My 2012 MVP Global Summit Experience (Wrap Up)

I have been blessed, I got to hang out with with the guys who were doing SharePoint before anyone knew what SharePoint was. Though they may not know it, they were my hero’s, and the only source of information in the 2002, 2003. I am just lucky to be one of the team, During my time at MVP12, I arrived early to attend the first Office 365 Conference and hand with folks like Christian Buckley, Owen Allen, Fabian Williams, spoke with Joelo for a brief minute as he was headed to SPTechcon..Got to hang with Erica Toelle, Jeremy Thake (Jeremy I hate you, lol),, Corey Roth, Wouter, (we missed Wictor, but for a good cause).. The rest of the week flew by with breakfast @ 6am not finishing until 530 with Microsoft ten going out with your friends, and the release of the consumer preview of Windows 8.

Maurice Prather and I drove to Frys just so In could get another SSD Drive to build on my laptop with Windows 8 . When you talk about someone that is probably the most knowledgeable person I have had the opportunity to work with on a project and had the most impact on me its Maurice, and and then my work recently Jim Duncan who Maurice introduced me to in 2007 (we played Halo in his base on a 10ft projection screen) as while on a project in San Jose.

What was different from last year and previous experiences

Everything, all of the PGMs listened to what we had to say and al lot of the DEVs from the PG were onsite with us listening to everything we thought. This is huge cultural change for Microsoft at least for someone on the outside looking I since the beginning.

Since 1994 when I left telecommunications to become involved in the Computer Industry with Online Connecting Point and Jeff Tietser in 1994. Microsoft has become a better, better, and Partner and software Company to work with not selling vaporware but the real deal. The only sad part was when Microsoft was forced to slow down development due to regulation not improve the product as quickly as possible as it was impossible for the competition to keep up. Well that and the .COM bust was by far worse than anything else.


I remember doing huge projects (huge at the time) for American Honda North America, Nestle North, Kaiser California. Warner Bros where we where in the case of Kaiser 30k desktops / Laptops a month for 6 months and every server in California replacing Novell, with Nestle or Honda North America we replaced all Servers, Desktops, and laptops with nothing more than the Resource Kits to create a website where you could in the case of Kaiser type in the doctors name or phone number and know whether his system had to be deployed into a webpage. If it was able to be upgraded the user would be notified when they arrived in the morning of their new password (this was the most intensive part besides building the website, it required the most people), we would would move all of their GroupMail to Exchange, Novell file shares to NTFS shares, and rebuild their laptop desktop with every app installed, GPO Policies based on the Security Group locked down every application and the doctor could only access the applications of the security Group he was in.

In almost all of these cases Microsoft would attempt to say that we had somehow violated their Support Agreement and or license, in every case we eventually convinced Microsoft that we in know way violated their Support Agreement or Licensing agreement (Imagine the clients reaction from the communication) an no they couldn’t charge the client for every application deployed unless they had access to the application.

This was just one example another is SIDs everyone thought SIDs were a huge issue when cloning a master image in reality  it was only an issue if your master image had ever been joined to the domain prior to it becoming an image. Due in part to our discussions with Microsoft there was a subsequent change of the agreement and  a new industry was born. Now we have tools that make migrations easy or easier they still take planning and execution. imho I am sure there were many others pushing for the same thing and we were not alone

In the mid 90s thanks to Tyler Bryson and Aaron Sloman things began to change in Southern California they listened to what we were planning and helped us do things that would have taken much longer with the local office support (they were ALWAYs available). Like migrating site server from NT4 to Win2k where if you remember you couldn’t even rename a site server without breaking it and this was Win2k in advance of any HPO Drivers for the 2500s.


When working with Microsoft now, they listen to all complaints regardless of the the source. MVP12 was one of the best experiences I have had due to the honest and open communication with all levels of folks from the PG during the sessions, the content itself, but most of all getting to spend time with all of the folks that know SharePoint at least as well as myself and in most cases better.

Note: My apologies Todd Bleeker I think I gave you the SQL2012 RCO instead of the RTM version, oops…

To list all of my friends here would fill the page so I will just say thank you to the SharePoint MVP community for being my friends, helping to resolve my issues, and in general putting up with obnoxious personality. In my imho the SharePoint Server MVP Team is the best and the brightest of all the MVP Teams and groups in general

Thank you

Ultimately, I would be not just remiss, but rude if I didn’t thank Microsoft for bringing all of use together Once a year and for deploying the resources to build such a great Community not just listening, being open and honest, but.  There really is nothing like all us being in the same place and time in Redmond and the Microsoft Campus.

My thank goes out to the MVP community for its support and I miss you guys, thank you for signing my MVP Hockey Jersey from last years MVP11, I luv you guys and look forward to learning more from each of you…

In the next few months I’m presenting at #SPSLA, #SPSHOU, #SPSSSV, and Hopefully Orlando and look forward to seeing many of you at one of the events if not several. I’m Sure we see each other at multiple SharePoint Saturdays, Teched, DevConnectioins, Build, SharePoint Conferences, and of course online etc.

Thank you Microsoft for everything you have done over the years and everything your doing to help make the Community stronger, more agile and listening to the opinions from all of us in the trenches.




My 2012 MVP Global Summit Experience (So Far)

I really only have a couple of things to say. First and most important is to say THANK YOU MICROSOFT for bringing all of together to Share in the vision, provide feedback, and listen to our feedback to expand the vision. Second and if I am totally honest our team of SharePoint MVPs have become my best friends, we share so many things in common and have have so many of the same issues that it would almost be impossible for us not to become close. But none of this would have been possible since we come from all corners of the world and may never get to spend enough time together to form these relationships if it wasn’t for the MVP Summit. So, once again I am humbled by the knowledge of my peers and look forward to any opportunities that are available to spend more time with them.

Thank you Melissa and Microsoft for making the 2012 MVP Global Summit and the SharePoint Server MVP Group one of the best experiences of my life and I look forward too hopefully being involved for many more years..





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MVP Nation Post MVP12 Event–March 2nd and 3rd

MVP Nation offers the rare opportunity to learn directly from the esteemed Microsoft MVPs in a deeply technical environment. With a focus on the new Windows 8 technology, the two-day event will allow attendees to create their Windows 8 road map. MVP Nation is a gathering of three well-established communities. First are the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) who are award-winning technical experts focused on all Microsoft product groups. Second are community members who rarely have the opportunity to interact directly with the MVPs in a public event. Community members include IT Pros, consultants, resellers, channel partners and in-house IT staff. Third are the community sponsors who can connect with MVPs and attendees to create amazing technology products and services.

"After our first MVP Nation last year in Seattle, we’re back with a focused two-day deep dive on everything Windows 8" shared SMB Nation founder Harry Brelsford. "The primary emphasis will be on server-side topics along with content on desktop, mobility and tablet issues. Windows 8 is a topic that impacts everyone whether you are an IT pro, developer, user. This event is for everyone who wants a deeply technical experience. We liken it to graduate school for geeks. We joke that no wimps are allowed at the two-day brain explosion!"

This should be a blast and I look forward to seeing everyone there that doesn’t have to fly on Friday.




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Office 365 Saturday Microsoft Conference Center Februrary 25th 2012


Directions to Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center Business Center Desk 425-703-1800 The Microsoft Conference Center is at the main Microsoft Headquarters Campus in Redmond in the eastern suburbs of Seattle, across Lake Washington.  From SeaTac Airport: Exit the airport northward and take SR-518 to the east until
it becomes I-405, which you then follow north toward Bellevue for about 16 miles, until you reach SR-520.



From I-405 in Bellevue Exit onto SR-520 East, toward Redmond Go about three miles to the 40   Street Exit and you are almost there
Turn RIGHT (East) onto NE 40th St
Turn RIGHT (South) onto 159th Ave NE
Bear LEFT (South) onto NE 36th Way
You will see Executive Briefing Center – Round the corner to the left and arrive at the Conference Center at 16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

  • From I-5 in Seattle Take I-5 Exit 168B, onto SR-520 East Take SR-520 about 10 miles across the Lake Washington floating bridge, through Bellevue
    Take the 40th Street Exit and you are almost there
    Turn RIGHT (East) onto NE 40th St
    Turn RIGHT (South) onto 159th Ave NE
    Bear LEFT (South) onto NE 36th Way
  • You will see Executive Briefing Center – Round the corner to the left and arrive at the Conference Center at 16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052


This event would not be possible without the support of the Event  Sponsors. The event sponsors have covered all of the expenses required to provide you with a high quality conference at absolutely no cost to you. So stop by their exhibits and websites, learn about their offerings and let them know that you appreciate their sponsorship of this event.


  • imageSpeakers
    Many of the speakers have rearranged their travel schedules so they could
  • deliver the benefit of their knowledge and experience to you.  Review the list of speakers and their accomplishments you will find authors, MVP’s and recognized experts in their fields. Let them know that you appreciate their
    time and knowledge.
  • Volunteers
    Here in the Puget Sound, we are pretty darn lucky to have such a vital User Group community that 30 people have said yes to volunteering to make this event a success.  These are the people that registered you, put up the signs and provide support in each session.
    • Event Organizers
      It started months ago, just a few emails at first and then it took shape. The coordinating committee has handled all of the logistics, found the funding,
    •                                      scheduled the speakers and developed the website to bring you this event.  
  • imageYou
    It wouldn’t be much of a party without you.  You heard about the event, blogged, tweeted and told your friends. Your registrations and enthusiasm provided the energy that drove the organizers and sponsors to push ahead.
  • Help make this event a success
    If you see something that needs doing, offer a hand. If you are picking up after a session and you notice a cup, plate or can that was left behind please pick it up. If you have a suggestion that would make this event or future events better, let us know. Most of all…. Enjoy.


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Microsoft Building 33 Conference Center Business Center

Desk 425-703-1800

I cant wait to see everyone about 11:00am this morning its going to be a blast to kick off the MVP Summit 2012 with such an awesome event…. Be there soon…..

Don’t forget SHAREPINT

Rock Bottom Brewery
550 106th Avenue NE
Suite 103
Bellevue, WA 98004


Northwest Harvest at MVP Summit 2012

Charity: Northwest Harvest

When: Saturday February 25, 2012 (11 days left)

Where: Seattle, WA

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The unemployment rate in Washington State as of September 2011 was 9.1%, and while this is slightly lower than the national average, there are still a great number of people going hungry. You can help! On Saturday, February 25th, the Saturday before the MVP Summit, GeekGive is organizing volunteers to work with Northwest Harvest in the Seattle Area. Join MVPs from around the world in this unique opportunity to give back to the community, network with your peers, and enjoy the Seattle area a bit more.

Who can participate?: Anyone! You don’t have to be an MVP or even a geek.

Sponsors: A big thanks to the Microsoft MVP Award Program for sponsoring this event!

Job Site: We will be working at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent, WA.

The warehouse address is:

22220 68th Avenue South (a/k/a West Valley Hwy)
Kent, WA 98032-1915

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Volunteers must wear close-toe, flat shoes; no sandals or high heels for safety. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing and dress in layers as the building can be warm or chilly!

Please do not come if you are sick; the safety and wholesomeness of the food is always a primary concern.


Complete schedule with meeting location will be available shortly.

11:45 AM – Sign in and lunch at Westin hotel lobby
12:00 PM – Announcements
12:15 PM – Transportation to the job site
1:00 PM – REQUIRED onsite safety talk and orientation
1:15 PM – Packing food
3:00 PM – Transportation back to Westin hotel
5:00 PM – Dinner meet up at TBD

FYI I will be attending the Office 365 Redmond event and unable to make this event. However, I wanted to publish and increase awareness, its for a great cause and you don’t have to be an MVP to attend.




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SharePoint Saturdays & Office365 Redmond 2012

Wow we have a number of SharePoint Saturdays in the works and I look forward to seeing all of the people I know and the folks I have yet to meet at one or more of the following events

SharePoint Saturday is coming to Philadelphia February 4th to the DeVry Campus 1140 Virginia Drive Fort Washington, PA 19034 Twitter at #SPSPHILLY 

Don’t forget one of my favorite SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles (Long Beach is conveniently located between Los Angeles and Orange county) on Saturday, April 14th. The venue will be the California State University Long Beach, Student Union in Long Beach. Twitter at #SPSLA

SharePoint Saturday is also coming to Silicon Valley (San Francisco South Bay) on Saturday, June 2nd. The venue will be the Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, with registration opening at 7:30am Twitter at #SPSSV

Also, I may be at the SharePoint Saturday Baltimore please mark your calendar for May 12th. Additional details will be forthcoming! Twitter at #SPSBMORE..

Oh and I forgot, so don’t forget the Office365 Saturday event in Redmond, I will see you there in the afternoon


Office365 Saturday Redmond will be the inaugural event for the newly formed Office365 Saturday group, taking a page from the highly successful SharePoint Saturday events, which is in its 4th year of operation and has spread around the globe. We hope to extend this success with O365, but with content spread across SharePoint, Lync, Exchange, and Office365 best practices (topics such as migration, deployment, integration, development, public websites, and so forth). Office365 will be held Saturday, February 25th on Microsoft’s main campus at the conference center (Building 33) Twitter at #O365Redmond

SharePoint Saturday Summary first half of 2012:


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SharePoint Saturday Philly February 4th 2012

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Session Title Speaker Name Session Abstract
Strategies for Deploying a Hybrid SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premise Solution Mo Omar Is your organization currently evaluating a move to the cloud but doesn’t know how to deal with their current on-premise SharePoint environment? During this session, we’ll discuss strategies on deploying a hybrid solution of SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premise, architectural considerations, and tips on how to create a seamless experience between the two environments.
Office 365 and SharePoint Online – Do’s, Don’t’s and Wont’s James Tramel A closer look at office 365 and specifically SharePoint online, one of four components of 365.  From DNS to Security groups, branding to metadata, public to private, BCS to UPS, admin console to user solutions, search to service apps, site collection management to user management, quotas to storage .
PowerShell – For the SharePoint Administrator Rick Taylor Scripting languages have always been a part of the Administrator’s toolkit. Unfortunately, most OSITAs (Old School IT Admins) were averse to learning or even leveraging scripting in their duties. Come to this session to lose your fear and see how easy this scripting language is and demonstrate the most common tasks in the life of a SharePoint Administrator.
Administration Tips & Tricks Ellis Luboff Your SharePoint Farm Is Installed But The Users Have A Few Complaints!
– It’s slow first thing in the morning, why is that and how can we fix it?
– When I upload Office Files, everything looks/works great but I get security warnings while opening PDF’s and the icons are blank.
– How do I uncheck the "Send Welcome Email to New Users" by default when I give users permission to a SharePoint Site?
– How can I get more out of SharePoint?
SharePoint SpeedMetal for Admins Chris McNulty This is the fastest general overview of SharePoint admin and architecture – east or west of the Mississippi! Join me for a rapid fire introduction to architecture, installation, upgrade, administration, troubleshooting and optimization. Based on over 10 years in the field designing and supporting enterprise SharePoint installations.
SharePoint Worst Practices: Setting the Stage for Disaster Dan Usher / Edmond Avanesian In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not quite as pretty a picture.
SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field Jason Himmelstein Want to avoid the performance mistakes before you make them? This in-depth session we will discuss how to properly position your SharePoint farm for success beginning with "hardware" and ending with troubleshooting methodologies to maximize performance. Find the pitfalls before you hit them from someone who has climbed out of the deep dark holes in the wild. Best Practices from the Field combines recommendations from Microsoft with the experience of trial & error.
Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010 – a tour of PerformancePoint Services, SSRS, Excel Services, and PowerPivot Kevin S. Goff SharePoint 2010 provides many opportunities to render data from business intelligence applications. In this presentation, I’ll show examples of building BI content in SharePoint 2010 using PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services, SSRS, and PowerPivot. Because I’m covering many applications, I won’t be able to cover any one topic too heavily. But at the end of the presentation, the attendee will see an integrated dashboard with several examples of how BI applications can use SharePoint 2010?
Cloud-Based SharePoint.  For Real? David Berry “To the Cloud!” has become the rallying cry of many businesses looking to offload the costs of maintaining internal systems. 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.
Office 365: Migrate, Manage and More Peter Senescu Office 365: Migrate, Manage and More
Overview of Office 365 SharePoint including, implementation and migration planning, features and limitations, use cases for hybrid (premise and cloud implementations), Information Architecture design considerations and lessons learned. Attendees will have the benefit of lessons learned (good and bad) from over 100 migrations to Office 365.
Compliance with SharePoint 2010 Doug Vargo and Pete DiDonato Microsoft has ramped up the governance and compliance features with out-of-box SharePoint 2010.  New governance features include in-place records declaration, an enhanced records center, and the ability to create and apply information policies on documents and content types.  However, there are still gaps in capabilities relative to meeting the requirements of compliance policies such as the 21 CFR Part 11.  This session will outline a general approach to compliance using SharePoint 2010 features, and we will outline specific examples of how the Microsoft eco-system can be used to meet more specific governance & compliance requirements.
Legal Electronic Content Management (LECM) and SharePoint 2010 Isaiah Campbell What is the SharePoint 2010 Legal ECM Story and how does that compare to the needs of the marketplace? What do legal and IT departments need to be successful with SharePoint 2010? Should I use a records center or a team site?  What features will I need to activate and why? Why is getting information architecture right and creating an enterprise standard via the managed metadata service and a content type hub the right way to go? How do I start with a site collection and scale my approach to other content areas in SharePoint?  All these questions and more will be discussed in detail with the goal of providing insight and direction to focus on execution of a SharePoint LCM strategy and project. 
Managed Metadata A to Z – Plan, Implement, Make it a Success! Stacy Deere, Stephanie Donahue Despite the hype, there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding metadata in SharePoint Server 2010. We cover Managed Metadata starting with the planning phase through implementation, and provide tips on how to make it successful in your organization.   
Enterprise Content Management:  The Key Features you need to know Mary Ann Lorkowski Content Management has been a rising challenge for the organization; from the time the content is created, routed for approvals and to the time it is archived, it becomes a challenge for the organization to maintain the integrity of the document. SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Content Management features can help the company throughout the entire life cycle of the document.  I information.   

Key Lessons      
1. The SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Content Management feature supports the complete life-cycle of documents in your organization.
2. The proper use of Metadata is your key to successful content management.
3. An Effective Content management system should reflect the objectives of the organization. ?

Hear Me! I’m NOT a Techie!  I Just Got a Site and I Have No Idea What to Do Bonnie Surma Don’t be embarrassed. You’re not alone. Many people face this dilemma every day as organizations move to building internal sites on SharePoint and then pushing them out for use. It’s not just a site. It’s an entire change to all that you ever knew about doing your day-to-day job. Don’t look at it as a chore. Come and learn how to view this new challenge in a positive way by learning the basics about your site—lists, libraries, web parts, navigation, and more.
Wiki Do’s – no Don’ts:  Building Wiki’s in SP 2010 Joan Wolff Wiki’s have become a go-to staple for brainstorming, gathering ideas and sharing snippets of content among widespread, time-restricted project team members.  But, how can wikis be used in SP 2010 to your best advantage?  In this session, you will learn how to set up a wiki library, create a wiki site, edit it, add to it, share it and maintain it.  We’ll answer questions like: What’s the difference between a Wiki site and a Team site?  How can I use a wiki to bring out the best in my project team?  How do I keep "bad" information out of the wiki and only offer up the good stuff?  We’ll also dive into wiki linking and image adding – capabilities that add to the value of wikis.
"It’s only wafer thin!" – Large List Maintenance in SharePoint 2010 Michael Mukalian With SharePoint 2010, as has been said around the campfire, "5,000 is the new 2,000!" What does that mean? It means that we now need to be mindful of not just how many items are in our lists, but how our views are constructed as well because, well, it’s not as dramatic as the scene referenced in the title of this topic, but let’s just say it’s not really pretty. Today’s talk will be a combination discussion and walkthrough of the various ways of handling and managing a large number of items in a SharePoint list.
Securing Microsoft Technologies for HITECH Compliance Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD Both federal and commercial healthcare organizations are faced with unprecedented opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and access to care, including Health 2.0 initiatives, telemedicine, and innovative outreach and collaboration solutions for patients, caregivers and providers.

However, the roadmap for interoperability, meaningful use, program integrity and data integrity provides challenges for HIPAA 5010, ICD 10 conversion, and data sharing across DoD, VA and commercial healthcare providers and ACO.

So you want to implement SharePoint in your organization… What now? Edmond Avanesian 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. One of the new enterprise platform solutions from Microsoft to help address these concerns is SharePoint 2010.

• Organizational Readiness
• IT Readiness
• End User Readiness
• Training Readiness

SharePoint Governance:  Lessons from the Trenches Jill Hannemann Over the years, SharePoint has garnered something of a reputation for growing fast and virally throughout numerous organizations. This can be useful for some enterprise initiatives, yet popularity and fast growth can yield unpleasant surprises and long-term problems as well. This session will explore lessons learned about how to effectively govern SharePoint within the enterprise.

Topics included in this session will cover:
– The what and why of governance
– Designing your own governance strategy: the four pillars 
– Applying governance to control levels in SharePoint

Enhance SharePoint ECM with Document Imaging Andy Heller Got paper and electronic documents that need a better place to live than M:\Finance\2011\Quarterly Reports? 
Come out to this session to learn why SharePoint can take document management to a whole new level.  Learn about how to manage all types of documents (electronic and paper) with SharePoint.  Find out the different phases of document management from simple archive to complete automation.
A Decade of Adoption Best Practices Mike Gilronan Over the last ten years, we at KMA have seen a wide range of SharePoint usage and success. Based on our experience mapping business requirements to SharePoint capabilities, illustrated via a real-world deployment in an emerging Life Sciences company, we”ll share the best (and some of the worst!) in proven user adoption strategies. Well 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.
Avoid Common SharePoint 2007 to 2010 Upgrades Pitfals Juan Larios [MVP] Avoid the common pitfalls of Upgrading to SharePoint 2010. This session will focus on highlighting helpful analysis tools, evaluating the health of your SharePoint environment, and the heath of customizations, that will help you be prepared to make the move to SharePoint 2010. This session will highlight:
– Evaluating Custom developed solutions and customizations
– Understanding Upgrade Paths to Customizations
– Identifyig problematic database schemas and orphaned features and sites
– Understanding compatibility of Infrastructure.
SharePoint User Experience, What Can it Do for Adoption? Marcy Kellar This session outlines the fundamental elements of SharePoint User Experience and how these elements impact the expectations of your users and overall user adoption  See examples of both good and bad user experience design in SharePoint and the impact to user adoption.  This session covers basics of usability, interaction design, and the psychology of users. 
SharePoint 2010 – What you need to know before upgrading Suzanne George Ready to join the SharePoint 2010 revolution but not sure what is involved?  Are you in the middle of a migration that is behind schedule? This session will walk you through general guidelines and common pitfalls to avoid so your transition to SharePoint 2010 will be successful.
Social & SharePoint, this task won’t kill you! Jay Leask During yesterday’s project standup your boss tasked you to lead/join the new social implementation team. As usual you received no requirements and no business needs to solve. This is not the end of days, so don’t give up! You already know that SharePoint is a top collaboration platform with strong workflows and a base platform you can (and have) built tons of applications on.

This presentation will help you pair your knowledge of SharePoint with your new task. It will answer questions like "What is social?", "How do I determine what we really need to build", and "And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast?" Jay will provide you with the tools and questions necessary to define the scope of your project while still providing value to the organization.

Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010 Ivan Sanders SharePoint and Office provide a great set of Business Intelligence features to build and integrate data-driven spreadsheets and applications with SharePoint 2010. This session will cover topics such as PowerPivot, PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Excel Services, KPIs, and much more.
Branding: Dissecting Customized SharePoint Sites Thomas Daly Interested in creating a ‘not-so-SharePoint-looking’ site? Curious as to what goes into creating a customized SharePoint site?  In this session we’ll take a look at some highly customized SharePoint sites and some of the techniques used in building these sites. We’ll dive into aspects of SharePoint branding including MasterPages, CSS tricks, jQuery integration, Web Services, Data View Web Parts and much more.
SharePoint and Azure – Better Together Paul Galvin and Asli Bilgin Learn how to leverage Azure’s storage features to extend SharePoint’s multimedia capabilities. In this session, we will cover the integration architecture between the two platforms (and not via page viewer web parts!) and walk through the steps on creating the extensibility from SharePoint using .NET with Visual Studio 2010.  Our demonstrations will show you how you can consume Azure data directly from SharePoint using the Azure SDK with WCF service code and contracts.  
Lastly, we will offer our thoughts and invite the audience to discuss and brainstorm the opportunities and future of SharePoint and Azure working together.
Using SharePoint 2010 Sandboxed solutions and Windows Azure Brian Kelly, Sudeep Nambiar, Manoj Bankal The session will focus on the why and the how of using different techniques to deploy Sandboxed solutions and addressing limitations. We will cover the basic business reasons of why a development team may choose this approach, such as enterprise commodity offerings that provide sandboxed solutions but business requirements necessitate a need to:

·        Make remote calls outside of the sandbox
·        Work outside of the site collection
·        Access the Page object

Cool Solutions with InfoPath 2010 Steven Mann Steve demonstrates several solutions with InfoPath 2010 both with and without code-behind. Sub-topics include:
– Leveraging and Using Picture Buttons
– Populating Repeating Tables from SharePoint Lists
– Tracking Changes
Building a Solution Brick By Brick Becky Isserman 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 will be   able to build their own solutions using the methods and the technologies   discussed.
SharePoint for ASP.Net Developers

That’s great and all, but where do I put my code?

Greg Hurlman The market share for SharePoint has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, leading to many developers being told that they are now SharePoint developers.  Developing for SharePoint is a strange new world; we will cover what’s new, what’s the same, the top things that every SharePoint developer should know, and a few things to make every new developer’s life easier.

For new SharePoint developers, it can be hard to know where all the hooks are for your code to run. Web parts are obvious enough, and layouts and master pages are familiar from regular ol’ ASP.Net. But what about behind the scenes? What’s possible? What’s not? Where are the hidden gotchas?

Memory Management in SharePoint Development Matthew Vignau How to identify and minimize the impact of memory leaks.  Further discussion on the design considerations necessary with SharePoint development.

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Agile, SCRUM and SharePoint Michele Eichhorn SharePoint is a great out of the box application.  But, as we all know, our clients can come up with a multitude of functionality that they want that just isn’t there.  This leads to inevitable development projects; the number of which are only limited by their imagination.
Using an Agile Framework provides multiple opportunities to gauge the direction of a project and reassess your position through an iterative and incremental approach.  While agile methodologies abound (Crystal Clear., Extreme Programming, Feature Driven Development, DSDM,etc.) our discussion will concentrate on the SCRUM Methodology.  This methodology is characterized by short "sprints" where definitive acceptance criteria are captured.  Most importantly, the project can be readjusted based on end of sprint feedback.
Professional SharePoint Dev: Cross Cutting Concerns David Mann TBD
Application Lifecycle Management in SharePoint 2010 Jeremy Thake Jeremy Thake, Enterprise Architect at AvePoint Inc and SharePoint MVP, will explain the principles of Application Lifecycle Management in SharePoint 2010. The session will suit SharePoint Developers, Team Leaders, Architects and Development Managers to understand how to approach ALM with SharePoint.

The Project ALM approach will be discussed in detail as a case study, which involves global distributed development teams and designers. The pros and cons of this approach will be compared to the others. Common problems with promoting from Dev to Staging to Production will be discussed in detail.

Setting up a SharePoint 2010 Continuous Integration process Tony Testa Continuous Integration (CI), in a nutshell, is a software practice where members of a team check in their work frequently resulting in multiple builds over the course of the day allowing for integration errors to be reported frequently.   Although commonplace in most organizations today it has taken quite a while to make its way to SharePoint projects.  With the development improvements in SharePoint/Visual Studio 2010 setting up CI for your SharePoint projects has never been easier.  In this session I will briefly cover CI fundamentals/benefits and demonstrate how to setup a CI process for a SharePoint 2010 project using one of the many available toolsets.
Search Deep Dive: In the Movies Bill Wolff Enterprise and FAST Search are explored in detail. We start with installation and configuration of search service applications. Content sources, crawl rules, and schedules are defined. The crawled properties are explored and associated with managed properties that drive refiners and index queries. We investigate the search query language syntax using some free third party tools. Search centers are created and customized using built-in web parts.
Architecture: Fast Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Carlos Valcarcel With the new release of SharePoint comes a plethora of new features: linear scalability, support for more languages, better relevancy, and support for 100 million documents in total per farm just to name a few. Yet, Microsoft’s acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer in 2007 has changed where SharePoint enterprise search is going. After a brief overview of SharePoint 2010 we will look at Fast Search Server 2010, what its feature set looks like and the reasons for using it over SharePoint search.
Keys to Success with SharePoint Search Mike Oryszak Help users find what they are looking for! This session will provide an overview of the core features that make up the SharePoint Search stack along with best practices for configuring and maintaining search in your environment. By following the Keys to Success you will provide users maximum value and increase their productivity.
Migrating from 2007 to SharePoint 2010 – How to do it "Search First" Natalya Voskresenskaya & Paul Olenick Most of us have heard about the enhancements and power offered by SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search, but many do not realize they can take advantage of it before upgrading their 2007/MOSS environment. In this session we will cover how to leverage Search for SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search for SharePoint today as part of your organizations roadmap to 2010. We’ll demonstrate the integration of SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint Search 2010 from the end-user perspective and discuss the many benefits “Search First” offers to an organization and their users.

Happy Holiday’s


Don’t Miss the Future SharePoint Saturday Events

We are happy to announce that SharePoint Saturday is expanding and has 6 more events. Please take a moment and visit their sites.





I look forward to seeing everyone @ Virginia Beach and Philly. Also, hopefully Boston but it depends on schedules




SharePoint Saturdays where I volunteered in 2011 with all my friends


SharePoint Saturday LA

SharePoint Saturday Denver

SharePoint Saturday Utah

SharePoint Saturday Sacramento

SharePoint Saturday NYC


Wow somehow it seems like more may be there are a couple I am missing. But I guess the number is about right. I also Volunteered for 3 SoCalCodeCamps > USC, Fullerton and Scripp and SharePoint Intelligence in Anaheim, and last but not least was one of the most fun events SharePointConnection‘s Developers Boot Camp in San Diego and San Francisco…

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday and an awesome new year. May everyone have many more events in their life in 2012 than I have had had in 2011 and have fun!!!!

My favorite part is meeting all of the cool folks that love SharePoint and use SharePoint for a living from Developers, Architects, Business Leaders, Administrators, and all of my friends where every year I don’t know what I would do without them, Thank you to all of you  who I have been lucky enough to work with and I look forward to meeting all the ones I haven’t.





Thank you all for a wonderful year……

SharePoint Saturday Utah Speaker Schedule #SPSUTAH

I hear there were some from Boise Idaho, and from Montana who were considering coming to SharePoint Saturday Utah. We totally welcome the Idaho folks to come, and Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada too! If you’re a college student and looking to investigate SharePoint Development, see what the BI capabilities are, to dig in on SharePoint branding, or even as a business and end user you’ll find we have multiple tracks from the 100 level on up! REPOSTED FROM JOEL

With sessions like Becky Isserman’s Epic SharePoint Battle: Silverlight vs HTML 5. I wouldn’t expect less! 6 Tracks with 30 sessions, and over 25 speakers flying in from all over the country and converging in the Wasatch I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to feel welcome. I can’t guarantee if you don’t sign up soon that we’ll have a spot. I do want to encourage you to come and bring your friends. Spread the message! Looking forward to seeing you on December 3rd.

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Room 1 (Design)

Room 2 (Dev)

Room 3 (Business)

Room 4 (IT)

Room 5 (BI)

Room 6 (Power User)

7:30 – 9:00

Registration – Room X

8:30 – 8:55

Opening Remarks and Keynote with Liam Cleary SharePoint MVP UK

8:55 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:15

Jamie Luetjen

SharePoint Branding Tips and Tricks

Ron Fetters

Business Automation made easy using SharePoint 2010, InfoPath, and SharePoint Designer

Owen Allen

SharePoint as a Platform for Internal Business Applications

Jeremy Ragan

SharePoint Storage: Attack of the Blobs!

Vanessa Toves

Using SharePoint as a Business Intelligence Presentation Layer

Carsten Wisnes

Mastering SharePoint Calendars and Tasks

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Ivan Sanders

Real World Business Workflow with SharePoint Designer 2010

Darin Dickey

Reduce Server Code: SharePoint and jQuery Better Together

Kipp Sorensen

SharePoint Jiu-Jitsu: Success through governance and adoption

Rick Taylor

SharePoint and ADFS together like—like peanut butter and jelly

Brent Tenney

Connecting SharePoint to Microsoft Dynamics

Josh Boyles

Reaching the Masses: Why SharePoint Surveys can be Great and How To Make Sure Yours Are

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch – Rooms x

1:00 – 2:15

Becky Isserman

Epic SharePoint Battle: Silverlight vs HTML 5

Roland White

InfoPath Rich Form Design

Erica Toelle    

How to Staff the Adoption Resource on Your SharePoint Project

Eric Raff

Engineering Tech Specs: The Aspirin to SharePoint Headaches

(Includes free engineering spec templates)

Norm Warren & Paul Ewert    

Business intelligence in SharePoint with Denali SQL 2012 & PowerPivot

Christian Buckley

Cleaning Up Information Architecture in SharePoint and Other Jedi Mind Tricks

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 3:45

Joel Oleson

Social Intranets: Making SharePoint Social

Clayton Cobb    

Building a Codeless Leave Request Application using Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

Jeff Shuey

Paper and SharePoint Belong Together – Managing them together is not only possible, but smart business!

Jeff Deverter

SharePoint in the Cloud: What’s Up?

Vanessa Toves

Creating and Consuming a BCS Connection

Michael Horn

Infopath Forms and Anonymous websites

3:45 – 4:00


4:00 – 5:15

Ken Kuzdas

Creating Beautiful Yet Powerful Dashboards Using jQuery

Ryan McIntyre

Learn How to Build Web Templates

Noah Sparks

Building Community

Liam Cleary

Azure Cloud Authentication – Do you claim to be from the Azure Sky?

Roland White

Unleashing the Power of InfoPath 2010 SharePoint List Data Connections

Adam Burden

Identity Theft or Helpful Feature? Impersonation Steps in SharePoint Designer Workflows.

5:15 – 6:00

Closing Remarks and Giveaways – You must be present to win!


Has everyone out there noticed, all yall SharePoint folk’s that SharePoint is more and more FUN all the time… and SharePoint Saturdays ROCK!!!!!!!!



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