Speaking at SPTechCon in San Francisco

Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the SharePoint Technology Conference in San Francisco, April 22nd-25th, 2014.  Here are the details about the sessions I’ll be presenting.  Some are new, and some are good old basic stuff geared toward beginners.

If you would like a $200 discount, use the code ROGERS when you register for the conference.

Making the Most of the Out-Of-Box Web Parts

Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

There are more than 50 out-of-the-box Web Parts in the enterprise version of SharePoint! In this class, you will learn just how flexible and useful these Web Parts are. Not only will you get a detailed look at the Filter, Excel, Social, Rollup and Media Web Parts, but you will also learn about a few new ones in SharePoint 2013, such as the Content Search Web Part. You will then learn how to customize some of these Web Parts, see examples and demonstrations, and learn about new features. All of this is done without writing any code. Push SharePoint as far as you can using out-of-box functionality! This class is a mixture of 2010 and new 2013 Web Parts.

Level : Intermediate, Audience : Information Worker Essentials

The Power of Content Types

Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 – 3:15 pm

In SharePoint, the concept of content types seems a bit ambiguous to most people. This class 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 on a library’s “New” button. Yes, that can be done, but 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 class, 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 and 2013.

Level : Overview, Audience : Information Worker Essentials

Creating an Approval Workflow

Thursday, April 24, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Forms are everywhere in your organization, and most of them must go through an approval process. SharePoint is such a flexible platform, it provides us with multiple methods that can be used to build our processes. In this class, learn about these different ways of creating a workflow around a form approval process. The new SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow can be used, or you can keep the process in an InfoPath form. You will see you the various alternatives when creating an approval workflow, with a real-world business demonstration of a company’s vacation request form. Quickly create and implement intuitive workflows for your critical IT and business systems, with no programming involved! The concepts in this class are applicable to both SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

Level : Advanced, Audience : Architecture Essentials, Information Worker Essentials

SharePoint Designer Workflows: Working with E-mails

Friday, April 25, 8:45 – 10 AM

When creating e-mails via workflow in SharePoint Designer, how can you make the e-mails pretty and professional-looking? How can you create multiple e-mail actions more efficiently? What exactly is the Task Process Designer? In this class, you will learn everything you need to know about working with e-mail and task actions in SharePoint Designer workflows. You will learn all of the ins and outs of making the workflow e-mails look nice, including adding custom colors, images and hyperlinks to add your own brand. You will also see how to make use of variables in an efficient way so as not to duplicate work when creating several similar e-mails in a workflow.
In this class, we will also dig into working with task assignments via workflows. The Task Process Designer in SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows has many different configuration options and ways to tweak your approval processes. This class is applicable to both SharePoint Designer 2010 and 2013 workflows, and requires no programming.

Level : Intermediate, Audience : Information Worker Essentials

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