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SharePoint Technology Conference is Coming Up

I absolutely can’t wait for SPTechCon in Boston this October!  My co-workers will be there, and we will all be in the SharePoint911 booth there!  This conference is not only wonderful because of the many hour-long sessions, but there is a whole day of “101” sessions that are more intense half-day or full-day workshops.  Oh, and when you go to their website, there’s a great video on the left side of the homepage with 3 minutes of highlights from the last conference.


The following is the list of the five sessions that I’ll be teaching, and each has a link to add to your own calendar:

W8-AM: SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 Integration

Wednesday, October 20, 2010: 8:30AM – noon
Me & Mark Miller
This beginner-level session will help end users, project managers and information workers to discover the best ways to tackle your daily work with the 2010 Microsoft Office system. Tips include how to use Outlook to keep all your SharePoint lists and libraries within easy reach, and how to display library metadata within Word documents. From offline document editing and version comparisons, to reporting on SharePoint library data, this session is packed with tricks you can use to increase your SharePoint productivity. Think about integration from an end user’s perspective and come learn topics, such as how to make it simple to save files directly to SharePoint and work more efficiently. The demonstration will feature a company policy management system, and will feature Access custom lists, content types, and quick parts. Many of the integration points are available in both the 2007 and the 2010 suite of products. Integration improvements in SharePoint and Office 2010 will also be highlighted, such as those in InfoPath Forms Services, Visio Services and Access Services.

W8-PM: Creating Custom Business Solutions

Wednesday, October 20, 2010: 1:30PM – 5PM
Some of the most commonly asked questions that SharePoint site managers and end users ask are around the need to create custom business solutions without having to be a developer. In this workshop, Laura Rogers will teach you how to use Data View/Data Form Web parts in SharePoint Designer 2010. Not only will this workshop cover Data View Web part fundamentals, but you will also learn specific examples of ways to put these skills into play. It is a best practice to learn what can be done out of the box in SharePoint before delving into custom code. This workshop will be presented using SharePoint 2010, but the topics that will be covered can be accomplished in either 2007 or 2010. Laura will highlight the new user interface in SharePoint Designer 2010 and the new ways to do those old familiar tasks.
What will you learn in this workshop?
– Fundamentals and best practices associated with creating data view Web parts, such as conditional formatting and hyperlinks
– Creating a merged list of multiple document libraries
– Creating a change control system mash-up
– Creating a joined view of two different lists
– Creating a list/library permissions dashboard

This session is designed from power users, project managers, business analysts and developers.

107: SharePoint 2010 Out-of-the-Box Web Parts

Thursday, October 21, 2010: 8:15AM – 9:30AM
This session will demonstrate just how flexible and useful the out-of-the-box Web parts are in SharePoint Server 2010. There will be an overview of many of these Web parts, along with demonstrations of several new Web parts and some that have been improved or changed from MOSS 2007. Best practices and use cases of individual Web parts will be discussed. Some of the Web parts that will be covered are filter, content rollup, people, chart, Excel Web access and media. Attendees will also be given a demonstration on customizing data views using the new SharePoint Designer 2010. It helps developers know what can be done out of the box before writing code, and it’s also useful for end users to know the full extent of SharePoint’s Web parts.

506: The Power of Content Types

Friday, October 22, 2010: 8:30 – 9:45
In SharePoint, the concept of content types seems a bit ambiguous to most people, which becomes a negative factor when it comes to actual use of this feature. In this session, Laura Rogers will teach you what you need to know about content types to be able to implement them in your company. You may have heard that content types can be used in order to upload document templates so that they display as choices for users on a library’s “New” button. Yes, that can be done… but wait, there’s so much more! In conjunction with site columns, content types can be utilized to create custom business solutions. Take your lists and libraries to the next level without having to do any custom development. In this session, demonstrations will be done to take you through common scenarios, and show how to use the power of content types in SharePoint. Many of these concepts carry over from SharePoint 2007 to 2010, but new 2010 capabilities will be highlighted.

806: SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows: A Case Study

Friday, October 22, 2010: 2:30 – 3:45
In this session, learn how to create custom workflows in SharePoint 2010, using SharePoint Designer 2010. The example used will be a travel-request system in SharePoint, with multiple levels of approval. Attendees will learn how much the approval workflow process has been improved in SharePoint 2010 compared to the same workflow in 2007, how to involve multiple SharePoint lists in a workflow, and how InfoPath is highly integrated into the SharePoint Designer workflow and the assigned approval tasks. Laura will walk through the creation of the entire workflow, and the new product capabilities, workflow customizations, and troubleshooting steps will be discussed along the way.

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