September 21, 2017

Conference Preview: SPTechCon, November 12 – 15

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Coming to Washington D.C. this November is the 10th annual fall SPTechCon — one of the premier events in the SharePoint/Office 365 series. Users of those technologies who attend can look forward to a menu of more than 80 classes and tutorials, allowing each attendee to create their own custom four-day curriculum.

Compared to other conference which focus on large speaker sessions, with perhaps a five-minute Q&A at the end, SPTechCon truly prioritizes hands-on learning. Technical classes, tutorials, and office hours are interrupted only be a few high-profile keynote speakers. So whether you’re looking to learn about the new SharePoint 2016, up your knowledge of SharePoint 2013 or even 2010, or focus in on Office 365, there is something for you. Check out a few highlights.

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Full-Day Tutorial: A Power User’s Guide to Building Productivity Solutions in Office 365

Jennifer Mason, SharePoint Server MVP and Director of Innovation and Strategic Projects, Planet Technologies

Office 365 enables individuals and teams to be more productive. But only if you understand the basics. This workshop starts there, then dives into common collaboration practices, business process automation, and intranets. Attendees should complete the session confident in their ability to create solutions.

Half-Day Tutorial: Creating an Office 365 Security Strategy

Ben Curry, Seven-Time Microsoft MVP and Managing Partner, Summit 7 Systems

With Office 365’s many features, software, and security controls, where do you begin to build a security plan? During this tutorial, participants will become familiar with the options so that they can move forward more easily.

Real-World SharePoint Information Governance: A Case Study

Antonio Maio, Three-Time Microsoft MVP and Senior Manager and Senior SharePoint Architect, Protiviti

You and your team may recognize the need for a governance plan in your SharePoint portal, but do you know how to actually make it work? The challenge becomes particularly large when you already have a large unorganized content repository. This session will show how real organizations have built, implemented, and maintained successful governance plans. Two case studies will be visited: one of a global financial institution and the other of a Fortune 100 energy firm.

Content Types: Love Them or Lose It  

Marc Anderson, Repeat Microsoft MVP and Co-Founder and President, Sympraxis Consulting LLC

One of the most powerful SharePoint capabilities is Content Types — they should underlie all good information architectures, along with customized metadata and managed metadata. Yet many SharePoint users don’t take advantage (or simply don’t know how). This session changes all of that.

Whether you use SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, or SharePoint Online in Office365, you’ll gain a workable understanding of these critical concepts.

Building Simple Dashboards using SharePoint Lists  

Jennifer Mason, SharePoint Server MVP and Director of Innovation and Strategic Projects, Planet Technologies

SharePoint offers the ability to create powerful dashboards for managing projects and teams. This hands-on session will guide attendees through how to do so simply. List, views, web part pages, and Web part connections will be covered.

Creating a Great User Experience in SharePoint  

Marc Anderson, Repeat Microsoft MVP and Co-Founder and President, Sympraxis Consulting LLC

You can nail all the business requirements in your SharePoint solution, but will your team members use it? Not if the user experience isn’t great. This session will use real examples of both good and bad user experiences to illustrate how to create a UX that works.

Understanding Employee Personas and Journey Maps

Geoff Ables, Founder of C5 insight

SharePoint and Office 365 solutions can make teams and employees more productive. But often, the opposite occurs. Employees don’t use SharePoint solutions because of a disconnect between their digital workplace experience and how they actually work. In this session, attendees will get a free workbook to help map and understand employee personas. They’ll learn to build solutions that are less complex from the employee standpoint, and therefore more effective.

Visiting Washington, D.C.

November is a less crowded time of year to visit Washington D.C., so you may want to consider adding a few days onto your trip. Visit one or more of D.C.’s many free museums, celebrate Veteran’s Day at Arlington National Cemetery, or hurry and request a White House tour (you can sign up to try and secure a spot three months in advance).

Whether you plan to stay for a few days or a full week, register for SPTechCon now using the code SHAREPOINT for a $200 conference discount off the prevailing rate of a three- or four-day pass.