October 27, 2016

Conference Preview: The SharePoint Technology Conference

Written by
Megan Pacella

Your productivity software is only useful if you know how to use it. That’s why SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference devotes three days to education on making the most of your SharePoint software. If you’re ready to boost productivity using the platform you already love, mark your calendar for December 5-8 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

SPTechCon promises to help attendees improve their SharePoint skills, navigate upgrades, move to the cloud, and more. But the conference isn’t just about SharePoint 2016. It’s also about SharePoint 2013 and 2010, as well as Microsoft 365. Classes and panels are geared toward IT professionals, business decision-makers, developers, software architects, and pretty much anyone who uses SharePoint.  

Speaking of classes and panels, here are a few you can’t miss:

Essentials for the SharePoint Power User

Drew Madelung, Senior SharePoint Consultant at Concurrency, Inc.

This 75-minute class is designed for people who are just getting started with SharePoint. It will cover exactly what you need to know if you’ve just become a site administrator or owner (“ninja,” if you prefer that term). The panel will cover:  

  • Security
  • Libraries and lists
  • Search
  • Available features and what they do
  • How to build a site with pages, views, and web parts

Information Architecture: The Myths, The Methods and The Musts for an Awesome Intranet, Part I

Susan Hanley, SharePoint Consultant

The first installment of this two-part session will help decision-makers who need to improve their information architecture. How do you know if this applies to you? If your users have trouble finding what they need on your intranet, it’s time to revisit architecture. This session will cover:

  • Best practices for information organization
  • Basic concepts of IA for SharePoint
  • Practical tips for building your own site architecture
  • Best practices for organizing information on pages
  • Using content types and metadata to improve search

For more about improving findability and organization on your site, tune in to parts one and two of this session.

SharePoint’s New Swiss Army Knife: The Content Search Web Part

Sean McDonough, Office 365 Solution Manager for Cardinal Solutions

This demo-heavy class is for developers and information workers. It will demonstrate how SharePoint 2013’s Content Search Web Part (CSWP) can be used to ramp up your existing SharePoint sites. The CSWP tool can be used to do a number of things, from showing basic search results to displaying personalized content, querying, and displaying information from any site collection. This class will give you all the information you need to get started.

Future of Designing Collaboration Experiences in Office 365

Kanwal Khipple, CEO and Co-Founder of 2toLead

True cross-team collaboration will only work if you have simple innovation hubs that work across all of your devices. Khipple has spent years studying how successful teams collaborate, using his findings to transform the way teams work together. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Why cross-discipline collaboration is essential to your future workflow
  • How you can support innovation
  • Examples of what it takes to make effective collaboration possible
  • Practical techniques to bridge gaps and increase productivity

What it Was Like Migrating to SharePoint Online

Matt Wade, Consultant

Are you ready to make a move to the cloud? Not so fast. It’s tempting to get everything online, but that could come with some drawbacks at the admin level. In this session, Matt Wade will walk you through the process of migrating SharePoint to the cloud — a lot of steps you probably haven’t thought about. Here’s what this session will cover:

  • Research, project planning, and lessons learned from an actual online migration
  • Selling the cloud to management
  • Planning and launching the move
  • Change management
  • Sustaining the new system
  • Tips on proven practices and preventing headaches

In between sessions, there will be plenty of special events, including presentations from exhibitors (and prizes!), a Women in SharePoint luncheon, an experts panel, and several networking opportunities.

If you use SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016, or Microsoft 365, SPTechCon is the perfect way to close out your year. Learn how to use your software to make websites shine, improve information architecture, collaborate across disciplines, and more. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll make 2017 your most productive year yet. Interested? Register here to guarantee your spot.