review the inter-relationships between the two technologies and the need to integrate social conversations in a similar manner as email into enterprise infrastructure. The session will also discuss how tools that facilitate social conversations in the enterprise will differ from those deployed for consumers.
Solving Tough Microsoft SharePoint Records Management Compliance Challenges
Speaker(s): Brad Teed, Art Bellis
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Attendees will learn how GimmalSoft’s solutions for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 create a complete enterprise platform for collaboration, content management and compliant records management. The solution, to be certified against DoD 5015.2 standards, provides insight on how to solve major compliance challenges faced by commercial, military and federal organizations.
Starting your Proposal Resource Center in SharePoint
Speaker(s): Linc Williams
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Are you currently using SharePoint for proposal management processes or knowledge bases? Do you want to or have plans to use SharePoint to support your proposal processes? Join i3solutions Linc Williams, as he reviews the concept of a Proposal Resource Center and how SharePoint 2010 can take it to a new level. Gain insight into the features and concepts that can make your PRC a POWERHOUSE of knowledge management allowing your people to work effectively and efficiently. Attendees will learn practical tips and techniques, such as:
• An Overview of new features and functions of SharePoint 2010 and how they directly relate to how proposals are created.  We will review:
o Document Sets
o Enterprise Content Types
o People any My Site enhancements
o In place records management
o Live Co-Authoring
o Access Services
• How to get started building your PRC on SharePoint 2007 or 2010
• How to capture data about your documents to make them easier to find again
• How to look at data and make it informational and meaningful
• How to measure important key metrics, such as Win/Loss, Effort versus Value
A future vision of where your PRC can go
Stepping into Social Computing with SharePoint
Speaker(s): Jay Leask
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"Social Collaboration is a series of business cases solved through collaborative interaction and social networking: find experts; build profiles; network; find mentors and mentees; have interactive, semi-immediate discussions; the ability to group-create documentation, white papers and proposals; to share experiences and personal knowledge with others; to comment on, rate, and tag content throughout; a social water cooler for geographically dispersed teams; a way to link all collaborative experiences (meetings, videos, presentations, etc). 

Enterprise software requires the ability to integrate with all types of employee resources: organization-wide search, content management, people systems, mentor systems, workflow processes, etc …

SharePoint provides a proven technology for enterprise computing but does 2010 come far enough towards Social Collaboration to be considered a stand-alone Enterprise 2.0 solution?  David and Jay will take you through a detailed product over view of SharePoint 2010’s social capabilities and present to you business cases where using third party solutions, be-they built on top or SharePoint or stand-alone, may be the best case. "
SUG DC
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: User Group
Real Life value from the community
SurfRay
Speaker(s): Josh Noble
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Josh Noble, co-author of "Pro SharePoint 2010 Search", will illustrate how to fully leverage the advanced search page in both SharePoint 2010 and the Ontolica Search extension to connect users with their information. Josh will teach how to add scopes, create custom property restrictions, generate custom result types, add a custom drop down field, and provide a lookup dialog box on the advanced search page.
Take your SharePoint solutions to the cloud
Speaker(s): Vishwas Lele
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
The objective of this session is to discuss ways in which your SharePoint based solutions can be used conjunction with the cloud.  We will look into ways in which SharePoint solutions integrate with Azure, covering areas such as Excel Services, service consumption, and Business Connectivity Services integration.

For a brief preview of this session, please refer to this blog post: http://vlele.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/sharepoint-and-azure-integration-opportunities/
Taming the Beast: A SharePoint Survival Guide for the Server Administrator
Speaker(s): Craig Trulove
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
This session will deal with SharePoint 2010 deployment best practices that help make SharePoint more manageable and will save you sleepless nights. It will also talk about and demonstrate the tools and methods you can use to troubleshoot and resolve issues as they arise. The goal is to provide you with the tips, tricks, and best practice guidance to help you navigate the waters of SharePoint server administration.
Teaching SharePoint
Speaker(s): Janis Hall
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Just because you built it, doesn’t mean they will come. As organizations we invest heavily into the build and deployment of SharePoint, but often miss a crucial step- training those who will be using the system.  A successful implementation can only be realized if the platform is properly used; and effective training requires more than a technical step through of functional pieces and parts.  In this session, learn how to protect your investment with the non-technical elements of education and adoption techniques that provide the framework for this
Ten Things You Need to Know About Office 365
Speaker(s): Mary Jo Foley
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
Microsoft recently launched Office 365, the new and improved version of its cloud-hosted app platform. There are a lot of moving parts in Office 365 – lots of packages, price points and features. There’s also quite a bit to know about the origins of this Google Apps competitor, as well as about how it will be evolving in the coming months.

Join Mary Jo Foley as she presents her  top 10 list about what decision makers need to know about Office 365 and how this strategic product fits into Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy.
The 10 Best-in-Class Social SharePoint Sites Session Description
Speaker(s): Mark Fidelman
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Mark Fidelman, Business Insider blogger and GM of harmon.ie, has conducted numerous interviews with some of the world’s largest, most innovative companies to determine best practices for deploying Social SharePoint sites. Drawing on his research, Fidelman will present a best practices play book to increase the value of social SharePoint sites, including the use of harmon.ie social email to drive adoption by connecting people with documents within their day-to-day work environment, which is email. What knowledge will an attendee gain or benefit from my session? An action plan for those wanting to deploy a social SharePoint site using best practices and key learnings.
The 5 Steps to Getting Information Into SharePoint
Speaker(s): Dean Misenhimer
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
There is a growing demand in organizations to leverage their SharePoint deployments more effectively for content management and business intelligence. Enterprise capture collects, transforms and delivers all type of business critical information into Microsoft SharePoint, delivering actionable, intelligent information. By managing this process more effectively you can harness the power of your accumulated knowledge in SharePoint to make better decisions and improve downstream business processes. This leads to lower costs, faster processing times, and reduced exposure to risk. In this session learn:
 The importance of Enterprise Capture and SharePoint
 How to create an enterprise on-ramp for SharePoint
 How to capture content at the edges of your organization
 How intelligent document recognition increases the value of SharePoint
 How to use capture and SharePoint to drive process automation
The Best Practices and Pain Points of Implementing SharePoint Training
Speaker(s): Scott Lavoie
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
"Despite the challenges there are numerous things you can do to increase the opportunity for a successful training rollout. Discover training best practices to keep your stakeholders happy. This session will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes that often occur during software training implementations. Learn how to identify and solve potential problems before they happen.

The full training implementation cycle will be examined including: needs analysis, instructional design, e-learning, helpdesk’s role, pilot training, mentoring, rollout logistics, evaluation, communications and sustainment plans."
The Business Value of SharePoint Community What is the impact of SharePoint community for SharePoint practices, experienced professionals and newcomers to the SharePoint platform?
Speaker(s):
Session Level:
Session Type: User Group
The Business Value of SharePoint Community What is the impact of SharePoint community for SharePoint practices, experienced professionals and newcomers to the SharePoint platform?

The question and every key aspect of the the ripple effect that community events such as code camps, User Groups, and most recently SharePoint Saturdays on the SharePoint industry will be examined during this informative session.
                •             Introduce case studies on Microsoft Practices that have transformed
with a community strategy
                •             List and explain the value of SharePoint community groups and how
it influences a given region
                •             Analyze the impact of User Groups on SharePoint professionals in
the areas of professional development, knowledge sharing, and personal brand building
                •             Introduce the SharePoint Community assessment to the audience to
help team leads, managers, and Executives assess their role and participation within their given community
                •             Questions and answer for attendees
The Executive Perspective: Top 7 Things You Must Consider for SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Scott Jamison
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
Are you considering a SharePoint 2010 rollout? If so, learn about seven key topics that can make or break your deployment.

We’ll cover:

• An executive perspective of SharePoint 2010
• The truth about governance
• Adoption and usage best practices
• Identifying a killer app
• Why search matters
• The impact of Social Computing
• What you must consider before you upgrade
The Fastest Way to Design and Build Your SharePoint Infrastructure
Speaker(s): Dave Milner
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Join this session to learn how to visually design and build your SharePoint infrastructure in a fraction of the time it takes out of the box.  We will illustrate how these commercial grade design and deployment products help you get SharePoint infrastructure built out quickly. 
Learn how to design and deploy your configuration for a single server, or multi-farm environment with invaluable, time-tested best practices that helps ensure it’s done correctly – every time.
Learn the tricks of the trade to visually collaborate with business sponsors and team members to plan and design SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Portals down to the page level – so there are no surprises.  Learn how it’s easy to iterate and check farm configuration(s) rapidly using SharePoint Composer.  Sort through and manage multiple use case scenarios without getting bogged down with limited out-of-the-box utilities.
Attend this session if you want to learn how to:
• Identify and analyze SP 2007 issues before migrating to SP 2010
• Avoid writing code to configure and deploy complicated environments.
• Customize your site hierarchy quickly and efficiently to meet constituent requirements.
• Avoid tedious manual configuration and complex deployment scripts.
• Learn best practices for least privilege security configuration, server & service topology, naming conventions, memory utilization, and more.
The Real Cost of SharePoint
Speaker(s): Shawn Shell
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
What does it take to implement an effective SharePoint-based solution?  Is it simply a matter of licenses?  How much can organizations realistically leverage straight “out of the box?” 

During this session, Shawn Shell, Founder and Principal Consultant at Consejo, Inc. and Contributing Analyst at the Real Story Group will help answer these questions and more, ultimately helping attendees understand how to calculate the real cost of SharePoint.
The SharePoint BI tools and their use: Making Sense of it All
Speaker(s): David Tangren
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
The tools for that SharePoint 2010 provides to support Business Intelligence - reporting, dashboards, and other types of data dissemination - come in many shapes and sizes.  This session aims to correctly categorize the tools, map the tools to users, and help you make a guided choice about which SharePoint BI component(s) to use for your BI initiatives.
The Steps to Effective SharePoint Governance
Speaker(s): Richard Harbridge
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Business / Management
"If you are struggling with (or know someone struggling with):
• SharePoint Site and Content Sprawl
• Frustrated Users Claiming SharePoint Sucks
• Conflicting Priorities and Not Enough SharePoint Resources
• A Failing SharePoint Implementation

Then SharePoint Governance is exactly what you need.
Having effective SharePoint Governance is about a lot more than just creating and maintaining a “Governance Plan”. In this session we will explore how to practically approach SharePoint Governance in just 5 steps with clear explanations and real world examples. When we are finished you will be able to effectively explain why you need SharePoint Governance, how you can approach SharePoint Governance and how you can manage SharePoint Governance effectively."
Thinking More Broadly About SharePoint
Speaker(s): John Mancini
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
For most of the past 20 years, Enterprise IT spending has focused on building up "Systems of Record" - essentially "documenting" what the organization did, who did it, and in what context. The flood of mobile, social, and local technologies is changing the nature of Enterprise IT to focus on how we engage with customers, partners, and employees. SharePoint is a core part of these "Systems of Engagement."

Join AIIM President John Mancini as he shares the role of SharePoint in building Systems of Engagement.
Tips and Tricks for Every Phase of your SharePoint Migration
Speaker(s): Chad Dove
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Sponsor
Unsure where to start with your move to SharePoint 2010? In this session we will provide tips and tricks for tackling every phase of migration, from Discovery and Planning, Execution and Testing to ongoing SharePoint Strategy.
To Host or Not to Host: How do I know if I should host my SharePoint in-house or outsource to a hosting company?
Speaker(s): Kurt Baumann
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Kurt Baumann, AIS Network Chairman and veteran Internet entrepreneur, will speak about making the decision between in-house hosting and outsourcing your
SharePoint.
He will walk through understanding resources including needed upfront and ongoings costs as well as manpower. Other factors to consider including deployment,
customization, licensing, flexibility, security, support, cost, predictability, and uptime. Kurt will also talk through some basics tips for each avenue, whether in-house or outsourced.
Together Forever – Project Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Chris McNulty
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Although SharePoint 2010 provides many tools useful for project management, enterprise class project management often requires more sophisticated tools for resource management, business intelligence and forecasting, project planning, portfolio management and issue resolution.  Project Server can be a simple installation, but it adds its own complexity in planning, installation and configuration, Project 2010 integration, demand management, Performance Point and Analysis Services.  We’ll review best practices in deployment and administration, project management, SharePoint integration and user security.  In addition, we’ll review KMA’s project management maturity model to help you plan when Project Server is right for your enterprise.
Top 3 SharePoint Search / FAST Search Implementation Mistakes
Speaker(s): Martin Muldoon
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session, BA Insight will discuss some of the common mistakes organizations make when deploying search solutions on top of SharePoint Search, or FAST Search for SharePoint and how to avoid them.  These include:
• Providing users with an Internet Search interface to search enterprise content.
• Assuming the search engine will provide “Google  like” relevance without tuning the ranking algorithm.
• Failing to include Line of Business system data in the scope of the search initiative.
The session will also include a demonstration BA Insight’s Longitude, a technology that extends the search capabilities of FAST and SharePoint Search.
Top Down User Adoption: Cycle of Vision, Resistance, Whining, Babysitting and Ultimate Success
Speaker(s): Susan Yee
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
No one wants to invest in technology that isn’t used. And even with the best intentions and planning, you can’t predict how users use software.

So from a business perspective, why would you decide to use SharePoint, what would you use it for, how do you optimize your return on investment, and manage implementation and user adoption. Get a view of why and how to get buy-in from the executive suite.  Learn management guerilla tactics that can help your organization get the most out of SharePoint as you gently force usage the way you want it from technical and non-technical users.
Top Five SharePoint Surprises
Speaker(s): Tony Byrne
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
The uniquely broad public community around SharePoint means that there is a plethora of information and advice available "in the wild" about this platform.  However, new customers -- or licensees looking to expand SharePoint from a departmental to an enterprise level -- routinely confront many of the same surprises as they try to scale the platform. 

Join Tony Byrne as he shares  key strategic "gotchas" that enterprises face when they make a major commitment to SharePoint, and will offer some advice about how to avoid them. 
Tracking & Managing Physical Items with SharePoint
Speaker(s): Tom Pemberton
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Case Studies
"FileTrail for SharePoint adds Physical Item Management and Location Tracking to SharePoint, enabling businesses to manage, organize, and track physical items such as records and assets.  Organizations improve efficiency, document compliance, simplify auditing, and gain access to item inventory and chain of custody at every desktop. Our solutions combine an end-to-end set of features, spanning item lifecycle from creation and labeling, through active circulation, to archiving and final disposition. 

FileTrail solutions are used by companies of all sizes – including Fortune 100 – and by city, county, state and Federal government.  FileTrail has clients in 40 industries and on 5 continents tracking records (file folders, boxes, etc), IT assets, fixed assets, evidence, weapons, exhibits, biologic specimens, environmental contamination samples, cadavers and body parts, and much more.

In this session you will learn how our customers use SharePoint to:
• Print bar coded and color coded labels on standard label stock.
• Automate tracking transactions with bar code scanning.
• Streamline requesting to retrieve physical items.
• Tracking parent-child relationships, such as documents in folders in boxes.
• Use a portable reader to assign and audit the location of assets, records, evidence, weapons, and more.
• Leverage RFID to automatically track items moving from desk-to-desk.
• Secure exits with RFID to prevent theft of iPads, laptops, etc.
• Use compliance like retention, legal holds, chain of custody, etc.
• Automate management of file rooms, records centers, and warehouses.
• Use Space Management tools to optimize use of storage space


FileTrail for SharePoint leverages the built-in functions in SharePoint. This allows filters, workflows, retention, legal holds, etc., that are configured for electronic content to apply to physical items as well.  Our approach provides a fully integrated view of physical and electronic items within the SharePoint interface."
Train the Trainer- Site Manager Training Workshop
Speaker(s): Mark Miller, Kat Weixel
Session Level: 100
Session Type: Workshop
Did you get "volunteered" to provide SharePoint management services to your company? Did that include SharePoint training for your end users? Sure it did...
 
This instructor led workshop is for those in your company who are responsible for providing training in SharePoint 2010. It is not a workshop for beginning level SharePoint users, but a training ground for potential in-house trainers. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have access to all of the content within the certification program wiki at EndUserSharePoint, along with the ability to participate in the next phase of the buildout.
 
Kat Weixel, in conjuction with Mark Miller from EndUserSharePoint, is leading a unique community driven project to build a site manager certification test and training program. The goal is to ensure site managers have the essential tools they need to feel confident with the power of "full control".
 
To benefit most from this workshop, ask yourself the following questions:
• Are you responsible for training your company's team site managers?
• Are you preparing to train them on SharePoint 2010?
• Do you want to make sure you train them on the essentials without risking "information overload?"
• Would you like a way to test their "knowledge absorption" after your training ends?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, plan to participate in this unique "train the trainer" workshop. You will learn about a new site manager certification program that is currently being developed by the SharePoint End User Community. Share your own ideas and experience to directly impact the program and test development. Learn about the planned modules of the training program, how a certification test can be beneficial to you and your trainees, and tips for making sure their learning doesn't stop after your training class ends.
Trends Driving the Need for Solutions on SharePoint: Frontline Business Automation and How to Best Deliver Those Solutions
Speaker(s): Rob Manfredi
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Today’s world of personal empowerment, created from technologies such as iTunes, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Amazon contrast sharply with the frontline technology environment within most organizations. SharePoint holds the promise to provide those workers with the solutions they need to stay competitive and empowered.
The primary inhibitor to executing upon this vision remains the time and cost associated with solution implementation. This presentation will demonstrate how underestimation of software development costs and the risks associated with custom development are leading causes for unpredictable results. It will also show how using configurable commercial software, as compared to custom-developed
software, can dramatically shorten implementation time, reduce project risks, and slash overall deployment costs.
Twin-Soft Corporation
Speaker(s): Harold Smith III
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
With the explosion of mobile technologies over the last few years, SharePoint has been left behind. Drawing upon lessons learned from "SharePoint-on-a-Diet", experience at Department of State, US Marine Corp, and other Federal experience, Twin-Soft has developed a SharePoint Mobile browser that satisfies FIPS compliance needs and delivers publishing content for users on the go.
Twin-Soft Corporation, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a rapidly growing Information Technology (IT) consulting firm founded in 2002 that provides core services in Enterprise Portal & Content Management, Business Intelligence and Mobile Applications to defense and civilian clients with complex IT challenges.
Understanding Sandbox Solutions
Speaker(s): Chris Beckett
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
SharePoint 2010 introduced the User Code service application and the ability to deploy "Sandbox" solutions that run in a minimal trust environment with a subset of the SharePoint API. With the upcoming launch of Office365 and the increase in cloud-based SharePoint deployment, understanding Sandbox solutions is going to be essential knowledge for SharePoint IT Pros and Developers. This session will takes a deep dive into the User Code service architecture, explore the strengths and limitations of developing Sandbox solutions, describe how to deploy, monitor and manage Sandbox solutions, and demonstrate some practical techniques for making the most of this technology for SharePoint customization.
Understanding Your FAST Search 2010 for SharePoint Application Topology
Speaker(s): Daniel Webster
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
"If you thought the topology of the SharePoint Search Application was complicated, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Building a FS4SP implementation is not nearly as difficult as designing it correctly. The first basic building blocks of that design are
·        How many components are there?
·        How many of each do you need?
·        Where do you place them?

In this session, we will examine the various components and topology options. Since this discussion of this topic could take days, if not weeks, we will be moving quickly. Bring your questions."
Upgrading and Migration, lessons from the trenches
Speaker(s): Zlatan Dzinic
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Architect
Still considering an upgrade or migration from the earlier version of SharePoint or perhaps a different ECM or other legacy system, or maybe it’s just file shares. Hear from extensive experience, ranging from different challenging scenarios, what works and what doesn’t. We will discuss successful approaches to migration and lessons learnt that might help you on your next migration/upgrade adventure.
User security and detailed view of the Claims Based Authentication process
Speaker(s): Adwait Parikh
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
In this session, you will learn about major investment areas and steps necessary in setting up Claims Based Authentication security for SharePoint 2010. Additionally, you will learn how SharePoint 2010 leverages Claims Based Authentication, authorization and security services in a heterogeneous account environment. This session includes a view of using AD accounts and establishing trust with an SQL based external identity provider. We will cover detailed benefits and steps necessary for the Claim Based Authentication solution in an Intranet/Extranet environment putting multiple system account identities at the footsteps of collaboration between you and your external clients.
Users, Profiles, and MySites: Managing a Changing SharePoint User Population
Speaker(s): Paul Stork
Session Level: 300
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
Every company has some level of employee change and turnover.  The question is how do you manage the graceful removal or modification of user information from SharePoint? If everything is perfectly aligned SharePoint will automatically process and delete the user account, permissions, profile, and MySite for users that are deleted from Active Directory.  Updates to user information are also automatic in many cases. But most SharePoint installations don’t have all the necessary components aligned for automated removal of old users and some profile properties refuse to update. In this session we will examine the underlying processes controlling user accounts, permissions, profiles and MySites and how they interact.  We’ll look at what works, what doesn’t work, and how to work around it.  Along the way we’ll recommend Best Practices for managing users, their profiles, and MySites in a SharePoint environment.
Using SharePoint Designer 2010 and SQL Stored Procedures to View Data
Speaker(s): Patrick Curran
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
Show a no code solution on how to create a page that displays a data grid based on multiple input parameters.
Using SharePoint to Implement Knowledge Management Solutions
Speaker(s): Richard "Gary" Saylor
Session Level:
Session Type: Executive
Join Gary Saylor as he shares real world examples of how the US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security uses SharePoint to Enhance Mission Performance
Utilizing COBIT Principles for the Deployment and Governance of SharePoint 2010
Speaker(s): Alistair Pugin
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"SharePoint 2007’s runaway success (100 million users and in the excess of US$ 1 billion in sales) has contributed to what the industry terms “The SharePoint Effect”. Labelled the Swiss Army Knife of ECM, SharePoint is often implemented sporadically with little or no guidance and governance.

COBIT, the internationally accepted standard for governance of information and related software management systems, offers a framework to govern the planning, deployment, control and maintenance of SharePoint projects. In this session you will be shown how to utilise COBIT’s 4 domains to:
• Better align business needs with IT capabilities
• Better define ownership and responsibilities
• Improve the interaction between business and IT
• Ensure that IT risks are managed, monitored and controlled"
We’ve Got SharePoint…Now What!?!?!
Speaker(s): Eric Riz
Session Level: 200
Session Type: Business / Management
"The senior executives and stakeholders have chosen SharePoint for the new corporate portal; to house document management, build some additional process to the business and to bring the company to the next level – Now What?

This session is designed for users who are early or mid-way through their implementation.   We will discuss all facets of a SharePoint implementation, from the project team roles you want on your team, to rollout strategies and planning tactics for the final release to the business.  This session will be accompanied with some useful planning and execution documents for attendees to take back to their organizations – and use immediately!"
Web Services and Service Applications – SharePoint as Middleware
Speaker(s): Doug Ware
Session Level: 400
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
Middleware is computer software that connects software components or some people and their applications. SharePoint 2010 contains many components that make it an attractive middleware solution. These include out of the box features like BCS and Search. In this session we will talk about how to add custom web services to a SharePoint farm and then look at how and why you can you the service application architecture to build your own highly scalable and manageable service applications.
What You Need to Know about Office 365 and SharePoint Online
Speaker(s): Mark Eichenberger
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"Should you run SharePoint in the cloud or on-premise? Microsoft provides hosted SharePoint as part of the Office 365 suite. This session describes the capabilities available in the cloud; things to consider when making the hosted vs. on-premise vs. hybrid decision; transition plans for moving to the cloud; and an overview of future SharePoint Online features in Office 365.

"
What’s new is SharePoint Designer 2010
Speaker(s): Susan Lennon
Session Level: 100
Session Type: End User
This will be an overview of SharePoint 2010.  We’ll look at the differences between the XSLT List View Web Part and the Data Form Web Part, we’ll see how the data source task pane has changed, we’ll use an ASP.NET dropdown control to filter a list and we’ll look at some new capabilities with workflows.
When the green eyeshades come calling – Introduction to building a value case before and after your project
Speaker(s): Brian Seitz
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor
An overview of creating SharePoint project justifications and demonstrating value after delivery.  The session will cover the major activities and steps towards busing a value case to be used for justifying a new project or showing value of a deployed solution. 

The session will cover how to use the core concepts  the speaker helped develop from creating, teaching and using Microsoft’s REJ and IBM’s ISIS economic justification methodologies. 
Why Settle for Less? In One Fell Swoop, Learn How to Unleash the Power of SharePoint, Create a Near Immediate Win for Everyone and Drive Fanatical User Adoption
Speaker(s): Christopher E. Smith
Session Level:
Session Type: Sponsor

Presentation abstract:


The truth is poor communication is the number one problem in virtually all organizations worldwide and the cause of most problems. Communication problems can be expensive, and good communication can have a dramatic impact on virtually all aspects of an organization.

During this entertaining and informative session, you will learn how you can turn SharePoint into one of the most important and strategic communications tools in your organization while driving some serious user adoption.


Learning objectives:


Objective 1:The impact poor communication has on organizations

Objective 2: The pervasive reach of a master calendar

Objective 3: The exponential return on investment created


Presentation Outline:


• Welcome and Introduction

• The Chronic Communication Condition

• The Essence of Organizational Alignment

• The Far-reaching Value of a Master Calendar Platform

• Sustainable Gains and Efficiencies

• Questions and Answers
Why Your SharePoint Search Sucks
Speaker(s): Michal Pisarek
Session Level: 300
Session Type: End User
"How many times have you tried to search for something within SharePoint and thought to “Yourself wow my SharePoint really sucks!”. This session will identify many of the common mistakes that organizations make when trying to implement a search solution in SharePoint 2010.
Designed for end users, power users and administrators this session will identify some of the areas that organizations frequently struggle when implementing search of a SharePoint such as:
• What requirements are needed for a successful search solution
• The high value, low effort search customizations that will improve your search implementation
• Why without meta data your search implementation will ultimately fail
• Why training users is essential for a good search experience"
Wrapping Your Head Around the SharePoint Beast - What Every Beginning Developer Needs to Know
Speaker(s): Mark Rackley
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Developer
"What should every developer be aware of before diving head first into SharePoint?  Being a talented .NET developer does not directly translate to being a SharePoint Developer.  The learning curve can be huge and the environment taxing.  Mark Rackley designed this session as the session he wished he would have seen when he started SharePoint Development. 
Attendees will learn:
1. A greater understanding of what SharePoint is and how it’s structured including a crash course in Logical Architecture, Taxonomy, Governance and why these topics are so important in SharePoint.
2. What steps to take in order to become a SharePoint developer and a jumpstart on getting started down that path.
3. Why the SharePoint community is unique and important.

"
Write it Down! - Documenting your SharePoint Projects
Speaker(s): Tiffany Songvilay
Session Level: 100
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
"If you've ever been a new team member or vendor on a SharePoint project, then you know how frustrating it is to try to hunt down 'the documentation.' Things like a statement of work and functional specifications are essential to business analysts and project managers trying to keep a project scope from creeping out of control and beyond next year's budget. This session is important for contractors and clients alike. Without the right documentation, there is nothing to prove that the client asked for it (and is now insisting it be done free of charge) or anything that says that the developer delivered everything the client paid for. Documentation is the main reason why SharePoint project communications break down and timelines get pushed back and budgets skyrocket.

Come to this session and learn the names of the documents you need and the titles of the people responsible for writing those documents. If you’re new to the BA role, you may not even know what a functional specification is and if the company is new to SharePoint, then they don’t know to tell you to write one. Or worse, that a .NET developer is being asked to write a style guide. This session is about making sure that documentation is a deliverable and that project teams don't get so caught up in the deadline that they never stop long enough to make sure that someone is writing it all down.

Participants will learn:
- what documents your project team needs
- whose job it is it to write each document
- where to find free samples to start from"
Zen and the Art of SharePoint Troubleshooting
Speaker(s): Stephen Heister
Session Level: 200
Session Type: IT Pro / Admin
Sometimes troubleshooting anything can be a frustrating experience. Since SharePoint is a “system of systems” it has been known to create some unique challenges that can quickly make things complicated. Finding the right information, configuring the correct logs, and understanding what each component does can make the difference between a minor error and days of frustration. While it may at times seem like some people are just “born with” an ability to troubleshoot there are methods the rest of us can use to systematically locate and eliminate errors. The goal of this session is to go beyond common issues and their fixes by also looking at effective techniques for troubleshooting SharePoint. The session will also cover where to go for advice, how to tell if it is good advice, and will point out some tools and other resources that can help.