#SPTechCon : My Schedule & “Office Hours”

This week I get the awesome opportunity to present at one of my favorite conferences – SPTechcon! We will be in Boston and I am looking forward to spending some great time with the community. I will be giving a full day session on Sunday, followed by three technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Below is a quick summary of my schedule:

Sunday, August 11 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Building Business Solutions: InfoPath & Workflows

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 tutorial, you will learn 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 tutorial, 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.

Monday, August 12: 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM – SharePoint in Its Most Basic Terms: An Information Worker’s Introduction

Are you new to SharePoint? Or just getting started and wondering how in the world you are going to make sense of the fire hose of information? Join this class as we pull back the curtain and define the most common terms used within SharePoint. This class will help you build a solid foundation of the basics, enabling you to quickly take things to the next level as you dig deeper into the many features available within SharePoint.

Tuesday, August 13: 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM – SharePoint 2013 Tools for the Information Worker

With the release of SharePoint 2013, many changes have come to the Information Worker. And while it’s true that our tool set is changing, our purpose is still the same: building powerful composite solutions for the organization without requiring resources from IT. In this class, we are going to explore the different tools available and look at the best way to use them together to build composite solutions. We will cover topics such as SharePoint Designer, InfoPath and Access Services, as well as review solutions in 2010 and how they would be built using the tools in 2013. If you are an Information Worker that will be upgrading to 2013, or even if you’re a SharePoint Governance Team member, then this class is definitely for you!

Tuesday, August 13: 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Creating Simple Dashboards Using Out-of-the-Box Web Parts

In this class, 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 class will give you a good overview of lists, views, Web Part pages and Web Part connections.  This is a great class for those just getting started with SharePoint and want to push the limits of out-of-the-box configuration.

Office Hours

In addition to the sessions above, I will be hanging out in the Rackspace booth, as well as having “Office Hours”. These are 1:1 sessions where you can schedule some time for you and your team to chat with me about anything related to SharePoint! This is a great opportunity to get some 1:1 questions answered and to go deeper into some of the topics I cover in my workshops! I will have my schedule on me at all sessions, so feel free to ask me for the signup sheet! My hours will start on Monday after my first session and I have some available until the end of the conference!


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